Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PB/MG/YA Roundtable Critiques with Editor Catherine Laudone

Date(s) - 06/17/2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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*For INDIANA resident members ONLY*
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern
Registration opens Noon Eastern on March 18, 2023
Please sign up for only one agent or editor roundtable spot. Those who have an art director spot may sign up for an agent or editor spot.

IN SCBWI is pleased to offer a series of roundtable events led by industry professionals in 2023 FREE of charge to Indiana members (you must reside in Indiana). This one is with editor, Catherine Laudone.

Catherine Laudone is an editor at Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She has ten years of experience in editing children’s books and has her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Catherine is actively acquiring picture books and middle grade with a special focus on finding stories featuring underrepresented voices. She is especially passionate about stories featuring neurodiverse and disabled characters. For picture books, she is drawn to classic-feeling, character-driven stories with a commercial hook. She loves clever twist endings, fresh spins on timeless themes, and characters that make you laugh or cry. For nonfiction picture books, she looks for biographies featuring diverse role models and untold real-life legends, and narrative nonfiction that makes history and facts accessible to young readers. For middle grade, she is primarily looking for coming-of-age stories with distinct narrative voices and a high concept premise. She will consider some historical and mystery middle grade as well. She is also open to considering middle grade graphic novels with themes and illustration styles similar to Shannon Hale’s Real Friends series, Alexis Castellanos’ Isla to Island, and Maggie Edkins Willis’ Smaller Sister. When not editing or writing, she enjoys baking, crocheting, and drinking chocolate tea while watching Gilmore Girls reruns. Learn more at or follow her on Twitter: @CatherineLaud.


How the roundtable works:

After registering on this page, please submit either a picture book manuscript of no more than 1,000 words or the first 10 pages of a middle grade or young adult manuscript as a properly formatted Word document by May 2, 2023. You will be asked to upload your document to a Jotform which you will receive a link to after registration. Catherine will provide written feedback which we will return to you in a private Google Drive link before the Zoom roundtable on June 17rd.

You will get regular reminders to upload your manuscript, but if we don’t receive your work BY MIDNIGHT on the submission due date, you will forfeit your spot to someone else on the waitlist.

Attendees are asked to read the manuscripts of all 7 other participants so they might understand Catherine’s feedback for each person. They are not expected to provide critiques for anyone.

During the Zoom roundtable, Catherine will spend 15 minutes on each person where they can ask questions about the feedback.

The Zoom link to the event will be sent to you by 6pm the night before from ARA Alicia Novo. Please check your spam box if you can’t find it.


If the event is full when you try to register, please email Diane to be put on the waitlist. Please note which event you want to sign up for.


This event is fully booked.