Editors A to C
All the information contained in this list can be found online, and I therefore presume that it can be made public. Please use this list responsibly. Think very carefully before sending manuscripts to a listed editor. Not all of them are open to unsolicited manuscripts. Check another source, such as CWIM and the publisher’s guidelines, for additional information about how and if to contact each person.
Continued: Editors D to K
MARGERY CUYLER, previously at Marshall Cavendish now at Amazon Children's Publishing--PBs, Rhyming books, Board Books, Easy Reader/Chapter Books, Middle Grade, YA, Non Fiction, Graphic Novels, Historical fiction, Fantasy, Edgy. She likes a novel that “immediately represents modern conflict” and one that doesn’t “hold the story hostage to the message.”
KATIE CUNNINGHAM – Associate Editor, Candlewick Press. Ms. Cunningham, a talented designer, has edited Naamah and the Ark at Night, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Henry Aaron’s Dream by Matt Tavares, Bronterina by James Howe, and Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen.
ANASTASIA CORTEZ-HarperCollins. YA novels. Prefers urban fantasy (vampires and werewolf mostly-no elves), post apocalyptic sci fi, chick lit, humor, and action/adventure. Would love a graphic novel submission.
MICHELLE CORPORA is an editorial assistant for Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. She received an MA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University in 2008, and interned at both DK Children’s Publishing and Bloomsbury Children’s Books. She also teaches an online course in Literary Publishing at Eastern Connecticut State University. She’s the (not-so) new kid at Greenwillow Books.
ALEXANDRA COOPER is executive editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books. She comes from Simon & Schuster where she spent 13 years, most recently as senior editor. Among the projects she has edited: Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Brian Collier; Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin; the Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano, and The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.. She enjoys funny picture books and voice-driven fiction. Editors want a balance between backlist authors and new authors (looking for writers she can work with again), as well as a balance between commercial and literary books.
NANCY CONESCU-Executive Editor, Dutton. Projects she has edited include: Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley; Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle by Kirby Larson, Mary Nethery, and Brian Dennis; Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters; and Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry by Samantha Berger and Bruce Whatley. Intrigued by dark humor, satire, the supernatural and projects that test the creative boundaries of their genre. She looks for literary and commercial MG fiction, edgy YA and inventive and nontraditional PB. She’s especially looking for a different take on familiar subjects, like Vampirates. She looks at Etsy.com and other artistic websites to find illustrators. She also likes edgier YA.
ARIEL COLLETTI is a Publishing Associate at Simon and Schuster Children’s Books. Ariel is currently part of the editorial team working on Cynthia Rylant’s new Brownie and Pearl series at Beach Lane Books and has assisted on projects such as Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s acclaimed Alice series and the upcoming Narco Boy by Evan Coleman. She is also the paperback coordinator for the Children’s Trade Division. Ariel is open to a wide variety of projects but is first and foremost interested in looking for strong MG voices and young, fun, interactive PBs.
MARY COLGAN is an assistant editor in the children's division of Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She acquires projects for all ages, from picture books to teen novels, and has a particular interest in helping to grow Chronicle's middle-grade and young adult fiction list. Her recent and upcoming projects include a guided journal for tween girls and their moms, titled Just Between Us; the picture book Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site; and the YA novel Zelda From the Stars.
ERIN CLARKE is an Executive Editor at Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, where she has worked for eleven years. Authors and illustrators with whom she works include Markus Zusak, Julia Alvarez, Meghan McCarthy, Lesley M.M. Blume, Anna Alter, Mark Alan Stamaty, Karen Foxlee, Mick Cochrane, Barbara Jean Hicks, and Sue Hendra. Erin is interested in publishing good stories regardless of genre or themes that might be contained in them. She edits six to eight novels per year as well as picture books. The percentage of her first time writers varies. Currently about 20% of her list is made up of first-time writers. She is interested in building a long-term relationship and hopes to do many more books with them.
KELLI CHIPPONERI, editor, Chronicle. Previously Kelli was children’s editorial director at Running Press, where she worked on the Cathy’s Book series and the Peanuts and Hello Kitty licenses, among other properties. She has edited How To Raise A Dinosaur by Natasha Wing and before leaving RP she acquired Sherry Shahan’s forthcoming free verse novel Purple Daze, a provocative story set in 1965 Los Angeles in which six high school students navigate war, riots, love, rock 'n' roll, school, and friendship.
