Our 2018 Schedule is LIVE (Featuring Susan Dennard, Gail Carson Levine, and more!)
Our 2018 schedule is live, folks! There are so many awesome events, hosted by so many amazing authors, agents, and editors, and we are just pumped for February.
But in the meanwhile, check out some of the highlights we’re most excited for:
KEYNOTE: Overcoming Adversity
Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to you yet, Asia!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.
She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the New York Times bestselling books Truthwitch and Windwitch
Publishing Journey from Wattpad to Bestselling Author
Farah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained over two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.
Balancing Pacing and Prose
Lauren Wolk is an award-winning poet and author of the bestselling Newbery Honor–winning Wolf Hollow, described by the New York Times Book Review as “full of grace and stark, brutal beauty.” She was born in Baltimore and has since lived in California, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Canada, and Ohio. She now lives with her family on Cape Cod. You can visit her at www.laurenwolk.com.
LIVE Q&A: Picture Book Publishing (a Deep Dive of the Market Today)
Celia Lee is an editor for Scholastic’s illustrated list, which includes the Cartwheel, Little Shepherd, Orchard, Scholastic Press, and Branches imprints. Celia focuses on all kinds of illustrated fiction and nonfiction books for ages 0-8, including novelty, picture books, readers, and early chapter books. She has worked with authors and illustrators including former Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt as well as creators Peter H. Reynolds, Stephen Savage, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Joyce Wan, and many more. Celia also writes books under a pseudonym, but it’s all very mysterious. You can follow her on Twitter at @hellocelialee.
Receiving THE CALL: What Agents Look for in You
After receiving a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, Kaitlyn refused to leave the concept of nightly homework behind. As well as being an apprentice agent for Corvisiero Literary Agency, she is also a freelance editor at her own company, K. Johnson Editorial, and has worked as a copyeditor for academic publisher codeMantra, a YA editor for Accent Press, and a Conference Assistant for GrubStreet, Boston. She has written various articles for Writer’s Digest and has had a flash fiction story published in the anthology A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed.
Kaitlyn is actively accepting upper MG, YA, NA, and Adult in fantasy, contemporary, historical fiction, and romance. You can visit her Corvisiero page to read more on what she enjoys in submission. Check out her Twitter, @kaitylynne13, for #mswl listings and writerly life thoughts.
LIVE WORKSHOP: Crash Course in Writing Diversely
Kosoko Jackson is a vocal champion of diversity in YA literature, the author of YA novels featuring African American queer protagonists, and a sensitivity reader for Big Five Publishers. Occasionally, his personal essays and short stories have been featured on Medium, Thought Catalog, The Advocate, and some literary magazines. When not writing YA novels that champion holistic representation of black queer youth across genres, he can be found obsessing over movies, drinking his (umpteenth) London Fog, or spending far too much time on Twitter. You can visit him at www.kosokojackson.com.
LIVE Q&A: Voice
Joanna is the co-founder of Skylark Literary, a new and boutique literary agency based in the UK which specializes in the very best fiction for children and young adults. Joanna began her publishing career at Hodder Children’s Books learning from some of the best editors in the business and editing fantastic authors including Cressida Cowell, Alex Shearer and Kes Gray, as well as creating fiction for brands such as Felicity Wishes. She left to cover maternity leave, running the Children’s Editorial Department at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. There, among other things, she edited Sophie McKenzie’s award-winning debut novel Girl, Missing and the Yuck series by the Beastly Boys.
She left Simon & Schuster to have children and spent over a year living in India and editing an ex-pat magazine. On her return to the UK, aside from nurturing her own readers-of-the-future, she became Editorial Director for Children’s Fiction at literary agents Mulcahy Conway Associates, where she worked to seek out new talent and edit submissions to publishers.
Having been inspired by this experience and bitten by the bug of discovering great new voices in children’s books, becoming a children’s literary agent and setting up Skylark with Amber Caravéo was a natural next step.
Amber is the co-founder of Skylark Literary – www.skylark-literary.com – a new and boutique literary agency which specializes in the very best fiction for children and young adults. Until becoming a literary agent, Amber was the Editorial Director at Orion Children’s Books in the UK where she was privileged to work with some of the best authors in Children’s and YA fiction, including Liz Kessler, Caroline Lawrence, Emily Murdoch and Holly Black. Prior to that she was Senior Commissioning Editor for Random House Children’s Books UK where she worked with a plethora of SAS superhero authors such as Andy McNab, Chris Ryan and Bear Grylls, as well as developing fun and fantastic series for kids, including the series that spawned a World Book Day title, Gargoylz.
It all started when Amber went to work for Working Partners far too many years ago and realized that working creatively with authors to produce wonderful books for children was all she ever wanted to do! She was lucky enough to work on many magical and exciting series, including The Lady Grace Mysteries, My Sister the Vampire, Heartland, Vampire Beach and the million-copy-selling phenomenon, Rainbow Magic.
Now she seeks to find and support top-notch children’s and YA authors in the UK and US.
Non-Fiction Picture Books
John Himmelman is an author and illustrator of children’s books, as well as a smattering of books for adults on natural history. He’s been at this for 36 years and to date has written and/or illustrated 84 books. While most of his work is in the picturebook genre (Ibis: A True Whale Story, Katie Loves the Kittens, the Bunjitsu Bunny series), he’s recently completed a middle grade fantasy novel due to be released by Henry Holt in 2018. In his “spare” time he teaches and trains in hapkido and Jeet Kune Do at Green Hill Martial Arts, a school he cofounded in his hometown of Killingworth, CT. You can visit his website at www.johnhimmelman.com.
LIVE Q&A: Craft, Fantasy and POV
Gail Carson Levine has written twenty-three books for children. Her best-known is Ella Enchanted, which won a Newbery honor in 1998 and was made into a motion picture in 2004. Most of her books are middle-grade fantasy novels, but Dave at Night is a middle-grade historical novel set in an orphanage and the Harlem Renaissance, and both Writing Magic and Writer to Writer are middle-grade nonfiction about writing stories. Her latest is The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre, a prequel to The Two Princesses of Bamarre. She and her husband David and their Airedale Reggie live in Brewster, New York.
KEYNOTE: We Need “No”
Beth Revis is a NY Times bestselling author with books available in more than 20 languages. Her latest title, Star Wars: Rebel Rising, tells the story of Jyn Erso’s past from the movie Rogue One. Prior to that she wrote A World Without You, a semi-autobiographical story blending the supernatural with mental illness. Beth is also the author of the Across the Universe series, The Body Electric, numerous short stories, and the nonfiction Paper Hearts series, which aids aspiring writers. She will have two additional titles available in 2018. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on a new novel for teens. She lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, and two massive dogs.
That sample doesn’t even cover half of it. There’s pitch events and panels, plus more live workshops, Q&As, blogs, vlogs, and podcasts! To see the rest, check out our schedule page.
Which events are you looking forward to reading/viewing? Leave a comment and let us know!