Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

First Impression Critique Day

Date(s) - 06/08/2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bedford Public Library
2424 Forest Ridge Drive - Bedford, Texas 76021


Due to a last-minute faculty cancellation we are revamping our Agent Day event and turning it into a First Impressions Critique Day.

The event will be held Saturday June 8 from 10:30-3:00 at the Bedford Library, located at 2424 Forest Ridge Dr, Bedford, TX 76021.

PAL (Published and Listed) members will conduct 10 one-on-one critiques lasting 15 minutes each Critiques will cost $10 each and be paid directly to the critique (cash only please).

For more information about the participating PAL Members, check out our Critique Gurus Page.


Participating PAL members:

Rebecca BalcarcelMiddle Grade “Selected Pages” 

Alayne ChristianPicture Book Manuscript/Chapter book “Selected Pages” 

Alan Elliot – Picture Book Manuscript 

Polly Holyoke – Middle-Grade “Selected Pages”

Jennifer Judd – Picture Book Manuscript 

Beth MillsPicture Book Manuscript/Dummy/Illustration Portfolio

Rosie PovaPicture Book Manuscript/ Middle Grade or YA “Selected Pages” 

Michelle Schusterman – Middle Grade “Selected Pages” 

Jaimie Whitbread – Illustration Portfolio 


Event Agenda:

10:30 – 11:00      Registration and greeting

11:00 – 11:30      Critique Etiquette

11:30 – 12:00      Developing the Perfect Pitch

12:00 – 12:30      Light lunch (included)

12:30 – 3:00        Critiques and Pitch Perfect game


Those who are waiting their turn for critique will have the opportunity to participate in a fun “elevator pitch” game similar to speed dating where they can practice pitching their book to other attendees.

It is the hope of our leadership team that by providing this opportunity our members will be better prepared for our upcoming Fall Retreat while creating connections and to PAL members who offer classes, critiques, and mentorships.

We hope to see you all there!