Paul Aiken, a 1985 graduate of Cornell Law School, has been the executive director of the Authors Guild since 1996. Paul testified before the White House Task Force on Copyright and the Internet, participated in the Conference on Fair Use, and has testified before congressional committees on fair use, competitiveness in a digital age, and the need for a small claims court for copyright infringement. His commentary on the publishing industry has been published in Publishing Research Quarterly and the New York Times.
Joan E. Bertin has been executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship since 1997. She is a graduate of NYU Law School, where she was a fellow in the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program. She spent fifteen years on the ACLU national legal staff litigating civil rights and civil liberties cases. After that, she taught at Columbia University, where she remains on the faculty, and at Sarah Lawrence College, where she held the Joanne Woodward Chair in Public Policy. She frequently speaks and writes on legal and policy issues, and is the author of more than thirty chapters and articles in professional books and journals.
Peter Brown studied Illustration at Art Center College of Design and moved to New York City to pursue a career as an author and illustrator of children's books. Since then he has written and illustrated seven picture books, and illustrated two others. His books have earned numerous honors, including two E.B. White Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, a Children’s Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year, two Irma Black Honors, five New York Times Bestsellers, and his illustrations for Creepy Carrots, written by Aaron Reynolds, earned Peter a 2013 Caldecott Honor. Visit www.peterbrownstudio.com.
Raúl Colón’s work has been seen in a range of venues, including the New York Times, The New Yorker, NYC subways, CDs, and theater posters. An award-winning illustrator of over thirty books for children, Raúl was chosen to illustrate Dr. Jill Biden’s Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops as well as Frank McCourt’s best-selling Angela and the Baby Jesus, both from Paula Wiseman Books. The industry has recognized Raúl with a Golden Kite Award, a Pura Belpré Award, and both a gold and silver medal in The Original Art Show. You can see his work at www.morgangaynin.com/colon.
Tomie dePaola has been published for over forty years and has written and/or illustrated nearly two hundred and fifty books, including Strega Nona, 26 Fairmount Avenue, The Art Lesson, and Christmas Remembered. Over fifteen million copies of his books have sold worldwide, and his work has been recognized with the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," and the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association. Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise and Strega Nona Does it Again are his newest books. Visit www.tomie.com.
Jean Feiwel’s career was forged first at Avon books and then Scholastic—where she was the architect for their trade publishing program. As editor-in-chief and publisher at Scholastic, Jean is credited with inventing middle grade series publishing with the creation of Ann Martin’s Babysitter’s Club, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps, Katherine Applegate’s Animorphs, and the historical fiction series, Dear America. In 2006, Jean joined Macmillan as senior vice president and publisher. At Macmillan, she launched Feiwel & Friends and a paperback program called Square Fish. In 2009, she was promoted to svp publishing director of the new consolidated Macmillan Children’s division, and in 2013 she launched a revolutionary crowdsourced teen romance imprint, Swoon Reads.
Marla Frazee was awarded a Caldecott Honor for All the World and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever. She is the author/illustrator of Roller Coaster, Walk On!, Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert, The Boss Baby, and Boot & Shoe, as well as the illustrator of many other books including The Seven Silly Eaters, Stars, and the New York Times best-selling Clementine series. She most recently illustrated God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant. Marla teaches Children's Book Illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Visit marlafrazee.com.
Jane Friedman has spent over fifteen years in the publishing industry as an editor, publisher, and professor. Currently she serves as the web editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia, where she also teaches digital publishing and online writing. Her newest digital media initiative is Scratch Magazine (www.scratchmag.net), a quarterly magazine all about the intersection of writing and money. Jane was also the publisher of Writer’s Digest, and her expertise on the transformation of the publishing industry has been featured throughout many events and media, including NPR’s Morning Edition, Frankfurt Book Fair, Publishers Weekly, SXSW, and Nieman Journalism Lab.
