first pages

First Pages with Agent Saba Sulaiman and Editor Kate Prosswimmer

by G. Myrthil

SCBWI Metro’s On-the-Road series returned to the First Baptist Church of White Plains, NY on Saturday, May 13, for a positive and informative First Pages workshop. Saba Sulaiman, literary agent at Talcott Notch Literary, and Kate Prosswimmer, associate editor at Sourcebooks, teamed up to critique a dozen or so first pages, ranging from picture books to YA, chosen at random from audience members’ submissions. Saba and Kate were lucky—all the first pages were really strong. Yet they still had helpful feedback and advice to share.


First Pages Panel: 2011

Originally Published: April 2011

by Emily Goodman

Kate Sullivan, associate editor at Little, Brown, and Noa Wheeler, associate editor at Henry Holt, critiqued randomly chosen first pages of works in progress submitted by audience members March 8 at the Tuesday Professional Lecture Series.

The advice that came up most often: Establish character and setting before starting the main plot, and Show, don’t tell. “Let us get to know the characters, so we care about them, before something happens to them,” said Sullivan. (more…)