Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Writer to Writer: Webinar Series: 3 Webinars $30

Date(s) - 07/13/2019 - 09/30/2019
2:00 pm


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We’re talking to 3 professional writers in July, August, and September about the nitty-gritty details of the publishing industry and actually making money doing what you love. Jen Doll, Alisa Kwitney, and KL Going will all discus different aspects of the path to publishing and making a living as an author.

  • How do you best promote your work in the internet age?
  • How is writing Graphic novels different that writing novels?
  • And how do you stay sane and make money?

Our webinars are usually $15 each, but you can register for all three for $30.

Links to the live webinars and links to the recordings will automatically be sent after you register and they will be available from July 15th to the end of October.

Description: Beck Rourke-Mooney, SCBWI member and novelist, will ask author and journalist Jen Doll a range of questions about how she built a successful freelance writing career that encompasses journalism for major magazines, newspapers, and websites as well as memoir writing, essay writing, and novel-writing for teens and adults. We’ll talk about everything from “Can you actually make a living as a freelancer in today’s publishing culture?” to “What are the different challenges of writing for teens versus adults?” and “How do you best promote your work in the internet age?” Jen will, also address how to pitch an article to an editor when you’re just starting out, juggling different types of writing and multiple deadlines, and whether you should ever work for free. Following the discussion, we’ll solicit and answer questions from webinar participants.


JULY: Recording available

Title: “How to Forge a Writing Career, Bit by Bit (And Actually Make Money Doing What You Love)”

Recording will be automatically sent when you register.

Jen Doll is a freelance journalist and the author of the young adult novel Unclaimed Baggage (2018) as well as the memoir Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest (2014). Her debut YA novel was a New York Times Staff Pick as well as an NPR Best Book of 2018, a Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2018, a Cosmo Best New Book of 2018, and a BookRiot Fall 2018 YA Must-Read.

Jen writes a work advice column for WeWork called Work Flow in which she answers pressing questions about work, life, and the intersection between the two. She’s written for The Atlantic, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Topic, The Village Voice, The Week, and other publications. During her time as a staff writer at The Atlantic, she created the column “YA for Grownups” about the category’s appeal to readers young and old. She was also previously the managing editor of Mental Floss magazine and Radar magazine.

**We are kicking off this series with some very exciting news, our first author, Jen Doll, just sold the TV rights to her novel!** 

Joe Lawson (Shameless) will adapt Jen Doll’s YA novel, Unclaimed Baggage, that is set in a conservative small Southern town and follows three teens with different backgrounds as they work summer jobs at a shop called Unclaimed Baggage, where they catalog and sell other people’s lost luggage. Together, through friendship, they find that they can unpack their own emotional baggage and move into the future. Read the full Hollywood Reporter announcement here.


KL Going is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and teens. Her first novel, Fat Kid Rules the World was named a Michael Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association, and was included on YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults list and their list of Best Books for the Past Decade.


Alisa Kwitney was an editor at DC Comics/Vertigo and is the Eisner-nominated author of YA novels, graphic novels, romantic women’s fiction and urban fantasy. She was one of the authors of A Flight of Angels, which made YALSA’s Top Ten List for Great Graphic Novels for Teens, and the YA graphic novel Token, named a highlight of the Minx imprint by PW.