We’re always looking for new kidlit voices to join our speaker lineup! If you’re interested in participating, please have a quick read through our eligibility criteria below.
All speakers must work within the kidlit industry — picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult. New adult is represented in our forums but we aren’t currently including speakers from this category as it is currently officially classified as a subcategory of adult fiction.
If you are a published author or a pre-pub author with a debut releasing in 2019 or 2020, we’d love to have you! We are currently accepting authors from both large and small presses, but unfortunately aren’t currently able to accommodate authors from micropresses due to the difficulty in vetting their authenticity and their often transient nature. If you’re not sure if you are signed with a small press or micropress, please contact us anyway. For similar reasons we are only able to accept self-published authors who have significant sales.
We love the insight from our agent speakers! We are currently accepting agents who are part of an established literary agency with documented kidlit sales to presses that don’t accept unagented submissions. We are also open to new agents with no sales yet but who are part of such an agency. Boutique agencies who fit these criteria are also welcome!
We can never get enough editor voices! We are currently accepting editors from both large and small presses who work in one or more of the kidlit categories indicated above. We unfortunately aren’t currently able to accommodate editors from micropresses or independent presses due to the difficulty in vetting their authenticity and their often transient nature.
Other Industry Professionals
The kidlit industry is made up of more than just authors, agents and editors. If you work in some other area we’d love to have you speak about the industry from your perspective! Some examples of other professions include librarians, booksellers, publicists, cover designers, freelance editors and copyeditors, etc. If you think you might fall into this category and would like to be a speaker, please reach out to us!
Meet our eligibility criteria and interested in joining us? Send us a short note to [email protected] with your profession and details about your credentials (including your most recently published/pre-pub book, if an author).
We look forward to hearing from you!