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Grow Your Book from Seed to Sale: A Lancaster Event

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Date(s) - 08/22/2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Quarryville Library
357 Buck Road - Quarryville, PA 17566


Grow Your Book From Seed To Sale
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An Eastern PA SCBWI Sponsored Event in Beautiful Southern Lancaster County 
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Join Publishing Consultant Elizabeth Law
and Lancaster's Children's Laureate Sandy Asher
at the Quarryville Library

Attend Craft Sessions, Listen to First Pages, Receive Query Advice, even have your work professionally critiqued!  

PLUS network with peers, authors, and editors!! PERFECT DAY, RIGHT?!?!

The Quarryville Library is located at 357 Buck Road, Quarryville PA, 17566 – just off Routes 222 and 372. (Click here for directions.) So take the easy, scenic drive from Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, or Maryland, and join us for professional critiques, a first page session, a keynote, two craft workshops, and a chance to get to know other writers. 


Our Faculty:

Sandy Asher is the author of 25 books, including the award-winning Too Many Frogs and its companions What A Party and Here Comes Gosling.  She is also the editor of seven anthologies, among them With All My Heart, With All My Mind, winner of the National Jewish Book Award in children’s literature, and Writing It Right:  How Successful Children’s Authors Revise and Sell Their Stories.  Her plays have been performed across the country and abroad, and have been honored with a National Endowment for the Arts playwriting fellowship grant, three American Alliance for Theater and Education Distinguished Play Awards (for A Woman Called Truth, In the Garden of the Selfish Giant, and Jesse and Grace: A Best Friends Story), the Charlotte Chorpenning Award for a distinguished body of work in children’s theater, and an Aurand Harris Fellowship grant from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America. Six of her plays are included in Tell Your Story:  The Plays and Playwriting of Sandra Fenichel Asher. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Sandy now lives in Lancaster, PA, where she was recently appointed to serve as the county's first Children's Laureate by the Lancaster Literary Guild. Visit Sandy at    



Elizabeth Law has worked in children’s and young adult publishing for 30 years, most recently as publisher of Egmont USA and as head of her own consulting company, ElawReads.  Elizabeth was also Associate Publisher at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Viking Children’s Books, and has edited and published every genre from picture book through nonfiction and YA and New Adult.  Some of the many authors and artists she has worked with are Dan Gutman, Andrew Clements, Michael Grant, Kadir Nelson, G. Brian Karas, Tony diTerlizzi, Holly Black and the estates of Ludwig Bemelmans and Don Freeman.  If you are waiting to hear back from an editor on your book submission, check out her blog entry


Check out Elizabeth’s blog at  and follow her on Twitter @Elawreads.

Here's what we have in store for you!
Keynote: What Publishers Are Really Looking For Today: The Good News and the Bad 
                   PLUS 5 Tips for Strong Queries by Elizabeth Law
Craft Sessions with Sandy Asher:
                        Session #1: 1:30-2:15 Conflict and Plot Development
                        Session #2: 2:30-3:15 Revision and the Nine Essential Questions
First Pages(free with registration) We will have a 45-minute session of first page critiques by Elizabeth and Sandy.  
To be considered, please use Subject Line “Lancaster First Page and submit the first page of your manuscript, double-spaced, 12-pt. type, one page only (starting at the top of page) as a word document to Lindsay Bandy at by Saturday, August 18. Please include the genre and word count in the upper right hand corner of the page. Names should not be visible anywhere on the document. We regret we may not be able to use all submissions due to time constraints but we will try to accommodate a variety of genres. 
Lunch: In order to keep registration fees low, participants are on their own for the noon-1 p.m. lunch break. You may either pack a lunch to eat inside or outside at the library, or take a one-minute drive to The Daily Grind Cafe in Quarryville, where the owner is prepared to accommodate a large group.
(Coffee, tea, water, and snacks will be available throughout the day at the library.)
(the Daily Grind Cafe)
Exciting day so far, BUT wait, there's more…
You can get your work professionally critiqued with Elizabeth Law for an additional fee. There are limited spots, so sign up EARLY. 

Manuscript Critiques(at additional cost) Register and add in this option. Email up to 10 pages of one manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis as a Word document attachment to Lindsay Bandy at by Wednesday, August 5, with the subject line QUARRYVILLE CRITIQUE

For picture books:  Send one entire manuscript. 

For Chapter Books, Easy Readers, MG, YA:  Send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis. (Include synopsis in the same document; please don’t send two documents.) 

Please follow standard formatting guidelines, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman. Manuscripts must be received by August 5, 2015. No submissions will be accepted after this deadline and revisions will not be accepted either.

Note: Although a picture book may have fewer than ten pages, each manuscript counts as a separate submission. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your manuscript. If you do not receive confirmation by email, please let us know as we may not have received your submission. You will recieve your scheduled critique time prior to the event. If you do not receive an email with your scheduled time please email Lindsay Bandy at

Saturday's Tentative Schedule:



9:15-10 a.m. Critiques with Elizabeth Law
9:30 – 10 a.m.  Registration, book sales, coffee, tea, etc.
10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Welcome, introductions, housekeeping
10:15 – 11:00  What Publishers Are Really Looking For Today: The Good News and the Bad 
                        PLUS  5 Tips for Strong Queries  (Elizabeth Law)
11:00 — 11:15  Break, book sales, refreshments, etc.
11:15 — noon  First page reading and response
noon – 1 p.m. lunch break (participants may pack their own lunch or eat at The Daily Grind)
1:15 – 3:30 — Elizabeth does critiques 
1:15 – 3:30 — Craft Sessions with Sandy Asher:
                        Session #1: 1:30-2:15 Conflict and Plot Development
                        Session #2: 2:30-3:15 Revision and the Nine Essential Questions
3:30 — Farewell, doorprizes (?), final book sales, clean-up
Registration will close Wednesday, August 18, and is limited to 40 participants. 

Important Once Registration Opens: If you’re an SCBWI member, make sure you're logged into the website so you can see discounted member pricing.





Any questions? Contact Lindsay Bandy at
See you there!