SCBWI

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2023 Critique-a-Palooza Faculty

 

Critique-A-Palooza 3.0 Faculty

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Editors:

Stacey Barney, Editor—Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin)

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Wiley Blevins, EditorReycraft Books

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Alex Borbolla, Senior Editor —Bloomsbury
alex borbolla, editorAlex joined Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing as Senior Editor in April 2022 after spending the first seven years of her career at Atheneum Books for Young Readers/S&S. When she’s not editing, Alex can be found spoiling her beagle Winnie, experimenting with new hobbies like embroidery and guitar, or having a breakdown about whatever new bake she’s trying. Follow her on Twitter @Alex_Borbolla.
 

 

Feather Flores, EditorAtheneum (Simon & Schuster)
Feather Flores, EditorFeather Flores joined Atheneum in 2022 after a four-year stint at Chronicle Books. She works on smart, joyful picture books; middle grade romps with coming-of-age themes; and bold, open-hearted YA that reimagines everything our identities can be. Her list encompasses fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on stories by, about, and for people from marginalized communities.

Across the board, Feather gravitates to voice- and character-driven narratives with high-concept plots and solid command of their readers’ emotional responses. She champions books that challenge and inspire; provide hope and comfort; and depict the beauty and diversity of the human experience—the humor, the complexity, the curiosity, the magic. Anything that encourages young readers to be more fully and unapologetically themselves, she wants to see it.

Feather edits from the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find her expressing endless enthusiasm on Twitter @featherfully and explore her full manuscript wishlist at featherflores.com.

 

Katie Heit, Senior EditorOrchard Books, et al (Scholastic)
Katie Heit, EditorKatie Heit is a senior editor Scholastic working on picture books and chapter books. She primarily edits nonfiction, with select fiction titles. She works with many nonfiction authors, including Charles R. Smith Jr., Dean Robbins, Adriana Hernández Bergstrom, Sandra Markle, and Nell Cross Beckerman. She is drawn to books that approach nonfiction in a kid-friendly way, and is especially on the lookout for nature and STEAM topics.

 

Caitlin Johnson, Editor—Balzer & Bray

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Elise McMullen-Ciotti, Editor—Tu Books (Lee & Low)

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Sydnee Monday, Editor—Kokila (Penguin)

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Eileen Robinson, Editor—Charlesbridge Moves (Charlesbridge)

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Mekisha Telfer, EditorRoaring Brook Press (Macmillan)
Mekisha Telfer is an editor at Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan), where she has had the pleasure of working on a wide range of projects like the Caldecott Award-winning picture book We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade, pulse-pounding nonfiction like Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin, and inspired YA across all genres from authors like Kelly Quindlen, Jas Hammonds, ZR Ellor, and Dan Clay.

 

Ryan van Cleave, Editor— Bushel and Peck Books 

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Millie von Platen, Assistant Editor — Astra Books

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Andrea Welch, Editor— Beach Lane Books (Simon and Schuster) 

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Regan Winter, Editor— Disney-Hyperion

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Agents:

Chad Beckerman  CAT Agency

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Regina A. Bernard-Carreno— Martin Literary

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Linda Camacho, Agent— Gallt and Zacker Literary

Linda Camacho, AgentLinda Camacho is an agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. She graduated from Cornell and held various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon & Schuster, and Writers House. She’s done everything from foreign rights to editorial, to marketing, to operations and received her MFA in children’s writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Linda represents bestselling and award-winning creatives such as Yamile Saied Méndez, K. O’Neill, and Wendy Xu.

 

 

Karly Dizon, Associate Agent— Fuse Literary

Karly Dizon, AgentKarly is an associate agent at Fuse Literary building KidLit universes with stories that matter and is aggressively building her client list to boost and give visibility to marginalized voices, experience. She is looking to develop long-term career authors and nurture their entire writing journey as a strong editorial agent with marketing, social media, and design support. Karly’s clients have won or been nominated for such awards as Kirkus Best Books of the Year, NCTE Notable Books List, SLJ Best Book of the Year, and Kirkus Prize Finalist.

 

 

Amy Flynn, Associate Agent— Rubin Pfeffer Content

Amy Thrall Flynn, AgentAmy Thrall Flynn joined Rubin Pfeffer Content in 2019. A former Editor with Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, she believes in the power of books to connect, inspire, and affirm the lives of young people. In addition to her experience shepherding dozens of books to publication while an editor, Amy holds a BA in American Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont, an MA in English (Simmons), and an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons University, Boston. Amy has two grown children, and lives with her husband in Connecticut.

 

 

Morgan Hughes, Agency AssistantPippin Properties, Inc.

Morgan Hughes, AssistantMorgan Hughes will never forget sitting on the couch at night listening to her mother read aloud. She loved to beg for “one more chapter,” and her mother would usually give in. Now, Morgan will discuss her latest read with anyone who will listen and strives to spread her love for reading to others. She studied creative writing and literature at Texas Tech University, where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

 

 

 

Jazmia Young, Associate Agent— Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Jazmia Young, AgentJazmia Young is an associate agent at Curtis Brown Ltd. She is interested in representing children’s books, picture books through YA, focusing on middle-grade fiction/non-fiction with the goal of amplifying underrepresented voices and experiences. She particularly loves stories with friendship ties, complicated family dynamics, and grief or loss. Being a New York native, anything based in the great NYC has her heart.

 

 


 

 

 

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