Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Beyond the Query

Wedensday, September 13, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM EDT

Answer your questions about queries and pitches with Empire Literary Agent Carrie Howland's Beyond the Query: Finding an Agent Through Conventional and Not-so-Conventional Methods. 

What you need to know:

  • **This online program will explore both the traditional methods, like query letters, but also discuss the many new and exciting ways to successfully find and pitch an agent, through unconventional methods like online pitch contests, twitter, blogs, and other social media platforms 
  • **QUERIES for critique must be received between September 18 and September 25. 
  • **Written Critiques will be returned no later than November 17, 2017. 
  • **Critiques are not for the purpose of submitting your work for consideration of representation. Critiques are to give you feedback so you can make your query letter shine before you send it out to agents. If you would like to submit your work to Carrie Howland for representation, you may do that separately from the critique.

Carrie Howland joined Empire Literary after eleven years as an agent at Donadio & Olson, Inc. She represents young adult, middle grade, and select picture book authors. Carrie’s background is in poetry, so beautiful language is one of the first things she looks for in any project. Also important are a strong voice and great story, which she’s looking for across genres. Carrie is a member of the AAR as well as SCBWI. She holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College. You can follow Carrie on twitter at @ecarriehowland or visit for more information.