Jack Gantos is the author of over forty books for children from the Rotten Ralph picture books, collections of Jack Henry short stories, Joey Pigza novels, young adult novels—Love Curse Of The Rumbaughs, Desire Lines, and a memoir, Hole In My Life. Mr. Gantos was a professor at Emerson College where he developed the Master’s Degree Program in Children’s Literature, Writing and Publishing. His works have received a Newbery Award, Scott O’Dell Award, Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, Sibert Honor, National Book Award Finalist honor and he is the 2010 recipient of the NCTE/ALAN Award for his contribution to the field of Young Adult and Children’s Literature. Dead End In Norvelt received both the 2012 John Newbery Award and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historic Fiction. The companion novel, From Norvelt To Nowhere is his most recent release. Learn more at www.jackgantos.com.
Abbi Glines lives in Fairhope, Alabama, with her husband and three children. She released her first book in May 2011 and since then has published fifteen books. Her New York Times best-selling Sea Breeze series is published through Simon Pulse while her New York Times best-selling Rosemary Beach series is published through Atria. Abbi has three New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestsellers that are self-published and three New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestsellers that are traditionally published. She's always writing… unless she's shopping. Learn more at www.abbiglines.com.
Nicki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author and is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, the novels Jazmin's Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books). Her latest work, Words with Wings was just named the 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.
Ellen Hopkins is a poet and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction books for children and eight New York Times Best-selling young adult novels-in-verse. Her first novel for adults, Triangles, published in 2011. In 2012, her ninth YA novel, Tilt (a companion to Triangles) was published along with a crossover novel, Collateral. Her latest YA novel is Smoke, published in fall of 2013. Ellen lives near Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and teenage son, a bottomless well of inspiration for her YA fiction. Learn more about Ellen at www.ellenhopkins.com/youngadult.
Oliver Jeffers’s distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Brooklyn Museum in New York. HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his picture books, now translated into over thirty languages, including The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and the New York Times bestsellers This Moose Belongs to Me and The Day the Crayons Quit. Oliver won an Emmy in 2010 for his work with artist and filmmaker Mac Premo. He has made art for Newsweek, the New York Times, United Airlines, TED, Nintendo, and has illustrated numerous novels. Oliver lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Marijka Kostiw is an art director at Scholastic Inc. She joined the Trade Book Group in 1991 and has both designed and art directed an enormous list of hardcover picture books, illustrated chapter books, and readers. The secret to loving her job is working with some very talented illustrators and authors. Most recently she is specializing in picture books for several imprints: Orchard Books, Scholastic Press, and Arthur A. Levine Books, where she works in collaboration with terrific editors and other dedicated professionals. Many of these books have been on best-selling lists, and have received various distinctions and awards too numerous to mention.
Jeannette Larson is senior executive editor of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. She acquires and edits books for young children through teens, with a particular love of books for kids twelve and under. Her wish list includes pitch-perfect picture books, fiction with great characters and voice, narrative biography with a twist, a touch of magical realism, a little-known slice of history in story form, and humor with heart and depth. She has published Linda Urban, Jasper Fforde, sister team Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, Kathleen Krull, Yuyi Morales, Jill McElmurry, and many other longtime and emerging talent.
Daniel Lazar is an agent with Writers House. He represents a wide range of middle grade and YA, with a smattering of picture books. Some titles include: Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell; Seraphina by Rachel Hartman; Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis; Savvy by Ingrid Law; Meanwhile by Jason Shiga; and 33 Minutes by Todd Hasak Lowy. For more: www.writershouse.com.
Kendra Levin is a senior editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where she has spent over eight years working on a wide range of children’s literature from picture books to young adult novels. Prior to that, she worked at Scholastic. Kendra also helps writers as a teacher and certified life coach (kendracoaching.com). Authors she edits include Julie Berry, Carol Goodman, Katherine Longshore, Susane Colasanti, David A. Adler, Deborah Freedman, and others.
Arthur A. Levine is vice president and publisher of Arthur A. Levine Books an Imprint of Scholastic Inc. While Levine has edited and published exceptional books for children of all ages including Erin Bow’s Sorrow’s Knot, Alan Say’s The Favorite Daughter, Jaclyn Moriarty’s A Corner Of White and Alaya Dawn Johnson’s The Summer Prince, he is perhaps most recognized as co-editor of the Harry Potter series by J. K Rowling. Levine is the author of A Very Beary Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Sarah Brannen, and Monday Is One Day, illustrated by Julian Hector. He takes special pleasure in launching the careers of authors he’s met through SCBWI, including Lisa Yee (Warp Speed), Martha Brockenbrough (Devine Intervention and The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy), Greg Pincus (The 14 Fibs Of Gregory K) and many others. Visit www.arthurlevinebooks.com.
