Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

WEBINAR: Skip the Slush

Date(s) - 09/20/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Skip the Slush

Work-for-Hire Writing Assignments with author Annette Whipple

Monday, September 20, 2021 @7:00pm EST

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

Get published! If you enjoy writing about new topics, both fiction and nonfiction, consider writing for the educational market. Participants will learn about this market and how to approach publishers with a work-for-hire package. Get publishing experience with books and other resources for children (K-12) without the slush pile.

A limited number of written critiques are available.

AFTER THE WEBINAR, participants will have one month to prepare a Work-For-Hire sample and cover letter as discussed in the presentation.

CRITIQUES: (at additional cost of $50) Annette will ONLY be critiquing Work-For-Hire Samples as discussed in the webinar. Submissions are due on or before Monday, October 18, 2021. And will be returned by Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Submission specs: Send one write-for-hire sample up to 6 pages including the cover letter. (Include both the sample and the cover letter 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 & sample topic.

⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_WFH Sample as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.

    Example: Whipple_Strocchia_WFH Sample

⇒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:


Annette Whipple celebrates curiosity and inspires a sense of wonder while exciting readers about science and history. She’s the author of ten fact-filled children’s books including The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (Chicago Review Press) and The Truth About series (Reycraft Books) including Whooo Knew? The Truth About Owls and Scurry! The Truth About Spiders. Get to know Annette and explore her resources for writers at