Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PAL Opportunities

We are excited to offer several opportunities to our PAL (Published and Listed) members who attend the conference:


Midsouth Dessert and Autograph Party 

Friday, 7:30-8:30pm


Please read carefully, as the process for becoming a PAL Dessert Party signer has changed this year. This year qualified attendees will select this option when registering for the conference. These slots fill quickly so register early if you’d like to be a part of the Dessert Party signing.

Sign copies of your PAL-approved books and meet and greet other Midsouth conference attendees. Participation in this event is limited to the first 16 author or illustrator PAL-level SCBWI members (from any region) to complete online registration, pay registration fees, and submit up to five titles with valid ISBN numbers by June 5. Titles for signing must be published as children’s or young adult literature, be returnable, have no minimum order requirements, and be readily available from Ingram according to Parnassus Books’ sales terms. Exceptions may be made if the book is already stocked by Parnassus Books.

(Authors and illustrators should determine the publication date and availability of their

titles before deciding to participate.) Send an email with contact info (please indicate whether you are an author, illustrator, or both), along with titles, ISBN numbers, and any questions to Jessica Young at Titles from the autograph party will also be made available for purchase in the conference bookstore throughout the weekend, as supplies last.


Displayed throughout the conference

PAL-level SCBWI members from any region who are attending the Midsouth conference may bring up to three books (written or illustrated for children) and business cards/promotional material for display in the Grand Ballroom throughout the conference. Autograph party participants will have also their books displayed in the conference bookstore. Book setup will take place at 7:00pm, Friday, September 14th; book pickup will take place at 1:00pm Sunday, September 16th. SCBWI cannot be held responsible for damaged materials or books not picked up at that time. Books not picked up will be donated to the Midsouth Book Drive.


PAL Marketing Meeting

Saturday 4:30—6:00pm

Join other PAL members to discuss best-of marketing techniques, learn school visit tips and tricks from education experts, and enjoy networking time with your peers at the PAL Marketing Meeting. Bring materials to share if you’d like!


Parnassus Manager of Books for Young Readers Stephanie Appell will give you the inside scoop on how to develop a relationship with your local independent bookstore. From providing a highly-curated selection of children’s and YA books to getting your book onto shelves to proposing and hosting a book launch, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how and why independent bookstores can be one of your strongest allies at every step of your publishing journey.