LISA CHENG is the new editor at Running Press Kids, joining the company last October. She’s open to submissions from writers who attend her workshops. The general policy of the company, however, is not to accept unsolicited query letters or manuscripts. As for her editorial interests, Ms. Cheng mentions picture books, especially ones with novelties like lift-the-flaps, as well as both middle-grade and teen fiction told in a strong voice.
KAREN CHAPLIN is an Editor at HarperCollins Children's Books. Karen acquires hardover tween and teen fiction. Some of the projects she has worked on previously include Students Across the Seven Seas series, Zombie Queen of Newberry High by Amanda Ashby, Exclusively Chloe by J. A. Yang, and the Specialists series by Shannon Greenland. Karen is looking for fun, original series fiction as well as stand alone fiction for the MG and YA markets. While science fiction/fantasy is not her cup of tea, the genres she is looking for include chick lit, fun action/adventure series (boy and girl), mysteries, horror/paranormal, romance, stories with strong female characters (including topics such as sisters and friendships), anything boy-centric, and commercial literary and edgy fiction. Send synopsis and first three chapters.
SUSAN CHANG is a Senior Editor at Tor Books, where they publish award-winning science fiction and fantasy for middle grade readers ages 10 and up (grades 5 and up), in hardcover and mass market paperback. Tor Teen/Starscape authors include David Lubar, Orson Scott Card, Jane Yolen, Christopher Pike, William Sleator and Hugo award-winner, Ginny Rorby. Susan acquires and edits books for the Starscape middle grade and Tor Teen young adult imprints. The genres she likes include science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, horror, and mysteries. She's seduced by a great idea and loves books that have an emotional range that can make her laugh and cry. She admitted that she also has a thing for 'bad' characters. No picture books. Unsolicited submissions are accepted.
JUSTIN CHANDA VP, Publisher S&S Books for Young Readers, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Margaret K. McElderry Books: Justin joined the editorial staff at Atheneum Books for Young Readers in 2005 after an eight year stint at Joanna Cotler Books an Imprint of HarperCollins. A graduate of New York University, Justin was named publisher of the S&S Books for Young Readers imprint in 2007 and McElderry Books and Atheneum Books for Young Readers in 2009. He is keenly interested in publishing books that are equal parts commercial and literary, books that make a contribution to the tradition, while truly entertaining kids. Aside from having the honor of working with the best editorial staff in the industry, he also still has the opportunity to edit some of its best talent including the likes of: Jon Scieszka, David Shannon, Loren Long, Kenneth Oppel, Patricia MacLachlan, Mac Barnett, Adam Rex, Michael Ian Black and Eric Wight. He is also serving his second term on the CBC’s steering committee as well as being an adjunct instructor for New York University’s graduate publishing program.
MELANIE CECKA, is Associate Publishing Director at Alfred A. Knopf Crown.. She has edited Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully by Julianne Moore and LeUyen Pham, The Mud Fairy by Amy Young, Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamare, Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, The Sweetness of Salt by Cecilia Galante,Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein, and Liar by Justine Larbalestier. Ms. Cecka says that each element of a picture book must somehow also retain its own independence.“The words should makes sense to a child with their eyes closed, falling asleep. The pictures, too, must make sense if you leaf through the pages.” She looks for stories that make her ask, "What if?" She wants to wonder what it would be like to live the main character’s life. Fully-developed characters together with a new way of approaching an idea results in a book with vision.
MARY KATE CASTELLANI, Bloomsbury Mary Kate acquires books for all age levels, and especially likes quirky, kooky picture books that celebrate personality, and middle-grade fiction with a light-hearted, honest approach like The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z (middle-grade). She is also looking to find new YA voices for the Walker list, especially ones that have a more literary feel, but also likes issue-driven stories, such as her project Dirty Little Secrets, a story that explores the effects of compulsive hoarding on a family. Her acquisitions wish list also includes historical fiction with a strong hook, coming of age stories handled with humor, and explorations of spiritual or cultural identity. Likes to receive illustrator postcards. No mushy/sentimental PBs. Looking for a kick-a** romance, MGs with major hooks, books with more diverse characters. Has plenty of paranormal on her list--if you're going to submit it, it had better be different. Biggest turn-off: unnatural dialogue.
