Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

WEBINAR: Let’s Be Honest: 33 Truths About Publishing

Date(s) - 10/18/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Let’s Be Honest: 33 Truths About Publishing

with literary agent Stephen Fraser

Monday, October 18, 2021 @7:00pm EST

(Lecture recording will be available for all participants registered before the event.)

In this session, Stephen Fraser, senior agent for The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency and a 40-year veteran of publishing, will share some truths about the publishing world that will startle, surprise, fascinate, and entertain audience members who are hoping to embark on literary careers. He will take you inside an editor’s office and share some secrets that only agents know.

This webinar will include an assortment of facts about how publishing actually operates for those who want to know the raw truth. It’s not all glitz and glitter. Touching on topics from awards to big advances to the treacherous waters of  social media and more, and speaking from more than 40 years in the business, veteran agent and former editor Stephen Fraser will share some startling and fascinating insights.

A limited number of written critiques are available.

CRITIQUES: (at additional cost of $50) Submissions are due on or before Friday, October 22, 2021. For picture books, send one full manuscript plus a 2-3 sentence pitch in the same document. For 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.) Format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing.

⇒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: Fraser_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).

Get to know your instructor:

Stephen Fraser has been a literary agent with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in New York City for sixteen years, after working for more than twenty-five years at seven major publishers including Harper-Collins, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic. His clients have won the Newbery Honor Medal, both the Edgar and PEN awards, and received multiple starred reviews. He is graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont with a degree in English Literature and has a Master’s Degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College in Boston. Stephen is a popular speaker at writer’s conferences throughout the country.