Learn How to Hook an Agent with Your “Once Upon a Time…" – Picture Book Craft Intensive for Selling in Today's Market

Learn How to Hook an Agent with Your “Once Upon a Time…" – Picture Book Craft Intensive for Selling in Today's Market

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  • You are actively querying agents and publishers with your children's books
  • You have always wanted to try writing a children's book, whether for publication or as a keepsake
  • You want to improve your pitch and hook
  • You want to take the next step toward publication in the picture book market


Enjoy this presentation by literary agent Mary Kole featuring the most up-to-date information regarding picture books in today's market! Mary devoted a portion of this session to answering candid questions in a Town Hall-style format!

Picture books are a gorgeous and engaging way to reach the youngest readers in children's books. If you want to write picture books for child readers ages 0–7, there are tips and tricks that you need to know before you can break in. Because early children's books are so unique and specific,if you want to do them right, that is,this entire 90-minute session will be devoted to the picture book area of the kidlit craft.

Successfully hooking an agent (and readers) with your writing takes voice, incredible characterization and an exciting plot,even if your book is only 200 words long! In this market, you also need a commercial premise that'll immediately spark the imagination, and multiple sales hooks. Learn what the picture book audience is looking for, what agents and editors like to see in this marketplace, and how you can capitalize on these needs. You'll also learn how to make your project and pitch irresistible so you can take the next step toward publication.


  • The essential elements of books written for young child readers
  • How your kid reader thinks about picture books and what they want
  • What agents and editors look for in terms of pitch, writing, and book premise
  • The specific guidelines of this market
  • Examples of great picture books from today's shelves
  • How to handle illustrations and how to format your submission
  • How to make your hook absolutely irresistible
  • What separates an aspiring writer from a contracted author in this field


Mary Kole (kidlit.com, @kid_lit) is a Senior Literary Manager with Movable Type Management (movableTM.com). She's also on the hunt for exceptional picture books, especially from accomplished author/illustrators. She has sold books to HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Random House, Marshall Cavendish, and Arthur A. Levin's imprint at Scholastic, among others. Mary reads submissions for tween and teen novels all day long and will tell you exactly what works and what doesn't when you're approaching this exciting, creative, and fulfilling niche in publishing.

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