Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI-IL FFT Backlist Books

Date(s) - 09/24/2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Food for Thought: How to Sell Your Backlist Books

Online event for All SCBWI Published members

FREE to Illinois PALs and FULL members.

Learn how to reach new readers and reconnect with old fans in a panel discussion with independent bookseller Nicole Brinkley and marketing director Lisa DiSarro. From handselling to BookTok’ing, there are many ways to boost interest in your backlist titles. Nicole and Lisa share their insights from decades of experience in the children’s publishing world. 

Program Questions? Lizzie Cooke and Rebecca Rissman

Registration and eligibility questions?: Deborah Topolski


Bio: Nicole Brinkley

Nicole Brinkley has short hair and loves dragons. The rest changes without notice. Named a “Star” by Publishers Weekly, Nicole is an award-winning independent bookseller and the manager of Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY. She currently sits on the American Bookseller Association’s advisory council for general booksellers and the ABA’s advisory council for children’s booksellers.

Nicole is also the creator and host of Misshelved, a podcast entering its fourth season that features booksellers across America in conversation with beloved and bestselling authors. Literary agent Jennifer Laughran describes Nicole as “a tireless wearer of many hats who handsells like a magician.” Connect with Nicole on her website or Instagram.


Bio: Lisa DiSarro

Lisa DiSarro is the Senior Director of Marketing at HarperCollins Children’s Books. With more than 20 years of experience in children’s book marketing, she has worked with award-winning, high-profile authors such as Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, Kwame Alexander, and Linda Sue Park.

Lisa can provide unique perspectives on marketing from her previous roles as an educator, bookseller, and sales representative. She thinks that the best part of her job is sharing great books with as many people as possible. 


Your Food for Thought Co-Coordinators

Rebecca Siegel, FFT Co-Coordinator, SCBWI-IL PAL & Published Team

Rebecca Siegel has a masters degree in English Literature from Loyola University, Chicago. She has worked in children’s publishing for over a decade, and has two Middle Grade books out this year: TO FLY AMONG THE STARS (Scholastic) and MAYFLOWER (Quarto). To learn more, visit

The SCBWI-IL wishes to thanks Rebecca, retiring after this event, for her years of stewarding this valuable member benefit!







Lizzie Cooke, FFT Co-Coordinator, SCBWI-IL PAL & Published Team

Lizzie Cooke is a children’s writer with a love of trees, ice cream, and—of course—books. Her first publication was a poem in Cicada, a literary magazine for teens formerly published by Cricket Media. Her young adult novel The Word We Don’t Say was a runner-up in the 2018 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize contest from Elephant Rock Books. She is also a contributor to the nonfiction anthology Coming of Age at the End of Nature (Trinity University Press). To learn more, visit  






Open to PAL and Full SCBWI Members BEGINNING through September 22 at noon.
Have a signed contract or published book / article? Upgrade your member status to PAL or FULL Member!

Remember, upgrading your SCBWI Member Status to PAL or FULL is as easy as a few clicks! If you’ve signed a contract for an upcoming PAL book or magazine article or have published an independent book, log into and go to your MEMBER PROFILE page.  Here, you can upload your new title into the bookstore.  This will automatically upgrade your member status to PAL or Full!  Take advantage of all that your SCBWI membership has to offer and update your member status for FREE by logging into your SCBWI MEMBER PROFILE today!

Upgrade your Member Status directions
SCBWI Membership Levels & PAL Request Form

Member Status Questions?: Email Deborah Topolski
FFT Program Questions?: Email Lizzie Cooke your Food for Thought Co-Coordinator, part of the PAL & Published Volunteer Team




If you not not see a registration form, make sure that you
—are a current PAL or FULL member
—you are logged in to SCBWI

—Live event is free to SCBWI-Illinois members.If you do not have a coupon email Deborah Topolski

— SCBWI Members $10
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Registration Questions?: Email Deborah Topolski, Co-RA Illinois

Once You Have Registered
— Registered attendees will be sent a link to join in the program by the morning of the event.
— If you do not receive a link by the morning of September 24, email Jen Wagh
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— This is a live event. A free recording, available for for one week, will be emailed to registered attendees by September 26.



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