This list of art directors and editors who are acquiring picture books through young adult is intended to help those who are looking for opportunities to meet editors and hear in person what they would like to acquire and what they look for in a manuscript or portfolio. Many of these editors are from closed houses, but will accept manuscripts from conference attendees. Despite the title, these events are not all conferences; many are workshops or other events. Throughout the year, I will update this page as more organizations post their event information.

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Editors at 2017 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences

MARCH 3: GOLDEN GATE CONFERENCE, PACIFIC GROVE, CA

Sylvie Frank—Editor, Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster
Naomi Kirsten—Editor, Chronicle Books
Daniel Nayeri—Director of Children’s Publishing, Workman Publishing Company

MARCH 10-11: SPRINGMINGLE & ILLUSTRATORS’ DAY, DECATUR, GA

Louise May—Lee and Low Books/BeBop Books, President/Editorial Director

MARCH 10-11: JAMBALAYA KIDLIT CONFERENCE, NEW ORLEANS, LA

Cheryl Klein—Executive Editor, Scholastic
Nina Kooij—Editor-in-Chief, Pelican Publishing
Kevin Johnson—Art Director, Pelican Publishing

MARCH 18: SCBWI NV & UNLV CONFERENCE, LAS VEGAS, NV

Kristine Brogno—Design Director, Children’s Publishing, Chronicle Books

MARCH 18-19: FROM DREAMING TO DOING, BUCKEYSTOWN, MD

Liz Kossnar—Editorial Assistant, Simon and Schuster
Alyssa Nassner—Senior Art Designer, Abrams
Leila Sales—Editor, Viking Penguin Random House
Chad Beckerman—Art Director, Abrams

MARCH 24-26: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: CONFERENCE FOR WRITERS, BREA, CA

Cassi Carver—Editor, All Romance (ARe)
Michelle Klayman—President/CEO, Boroughs Publishing Group

MARCH 25: SCBWI OKLAHOMA SPRING CONFERENCE, TULSA, OK

Jill Santopolo—Editorial Director, Philomel Books

MARCH 25: UNICORN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, REID CASTLE, PURCHASE, NY

Caitlin Dareff—Editor, Macmillan
Nicole Frail—Editor, Skyhorse Publishing
Elizabeth Poteet—Editor, St. Martin’s
Annie Stone—Editor, Alloy Entertainment

APRIL 1: SCBWI SPRING SPIRIT CONFERENCE, CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA

Patrice Caldwell—Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
Anna Cavallo—Senior Editor, Lerner Publishing Group
Pamela Notarantonio—Art Director, ABRAMS Kids/ComicArts
Kate Sullivan—Senior Editor, Delacorte Press, Random House

APRIL 7-9: WESTERN WASHINGTON SCBWI SPRING CONFERENCE, REDMOND, WA

Alison Weiss—Editor, Sky Pony Press
Jessica Anderson—Editor, Christy Ottaviano Books
Melissa Manlove—Senior Editor, Chronicle Books
Stephanie Pitts—Editor, Putnam Young Readers, Penguin
Kristine Brogno—Art Director, Chronicle Books

APRIL 21-22: IDAHO CONFERENCE ON YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND WRITING, BOISE, ID

Wendy McClure—Editor, Albert Whitman

APRIL 21-23: NESCBWI CONFERENCE, SPRINGFIELD, MA

Liz Kossnar—Associate Editor, Simon & Schuster BFYR
Christina Pulles—Senior Editor, Sterling Children’s Books;
Eileen Robinson—Editor/Publisher, Move Books Children’s Publishing
Julie Bliven—Editor/Contracts Manager, Charlesbridge
Alexandra Cooper—Executive Editor, HarperCollins
Celia Lee—Editor, Scholastic
Julia Maguire—Editor, Knopf BFYR/Penguin Random House
Allison Moore—Associate Editor, Little, Brown BFYR
Leila Sales—Associate Publishing Manager, Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Random House
Harold Underdown—Independent Editor
Lucy Ruth Cummins—Art Director, Simon & Schuster BFYR/Paula Wiseman Books
Giuseppe Castellano—Executive Art Director, Penguin Random House
Carter Hasegawa—Associate Editor, Candlewick Press
Irene Vandervoort—Art Director at Sterling Children’s Books