MARY CASH, Executive Editor, Holiday House. Cash has been at Holiday House since 1996, and was previously Editorial Director of hardcover books at Bantam Doubleday Dell. All levels. Looking for literary fiction, books with strong stories, writing and art. Holiday House publishes more than 60 books a year, two thirds of them picture books, both fiction and nonfiction. Not looking for board books or novelties.
SUZY CAPOZZI is an editor at Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. She has been with the company for nine years, and she edits everything from picture books to young adult novels. Titles she has edited include Stitchin’ and Pullin’ a Gee’s Bend Quilt by Patricia McKissack, Dogerella by Maribeth Boelts,and Two Hot Dogs with Everything by Paul Haven. Upcoming titles include: Shampoodle by Joan Holub, Who Will I Be, Lord? by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, and Party by Tom Leveen. Suzy is the line manager for Step into Reading, Random House’s stepped reader series.
MICHELE BURKE is an Associate Editor at Knopf and Crown Books for Young Readers. Michele has worked at Knopf and Crown for the past six and a half years. She enjoys working on many different genres and is open to all kinds of stories with fully-realized characters and emotionally resonant voices. Among the many talented authors she has worked with at Knopf are Jeanne Birdsall, Wendelin Van Draanen, Juliet Marillier, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka. She is the editor of the YA novels Knights of the Hill Country and National Book Award finalist The Spectacular Now, both by Tim Tharp. She is also the editor of PB book Matilda’s Humdinger by Lynn Downey with illustrations by Tim Bowers, and MG novels Fortune’s Fool by Kathleen Karr, Leo and the Lesser Lion by Sandra Forrester, and Rocky Road by Rose Kent (Summer 2010). She is the U.S. editor for the Pure Dead series by Debi Gliori, Space Dogs by Justin Ball and Evan Croker, Runner by Robert Newton, and Will by Maria Boyd (Summer 2010).
ALLI SHALOUM BRYDON is an editor at Sterling Children’s Books, where she acquires and edits books of all kinds, from baby board books to YA. Alli is always interested in discovering fun, new novelty formats, loud and humorous picture book stories, and fast-paced, high-concept YA fiction and nonfiction. What grabs her attention is work that resonates with its intended age group, has striking language, features relatable characters and hardworking plot, and is exciting to read. Sheis not afraid of rhyme! Some of her authors and illustrators include Sarah, Duchess of York (Helping Hand series), Jennifer Berne and Keith Bendis (Calvin Can’t Fly), Marilyn Scott-Waters (The Toymaker series), and Elizabeth Spurr (Sparkling Stories series). This year, she is publishing books like ReMaket! Projects for the Stuff You Usually Scrap by Tiffany Threadgould, Caveman: A B.C. Story, by Janee Trasler, and the first season of the American Museum of Natural History Easy Reader series.
JORDAN BROWN joined Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins Children’s in October 2008, after five years with Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Over that time, he has had the pleasure of working on books by such distinguished writers and illustrators as Jon Scieszka, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Anne Ursu, Chris Lynch, Gris Grimly, M. Sindy Felin, Nic Sheff, and Greg Ruth. He is most taken with character- and voice-driven stories for middle-grade and teen readers, and splits his time between a cubicle in Manhattan and a cubicle-like apartment in Brooklyn.
ROSEMARY BROSNAN is Editorial Director at HarperCollins Children’s Books. She publishes hardcover picture books, chapter books, middle-grade and young adult fiction, and nonfiction for all ages. Rosemary is the HarperCollins children’s division’s coordinator of Rayo, an imprint that publishes books by Latino and Latina authors as well as Spanish-language books. She says, “When I acquire a book, I like to think about the author's career as a whole--not about only one book, but about whether the author has potential as a writer and whether he or she will go on to write more books...Often, a manuscript is well done but there is nothing that makes it outstanding. I try to be very selective, and I have to love a book and feel it's outstanding in order to publish it. An editor needs to read a manuscript many times during the course of the book's production, and we only want to read something that many times if we feel very strongly about it.” Some of the books she has edited are: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer.
