Learn how to present graphic novels to agents and publishers in half a day



Do you have graphic novels inside you just chock-full of home? Then this is definitely for you. Twenty years ago, Janna Morishima started her career in publishing as assistant to the creative director David Saylor at Scolastique. Two years later, she co-founded the Graphix brand with Saylor and the publisher Sheila keenan, to publish graphic novels for children, and helped bring Raina Telgemeier and Jeff smith‘s Bone to its inaugural roster. This line has grown to 40% of the US comic book store market. In 2007, she left Scholastic to lead the Kids Group at Diamond Book Distributors, where she worked with publishers like Marvel, Oni, Image and Dark Horse and helped launch. Francoise Mouly‘s Toon Books. Since then, Janna’s reputation has grown, as an agent capable of selling a graphic novel, so there might be a few more this time around. Earlier this year, she launched Janna Co., a literary and illustration agency specializing in graphic novelists and visual storytellers for children and teens. Bleeding Cool reported on two of their recent sales, Andi watson‘s Punicorn sold to Clarion, and Mimi & Penelope from Shauna J. Grant to Scholastic. and Debbie Fongthe first graphic novel by Next stop at Random House Graphic.

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In two weeks, on Saturday the 25th, she’s giving a half-day course to help people figure out how to present their graphic novel to both agents and publishers. Pitchcraft! is a half-day workshop aimed at helping you understand all the ins and outs of presenting a graphic novel, and what you need to focus on when presenting your work, promising to deliver this following ;

  • A clear understanding of what agents and editors want to see in your pitch, and what you need to prepare for
  • A downloadable checklist to make sure you’ve “ticked all the boxes” for effective pitching
  • Live reviews of multiple pitches so you can see in real time how an agent is evaluating submissions
  • A long question-and-answer session so you can ask your questions directly to Janna
  • A live exercise where you will write / refine your logline (a one-sentence pitch)
  • Advice for special cases: author submissions only; team submissions; international submissions, etc.
  • A dedicated student forum where you can share your pitch to get community feedback
Learn how to present graphic novels to agents and publishers in half a day
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The early bird registration cost for the workshop is $ 65. The price goes up to $ 78 at 8 a.m. EST on Tuesday, September 14. You must be a member of Kids Comics Unite before registering for the workshop, which is free. And Pitchcraft! Is Free for Kids Comics Studio members. There are also three spots available for live pitch review sessions with Janna, offered on a first come, first serve basis and we expect they will sell out quickly, for an additional $ 40. You can watch the Pitchfest video pitch! and the program of the day below …

  • 12 p.m. EST, Saturday, September 25, 2021
  • 12:00 PM EST Workshop Lecture: Everything You Need to Know About Pitching Your Graphic Novel
  • 1:15 p.m. EST Live Exercise: Create Your Connection Line / One-Sentence Pitch
  • Question-and-answer session at 1:30 p.m. EST
  • 2:15 p.m. EST Break
  • 2:30 p.m. EST Live review session
  • 3:30 p.m. EST
  • 3:45 p.m. EST End of workshop
  • A full replay of the event will be available for a month after its conclusion.

When launching her agency, Janna said, “Even though the graphic novel industry has grown over the past decade, it has the potential to grow as much, if not more, over the next 10 years. We are seeing more and more types of stories being told. in comic book format, and at the same time, comics easily cross the boundaries of entertainment media and impact publishing, animation, gaming and technology. More importantly, we can see the enormous enthusiasm of fans for the form in the seemingly unstoppable growth of comic book conventions and festivals aimed at every niche audience imaginable. “Without those conventions or festivals right now, Jenna has found a virtual solution that everyone can participate in.

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