Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Picture Book Crossover webinars

Date(s) - 03/06/2023 - 03/16/2023
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


Picture Book Crossover


March 6 & 16, 2023

@7pm EST

Join us for one, or both!

A limited number of critiques are available. See the registration below for more information.

(Presentations will be recorded. All participants registered prior to the event will receive the recording links. To receive links to the live events, see each webinar for registration cutoffs.)


 March 6: Visual Thinking for Picture Book Writers with literary agent Maria Vicente

The best picture books make equal use of words and art to tell a story. Even if you’re not an illustrator, it’s important to master the art of visual thinking if you want to be a successful picture book author. This session will challenge us to think critically about the role of art in picture book manuscripts.
*Registration for the live webinar link closes 5am the morning of the event.

Get to know your instructor: 
Maria Vicente is a Senior Literary Agent and Advisor at P.S. Literary representing bold and innovative books for kids, teens, and curious adults. She lives in New Brunswick, Canada, reading and selling books from the Atlantic Ocean shore. Maria is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents (PACLA).

March 16: Finding Your Story as an Illustrator with literary agent Chad Beckerman

A picture may indeed be worth a thousand words, but one illustration in an artist’s portfolio may be the start of an amazing new story. Even if you don’t currently have any story drafts or ideas, this session will challenge you to find the story in your art. 

*Registration for the live webinar link closes 5am the morning of the event.

Get to know your instructor:

Chad W. Beckerman brings over 20 years of illustration and design experience to the CAT Agency. He was the Creative Director at ABRAMS Kids, where he spent 13 years overseeing the design of 250 books a year – from picture books, to novels, and graphic novels. He executed the design architecture for countless series and is behind the aesthetic for over forty NY Times bestselling and award-winning books including the blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney and The Questioneers (Iggy Peck, Rosie Revere, Ada Twist). As an Agent, Chad is seeking illustrators who know how to use their voice and solve problems on their own terms.


CRITIQUES: (at additional cost)


Maria Vicente: ($60=written feedback only)

Send one full picture book manuscript–not to exceed 1,000 words–plus a 2-3 sentence pitch in the same document (US Letter paper size. Include pitch in the same document; please don’t send two documents.) Format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing. Submission deadline for Maria: Friday, March 10, 2023.

⇒Please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.

⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.

    Example: Vicente_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS

⇒Then send your file to Kristen at The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).


Chad Beckerman: ($75=15-minute Zoom meeting for illustrators/author-illustrators only)

Send either one picture book dummy OR up to six portfolio pieces [Portfolio=Six or fewer portfolio ready illustrations/sketches medium resolution JPG to be reviewed.] 

⇒Send your JPGs as separate files to Kristen at

⇒NOTE: Chad will also review your website and Instagram page for these reviews, so please include these links in a separate Word or Google Doc. The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_portfolio (or TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT) (same as saved file nameSubmission deadline for Chad: Friday, March 17, 2023.