MARILYN MARK BRIGHAM is an editor at Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, where she has been working for over 5 years. She edits everything from picture books and chapter books through novels for both middle grade and young adults. In addition, she oversees Marshall Cavendish Classics, a line of previously out-of-print titles by award-winning authors and illustrators, as well as Board Buddies, Marshall Cavendish’s board book line. “We’re a huge slush-pile publisher. We really love to build talent. A benefit of being a Marshall Cavendish author is that you will be loved. No board books. We don’t need picture books or young adults. We do need solid middle-grade fiction and chapter book series. Chapter books should have a strong voice, strong characters and a marketing hook. What will make it sell?”Books she has edited include RETURNABLE GIRL by Pamela Lowell and PRINCESS PEEPERS, a picture book by Pam Calvert.
TAMAR BRAZIS, Editorial Director, Abrams, has edited many outstanding books including Laura Numeroff's Jellybeans picture book series, Tilly The Trickster, introducing Tilly, a mischievous trickster who loves April Fool's Day, and Around My Way by Tee Brown (2010). Abrams specializes in highly visual and high design books such as The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Meanwhile. They excel at nontraditional narrative and are also interested in first chapter books and younger picture books.
JENNIFER BONNELL, Executive Editor, Puffin Books, Penguin Young Readers Group. Jennifer works on MG, and YA fiction and non-fiction and has edited Three Cups of Tea: Young Readers Edition; Yours truly, Lucy B. Parker series and Geek Charming by Robin Palmer; Faithful by Janet Fox, Kieran Scott’s Geek Magnet; Let it Snow by John Green, Laura Myracle and Maureen Johnson; Puffin Graphics graphic novel adaptations of the classics. She’s looking for books that would be a good fit in original paperback—specifically books with great hooks and concepts and very strong voices, and would love to find a killer MG novel for guys. She loves humor, romance, witty voices, very commercial historical fiction, some dystopian fiction (very much grounded in reality, please) and does not work on high fantasy or hard sci-fi.
COURTNEY BONGIOLATTI is an editor at Simon and Schuster Books For Young Readers. She has worked on many titles including the best-selling Private and Privilege series by Kate Brian. She also edits all of the 7 Habits children’s books with Sean Covey, Kaza Kingsley’s Erec Rex series, and the Wee Little picture book series with Lauren Thompson. Currently, she is looking to acquire mostly boy middle grade and literary and commercial teen fiction. Upcoming projects that she is editing are a historical fiction novel about the New York Yankees set in the summer of 1961, a teen non-fiction novel with organizational guru Peter Walsh, and Long Shot, a picture book with NBA All-Star Chris Paul illustrated by Frank Morrison. Likes chick lit also.
ANNA K. BLOOM, Assistant Editor, Scholastic Trade Paperbacks. While open to material for all ages, Anna works primarily on commercial chapter book and MG series fiction. Anna worked on the MG fantasy Cat Magic and its sequels Dog Magic, Hamster Magic, and Rabbit Magic, as well as the Magic Pony chapter book series. In addition, she edited the realistic fiction novel Winner Takes All, which is part of Scholastic’s Candy Apple line of books for tween girls. She also provides support for the Rainbow Magic Fairy series. Anna is a fan of light fantasy and fast-paced fiction, as well as anything that makes her laugh or sends chills up her spine. She is probably not the right fit for PBs or nonfiction.
ERIN BLAK, Assistant Editor, Scholastic Press. Erin works mainly on MG, and YA novels in the Scholastic Press and PUSH imprints at Scholastic. She has assisted editing such books as Greeting from the 50 States by Sheila Keenan and Countdown by Deborah Wiles, as well as the upcoming Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg and Frontier Magic Book 2 by Patricia C. Wrede. Open to books for all age ranges. Erin is especially interested in fun, quirky MG, and YA fiction with strong protagonists; and good fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk novels. She is probably not the best match for rhyming PBs or most paranormal romance.
MARILYN BRIGHAM is an editor at Marshall Cavendish. She loves chick lit and boy lit and all things in between. Wow her with YA, MG novels or the occasional smart, quirky picture book. Quirky to her means something like Princess Peepers, Hero Dad, or Poco Loco, three books she edited. Overdone topics that she sees too often are holidays, new siblings, or baby books. She avoids stories that are too wordy, too nostalgic or sentimental.
