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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

October 16-19: Women Writing the West, Golden, CO
Doris Baker—Publisher/Editor, Filter Press, LLC A COOKIE FOR SANTA by Stephanie Sahw; Published by Sleeping Bear Press
Liz Pelletier—Founder, Entangled Publishing

October 17-19: SCBWI Iowa Jump right In Fall Event, IA
Katherine Jacobs—Editor, Roaring Brook Press
Angie Chen—Editorial Assistant, Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers THE GRUDGE KEEPER by Mara Rockliff; Published by Peachtree Publishers

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

October 17-19: Canada East Fall Conference, Ottawa ON
Kelsey Murphy—Assistant Editor, Balzer and Bray, HarperCollins
Laura Whitaker—Associate Editor, Bloomsbury Children’s Books THE LITTLEST WEREWOLF's STORY by Rusty Fischer, illustrated by Joel Cook; Published by ABDO MAgic Wagon

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 SPAGHETTI SMILES by Margo Sorenson, illustrated by David Harrington; Published by Pelican Publishing
Meredith Rich—Acquisition Editor, Spark Digital Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.
Eden Plantz—Executive Editor, Anaiah Press Digital Press
Khris Baxter—Film Producer

October 24-25: SCBWI New Mexico Handsprings Conference, Albuquerque, NM
Julie Ham Bliven—Associate Editor, Charlesbridge
Liza Baker—Executive Editorial Director, Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersARMY CAMELS: TEXAS SHIPS OF THE DESERT by Doris Fisher; Publisher: Pelican Publishing

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  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
Alison Weiss—Associate Editor, Egmont USA

December 5-7: Big Sur Writing Workshop, Big Sur, CANew!
Ariel Richardson—Associate Editor, Chronicle Books
Martha Mihalick—Senior Editor, Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins DOUBLE DIGIT DECODERS By Evelyn Christensen; Published by MindWare
Melissa Manlove—Editor, Chronicle Books


 2015 Writers’ Conferences

January 16-18: SCBWI Florida Winter Conference, Miami, FL

January 30-February 1: SCBWI International Conference, New York, NYTOOLING AROUND: THOSE CRAFTY ANIMALS AND THE TOOLS THEY USE by Ellen JacksonNew!
Stephanie Owens Lurie—Disney-Hyperion
Laura Godwin—Henry Holt for Young Readers
Beverly Horowitz—Delacorte Press
Justin Chanda—S&S Books for Young Readers

March 3-4: SCBWI Southern Breeze Spring Mingle, Atlanta, GA

March 6-7: SCBWI Hawaii 2015 Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI
Kat Brzozowski—Associate Editor, Thomas Dunne Books/MacmillanI'M JUST ME by M.G. Higgins; Published by Saddleback Educational Publishing

March 7-8: SCBWI Austin Writer’s and Illustrator’s Working Conference, Austin, TX

April 18-19: SCBWI Houston Conference, Houston TX

April 24-26: NESCBWI Spring Conference, Springfield MA

May 30-31: SCBWI Oregon Spring Conference, Wilsonville, OR DEADWOOD by Kell Andrews; Editor: Jennifer Carson at Spencer Hill Press

June 6-7: California Crime Writers’ Conference, Culver City, CA

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