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Finding an Agent: Making a Match with Carrie Pearson

Date(s) - 12/31/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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Finding the right agent has often been compared to finding a spouse–hopefully, they will be your lifelong business partner, a creative collaborator, your negotiations champion, and eventually the go-between for difficult conversations with your publisher.

But just like online dating, finding an agent can be overwhelming.

Where do you start?

Join Carrie Pearson for a live webinar focused on preparing for and finding the right agent fit for you and your work. It’s not enough to find an agent; the important work is to find your agent match.

If you have any of these questions —   

  • how do I know if my manuscript is ready to submit?
  • I’m not published. Do I need a website before I begin submitting? (trick question – the answer is YES!)
  • how many manuscripts do I need to have ready before I submit?
  • how many agents can I submit to at the same time? (trick question – this is not the right question to be asking. Carrie will tell you why.)
  • an agent is interested in my manuscript, what do I do now?
  • more than one agent is interested. NOW WHAT?
  • how long do I wait before I follow up with an agent who requested a full? What do I say in the follow up? Why did the agent express interest and then…crickets?
  • what’s the difference between simultaneous and multiple submissions? Cover letter and query letter?
  • should I offer an exclusive?
  • I have an agent but he/she doesn’t send out my manuscripts/tell me what the status of submissions are/tell me who he/she is submitting to. What should I do?
  • how can I find the right agent for me?

Carrie’s experience spans 12 years in the industry. She’ll share why she’s had three agents (third one’s the charm!) and help you think differently about how to find your agent fit.

Join us November 30th at 12pm EST for our live webinar: Finding an Agent: Making a Match with Carrie Pearson.


Carrie Pearson feels that being a children’s book author represents the best merger of her education, occupations, and passion. She holds a BA in early childhood education from the University of Michigan, taught at the University’s preschool and then moved into the business world for 15+ years. She is now a full-time children’s book author and owner of a consulting business in the children’s book industry focusing on preparing writers to connect with the right agent and/or editors. She is a Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Michigan chapter and a member of the Michigan Reading Association and the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. She is the author of two nature nonfiction picture books, A Warm Winter Tail and A Cool Summer Tail with Arbordale Publishing (2012 and 2014) and Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth with Charlesbridge (2018). A picture book biography about Dr. Virginia Apgar launches fall 2020 with Norton Young Readers. Carrie would love to connect with you on Twitter @carrieapearson, Pinterest carrieapearson, and through her websites or


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