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24/7 - Chapter Book Building Blocks

Everything you need to know to write and prep your middle grade project

Replay now Available 24/7 until June 22nd

Jenne Abramowitz, Senior Editor at Scholastic

Chapter books are the perfect first novels for newly independent readers. Jenne will talk us through the qualities that make a great chapter book, the problems she often sees in submissions, and what she’s really looking for. Come with questions!

These are the questions we intend to answer:

1.What is a chapter book and who is it for?

2.How is it different from other novels?

3.How is it different from easy readers?

4.What’s the difference between a character-driven and a concept-driven chapter book?

5.What makes for a great chapter book character?

6.What are we looking for in a strong chapter book concept?

7.How do you structure a chapter book?

8.Why are so many chapter books published as series rather than stand-alone novels?

9.Does nonfiction work at the chapter book level?

10.How do we decide to publish chapter books in hardcover versus paperback?

11.What are our experiences working on chapter books with illustrators?

12.What should authors be including in a chapter book submission?

13.How do agents decide which publishers and which editors to submit chapter books to?

14.What’s the market for chapter books like right now?

15.What are some of the chapter books we’re working on and why were we attracted to them?

16.What kinds of new books are we looking for?

About Jenne

Jenne Abramowitz is a Senior Editor at Scholastic, where she acquires a wide-range of chapter book series (The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey, Starring Jules by Beth Ain, The Yeti Files by Kevin Sherry) and middle grade novels (The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley The World from Up Here by Cecilia Galante). Jenne looks for a combination of commercial plots and beautiful, transporting prose with unforgettable characters. She loves mysteries, modern fantasy, humor, adventure, illustrated novels, quirky towns and quirky families, secret societies, hidden identities, and anything with a really juicy secret.

Jenne will be accepting one submission per participant for one month following her event, and her send information has been shared in our course under "Curriculum."

And if that is not fantastic enough, we have invited a second dimension to this event. Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, JCLA, will be joining us to share the agent's perspective. Jill and Jodell will be accepting submissions from this event as well for up to one month. The submission offers expire on June 22nd.

About Jenne

Jenne Abramowitz is a Senior Editor at Scholastic, where she acquires a wide-range of chapter book series (The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey, Starring Jules by Beth Ain, The Yeti Files by Kevin Sherry) and middle grade novels (The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley The World from Up Here by Cecilia Galante). Jenne looks for a combination of commercial plots and beautiful, transporting prose with unforgettable characters. She loves mysteries, modern fantasy, humor, adventure, illustrated novels, quirky towns and quirky families, secret societies, hidden identities, and anything with a really juicy secret.

About Jill

Jill Corcoran is President and founder of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. Writer turned literary agent, Jill opened the West Coast arm of Herman Agency in 2009, then launched JCLA in 2014. Having sold over 200 titles, Jill represents many award-winning authors and illustrators, including New York Times Bestsellers, the former US Children’s Poet Laureate, and Famous Monsters of Filmland/American Gothic Press.

After earning an English degree from Stanford University and a Marketing and Finance MBA from the University of Chicago School of Business, Jill marketed everything from Disney toys to Kellogg’s Cereal to sneakers. She worked for Mattel, LA Gear, Leo Burnett Advertising, and her own company, LAUNCH! New Product Marketing.


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Jenne Abramowitz
Jenne Abramowitz

Jenne Abramowitz is a Senior Editor at Scholastic, where she acquires a wide-range of chapter book series (The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey, Starring Jules by Beth Ain, The Yeti Files by Kevin Sherry) and middle grade novels (The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley The World from Up Here by Cecilia Galante). Jenne looks for a combination of commercial plots and beautiful, transporting prose with unforgettable characters. She loves mysteries, modern fantasy, humor, adventure, illustrated novels, quirky towns and quirky families, secret societies, hidden identities, and anything with a really juicy secret.


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