Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Exploring Novel Territory: Take Your MG and YA to New Heights

Date(s) - 06/12/2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Event Date: Friday, June 12, 2020 at 1:00 – 2:00PM, online

Event Title: Exploring Novel Territory:  Take Your MG and YA to New Heights

Event Description: A one hour workshop of tips and techniques from Middle Grade and Young Adult authors that can take your work to new heights. Includes examples and tips from East/West authors, and what we look for in acquisitions.


About Deborah Warren and East West Literary:

East/West Literary Agency, Inc. is, purposely, a boutique agency, to facilitate hands-on, personalized service and attention to our authors and their books.  E/W represents a wide range of #1 NYT, #1 PW, IndieBound, USA Today, WSJ, and Amazon best-selling and best-illustrated books, Newbery, Sibert, Stonewall and Geisel medalists, as well as Andre Norton, Gelett Burgess, Children’s Choice, Parents’ Choice, Prism, Audie, Green Earth and Crystal Kite award-winners and nominees.

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.


Important information you need to know:

The cost is free! However, this webinar is for current Rocky Mountain Chapter members only. Please do not share webinar info or login.

Registration in advance for the live viewing is required! For details on how to register, please email one of the co-RA’s:

Jerilyn Patterson:

Dow Phumiruk: 


The live event can accommodate the first 300 members who register. Therefore, live viewing will be first come, first served. A recording will be made available to all of our members for thirty days; the link to the recording will be sent no later than 48 hours after the event. *If you know you can’t attend live, there is no need to register. The recording link will be sent to ALL RMC members. 

Please do not share the link or recording with anyone else, make any screen-captures during the live session or the recording, or record the session on your own.
All presentation content is copyrighted material. In addition, sharing the link to register with nonmembers will take up spots for our own members to join live. Lastly, sharing this link with unintended recipients will increase the possibilities of hackers or other individuals with malicious intent to “crash” our Zoom meeting with inappropriate content. We would hate for this to happen in our webinar, and one of the best ways to prevent this is by keeping the link contained to only those who have registered to attend.