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 Frequently Asked Questions

How does an agent/editor pitch work?

You must be registered for an agent/editor pitch. They will be held at the end of the conference on Saturday. These pitch sessions cost $20 and are 3-minute timeslots when you may either pitch your story to the agent or editor, or simply ask questions about the industry or their agency or publishing house. The session allows you guaranteed time with that person. The pitch is only one to three sentences. The pitch should be a 30-second elevator or book jacket pitch of your book. You may not read it, so practice and be ready to go. It does not guarantee a book critique, so do not have your manuscript in hand.

If an Agent/editor pitch has open slots, they can be purchased the day of the conference.

I'm an illustrator. How can I have my portfolio in the Portfolio Showcase and be included in the judging?

To be included in the Portfolio Showcase, you must sign up for it when you register for the conference (must be attending Saturday). When you sign up, you are automatically entered into the judging for the showcase winners. 

Maximum size for standard portfolio: up to 14" width (unopened) and height. For liability reasons, no electronic portfolios, such as iPads, will be allowed as part of the showcase. If you only bring an electronic portfolio, it will not be displayed and your reservation fee will not be refunded.

Are there postcard opportunities for illustrators?

Yes! All illustrator attendees who are members of SCBWI may send us promotional postcards of their work to be included in the faculty gift baskets. Postcards must be a maximum of 6 inches by 8 inches and must be received by Illustrator Coordinator Diandra Mae by September 2, 2017. Illustrators will receive information about how to submit their postcards after they register.

What do I need to know about the Silent Auction?

Our annual conference includes a Silent Auction with items that you can bid on. Some of the items are signed books and art work. Some of the items are vacations or consultations. Please bring cash or your checkbook. To donate an item for the Silent Auction, please email auction coordinator Carmela Simmons.

Items that you win at the conference MUST be claimed and paid for at the conference. We will not mail any items to winning bidders after the conference. If you are not available to pay for your item, it will go to the next bidder.

Payments must be made by cash or check.

How can I get my book in the conference bookstore?

Blue Willow Bookstore will again set up our conference bookstore on October 7, 2017. The bookstore will include books by and recommended by our faculty, as well as some of our attendees' books.

Published SCBWI members who are registered for the conference by October 1, 2017, are eligible to have one of their books for sale in the conference bookstore

An Author Table will also be available where authors may sell their own books, either traditionally published or self-published, on Saturday, October 7. Contact Vonna Carter for additional regulations.

I'm registered. How can I access my registration?

After you have logged in to our website, you can access your registration details by clicking on the My Home button in the top right corner, then clicking Event History in the menu on the left side of the page. A list with all the SCBWI events that you have registered for in the past 2 years will appear. Choose the Houston SCBWI 2017 Annual Conference to view your registration details.

After I'm registered, how can I add to or change my registration?

If you'd like to add a critique, pitch, the Saturday dinner or other addition to your registration, please email Bruce Foster, the Houston Registrar

This does not answer all my questions. Who can I ask for more information?

If you have any other questions, please email Vicki Sansum at

Click here to register for the conference.