Laurent Linn, art director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, began his career as a puppet designer/builder in Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop, creating characters for various productions including the Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island films. Currently at Simon & Schuster, Laurent art directs picture books, middle grade, and teen novels including I, Too, Am America, by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier; Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez; The Scarecrow’s Dance, by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline; Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle; and the Rot & Ruin YA series by Jonathan Maberry. Visit www.LaurentLinn.com.
Lily Malcom is the executive art director and associate publisher of Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House. As an art director, she has had the privilege to work with many talented illustrators, among them David Small, Jon Agee, Jerry Pinkney, Judy Schachner, Tao Nyeu, Zachariah OHora, Erin Eitter Kono and Jen Corace to name a few. Lily enjoys working with long time professionals as well as new first time illustrators. She is always on the lookout for unique memorable characters and stories with a strong visual narrative.
Holly McGhee is the president and founder of Pippin Properties, Inc., the New York City-based literary agency, which represents some of the finest authors and illustrators in the field of children’s literature, including Kate DiCamillo, David Small, Jandy Nelson, Doreen Cronin, Harry Bliss, Kathi Appelt, Jason Reynolds, An Na, Jon Agee, Alison McGhee, Tony Fucile, Renata Liwska, Taeeun Yoo, Peter H. Reynolds, and Kate and Jim McMullan. Pippin is an integrated agency dedicated to representing books that stand the test of time and licensing those works for film, television, and merchandise as well. Prior to launching Pippin, Holly worked on the publishing side of children’s books as an executive editor at HarperCollins. Holly is a big believer in NaNoWriMo, and writes under the pen name Hallie Durand—Catch That Cookie!, illustrated by David Small, will be published by Dial for fall 2014.
Kate Messner is the award-winning author of more than twenty current and forthcoming books for young readers. Kate’s titles include picture books like Over and Under the Snow, the Marty McGuire chapter book series, and middle grade novels like Wake Up Missing, Capture The Flag, and Hide And Seek. Kate’s books have been honored with the E.B. White Read Aloud Medal, and SCBWI’s Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text; included on the New York Times Notable, ALSC Notable, CBC Outstanding Trade Books for Science, and Bank Street College’s Best Books for Children lists; and nominated for fourteen state book awards. Kate spoke at the 2012 TED Conference and is a frequent presenter at schools, libraries, and conferences for writers and educators. Find her on Twitter @KateMessner and at www.katemessner.com.
Stephen Mooser, President of the SCBWI, is the author of nearly sixty books for children. He began as the author of a number of reading programs including those for SWRL/Ginn, ABC and Harcourt. But most readers know Stephen for his trade books, which began with the publication of 101 Black Cats (Scholastic) in 1975, and continues through is most recent series, Goofball Malone, Ace Detective. He has written in every genre: picture books (The Ghost with the Halloween Hiccups), to series books (The Creepy Creature Club; It's a Weird, Weird School), to nonfiction (Lights! Camera! Scream!), to novels (Elvis Is Back and He’s in the Sixth Grade).
Roxie Munro is the author/illustrator of over thirty-five books (including Mazescapes; the Inside-Outside Books: New York, Washington, DC, Texas, London, Paris, and Libraries; Mazeways: A to Z; Go!Go!Go!; and Inside-Outside Dinosaurs). Recent: EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures (SLJ Star; Smithsonian's Best Science Book for Children); Hatch! (Outstanding Science Trade Book, NSTA/CBC; Society of International Librarians Honor Award; Bank Street Best Book, Outstanding Merit); Slithery Snakes; and Busy Builders (Bank Street Cook Prize Honor). Apps: "Roxie's a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure," "Roxie's DOORS,” “Roxie’s Puzzle Adventure,” and ten K.I.W.i.StoryBooks (Kids Interactive Walk-in Story Books) AR (augmented reality) apps. Learn more at www.roxiemunro.com.
