Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Face-to-Face Portfolio Consultation/Critique Guidelines

Fee: $45. Payment must be received by March 15, 2015 for you to be included in the schedule of meetings. Only SCBWI members are eligible. We have a finite number of available spaces. Assignments are made on first-come, first-served basis. Please read the faculty bios for faculty members critiquing portfolios.

THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN THE PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE, WHICH IS A FREE DISPLAY OF ARTOWRK FOR ALL ATTENDEES TO VIEW. Portfolio consultations are paid-for, 15-minute face to face consultations with an art professional to get feedback on your artwork.

Remember, this is a critique session. Though an agent may invite you to submit samples later, it is highly unlikely that you will be offered a contract at this meeting.

¨ Decide what you want to accomplish in your consultation…How to improve your work? Suggestions for marketing?

¨ Be on time – appointments are booked back to back. If you are late, you still have to end on time.  Arrive early, so you can start on time.

¨ Depart graciously and promptly when your time is up – either others are waiting, or the editor/agent/illustrator is scheduled for a workshop or much needed break. Missed appointments cannot be made up or receive a refund.

¨ Be prepared to discuss your work, i.e. genres/subjects you prefer (fiction, nonfiction, novel covers or picture books);  targeted audience; and what is unique about your work.

¨ Be concise – practice what you’re going to say or ask

¨ Ask specific questions

¨ Take notes

¨ Be professional…organized, courteous, responsible

¨ You may have to leave a session early or come to a session late because of your consultation. Try to enter/exit as unobtrusively as possible.

¨ After your consultation, remember artist-to-industry-pro etiquette:

– Do not ask your reviewer to take art samples home – if they ask for samples mail them later, following their guidelines provided.

– Do not telephone an art director or agent unless invited to do so – his/her contact information is in your registration packet.

– You and other attendees at the conference may submit samples to the agent after the conference acfording to the instructions in your conference folder.

–  In your cover letter, refer to your attendance and consultation at the conference. Mention why you think your enclosed work might be of interest, and/or thank the agent for inviting you to submit it.