Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Book Packagers 101

Date(s) - 06/26/2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Presenter Name: Lionel Bender

Webinar Title: Book Packagers 101

Webinar Date and Time: Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 2 p.m., EST

Webinar description:

What are book packagers—also known as creation houses, development houses, or full-service providers. Why should you know about them, and how can you find them? How do they differ from publishers? Do they commission authors and illustrators, directly or via agents? Do they produce fiction and nonfiction? Why do they exist and how do they work with publishers? How do they commission and work with writers and illustrators? How much do they pay? Includes examples of book packagers’ products, what is special about them, and lots of advice on working with them. Mostly Nonfiction, All Levels


Lionel BenderLionel Bender is the founder and Editorial Director of book packager Bender Richardson White (BRW), which creates and produces illustrated nonfiction books for such publishers as National Geographic Kids, Time for Kids, Capstone, Highlights for Children/Boyds Mills, FactsonFile/Chelsea House, and Crabtree. At BRW, he has commissioned more than 120 authors, edited some 1,300 nonfiction books, and worked with dozens of illustrators. Before that, he wrote more than 70 children’s information books for 10 different publishers. For examples of BRW’s books see

Date registration opens: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Date registration closes: Monday, June 21 at 11:59 p.m.

Price of registration for:

  • SCBWI Carolinas members: $10
  • SCBWI members: $15
  • Non-members: $20

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No registration fees will be refunded after Friday, June 11 at 11:59 p.m.