ANAMIKA BHATNAGAR, Executive Editor with Scholastic Trade Paperbacks. She’s the editor of Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curts. She's looking for books with unique writing and a strong narrative voice. Picture books need to make her laugh out loud. She likes short, simple, alliteration, rhyming, fun sounds, satisfying, strong verbs and actions. Some picture books she likes: A Birthday for Cow, I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, and Jane Yolen's dinosaur books. She wants chapter books starring characters she wants to be friends with. She loves school books, grounded in reality for either gender, humorous and satisfying. For illustrations, she likes everything, paintings to cartoons, graphic novels, very realistic to simple, black and white illustrations in books like Clementine.
ELIZABETH BEWLEY of Little Brown Books for Young Readers (LBYR) has edited books for ages 2 to 18 but her passion is teen fiction. She is always on the hunt for smart books that will appeal to a broad readership, and is particularly interested in acquiring new young woman’s fiction for the Poppy imprint. Elizabeth has worked with several New York Times bestselling authors, including Alyson Noel (Faking 19, Evermore) and Cecily von Ziegesar (Gossip Girl, It Girl). Before joining LBYR, Elizabeth worked for St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins, and Intervisual Books. Elizabeth enjoys fast-paced fiction that contains a healthy dose of social commentary, funny projects that advantage of pop culture phenomena, and insightful nonfiction that speaks directly to teen readers.
KELLY BARRALES-SAYLOR is Editorial Director at Albert Whitman. Previously at Sourcebooks, Ms. Barrales-Saylor said in an interview: “I’ve always loved books - especially picture books. And I’ve always had a love for art and photography, and is something I continually pursue as a hobby.” One book she edited at Sourcebooks was: Dream Big, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi. For illustrators she advises: “Have a great website. Art directors often show your work to numerous people in the company before they hire you.”
STACEY BARNEY-Putnam. Strong voice, great language---loves both lush and spare writing, fast paced story and strong characters. Not really into fantasy or science fiction unless it's based in reality. Stacey is looking for multicultural voices in everything from chapter books and middle grade to young adult. The bulk of her list is contemporary teen fiction with some middle grade. Not interested in picture books.
SARAH DOTTS BARLEY–Editor, HarperCollins (formerly at Holt). At Holt, Sarah, an Assistant Editor, worked with two senior editors: Reka Simonsen and Kate Farrell on everything from picture book biographies to novels in verse to gritty YA to fantasy to illustrated chapter books. Books she has worked on include: Clare Dunkle’s upcoming House of Dead Maids, Nicholas Dane by YA author Melvin Burgess.
MARIA BARBO is senior editor of Katherine Tegen Books. She was formerly with Scholastic, where she worked on the It’s Happy Bunny! and Pokémon brands, and was a project editor at Feiwel and Friends.
ALESSANDRA BALZER is the Co-Publisher of Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. She publishes picture books up through teen fiction. Among the authors she works with are Mo Willems, Doreen Cronin, Bob Shea, Candace Bushnell, Patricia McCormick, and Stephanie Hemphill. She likes clever narrative devices and balanced, fully dimensional characters. “I like the concept of ‘meets,’ where you combine two things or characters from literature to create a unique narrative pairing.” For example, one attendee suggested having the Wizard of Oz meet a hardcore detective.” She is interested in bold, graphic picture books for young children and literary and commercial fiction for tweens and teen.
BONNIE BADER is the Editor-in-Chief of Grosset and Dunlap and Price Stern Sloan, two imprints of the Penguin Young Readers Group. She oversees a group of eight editors who actively acquire a wide range of books from series to readers to novelty to licensed properties. The editors are always looking to hire writers to work on both a “for hire” and a “royalty” basis. While licensed publishing is a staple of the group, a big focus is on middle-grade series. Bonnie is spearheading the rebranding of Penguin’s leveled readers. This new program -- Penguin Young Readers -- launched in 2011 and houses readers from every imprint in the house. Some of the bestselling series published by Grosset include Camp Confidential, Hank Zipzer, and Katie Kazoo.
