SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 Faculty

EDITORS & AGENTS


 

SUBMITTING TO THE FACULTY
All attendees are welcome to submit to the in-person editors and agents (in attendance at 2019 Letters & Lines) AFTER the conference. We will have submission guidelines for each of them in your packets including instructions to identify you as an attendee at our conference.

NOTE: Speakers who are offering 1-on-1 critiques and portfolio consultations have that noted in their bios. You must register online for any of these offerings.

Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. She is the editor of award-winning and critically acclaimed books including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo; I Have a Balloon by Ariel Bernstein, illustrated by Scott Magoon; Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome; and OCDaniel by Wesley King. Since joining Paula Wiseman Books in 2013, Sylvie has been on the prowl for literary, character-driven middle grade and kid-focused, snappy picture books. She is drawn to original and diverse voices across all genres. One of her favorite pastimes is browsing agents’ and illustrators’ websites for new talent. When she’s not reading, Sylvie can be found running while listening to audiobooks. Sylvie will be providing a limited number of one-on-one critiques for Picture Books ONLY, as well as a limited number of one-on-one portfolio reviews.

 

Tiffany Liao is an editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Previously, she was at Penguin Young Readers. She’s had the pleasure of editing authors such as Tomi Adeyemi, Margaret Owen, Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, Jess Rothenberg, Henry Lien, K.D. Halbrook, and Tochi Onyebuchi, among others. She acquires young adult and middle grade fiction, with a particular love of fantasy. A Bay Area native, Tiffany now resides in Brooklyn, where she continues to pine for a good avocado. She (mostly) tweets about bookish things at @tiff_liao. Tiffany will be providing a limited number of one-on-one critiques for Middle Grade or Young Adult.

 

Meredith Mundy (who grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado) has been editing books for young readers for 25 years and hopes to continue doing so for at least 25 more! Following more than a decade at Sterling Children’s Books, she is now Executive Editor at Abrams Appleseed, where she is acquiring books for ages 0-5—board books, novelty books, and very young picture books. She is specifically seeking concept books with a twist (see Hippopposites and Llamaphones), and clever books with a holiday tie-in. She lives in Putnam Valley, NY, with her graphic designer husband, Richard, and their red tabby, Martha.

 

Molly O’Neill is an agent with Root Literary. She loves the creative process and early-stage project development, is invigorated by business strategy and entrepreneurial thinking, and is fascinated by the intersections of creativity, commerce, and community. She has been the editor of #1 New York Times bestsellers, a publishing/tech start-up executive, and a marketing expert; all of these past roles now power her work as an advocate for talented creators. Her client list is comprised of authors, illustrators, and cartoonists. Learn more at mollyoneillbooks.com or connect via Twitter: @molly_oneill or Instagram: @mollyoneillbooks. Molly will be providing a limited number of one-on-one critiques for Middle Grade, Young Adult fiction, and Grahic Novels (no paranormal, high fantasy, or sports), as well as a limited number of one-on-one portfolio reviews.

 

 

Jennifer Rofé represents projects ranging from picture books to YA. Middle grade is her soft spot and she’s open to all genres in this category. As for YA, Jennifer is drawn to stories that shed a unique light on the adolescent experience; funny, wistful, or cringe-worthy romance; and fantasy and urban fantasy with exceptionally developed worlds. In picture books, she likes funny, character-driven projects; beautifully imagined and written stories; and milestone moments with a twist. Overall, she seeks rich characters, masterful writing, distinct voices and perspectives, and stories that transport the reader. Some of Jennifer’s clients include Meg Medina, Crystal Allen, Eliza Wheeler, Mike Boldt, and Kim Tomsic.

UPDATE: Jen will be providing a limited number of one-on-one critiques for any age range (no high fantasy or non-fiction).**UPDATE**critiques via Skype.

 

 

After a dozen years working in publishing in New York City, Kate Testerman moved to Colorado and formed kt literary in early 2008, where she manages a team of four other agents and represents mostly middle grade and young adult fiction. Bringing to bear the experience of being part of a large agency, she enjoys all aspects of working with her authors, offering hands-on experience, personal service, and a surfeit of optimism. Her clients include Maureen Johnson, Stephanie Perkins, Amy Spalding, Trish Doller, Diana Peterfreund, Emily Ecton and Matthew Cody, among other exciting and acclaimed authors. Kate is a graduate of the University of Delaware’s Honors Program, a former cast member of the New York Renaissance Faire, a hobbyist lifestyle photographer, and an avid collector of shoes, bags, children, and dogs. Her interests cover a broad range including contemporary drama, urban fantasy and magical realism, adventure stories, and romantic comedies. She is an active member of the SCBWI and AAR.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Elana K Arnold is the author of many books for and about children and teens, including Printz Honor winner DAMSEL, National Book Award finalist and Golden Kite winner WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF, and Global Read Aloud selection A BOY CALLED BAT and its sequels. Her books have appeared on many “best of” lists, including the Amelia Bloomer Project, a catalog of feminist titles for young readers. Elana teaches in Hamline’s low residency MFAC program and lives in Southern California with her family and menagerie of pets. Elana will be providing a limited number of one-on-one critiques for any genre/category.

