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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

September 6: The Minnesota Writing Workshop, St. Paul, MN
Josh Plattner—Editor, Scarletta Press

SLEEPYHEADS by Sandra Howatt, illustrated by Joyce Wan; Editors: Beach Lane BooksSeptember 12-14: SCBWI Midsouth Fall Conference , Franklin, TN
Stacey Barney—Senior Editor, Penguin/Putnam Books for Young Readers
Daniel Nayeri—Director, Children’s Publishing, Workman Publishing Company
Kelly Delane— Assistant Editor, Alfred A. Knopf BFYR, Random House Children’s Books
THE LITTLEST WEREWOLF's STORY by Rusty Fischer, illustrated by Joel Cook; Published by ABDO MAgic Wagon
September 13: SCBWI Austin Fall Workshop: Research for Fiction, Non-fiction and Historical Fiction Writers,  Austin, TX
Carolyn Yoder—Senior Editor, Calkins Creek Books; Senior Editor, Highlights for Children

FERAL CURSE by Cynthia Leitich Smith; Editor: Deb Noyes Wayshak at CandlewickSeptember 19-20: In the Heart of it All—SCBWI Northern Ohio Conference, Cleveland, OH
Alison Weiss—Associate Editor, Egmont USA
Emily Feinberg—Editorial Assistant, Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press
Matt Ringler—Editor, Scholastic Book Group

September 19-21: Return to Mackinac: SCBWI Fall 2014 Conference , Mackinac Island, MI
Arthur Levine—Editor/Publisher Arthur Levine Books, Scholastic
Christy Ottaviano—Editor/Publisher Christy Ottaviano Books, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

LITTLE GREEN MEN AT THE MERCURY INN by Greg Leitich Smith; Editor: Deirdre Langeland at Roaring Brook Press/MacmillanSeptember 19-21: Fall SCBWI Carolinas Conference: To Tell A Tale , Charlotte, NC
Paula Sadler—Assistant Editor, Random House Children’s Books
Joanna Cardenas—Assistant Editor, Penguin/Viking
Karl Jones—Assistant Editor, Grosset & Dunlap
Emma Dryden—Editorial and Marketing Consultant

September 20: INW SCBWI Conference, Spokane, WA
Victoria Rock—Editor-At-Large/Founding Publisher, Chronicle Children’s Books

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 20-21: 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 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
Jordan Brown—Editor, Walden Pond Press/Balzer & Bray, HarperCollins Children’s Books

October 4: NW Houston RWA Lone Star Conference, Houston, TXNew!
Deborah Gilbert—Founder/Editor, Soul Mate Publishing DEADWOOD by Kell Andrews; Editor: Jennifer Carson at Spencer Hill Press
Jill Limber—Editor, Boroughs Publishing Group

October 9-12: NF4NF Children’s Writing Conference: Nonfiction for New Folks to the Nearly Famous, Fredericksburg, TX
Kelly Loughman—Assistant Editor, Holiday House

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

October 17-19: SCBWI Iowa Jump right In Fall Event, TBA, IA
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 23-26: Florida Writers Annual Conference, Orlando, FL
Meredith Rich—Acquisition Editor, Spark Digital Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.
Eden Plantz—Executive Editor, Anaiah Press Digital Press SPAGHETTI SMILES by Margo Sorenson, illustrated by David Harrington; Published by 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

GEORGE FERRIS: WHAT A WHEEL! by Barbara Lowell; published by Penguin Core Concepts, Grosset and DunlapOctober 24-26: SCBWI Wisconsin Fall Conference , Oconomowoc, WI New!
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 CIRCA NOW by Amber McRee Turner; Editor: Lisa Yoskowitz, Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Annie Nybo—Editorial Assistant, Margaret K. McElderry Books
Carolyn Yoder—Senior Editor, Calkins Creek Books


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