Lin Oliver is a leading children’s book author and writer-producer of family films, television, and movies for children. With her coauthor Henry Winkler, she writes the New York Times best-selling book series, Hank Zipzer: World’s Best Underachiever. She is also the author of four comedic novels in the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk? series. Lin’s current books are Sound Bender and its sequel The Shadow Mask which she coauthors with her son, Theo Baker, the Ghost Buddy series, and Almost Identical, a series about ‘tween twin girls. She is Executive Director and cofounder of the SCBWI. Learn more about Lin at www.linoliver.com.
Marisa Polansky is an associate editor at Scholastic in the Nonfiction & Reference department. She helped develop Scholastic's middle grade biography series, I Am. She has created many easy readers about cuddly animals and even more about gross animals. Marisa is forever on the hunt for a great story and thinks it's all the better if that story has something to do with Pompeii, Ben Franklin, or giant squids.
Susanna Reich is the author of Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat and the forthcoming Fab Four Friends: The Boys Who Became the Beatles. Among her honors are the Tomás Rivera Award and an International Latino Book Award for José! Born to Dance, and an Orbis Pictus Honor for Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso. A former Account Services Manager at Raab Associates, Inc., Susanna is Chair of the Children's and Young Adult Book Committee of PEN American Center and is married to children’s book author Gary Golio. Visit www.susannareich.com.
Anica Rissi is an executive editor specializing in YA and middle grade fiction at Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. She was previously an executive editor at Simon Pulse and an editor at Scholastic. Anica is drawn to YA novels with edge and grit: flawed protagonists, boundary-pushing plotlines, intense (or doomed) romance, unexpected or dark humor, and heart-crushing honesty. She loves middle grade stories that change what the reader thinks is possible in the world. Anica’s debut chapter book series launches in 2015 with Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split (S&S BFYR). She tweets about bookish things at @editrixanica.
Sara Shandler is senior vice president, editorial at Alloy Entertainment, a creative think tank that develops and produces original books, television series, and feature films. Since joining the company in 2003, Sara has edited many best-selling properties, including Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl and Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars, and upcoming titles, including Ann Brashares’ The Here and Now and Anna Godbersen’s The Blonde. Sara began her career in publishing as the author of the New York Times bestseller Ophelia Speaks and as a writer for Seventeen magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and now lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Nancy Siscoe is a senior executive editor with Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House. Nancy likes working on a wide variety of projects from picture books to YA fiction. Some recent favorites include: An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley; Chomp by Carl Hiaasen; Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt; The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan; Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi; and the Sammy Keyes mystery series by Wendelin Van Draanen.
Shadra Strickland studied design, writing, and illustration at Syracuse University and got her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for her first picture book, Bird (Lee & Low), and she co-illustrated Our Children Can Soar (Bloomsbury), winner of a 2010 NAACP Image Award. She is also the illustrator of A Place Where Hurricanes Happen (Random House), a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, and she teaches Illustration at Maryland
Institute College of Art. Her website is ShadraStrickland.com.
Kate Sullivan is an editor for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, working primarily on commercial and literary middle grade and young adult fiction. She is the editor of Ash by Malinda Lo, an ALA William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist and Lambda Award for YA nominee. Kate also works with international best-selling authors Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Cornelia Funke, and Darren Shan. Upcoming, she has a young adult Steampunk series debut by the New York Times best-selling adult author Gail Carriger, and a middle grade fantasy epic co-written by the New York Times best-selling authors Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong. Previous to working at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Kate worked at Walker Books for Young Readers, where she worked on picture books, middle grade, and young adult.
Timothy Travaglini is the director of children's acquisitions for Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher and multimedia content company focused on publishing digital editions of well-established backlist titles. Since 1994, he has worked in trade marketing for Scholastic; been a bookseller for Books of Wonder, an all-children’s bookstore in New York City; and has edited for Henry Holt, Walker & Company, and G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers. He was the editor of the New York Times #1 bestseller Goodnight Goon as well as Fangbone: Third Grade Barbarian by Michael Rex currently being produced as a animated television pilot.
