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Conferences: Editors


This list of editors who are acquiring picture books through young adult is intended to help those who are looking for opportunities to meet editors and hear from them in person about what they would like to acquire and what they look for in a manuscript. Many of these editors are from closed houses, but will accept manuscripts from conference attendees. Throughout the year, I will update this page as more organizations post their conference information.

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Hover over the images on the right to see the editor and/or publisher for that book. Clicking on the image will take you to a page for that book.

 2015 Writers’ Conferences

March 3-4: SCBWI Southern Breeze Spring Mingle, Atlanta, GA
Elise Howard—Editor, Algonquin Young Readers
Neal Porter—Publisher, Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan Children’s Book Group

March 6-7: SCBWI Hawaii 2015 Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI
IN REAL LIFE by Lawrence TabakKat Brzozowski—Associate Editor, Thomas Dunne Books, Macmillan

March 6-8: SCBWI Golden Gate Conference, San Fransisco, CA
Jordan Brown—Executive Editor, Walden Pond Press/Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Brian McMullen—Editor/Art Director, McSweeney’s McMullens
Diane Muldrow—Editorial Director, Golden Books, Random House
Taylor Norman—Assistant Editor, Chronicle Books 

I'M JUST ME by M.G. HigginsMarch 7-8: SCBWI Austin Working Writer and Illustrator Conference, Austin, TX
Andrea—Senior Editor, Welch Beach Lane Books Publishing
Aubrey Poole—Associate Editor, Sourcebooks

March 7-8: SCBWI Los Angeles Writers’ Days, Los Angeles, CA
Julia Maguire—Editor, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Angie Chen—Assistant Editor, Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers

March 13-15: SCBWI Springmingle, Atlanta, GA
DEADWOOD by Kell Andrews; Editor: Jennifer Carson at Spencer Hill PressNeal Porter—Publisher, Neal Porter Books, Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan Children’s Book Group
Elise Howard—Publisher, Algonquin Young Readers

March 20-22: SCBWI Indiana Annual Conference, Spencer, IN
Kathleen Hayes—Editor, High Five/Highlights Hello/Highlights High Five Bilingüe, Highlights
Kelsey Murphy—Editor, Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins
Carter Hasegawa—Editor, Candlewick

March 28-29: Spring from the Bay to the Mountains, Buckeystown, MD
Emily Feinberg—Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook PressDOUBLE DIGIT DECODERS By Evelyn Christensen; Published by MindWare
Traci Todd—Executive Editor, Abrams Appleseed

April 4-5: SCBWI Eurpolitan Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Greet Pauwelijn—Children’s Book Publisher, Book Island
Jill Santopolo—Executive Editor, Philomel Books

April 17–19: WWA SCBWI Spring Conference, Redmond, WA
Carter Hasegawa—Editor, Candlewick

April 17-19: Green Leaves Retreat, Silver Bay, NY
Caroline Abbey—Senior Editor, Random House Children’s Books
MaryKate Castellani—Senior Editor at Bloomsbury Children’s Books
ANGLERFISH by Julie Murphy; Published by Cherry Lake PublishingSylvie Frank—Associate Editor, Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

April 18-19: SCBWI Houston Conference: CraftQuest, Houston, TX
Wendy Loggia—Executive Editor, Delacorte Press, Random House Children’s Books
Annie Berger—Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books

April 24-25: Ontario Writers Conference, Ajax, Ontario, Canada
Ellie Sipila—BookFish Books LLC.

April 24-26: NESCBWI Spring Conference, Springfield MA GLASS SENTENCE by S.E. Grove; Published by Viking/Penguin
Rhoda Belleza—Editor, Paper Lantern Lit
Julie Bliven—Associate Editor, Charlesbridge Publishing
Kat Brzozowski—Associate Editor, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press
Jennifer Carson—Senior Imprint Editor, Spencer Hill Middle Grade, Spencer Hill Press
Alexandra Cooper—Editor, Simon and Schuster BFYR, Simon and Schuster
Emma Ledbetter—Associate Editor, Atheneum BFYR, Simon and Schuster
Carter Hasegawa—Associate Editor, Candlewick Press TEN EASTER EGGS by Vijaya Bodach; Published by Cartwheel Books, Scholastic
Aubrey Poole—Associate Editor, Sourcebooks
Meredith Rich—Digital Editor for YA and NA, Bloomsbury Spark, Bloomsbury
Alison Weiss—Editor, Sky Pony Press, Skyhorse Publishing

April 24-26: SCBWI Iowa Conference, Davenport, IANew! NO PLACE TO FALL: Jaye Robin Brown; Publisher: Harper Teen
Allison Moore—Associate Editor, Little, Brown Books
Karen Chaplin—Senior Editor, HarperCollins
Andrew Karre—Executive Editor, Dutton Books

May 1-2: SCBWI Arkansas Conference, North Little Rock, AR
Julie BlivenAssociate Editor at Charlesbridge Publishing
Emily FeinbergAssistant Editor at Roaring Brook Press.

May 30-31: SCBWI Oregon Spring Conference: Booklandia, Wilsonville, ORNew!
THE DREAMSNATCHER: Abi Elphinstone; Published by Simon & Schuster UKDeirdre Jones—Associate Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Kendra Levin—Senior Editor, Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Group
Laura Whitaker—Associate Editor, Bloomsbury Kids, Bloomsbury

June 12-14: 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference, Riverdale, NY
Carolyn P. Yoder—Senior Editor, Calkins Creek Books, Boyds Mills Press
SEABORNE #1 THE LOST PRINCE: Matt Myklusch; Publisher: EgmontDomenica Di Piazza—Editorial Director, Twenty-First Century Books, Lerner Publishing Group
Lillian Holtzclaw Stern—Founder/Publisher, Press4Kids
Hallie Warshaw—Founder/Creative Director/Publisher, Zest Books
Sarah “Dixie” Laite—Senior Editorial Director, TeenNick, Nickelodeon
Debra Hess—Senior Editor, Highlights for Children
Rebecca Graziano—Vice President, Instructional Solutions for Math and Literacy, Pearson
Michelle Bisson—Senior Product Manager, U.S. Library, Capstone Press
Shelby Alinsky—Editor, Children’s Books, National Geographic Society
Lionel Bender—Co-founder, Bender Richardson White

June 26-28: Historical Novel Society Conference, Denver CO
Daniel Willis—Publisher, Bygone Era Books, Ltd.
Cassiel Knight—Senior Editor, Champagne Book Group
Deni Deitz—Senior Editor, Five Star Mysteries

September 10-13 Super Children’s Book Boot Camp, Honesdale, PA
Nancy Paulsen—President & Publisher, Nancy Paulsen Books
Martha Rago—Associate Creative Director, HarperCollins Children’s Books


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