APRIL 28-30: DIVERSE INPIRATIONS: CONNECTING THE DOTS

Christine Klocek-Lim—Editor, Evernight Publishing

MAY 5-7: THE MUSE AND THE MARKETPLACE, BOSTON, MA

Daniel Nayeri—Editor, Workman Publishing Company

MAY 11-13: LDS STORYMAKERS, PROVO, UT

Michelle Frey—Executive Editor, Knopf BFYR
Liz Alley—Product Manager, Deseret Book
Heidi Taylor—Publishing Manager, Deseret Book/Shadow Mountain
Heather Rubert—Editor, Future House Publishing
Helena Steinacker—Editor, Future House Publishing

MAY 12-13: ATLANTA WRITERS CONFERENCE, ATLANTA, GA

Laura Apperson—Assistant Editor, St. Martin’s Press at Macmillan Publishers
Diana Pho—Editor, Tor Books
Amy Stapp—Editor, Forge and Tor Teen, Macmillan Publishers

MAY 12-15: SCBWI EUROPOLITAN CONFERENCE, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Natalie Doherty—Commissioning Editor, Penguin Random House
Kendra Levin—Executive Editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random   House
Stephanie Amster—Creative Director of Children’s and Educational Books, Bloomsbury
Laurent Linn—Art Director, Simon & Schuster BFYR

MAY 20-21: WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS WORKING CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TX

Kendra Levin—Executive Editor, Penguin Random House
Melissa Manlove—Senior Editor, Chronicle Books
Guiseppe Castellano—Executive Art Director, Penguin Random House

JUNE 3-4: NJSCBWI CONFERENCE, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

TBA

JUNE 12-16: WRITING & ILLUSTRATING FOR YOUNG READERS, SANDY, UT

Emily Feinberg—Editor, Roaring Brook Press
Emma D. Dryden—Consulting Editor, drydenbks

JUNE 22-24: HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY CONFERENCE, PORTLAND, OR

Martin Biro—Editor, Kensington Press
Bess Cosby—Editor, Tor/Forge, Macmillan

JUNE 22-24: SOCAL CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, LA MIRADA, CA\

Miralee Ferrel—Editor, Mountain Brook Ink
Renae Green—Editor, Armonia Publishing

JULY 7-10: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, LOS ANGELES, CA

TBA

AUGUST 24-27: KILLER NASHVILLE, FRANKLIN, TN

Misty Williams—Publisher,Fiery Seas Publishing

SEPTEMBER 9: MAINE AGENTS, EDITORS, WRITERS CONFERENCE, BELGRADE, ME

Cynthia Platt—Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

SEPTEMBER 22-24: BIG SUR ON THE CAPE, CAPE COD, MA

TBA

NOVEMBER 3-5: NORTH CAROLINA WRITERS NETWORK FALL CONFERENCE, WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH

TBA


A RAMBLER STEASL HOME by Carter Higgins

Jeannette Larson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s

SHUFFLE, REPEAT by Jen Klein, Editors: Michelle Nagler, Chelsea Eberly, Publisher: Random House Children's

Michelle Nagler, Chelsea Eberly; Random House Children’s

GILLY"S TREASURES by Julie Murphy, Illustrated by Jay Fontano

Cedar Fort Publishing

BJORN'S GIFT

Crispin Books, Crickhollow Books

THE DANGEROUS LEGACY by Darren Simon, Published by Tell-Tale Publishing

Cindy Vallar; Tell-Tale Publishing

BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK by Jean Reidy, Illustrated by Leo Timmers

Caroline Abbey, Bloomsbury

MISSION TO PLUTO: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt

Erica Zappy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s

OCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN

Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster

TREASURE AT LURE LAKE by Sahri Schwartz

Cedar Fort Publishing

THE MANY REFLECTIONS OF MISS JANE DEMMING by J. Anderson Coates

Reka Simonsen, Atheneum

ACHOO! WHY POLLLEN COUNTS by Shennen Bersani

Arbordale Publishing