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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. It serves as a consolidated voice for professional writers and illustrators the world over.  As a unified body, the SCBWI acts as a powerful force to effect important changes within the field of children's literature, promoting new copyright legislation, equitable treatment of authors and artists, and fair contract terms.  There are currently more than 22,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regional chapters writing and illustrating in all genres for young readers from board books to young adult (YA) novels, making it the largest children's writing organization in the world.

To find out about benefits, grants, events, publications, and more visit www.scbwi.org.

Your SCBWI Profile

To download a description and step-by-step instructions on working with your profile on the SCBWI main site, click here.

SCBWI and
Self-Publishing

  • The Board recently established some guidelines and they are shared below (Nov 2010)
  • We are committed to preparing our pre-published members to be published, to meet the standards of quality that are represented by traditional publishers.
  • We are committed to educating our members about self-publishing scams and predators, companies that do not offer appropriate services and charge unknowing authors and illustrators for services they can’t or don’t provide.
  • We are committed to educating our members about the pros and cons of self publishing so they can make an educated choice.  There are instances where self-publishing is a legitimate choice, however we want our members to enter into that choice armed with full knowledge and appropriate expectations.
  • SCBWI will continue to track the changes in the current state of publishing and apprise our members of new opportunities for them to prosper and advance their careers, whatever those opportunities may be.
  • SCBWI does not oppose conference sessions which contain information on self-publishing, provided they present an accurate description and are not used as sales tools to solicit business.
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