LAURA ARNOLD-Editor, Razorbill (Penguin). While at HarperCollins, Ms. Arnold acquired fiction for all ages, but her primary interest was in middle grade and tween fiction, and she also did some work on chapter books but not on picture books. Her interests included voice driven Gothic novels, spy stories, or dance stories. “In the young adult market, paranormal fantasy continues to exert a powerful hold. It started out as a vampire craze and is branching out to faeries, ghosts, werewolves, and more...Children’s book publishing, like all publishing for that matter, is cyclical. I would venture that at the current moment it’s hard to launch a chapter book, because there are already so many successful series out there..” Books she acquired at Harpers included The Genius Files by Dan Gutman, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston, and Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson, among other titles.
VICTORIA WELLS ARMS–editor, Bloomsbury. Reasons why manuscripts are rejected include: 1) authors repeat stories that have been told before, 2) the writing isn't good, 3) the story's too preachy 4) it’s just not right for the house style. Publishable manuscripts must have real emotion or humor, an unusual story, a distinct and memorable voice. Bloomsbury doesn’t do many, if any, books that are non-fiction or solely for an educational market. Ms. Wells Arms has edited The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker and Bus-a-Saurus Bop by Diane ZuHone Shore.
JENNIFER ARENA-Random House. Specializes in early chapter books. She is looking specifically for early chapter books with strong plots and interesting characters of around 8,000 to 11,000 words, both stand-alone titles and series, as well as easy-to-reads. Recent titles she has edited for the Stepping Stones series, include Marion Dane Bauer’s The Very Little Princess, Ilene Cooper’s Look at Lucy, David Kelly’s Ballpark Mysteries, and Lynne Jonell’s Hamster Magic. Jennifer is the line manager of the Stepping Stones series of early chapter books, which include the Junie B. Jones and Magic Tree House Series.
ANNMARIE ANDERSON, Senior Editor, Scholastic Trade Paperback, Currently she is focusing on editing and acquiring engaging and entertaining middle grade paperback series for boys and girls. AnnMarie is looking for boy-friendly content materials that will be appealing to the reluctant reader (Captain Underpants is a great example) and for stories with animal characters (good examples are Warriors and Bunnicula the vampire bunny). It is safe to suspect that if the well-written characters happen to have culturally diverse backgrounds, you will definitely get noticed. AnnMarie is also currently overseeing a line of spine-tingling, stand-alone, supernaturally influenced novels for tween girls called Poison Apple. She also enjoys dramatic adventure stories that are fast-paced and full of action. Double bonus points if a book makes her laugh out loud while reading it on the subway!
LINDSEY ALEXANDER-Laura Geringer Books. PB, MG, YA. Likes more literary, character driven fiction. Lindsey enjoys working on YA in particular. A well drawn MC with an unforgettable voice is extremely important. Off the wall, eccentric humor and fresh format appeal to her. Would like to see more YA with a global scope, books that are timely and give readers insight into the conflicts, issues and cultural debates seen on the evening news.
HEATHER ALEXANDER is an Editorial Assistant for Dial Books for Young Readers. is an Editorial Assistant for Dial Books for Young Readers. Heather is interested in acquiring books for all age ranges, from PBs to YA, especially character driven stories with a unique voice or hook. She loves raucous PBs (especially ones written in prose and that are without an obvious lesson), funny, unique MG, and smart contemplative YA. She is not mad for high fantasy, but can get down with contemporary or urban fantasy and almost anything post-apocalyptic with a literary bent. She is not necessarily the go-to gal for non-fiction or vampires. Heather edits the "Charlie and Lola" series, and loves quirky, authentic kid characters like Lola. She’s always on the lookout for unique voice, a great hook, and a new angle. She’s looking for funny books for all ages, scary or suspenseful YA, and heartwarming middle-grade. If it has a heist or a crime family, all the better. She leans toward boy-books with girl appeal.
**ROBERT AGIS, Associate Editor, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Robert Agis works on songbooks, PBs, joke books, sticker books, activity books, and puzzle and game books. He is interested in acquiring titles with strong backlist potential, and /or titles that lend themselves to new media formats (audio, video, web apps, etc.).Additional submission guidelines are available at: http://www.sterlingpublishing.com/sterling/author-guidelines. He worked with his editorial department on the Peter Yarow Songbook series, and is the editor of the second of Lisa Loeb’s songbooks. Robert is also the creative force behind Listening Along Story, a website featuring free audiobook downloads of select Sterling PB titles.
