Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 19, 2009

Unique Pitch Session

Scott Triemel, owner of the Scott Treimel Agency in NYC trained with pioneer children’s agent Marilyn Marlow at Curtis Brown. Before opening S©ott Treimel NY in 1995.  He has worked for publishers, Scholastic and HarperCollins and he is coming to the NJSCBWI Conference in June.


Want an opportunity to meet Scott Treimel?  Then come to the NJSCBWI Conference in Princeton, NJ on June 5th and 6th.   


In addition to authors having the chance to get a one-on-one critiques, Scott Triemel will be working with authors to help improve their books via a unique pitch session.  A limited amount of attendees will get to pitch their stories to Scott. Doesn’t sound so unique, yet, does it?  But in response to the pitch, Scott will ask questions about the plot and characters and make suggestions if he thinks there are places where your story could be punched up.  He has gotten rave reviews on offering this at the annual NYC conference, so he should make a big splash in June.


Check out the great faculty sharing their expertise with writers and illustrators in June at


Hope to see you there.


Here’s a little more information taken from an interview author Amy Fullerton had with Scott.   

Scott likes imaginative contemporary young chapter, middle grade, and teen well-crafted manuscripts! He says, “Historicals are tough to sell right now. However, if an author is compelled to write one: a story-NOT the same as an historic event- with plotting and multi-dimensional is essential.”


What are your feelings about the children’s book market right now?


Kind of gloomy. Consumers have become the gatekeepers of children’s books, usurping the importance of librarians and teachers; so children’s publishers now pander to booksellers the way adult publishers do. A book today is not given the chance, as in the old days, to do the best it can.  Keen for the mega- hit, publishers will cut their loses on most titles quickly to funnel resources into very few. This throw-it-out-and-see-what-sticks strategy puts extreme pressure on each book. And for first-time authors. . . yikes!


Do you feel a children’s lit writer absolutely needs an agent (this is kind of a loaded questions isn’t it)? If so, why?


The way a foot needs a shoe. Here is only one reason: publishing houses these days share the same impersonal and aggressive culture of their corporate parents. Editors, once authors’ in-house protectors, are themselves often treading water, beholden to marketing and sales executives, and often job hopping as a result. An author needs an advocate inside the industry, and that’s an agent. Okay, one more reason: an agent keeps an author’s relationship to his publishing house pure. We argue for money and contract extras; authors are distanced from potentially combative negotiations


What kind of questions should a writer ask a prospective agent before they sign with them?


Agents are not licensed; anyone can hang up a shingle. The first question I would ask is, Do you belong to the AAR (Association of Authors Representatives), which, at a minimum, guarantees the agent has a track record and operates by a stringent canon of ethics. Also: 1) What is your commission, domestic, foreign, and film? 2) Do you charge fees? (STNY charges for copying, messengers, and book copies we use for selling subsidiary rights)? 3) Do you use sub-agents to sell
film? Foreign rights?


Some agents have a full written contract, some a verbal one. What kind of contract do you have with your writers?


Our Agency clause, providing for our commission, is inserted to all agreements we negotiate. I avoid author-agents contracts because I figure life is too short to be stuck with someone you don’t like.

 Read the full interview   






  1. This is a really honest appraisal of the current children’s book market, and more than a little daunting, especially for those of us aspiring to have our first books published. With so many imprints belonging to larger and larger publishing houses, Scott’s point about marketing and sales driving much of the industry is troublesome, but at least something we need to consider when we submit our manuscripts and to whom. Thanks for an enlightening article.


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