Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 26, 2011

New Agency & Book Competition Reminder

Did you have a book published in 2010?  Then please read second part of this post.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY reports that Marcia Wernick and Linda Pratt have left
the Sheldon Fogelman Agency to start their own firm, Wernick & Pratt.
They will represent children’s authors and illustrators working on books for every age level, but do not represent authors of adult books.

They are interested in both published and unpublished people who are seriously committed to a long term career in the children’s book industry. They say, “We feel that while it is a matter of our individual tastes and appeal, our quality standards are highly selective in offering representation. We take on only a limited number of new clients each year.   We are most interested in people who both write and illustrate in the picture book genre, humorous young chapter books with strong voice, and unique and compelling middle grade/YA novels, both literary and commercial. We are not interested in picture book manuscripts of more than 1000 words, mood pieces, or work specifically targeted to the educational market.”

They receive hundreds of submissions, and do their best to respond within 10 weeks. 

Submissions are accepted via e-mail only.  Here are their guidelines:

   *Please send us your contact information, including your email address, your mailing address and your telephone number. Please also indicate if you were referred to us, and by whom.

   *Please indicate if this is an exclusive or non-exclusive submission. We prefer exclusive submissions for at least 1 month, but it is not a requirement for submission.

   *Please include a brief synopsis of your work of no more than 1 page, your background, including any publishing history, and if you have any other work available for consideration.

  *If you are a novelist, please include the first three (3) chapters of the work and a synopsis; please do not submit the entire work or include chapters from more than one work unless specifically requested.

   *If you are a picture book writer, please include two (2) manuscripts; please do not submit any additional manuscripts unless specifically requested.

   *If you are an illustrator, please include PDF samples of your work, as well as a link to your website, or to a portfolio of your work. Please do not send any original artwork as we do not assume any responsibility for original artwork that is submitted.

   *Please send all submissions to, and please indicate if you are submitting to Marcia Wernick or Linda Pratt.

CONGRATULATIONS, Marcia and Linda!  Wishing you much luck!

Just wanted to make sure you knew that you have ONE WEEK left to enter any 2010 publication in our all-new SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards Competition. Any first-run book for young readers published by a PAL publisher in the 2010 calendar year is eligible for the award.

How to Enter 

All you need to do is log in to your SCBWI Member Profile, enter your book information on the “Publications” tab, and make sure that you’ve clicked the box that reads “Yes, I would like to submit this publication for Crystal Kite Awards nomination.”
Click here for full details.

New Profile Functionality!

Also, we’re excited to let you know that you can now enter more than one publication on your member profile, and there’s even a space to upload a picture of the cover of your books. So, whether you published in 2010, or not, stop by your and check out the new and improved functionality. Also, keep an eye out for a new tab on your Regional Home Page where you’ll be able to vote for your favorite Crystal Kite-nominated book. Round 1 voting begins Tuesday, February 2nd!


Email RA and Board of Advisors member Christopher Cheng, our SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Coordinator.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I want to open a completion book shop pls give me some tips from where i have to purchase books


    • Digamber,

      I’m not sure what a completion book shop is, but if you are asking where to buy books, you need to set up an account with a wholesaler, like Baker and Taylor or Ingram Books.

      Good luck,



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