Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Pre-#NY16SCBWI Interview: Agent Sarah Davies Talks to Team Blog's Martha Brockenbrough

And the first of our pre-conference faculty interviews is in (and it's awesome!)

Agent Sarah Davies talks with Martha Brockenbrough about middle grade fiction, what makes books "saleable," and when a writer can know their book is ready to submit.

Their interview is packed with great advice and suggestions, like,

"focus on developing the two big ‘C’ words — Concept and Craft." 


"Don’t be frightened to be radical — rewriting can be far more powerful than tweaking, as it allows you to pull in fresh thinking in the strongest possible way so the new draft feels fully coherent."

Check it out at Martha's blog here.

Sarah Davies will be on faculty at the #NY16SCBWI conference, giving a breakout workshop Saturday morning and afternoon, "Saleable and Memorable Middle Grade Fiction," and participating in the Sunday main stage panel, "Acquisitions Today: Opportunities and Challenges."

You can see Sarah in person and learn from all the amazing faculty (and fellow writer and illustrator attendees) by joining us at the 17th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference in New York. Registration and details here.


  1. Hi there.

    I am a new author and new to the SCBWI. I'm thinking of attending the conference in NYC in February, but would like to know what to really expect. Is it possible to really interact with other successful authors and show my work to book publishers? This is a big expense for me so I'd like to know if it is worth the while.


    Santa Monica

  2. Hi Albin,
    You should check out blog posts from last year's conference #NY15SCBWI to get an idea of what it's like to attend the conference. But yes, there are opportunities to get critiques and interact with other industry professionals. Also, this article by author Martha Brockenbrough is a great snapshot into conference dreams and expectations, and sometimes unexpected successes. http://www.scbwi.org/martha-brockenbrough-summer-bulletin-ss/ The Los Angeles region is very active and a great resources for you as well, and connecting with the Westside Mingle folks (who meet in Santa Monica) can give you the perspective of local people who have done both New York and Los Angeles's big SCBWI conferences. Cheering you on on your adventure ahead,