 

 

Angela Dominguez is the author and illustrator of several books for children and a two-time recipient of Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. Her debut middle grade novel, Stella Díaz Has Something To Say, was a New York Public Library and a Chicago Public Library pick for Best Books for Kids in 2018 as well as the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor. Angela is currently working on the follow up entitled Stella Díaz Never Gives Up! For more information, please visit her website. www.angeladominguezbooks.com Angela will be providing a limited number of one-on-one critiques for Picture Books, as well as a limited number ofone-on-one portfolio reviews.

 

Kim Tomsic loves music, magic, and books! Beyond writing, she is a yoga teacher, a pet wrangler, and the Co-Regional advisor of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Kim’s debut novel, The 11:11 Wish released with Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, followed by The 12th Candle (October 8, 2019).GUITAR GENIUS: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the World is her debut nonfiction picture book (Chronicle Books/April 9, 2019).

 

 

AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS


Gregory Barrington has been a creative director and designer for more than 20 years specializing in identity, advertising, and publication design. In the past he also worked as an editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Suburban Herald Newspapers, was a contributing artist at Tribune Media Services, self-published multiple comic books (back in the days of real camera ready art), and was adjunct faculty at Colorado Tech University teaching Design, History of Graphic Design, and the Adobe Creative Suite. He makes his Author/Illustrator debut with his book COW BOY IS NOT A COWBOY (HarperCollins) in the fall of 2020. 

 

 

Teresa R. Funke is the embodiment of the modern artist/entrepreneur. She has authored and published seven award-winning books for adults and children set in World War II, including Dancing in Combat Boots and War on a Sunday Morning. Her eighth book, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life, is due out October 1, 2019 and is based on her popular inspirational blog of the same name. Teresa is a speaker on topics related to writing and to living creatively. She is also the creator of Self-Publishing Blueprint, the only tool you will need to self-publish successfully. Visit www.teresafunke.com to access additional writing resources or learn more about Teresa’s books. Teresa will be providing a limited number of one-on-one author coaching sessions.

 

 

Ebony Glenn is a children’s book illustrator whose whimsical and expressive imagery can be found in Mommy’s Khimar and Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins. She advocates for more diverse narratives in children’s books and is passionate about creating art that will foster a love of reading in young readers. Ebony lives in Atlanta, Georgia. You can find her online at ebonyglenn.comEbony will be providing a limited number of one-on-one portfolio reviews.

 

 

Jenny Goebel is the author of Out of My Shell, Fortune Falls, an Indies Next List pick, and Grave Images, the Colorado Book Awards 2014 Winner for Juvenile Literature. She also wrote the penultimate, The 39 Clues Book: Doublecross: Mission Hurricane, and picture books: Foreman Farley has a Backhoe; Foreman Frankie is Handy and The Firefighter. Jenny is happiest either with a steaming cup of tea and a good book in her hands, or when she’s exploring Colorado’s endless beauty with her family. She lives in Westminster with her husband, three sons, three crested geckos, and one mischievous dog. Jenny will be providing a limited number of one-on-one critiques for Middle Grade or Picture Books, any genre.

 

 

Jean Reidy is a picture book author and two-time winner of the Colorado Book Award. She loves writing, but she loves her readers even more … which is why she dives deep into her craft with every manuscript, to make it the very best it can be. Her books have earned their spots as favorites among readers and listeners of all ages and from all over the world. Jean writes from her home in Colorado where she lives just across the street from her neighborhood library … which she visits nearly every day. She is represented by Erin Murphy. https://jeanreidy.com

 

 

Lisa Brown Roberts loves writing swoony books for teens. Her novels have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. Lisa’s most recent novel is THE BOOKWORM CRUSH (Entangled Teen, 10/1/2019). Her bestselling novel PLAYING THE PLAYER is being developed as a “choose your own adventure” gaming app by Chapters Interactive Stories. A long-time member of RMC-SCBWI, Lisa is grateful for her SCBWI critique partners and friends who mentored her from novice to published novelist. Visit Lisa at www.lisabrownroberts.comLisa will be providing a limited number of one-on-one critiques for YA Fiction, (preferably contemporary).

 

 

Devin Ross is an agent with New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. where represents authors of Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction such as Sasha Alsberg, Natalie Richards, Elize Kova, and Stacey Kade. She’s looking for anything that throws her into a new world, or that helps her see her own in a different light. Devin loves books that teach her things, whether purposeful or through the telling of a story, it doesn’t matter. She is a lifelong learner and is always looking to expand her horizons. You can find her online at http://www.newleafliterary.com/people/devin-ross/ or on twitter @devyross. Devin will be providing a limited number of one-on-one critiques for Middle Grade and Young Adult (no science fiction or picture books).

