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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

May 30-31: SCBWI Oregon Spring Conference: Booklandia, Wilsonville, OR
Deirdre 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, BloomsburyTEN EASTER EGGS by Vijaya Bodach; Published by Cartwheel Books, Scholastic

June 6: First Pages, Long Island, NY
Julia Maguire—Editor, Knopf Books for Young Readers
SCBWI Members Only

June 12-14: 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference, Riverdale, NYSAFETY STARS: Sue Irwin; Publisher: Lorimer Kids
Carolyn P. Yoder—Senior Editor, Calkins Creek Books, Boyds Mills Press
Domenica 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 PressSPECIAL DELIVERY by Phillip C. Stead; Illustrator: Matthew Cordell; Publisher: Neal Porter, Neal Porter Books
Shelby Alinsky—Editor, Children’s Books, National Geographic Society
Lionel Bender—Co-founder, Bender Richardson White

June 13: Children’s Writers of the Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie, NY
Emily Feinberg—Associate Editor, Roaring Brook Press, MacmillanWRITTEN IN THE STARS: Aisha Saeed; Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Kendra Levin—Senior Editor, Viking, Penguin Random House
Stacy Whitman—Publisher, Tu Books, Lee & Low Books

June 13: NJ SCBWI Conference, Plainsboro NJ
Jenne Abramowitz—Senior Editor, Scholastic Inc.
Tracey Baptiste—Editor, Rosen Publishing
Carter Hasegawa—Associate Editor, Candlewick Press
Steven Meltzer—Associate Pub./Exec. Managing Editor, Penguin Random House
Mundy, Meredith—Executive Editor, Sterling Children’s Books
Shauna Rossano—Associate Editor, G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin
DUST BOWL by Rebecca Langston-George; Publisher: CapstoneBethany Strout—Associate Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Traci Todd—Executive Editor, Abrams Books
Harold Underdown—Consultant, PC Editorial Services/Kid’s Book Revisions
Orli Zuravicky—Senior Editor, Scholastic Inc.

July 16-20: PNWA Writers’ Conference, Seattle, WA
Jennifer Letwack—Editor, Thomas Dunn BooksDOUBLE DIGIT DECODERS By Evelyn Christensen; Published by MindWare
John Raab—Editor, Suspense Publishing
Robert Sappington—Editor, Harken Media

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

July 22–25: RWA Conference, New York, NYGLASS SENTENCE by S.E. Grove; Published by Viking/Penguin
Stacy Abrams—Executive Editorial Director, Entangled Teen
Alycia Tornetta—Associate Editor/ Managing Editor, Bliss, Entangled Publishing
Sarah Barley—Senior Editor, Flat Iron Books/Macmillan
Emilia Rhodes—Senior Editor, Harper Teen
Whitney Ross—Editor, Tor/Macmillan
Laura Schreiber—Editor, Disney Hyperion

July 31-August 2: Writers’ Digest Conference, New York, NYTIMMY TRIANGLE IN SQUARE PARK by Ruth Wacker; Publisher: Reading Reading Books
Jacquelyn Mitchard—Editor in Chief, Merit Press
Jennifer Letwack Thomas Dunne Books, Macmillan

July 31-August 3: SCBWI International Conference, Los Angeles, CA
Jordan Brown—Executive Editor, Balzer + Bray/Waldon Pond Press, HarperCollins
Julie Strauss-Gabel—Dutton, Penguin Random House
Allyn Johnston— Senior Editor, Beach Lane Books, Simon and Schuster
Andrea Welch—Senior Editor, Beach Lane Books, Simon & SchusterNO PLACE TO FALL: Jaye Robin Brown; Publisher: Harper Teen
Rotem Moscovich—Senior Editor, Disney-Hyperion
Sara Sargent—Editor, Simon Pulse, Simon and Schuster
Alison Weiss—Sky Pony Press
Wendy Loggia—Executive Editor, Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books
Bonnie Bader—Associate Publisher, Frederick Warne/Editor-in-chief, Young Readers/Early Readers, Penguin
Rana DiOrio—Publisher, Little Pickle Press
Emma D. Dryden—Editorial Consultant, drydenbks
Deborah Halverson—Editorial Consultant
Daniel Harmon—Publisher, Zest BooksGOLLYWHOPPER GAMES FRIEND OR FOE by Jody Feldman; Publisher: Greenwillow
Arthur A. Levine—Publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic Inc.
Jane O’Connor—Vice President, Editor-At-Large, Penguin Random House

August 7-9: Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, ORNew!
Rich Johnson—Acquisitions Editor, Penguin Publishers InkLit
Kimberly Guidone—Independent Film Producer

September 10-13 Super Children’s Book Boot Camp, Honesdale, PA
Nancy Paulsen—President & Publisher, Nancy Paulsen BooksTHE DREAMSNATCHER: Abi Elphinstone; Published by Simon & Schuster UK
Martha Rago—Associate Creative Director, HarperCollins Children’s Books

September 18: SCBWI Dakotas Conference, Fargo, ND

September 18-19: SCBWI Ohio North Conference, Cleveland, OH

A SINGLE STONE by Me McKinlay; Publisher: Walker Books AustraliaSeptember 18-20: SCBWI MidSouth Fall Conference, Franklin, TNNew!
Sarah Miller—Editor, Sleeping Bear Press
Becky Monds—Editor, HarperCollins Christian Publishers
Sara Sargent—Editor, Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster

October 2-4: Pacific Coast Children’s Writers Novel Workshop & Retreat, Santa Cruz, CANew!
Kristen Pettit—Executive Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books

October 2-4: SCBWI Fall Fusion Conference, Reno, NVNew!
Allison Moore—Associate Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersGOODNIGHT, MANGER by LAura Sassi; Illustrator: Jane Chapman; Author's Agent: Lara Perkins, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

October 3: SCBWI Nevada Fall Fusion Conference, Reno, NVNew!
Allison Moore—Associate Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Timothy Travaglini—Consulting Editor

October 3: SCBWI Michigan Conference, Dexter, MI

October 16-17: SCBWI Southern Breeze: Writing and Illustrating for Kids Conference, Birmingham, AL
Kaylan Adair—Editor, Candlewick
Harold Underdown—Editor-at-large
More TBA July 1

October 16-18: SCBWI Wisconsin Fall Conference, Oconomowoc, WI
Katherine Harrison—Editor, Penguin Random House

October 17: Rutgers One-On-One Plus, New Brunswick, NJ
Application Deadline June 6, 2015

October 23-25: Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Surrey, BC, CanadaNew!
Kat Brzozowski—Associate Editor, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press

November 6-8: SCBWI Kansas Conference, Overland Park, KS

November 7: SCBWI Western PA Fall Conference, Pittsburg, PA

November 21-22: SCBWI-BI Conference: Testing Pages, Winchester, Hampshire, England

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