Harold Underdown is an independent editor and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Children's Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He founded and runs The Purple Crayon, a respected website with information about the children's publishing world at www.underdown.org. He speaks and gives workshops through the Highlights Foundation, SCBWI's national and regional conferences, and Kid’s Book Revisions. Harold previously worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge, and has experience in both trade and educational publishing.
Elizabeth Wein has been an SCBWI member since 1991. Her first five books for young adults are set in Arthurian Britain and sixth century Ethiopia, but she is best known for her recent World War II thrillers Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire. Code Name Verity was showered with an array of accolades including the Edgar Award, Printz Award Honor Book, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book, UK Literary Association Award, and SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Book. She and her family live in Scotland. Find more at www.elizabethwein.com.
Karen Wojtyla is vice president and editorial director of Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She began her career at Macmillan Children’s Books, moving on to Random House, and for the last ten years McElderry Books. Karen has edited a diverse list of writers including New York Times bestsellers such as Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. She has edited Newbery Winner Susan Cooper’s Ghost Hawk, many novels from Newbery Honor Winner Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and the National Book Award-winning Goblin Secrets by William Alexander. Picture books she has edited include bestseller Karen Katz’s Now I'm Big! and Petra Mathers’ The McElderry Book of Mother Goose.
Tessa Woodward has been at HarperCollins for eight years. She edits romance, women's fiction, mystery, and selected creative nonfiction. On the romance side, she edits authors across all genres, including the New York Times bestsellers Tessa Dare, Karen Ranney, and C. L. Wilson. She also edits Jennifer Bernard, Cynthia Sax, Lecia Cornwall, and Maya Rodale. She recently acquired the New York Times best-selling New Adult authors Jennifer Armentrout/J. Lynn, Molly McAdams, and Nichole Chase. On the nonfiction side, she has the “Downton
Abbey” Script Books and a biography of Kate Middleton.
Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," is the author of almost three hundred books, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? The books range from rhymed picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, and up to novels and story collections for young adults and adults. She’s won two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award, among others. She is also the winner (for body of work) of the Kerlan Award and the Catholic Library's Regina Medal. Learn more at www.janeyolen.com.
Martha Brockenbrough is the author of two books for kids, Devine Intervention and The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy, both with Arthur A. Levine Books at Scholastic. In addition to her work on SCBWI's Team Blog, she writes about pop culture for MSN.com and parenting for a variety of national magazines. She also wrote an educational humor column for the online encyclopedia Encarta for almost a decade, and wrote game questions for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. Thus, it's a dangerous business challenging her knowledge of useless information. Martha is the founder of National Grammar Day and SPOGG, the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. Visit her online at www.marthabrockenbrough.com.
Jolie Stekley is a freelance writer and novelist, teacher, fitness instructor, and former SCBWI co-regional advisor of the Western Washington chapter. She now directs the fall retreats for the region. One of Jolie’s greatest honors was being awarded SCBWI’s 2009 Member-of-the-Year.
Jaime Temairik’s debut picture book, How to Negotiate Everything, written by award-winning novelist Lisa Lutz, was released by Simon & Schuster BFYR in early 2013. She’s part of SCBWI’s Team Blog, which covers SCBWI International Conferences (Team Blog also covers Smothers Brothers songs). During the summer Jaime teaches Illustrating Children's Picture Books for the University of Washington Extension program and she plans to blog about the class. Find out more at www.cocoastomp.blogspot.com.
Lee Wind is the captain of Team Blog, the Official Blogger for SCBWI (scbwi.blogspot.com), and a co-regional advisor for SCBWI Los Angeles. A blogger, author, and speaker, Lee holds a Masters degree in Education and Media from Harvard. His award-winning personal blog on Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning teen books and culture is I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? It is one of four sites linked from the American Library Association’s Rainbow Project. Lee speaks to thousands of students and educators a year on ending bullying, smashing stereotypes, and empowering diversity. Find out more at www.leewind.org.
Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found daydreaming or reading romance novels. She is the author of several books for teens, including A Need So Beautiful and A Want So Wicked. Learn more at www.suzanne-young.blogspot.com.