Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

One-On-One Critique Guidelines

One-on-one critique sessions can be a stressful events, and sometimes it's hard to remember everything you need to doHere are a few things to keep in mind.

Faculty will be using the SCBWI critique forms for their written critiques, which can be found here:
Gold Form for manuscripts
Portfolio Critique Notes for illustration portfolios

Remember, these are critique sessions. Though an editor, agent or art director may wish to see a complete/revised manuscript or invite you to submit art samples later, it is highly unlikely that you will get a book contract based on this meeting.

Be on time. Critiques are booked back to back. If you are late for your appointment, you still have to end on time.

Arrive early, so you can start on time.

Depart graciously and promptly when your time is up. Others are waiting, or the editor/agent/art director may be scheduled for a workshop or a much needed break.

Missed appointments cannot be made up or receive a fee refund.

If you're having a manuscript reviewed, be preparted to tell
• Genre
• Targeted audience
• Word count and/or number of chapters
• How your story ends
• What is unique about your book or story.

If you're having a portfolio reviewed, be prepared to tell
• Subjects you prefer
• Age range
• Fiction or non-fiction
• Novel covers or picture books
• What is unique about your work

Be concise. Practice what you’re going to say. Ask questions and take notes.

Be professional, organized and courteous.

Do not ask an editor, agent or art director to take your full manuscript or art samples home, or to look at it on conference day. Mail them later, following guidelines provided.

Do not telephone an editor, agent or art director unless invited to do so.