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January 9, 2021 Chapter Meeting with Sylvie Frank, Sr Ed – I Wanted to Love your Work, But . . . : Eight Reasons You Might have Received a Rejection 

Date(s) - 01/17/2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Registration is reopened until Sunday, Jan. 17th 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time for anyone who didn’t register for the Chapter Meeting and now want the recording. The price is the same as the live event. The recording will be emailed to you on Jan. 18th by 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time and will be available to you for 2 weeks. 


January 9, 2021

Chapter Meeting, 2 – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster

I Wanted to Love your Work, But . . . : Eight Reasons You Might have Received a Rejection 

The behind-the-scenes submission and acquisition process can seem mysterious and baffling to authors and illustrators. Here’s a real-life look at how I receive submissions, what I look for in a submission, and what editorial and acquisitions meetings are like. This session will include plenty of time for Q&A and lots of definitions and industry lingo, making it perfect for new and experienced writers.


  Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. She is the editor of award-winning and critically acclaimed books including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo; I Have a Balloon by Ariel Bernstein, illustrated by Scott Magoon; The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by John Parra; The Crossroads by Alexandra Diaz; and OCDaniel by Wesley King. Since joining Paula Wiseman Books in 2013, Sylvie has been on the prowl for kid-focused, snappy picture books and literary, character-driven middle grade. She is drawn to original and diverse voices across all genres. One of her favorite pastimes is browsing agents’ and illustrators’ websites for new talent. When she’s not reading, Sylvie can be found running while listening to audiobooks.


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