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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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New feature! 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.

2014 Writers’ Conferences

THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH by  Laurie Boyle Crompton; Editor:  Aubrey Poole at Sourcebooks FireSeptember 20: Women Who Write 4th Annual Writers’ Conference , Madison, NJ
Sara Sargent —Editor, Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster
Wendy Loggia—Executive Editor, Delacorte Press, Random House Children’s Books

September 20: Ozark Romance Writers Conference, Springfield, MO
Liz Pelletier—Publisher, Entangled Publishing

September 20-21: Rocky Mountain SCBWI Letters & Lines Conference, Golden, CO
Carter Hasegawa—Editor, Candlewick Press
Lanie Davis—Editor, Alloy Entertainment
Sarah Miller—Editor, Sleeping Bear Press TOOLING AROUND: THOSE CRAFTY ANIMALS AND THE TOOLS THEY USE by Ellen Jackson

September 25-28: New York Pitch Conference, New York, NY
Ibrahim Ahmad—Editor, Akashic Books
Brendan Deneen—Editor, Thomas Dunne Books
Claire Eddy—Senior Editor, Tor Forge Books
Michelle Vega—Editor, Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Group, USA

I'M JUST ME by M.G. Higgins; Published by Saddleback Educational PublishingSeptember 25-27: American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, St. Louis, MO
Amanda Bostic—Editorial Director, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Thomas Nelson/Zondervan

September 26-28: Oklahoma SCBWI Fall Retreat, Stroud, OK
Brett Duquette—Editor, Sterling Publishing

September 27-28: SCBWI North Texas Fall Conference, Addison, TX
Sylvie Frank—Editor, Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster ARMY CAMELS: TEXAS SHIPS OF THE DESERT by Doris Fisher; Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Jordan Brown—Editor, Walden Pond Press/Balzer & Bray, HarperCollins Children’s Books

October 4: NW Houston RWA Lone Star Conference, Houston, TX
Deborah Gilbert—Founder/Editor, Soul Mate Publishing
Jill Limber—Editor, Boroughs Publishing Group

October 9-12: NF4NF Children’s Writing Conference: Nonfiction for New Folks to the Nearly Famous, Fredericksburg, TXDEADWOOD by Kell Andrews; Editor: Jennifer Carson at Spencer Hill Press
Kelly Loughman—Assistant Editor, Holiday House

October 10-11: RWA Central Ohio Fiction Writers’ Conference, Worthington, OH
Tracy Montoya—Senior Editor, Entangled Publishing

October 11: SCBWI Southern Breeze Writing & Illustrating for Kids Conference, Hoover, AL
Ruta Rimas—Editor, Margaret K. McElderry, Simon & Schuster
Bethany Strout—Assistant Editor, Little Brown Books for Young ReadersBOX OF GARGOYLES by Anne Nesbet; Editor: Rosemary Brosnan at Harper Children's
Lou Anders— Editorial Director, Pyr Books, Prometheus Books

October 11-12: Ideas Sown Are Stories Grown, St. Paul, MNNew!
Carter Hasegawa—Assistant Editor, Candlewick Press
Emily Clement—Associate Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books
Grace Hanson—Editorial Marketing Coordinator, ABDO Publishing

October 16-19: Women Writing the West, Golden, CONew!
Doris Baker—Publisher/Editor, Filter Press, LLC
Liz Pelletier—Founder, Entangled Publishing

October 17-19: SCBWI Iowa Jump right In Fall Event, TBA, IAA COOKIE FOR SANTA by Stephanie Sahw; Published by Sleeping Bear Press
Katherine Jacobs—Editor, Roaring Brook Press

October 17-19 PCCWW’s Whole-Novel Workshop, Santa Cruz, CA
Melanie Cecka—Associate Publishing Director, Alfred A Knopf BFYR, Random House

THE GRUDGE KEEPER by Mara Rockliff; Published by Peachtree PublishersOctober 17-19: Canada East Fall Conference, Ottawa ON
Kelsey Murphy—Assistant Editor, Balzer and Bray, HarperCollins
Laura Whitaker—Associate Editor, Bloomsbury Children’s Books

October 18: Professional Series “On The Road” on Long Island, Huntington, NY
Adah Nuchi—Associate Editor, Harcourt Books for Young Readers

October 23-26: Stars of Florida Writers’ Conference, Lake Mary, FL
Meredith Rich—Acquisition Editor, Spark Digital Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.
Eden Plantz—Executive Editor, Anaiah Press Digital PressSPAGHETTI SMILES by Margo Sorenson, illustrated by David Harrington; Published by Pelican Publishing
Khris Baxter—Film Producer

October 24-26: Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada
Nancy Marie Bell—Editor, MuseItUp Publishing
Susan Chang—Senior Editor, Starscape/Tor Teen, Tor Books
Sara Sargent—Associate Editor, Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins Children’s Books

October 24-26: SCBWI Wisconsin Fall Conference , Oconomowoc, WI New! GEORGE FERRIS: WHAT A WHEEL! by Barbara Lowell; published by Penguin Core Concepts, Grosset and Dunlap
Sharyn November—Senior Editor, Viking Children’s Books, Editorial Director, Firebird Books
Andrea Tompa—Editor, Candlewick Press

October 25: CenCal SCBWI Writers’ Days, Thousand Oaks, CA
Taylor Norman—Associate Editor, Chronicle
Annie Nybo—Editorial Assistant, Margaret K. McElderry Books CIRCA NOW by Amber McRee Turner; Editor: Lisa Yoskowitz, Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Carolyn Yoder—Senior Editor, Calkins Creek Books

November 1: The Indiana Writing Workshop, Indianapolis, INNew!
Andrew Scott—Editor, Lacewing Books & Engine Books

November 1: SCBWI Fall Kickstart, Baldwinsville, NY New!
Hali Baumstein—Assistant Editor, Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Carter Hasegawa—Assistant Editor, Candlewick Press

November 8: Western PA SCBWI Fall Conference, Pittsburgh, PANew! FERAL CURSE by Cynthia Leitich Smith; Editor: Deb Noyes Wayshak at Candlewick
Amy Cherrix —Editorial Associate, Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers
Carter Hasegawa—Assistant editor at Candlewick Press
Anna Roberto—Associate Editor, Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Jill Santopolo—Executive Editor, Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House

November 8: SCBWI Arizona Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AZNew!
Emily Feinberg—Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook Press SLEEPYHEADS by Sandra Howatt, illustrated by Joyce Wan; Editors: Beach Lane Books
Karl Jones—Assistant Editor, Grosset & Dunlap/PSS!, Penguin Young Readers Group, Penguin Random House
Ariel Richardson—Assistant Editor, Chronicle Books

December 5-7: Big Sur Writing Workshop, Big Sur, CANew!
Ariel Richardson—Associate Editor, Chronicle Books
Martha Mihalick—Senior Editor, Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins THE LITTLEST WEREWOLF's STORY by Rusty Fischer, illustrated by Joel Cook; Published by ABDO MAgic Wagon
Melissa Manlove—Editor, Chronicle Books


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