Picture Books and Easy Readers, Jan 2018

January 4th, 2018 - January 29th, 2018

with Brooke McIntyre

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Preparing your picture book or easy reader manuscript for submission? Get your manuscript critiqued by Sean McCarthy, an experienced literary agent who enjoys mentoring writers. You'll also meet other serious Kidlit writers, sharpen your eye by giving feedback and receive the benefits of workshopping with a group - like meeting other writers, and learning by exchanging feedback. How it works: Submit your manuscript to the group when the group officially kicks off on January 4th. Then, group members have 2 weeks to exchange feedback on one another's work. Sean will post his critiques towards the end of that time. After critiques are complete, Sean will host a debrief call where each writer gets individual time with Sean to address key feedback themes and discuss both manuscript and writing questions.

Inked Voices & Sean McCarthy are pleased to offer a place in the workshop, free of cost, to a diverse writer. Learn more: https://inkedvoices.typeform.com/to/Syoo6l


Who this workshop is for: Writers preparing for or at the querying stage, interested in agent feedback and in meeting fellow writers.


Group size: 8 writers

Submissions: Submit one picture book under 1000 words or one easy reader under 2000 words.


Members: $72; Non-members: $90

About Brooke McIntyre

Sean McCarthy founded his own full-service literary agency in 2013. He began his publishing career as an editorial intern at Overlook Press and then worked at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency as the submissions coordinator and permissions manager before becoming a full-time literary agent. He works on children's books for all ages, and is actively looking to build his client list. His clients include Zachariah OHora, Hyewon Yum, Mark Fearing, Jamie A. Swenson, Dana Wulfekotte, Andrea Offermann, Kurt Cyrus, and Judith Robbins Rose. Sean graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing, and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota.

He is drawn to flawed, multifaceted characters with devastatingly concise writing in YA, and action-packed mysteries or adventures in MG. In picture books, he looks more for unforgettable characters, off-beat humor, and especially clever endings. He is not currently interested in issue-driven stories or query letters that pose too many questions.


Thurs, Jan 4th: Event kicks off and submissions due
Thurs, Jan 19th: Critiques due
Mon, Jan 22nd, 8-10:15pm ET: Debrief call*
Mon, Jan 29th: Group workspace closes

*The discussion call will be recorded and shared. If you cannot participate live, you may send your questions in advance.

Participants who join the workshop are automatically added to the group's workspace and may feel free to network and/or exchange manuscripts in advance of the event start. This is a completely optional extra for participants. Sean will join in at the event start.