EVE ADLER is an Editor at Grosset & Dunlap. Previously she was an Associate Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Ms. Adler is open to projects for ages 0 to 12, focusing on middle-grade series in particular, and her submission policy is to accept both queries and unsolicited manuscripts with SASE. She has worked with award-winning authors and illustrators such as Kimberly Willis Holt, Elise Broach, and Janet Tashjian. She enjoys manuscripts with a fresh voice and exceptional writing; for MG and YA projects, she likes contemporary, edgy, historical, coming-of-age, humorous stories, and for PBs she‘s most interested in texts that have a curriculum tie-in or educational hook.
WESLEY ADAMS-Farrar--Mr. Adams is an Executive Editor at Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of the Macmillan Children's Book Group in New York. He edits a wide variety of things, from picture books to fiction and non-fiction for middle-graders and YAs. His special loves are anything that makes him and young readers laugh, unputdownable adventure stories, quirky and offbeat stories that are irresistably so, as well as stand-alone and series mysteries. He works with such award-winning authors and illustrators as Will Weaver, Charlie Price, Drazen Kozjan, Traci L. Jones, as well as a number of acclaimed authors and artists from the U.K including Catherine Rayner and Alexander Gordon Smith. He is currently editing a picture book by Boston Globe/Horn Book Prize winner Jonathan Bean, a YA adventure series featuring a teenage Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Lane, a first novel by Comedy Central comedian Aaron Karo, a novelty line based on Tove Jansson's classic Moomin series, and new fiction from Jack Gantos, Michael Cadnum, Martha Brooks, and Watt Key. Feel free to contact him at email@example.com
KAYLAN ADAIR is an Associate Editor at Candlewick Press in Somerville, Massachusetts. Kaylan acquires everything from picture books through upper YA, although she specializes in middle-grade and young-adult fiction. Among the projects she's edited are the YA novels DOWN SAND MOUNTAIN by Steve Watkins and SWIM THE FLY by Don Calame, and the early reader SQUIRREL'S WORLD by Lisa Moser, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev. She is the American editor of the YA novel THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness, winner of the 2008 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Previously, she was the American editor of the Maisy books by Lucy Cousins. Kaylan is looking for fresh, original voices and compelling stories. She loves characters with a lot of heart, whether the story itself is humorous, quiet, sad, or gritty. She tends to shy away from poetry, non-fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy.
STACY (CANTOR) ABRAMS previously with Bloomsbury is now with Entangled Publishing where she is Editorial Director. While at Bloomsbury/Walker, she worked on fabulous books that span many genres and she has a personal fondness for funny or strong read-aloud picture books, coming-of-age middle grade, and YA that’s both literary and commercial. Her specialty was edgy and hard-hitting YA that explores contemporary issues, middle-grade with a strong commercial hook, and anything with a juicy romance at its heart. She is not a fan of fantasy.
JENNE ABRAMOWITZ-Scholastic-Trade Paperback/Club Originals. Jenne primarily works on commercial chapter books and middle grade series fiction. She states that her focus is no longer on picture books. Jenne has worked with authors Natasha Wing, Seymour Simon, and True Kelley. Some of the upcoming books she edited include the My First Biography picture book series by Marion Dane Bauer, the chapter book Cornelia and the great Snake Escape by Pam Munoz Ryon, and Hiro’s Quest, a fast-paced ninja series by Tracey West. Jenne is most interested in clever, funny series fiction with unique premises and quirky characters, and is a sucker for a good mystery. She is probably not the right editor for historical or high concept novels, or anything too dark and edgy for the school market.
CAROLINE ABBEY–Senior Editor, Bloomsbury Children’s Books--Caroline acquires and edits at all age levels with a focus on middle grade and YA fiction. Her current projects include Jen Nadol’s paranormal debut, The Mark, the zany middle grade adventure, Pickle Impossible, by Eli Stitz, and the middle grade mythology-inspired Pandora series by Carolyn Hennesy. Her recent acquisitions include The Kid Table, a contemporary YA novel about teenage cousins still sitting at the infamous kid table, by Andrea Seigel and Melissa Walker’s Small Town Sinners, a YA novel about a teen girl’s experience starring in a Hell House and questioning her own faith. Caroline was previously with Simon Pulse before joining the Bloomsbury team.