Society of
Children's Book Writers
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SCBWI-IL NSN Live-Streamed Event–PUBLISHING 101: John Shableski in Conversation with Anny Rusk

Date(s) - 02/29/2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

PianoForte Chicago
1335 S. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor - Chicago, Illinois 60605




Join North Suburban Network Representative Anny Rusk in conversation with John Shableski for PUBLISHING 101.


Publishing 101 will give writers and illustrators knowledge that will empower them to be better partners to agents, publishers, and other industry colleagues.

John and Anny will discuss what you should do before you submit your manuscript to an editor, the acquisition process inside the house, what makes a good book contract, how you should spend your advance, what you can expect during a book launch, and beyond.

In-person attendees, bring your questions for the Q & A afterwards.  Although John is considered an expert in graphic novels, their conversation will cover all book formats. “Whether it’s prose, a graphic novel, or a Middle Grade book, the acquisition process is the same.” 

Join them free and in-person on February 29 or via live streaming for a small fee anywhere you want to be! For more information on what the speakers plan to discuss, please refer to this EVENT OUTLINE


North Suburban Network Guest: John Shableski

John Shableski is a publishing industry expert and currently the Director of Educational Development for Manga Classics.  He has served on the advisory board for Book Expo America, is a founding board member for Reading With Pictures, and serves as a special projects consultant for the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation.  He has helped launch the ALA Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants, was the principle architect for the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards in Denver, Colorado.   He has also created, moderated and produced over 500 hours of professional development programming for teachers, librarians, booksellers and publishing professionals at conventions, trade shows and festivals across North America.

North Suburban Network Host: Anny Rusk

Anny Rusk is the SCBWI-IL North Suburban Chicago Co-Rep, is affiliated with the Center for Teaching Through Children’s Books at National Louis University, and has moderated several Graphic Novel panels at Chicago’s Comic Con, C2E2. She is also the co-host of the YouTube/Booktube channel Choose2Include. In addition to being a helicopter mom to her four-legged son, Odin, Anny has several works in progress including an MG Fantasy novel and a picture book on OCD.

Join us in person February 29 at 12 PM at PianoForte, Chicago

Like all Network events, this North Suburban Network event is free and open to the public if you attend in-person.


—Walk-ins Welcome but if you know you’re coming, please register!
—In-person Registration for both members and non-members begins on February 3.
—In-person Fee for both members and non-members is FREE.
—Please be advised that you may be seen in the audience as part of our live-streaming of this event. A recording of this event will be made but will not be shared with attendees.
—Public transportation to & Parking near PianoForte Chicago:  Street parking. Consult the CTA Quick Trip Planner or Metra for public transportation to the event.  Members are encouraged to use the SCBWI-IL Google Groups to arrange carpools.


Many thanks to our own Darcy Zoells of PianoForte Chicago, who has generously donated the space for the event.  Visit PianoForte Chicago.


OR Join our LIVE-STREAM of this event February 29 at 12 PM CST

Networks are always a terrific programming opportunity to see your colleagues in person, but now we’re adding LIVE STREAMING for popular events so you can enjoy them for a small fee anywhere you want to be! Registered attendees will be sent a link to join in the program two days before the event.  Streaming is open to individuals only and the rate is per-person.  SCBWI-IL is a non-profit — please play fair so that we might continue to support our SCBWI-IL Network programming!


—Live-Stream Registration for both members and non-members begins on this page beginning February 3.
—Live-Stream Fee for SCBWI Members $10; for Non-Members $12

—Live-stream Registered attendees
will be sent a link to join in the program one day before the event, January 28. If you do not receive a link, email Cedric Gliane. 

—This is a LIVE event streamed in real time. A recording will be available for one week after the event.
—There are no refunds on registration fees. If you cannot watch live, the one-week recording, or if you miss the event, you will not receive a refund.


Program Questions?: Email Anny Rusk, North Suburban Network Co-Representative.
Registration and Live Streaming Questions?: Email the Registrar , Cedric Gliane, Illustrator Coordinator


Whether you’ll attend for free in-person or will watch the event in real time online, registration begins on this page at 12PM CST Monday, February 3 and is open until Thursday, February 27.

RENEW or JOIN BEFORE registering.

DO NOT page backward during registration process.

Credit Cards accepted for online payment.

—Questions about your Online Registration?: Cedric Gliane