 

Denise Vega is the award-winning author of seven books for kids from toddler to teen, including her “blog” books: Click Here (to find out how i survived seventh grade)– a Colorado Book award winner–and Access Denied (and other eighth grade error messages) as well as Fact of Life #31 (Colorado Book Award Winner) and Rock On. Her picture books include her latest: If your Monster Won’t Go to Bed. Denise is a former Co-Regional Advisor of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI and on the faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and a Young Adult Faculty Mentor for the Regis University MFA in Creative Writing. She lives in Denver with her family where she enjoys eating too many French fries and not enough broccoli (even though she likes broccoli). Find out more at www.denisevega.com Denise will be providing a limited number of one-on-one critiques for fiction picture books, any genre.

 

Andrea Wang is the APALA award-winning author of The Nian Monster. Her second picture book, Magic Ramen, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and received a starred review from School Library Journal. She loves to travel and sample new and unusual foods. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most of her writing is about food. She is also the author of seven non-fiction titles for the library and school market. Andrea holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People. She lives in the Denver area with her family. For more info, visit www.andreaywang.comAndrea will be providing a limited number of one-on-one critiques for Picture Books, fiction and nonfiction.

 

Kaz Windness studied children’s book illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) where she was a valedictorian graduate in 2002. Kaz has been the RMC Illustrator Coordinator since 2009 and has been teaching illustration at RMCAD for over five years. Kaz has five published books. Her most recent, Mother Goth Rhymes, made its debut in July of this year. For more, please visit Kaz at www.WindnessBooks.comKaz will be providing a limited number of one-on-one portfolio reviews.

 

Stan Yan is a Denver-based writer, illustrator, caricature artist and instructor.

He helped to co-found the Squid Works comic creator cooperative, was a board member of the Colorado Alliance of Illustrators and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

His work has been seen in VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS (Tidal Wave), THERE’S A ZOMBIE IN THE BASEMENT (Squid Works Kids), DENVER COMIX, KITE TALES, the RMC-SCBWI annual calendar, THE QUEUING DEAD (British zombie anthology), POP CULTURE CLASSROOM, and THE WESTWORD, among many others. Stan will be providing a limited number of one-on-one portfolio reviews.

 

E-CRITIQUES (Not present at the conference, but will provide emailed critiques)


Amanda Isabel Ramirez is an Assistant Editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. She is passionate about diverse, commercial literature from humorous YA to fanciful middle grade adventures. There is a special place in her heart for LatinX and queer voices, as well as graphic novels. Amanda has worked with award-winning authors such as Neal Shusterman, Katherine Rundell, Tim Federle, and Andrew Smith. Prior to S&S, she was an editor at The Literary Review, a children’s bookseller, and a staff writer for multiple online lifestyle outlets. A native, Nuyorican Brooklynite, she currently lives on Long Island and takes a lot of naps. Learn more about what Amanda is looking for on Twitter: @AmandaIsA_Ram or on her website: amandaisabelramirez.com Amanda will be providing a limited number of e-critiques critiques for Middle grade (all genres), Young Adult (contemporary), and Graphic novels (all genres). (Not a good match for historical, sports fiction, non-fiction, or high-fantasy / sci-fi.)

 

Deborah Warren founded E/W in 2000, after 17 years at Harcourt, and has a strong background in sales and marketing. She’s a strategist, incorporating long-term goals to help E/W clients not only grow a career, but to flourish within that career. With over 38 years’ of experience in the publishing industry, and over 18 years at the helm of the Agency, Deborah not only represents authors and illustrators of picture books including the Literary Trust of Anna Dewdney (the Llama Llama franchise), Kimberly and James Dean (of the Pete the Cat franchise), Gianna Marino (Night Animals), Cook Prize award-winner Dow Phumiruk (Counting on Katherine), Sendak-fellow Antoinette Portis (Now/Not A Box), and Audrey and Don Wood (The Napping House), she represents authors and illustrators—both debut and established—in the board book, concept, novelty, multicultural, non-fiction, middle-grade and young adult markets.

Deborah’s looking to fall in love with character-driven stories with heart, enhanced by a hook, told in a unique, fresh or distinctive way. Her sweet spots: short, quirky picture books and smartly layered, memorable and insightful MG and YA fiction. And she LOVES finding debut talent – in fact, it’s a bit of a specialty for the Agency. Deborah will be providing a limited number of e-critiques for picture books.

 

Dianne White is the award-winning picture book author of BLUE ON BLUE(Beach Lane Books, 2014), illustrated by Caldecott medalist, Beth Krommes, GOODBYE BRINGS HELLO, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman (HMH, 2018),  WHO EATS ORANGE?,illustrated by Robin Page (Beach Lane Books, 2018), and the forthcoming GREEN ON GREEN , illustrated by Felicita Sala (Beach Lane Books, March 17, 2020). She holds an elementary bilingual teaching credential, a master’s degree in Language and Literacy, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. For more, visit diannewrites.com. Dianne will be providing a limited number of e-critiques for picture books.