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“Deborah Halverson is the source of one of the most valuable gems in the conference packets, ‘The 2012 SCBWI Market Survey: Publishers of Books for Young Readers.'” Read more at SCBWI’s Conference Blog


  1. The keynote speech! Wow, how exciting! Congratulations, and I hope you’ll share a few “market needs” with those of us not lucky enough to attend. 🙂

    • The insights will be coming out in a million ways on this site, you can trust that. The editors, agents, publishers, sales VPs, etc. whom I interviewed in my research for the speech were so generous with their knowledge. I’ll do what I can to enlighten as many as I can.

    • Thanks for taking the time to let me know that it was helpful to you, Ninja Baker. (What a cool moniker, by the way.)

    • I totally understand the sleep deprivation, Susan. They pack so much amazing information into this conference that I find that when I lay down to sleep, my mind is still feverishly processing. Hope you get caught up on zzz’s quickly so you’re able to start putting the info to work in your WIP asap.

  2. Thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and left the conference energized and ready to tackle new projects and write, write, write!

  3. You had me at “triplets!” That you still have hair and were able to string together and deliver a few nuggets to those of us in your session was, for me, golden and inspiring. You had the time slot from hell but were able to keep us engaged. Just reviewing my notes from the Conference, and I had more take aways from yours than any other, but they were all good sessions. Kiss those kiddos and thanks for being part of the faculty. Headed to Amazon to buy the Dummies book now.

    • Ha! Kathleen, the trio is growing up and getting much easier. Thanks for your kind words about the intensive. I worked hard to make sure you had things you could apply to your writing when you left that room, so I’m very glad to hear your enthusiasm about your “take away”.

  4. Hi Deborah,

    If a writer has written a picture book ms with far less text than her usual manuscripts, could she add information to let the editor know what she believes would be happening in spreads where there wouldn’t be any text at all? Normally, this just isn’t done, but a lot of the story is carried by images in this case.

    Ann Whitford Paul suggested I contact you with this question. Her solution was to submit two manuscripts: one without the descriptions and one with them. The dual manuscript could be explained in the cover letter.

    What do you think?

  5. Thanks so much for all the valuable information you provided at SCBWI (and all the advice you provide every day in this column). It was nice to be able to put the name and face together.

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