Eight agents from the US, UK and NZ will join us for the First Pages panel. Read bios of all seven agents and interviews here!
Sarah Davies was a children's publisher in London for more than 25 years before moving to the USA in 2007 to launch the Greenhouse Literary Agency. Based in Washington DC and London, the Greenhouse exclusively represents authors of children's and YA fiction and is not only transatlantic (Sarah personally represents both American and British authors direct to both markets), but also unusually international – foreign rights are sold by sister-company Rights People, a specialist children's rights-selling business with a fast-growing reputation for selling literary properties around the world.
In her publisher incarnation Sarah worked with and published authors such as Judy Blume, Meg Cabot, Sharon Creech, Karen Cushman, and Philip Pullman. As an agent she represents many debut authors, a number of whom have achieved deals at auction – among them, Sarwat Chadda, Lindsey Leavitt, Brenna Yovanoff, Tricia Springstubb, and Valerie Patterson. Sarah has been a fiction editor half her life, and brings a wealth of editorial experience to her role as literary agent, working closely with writers to reach an optimum submission point. Sarah says, ‘Everything I'd most like to tell you about the Greenhouse is in its name. It's where writers grow!'
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Marcia Wernick is an agent at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency, Inc., where she began her career more than twenty years ago working in permissions and subsidiary rights. She specializes in children's books of all genres, and works with both writers and illustrators, from picture book authors and/or illustrators to authors of young adult novels. Her clients range from emerging talent to awardi winners, and include Jake Wizner, Vincent X. Kirsch, and Alexandra Boiger, as well as Mo Willems, Peggy Rathmann, Bryan Collier and Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. She also loves to find new talent. Jackie Urbanovic's first title after representation was Duck at the Door, which a lead title for HarperCollinsPublishers and a New York Times Bestseller. Although Marcia takes on relatively few clients in a year, she is always drawn to strong voices and age appropriate stories that engage, entertain and amuse the reader. In fiction, strong opening lines and first chapters that compel one to read on are key. She's a sucker for Southern voices, but overall shies away from mean-spirited characters and horror. She's not currently looking for traditional nonfiction.
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Frances Plumpton had a long career as a children's librarian in public libraries in Auckland, New Zealand, before joining Richards Literary Agency in 2006, and now representing many of New Zealand's outstanding children's writers and illustrators. She has judged and convened judging panels for both of the New Zealand children's book awards, and is a founding member and trustee of Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand. Frances was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1989, travelling to the UK to study public library services to young children, and in 2006 was the recipient of the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for services to children's literature. She is the New Zealand ARA for the Australian and New Zealand chapter of SCBWI.
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Kristin established the Nelson Literary Agency in 2002. In such a short time, she has sold over a 100 books to all the major publishers. She has landed several film deals and has contracted foreign rights on behalf of her clients in many territories. She specializes in representing commercial fiction (mainstream, women's fiction, romance, science fiction, fantasy, young adult & middle grade) and literary fiction with a commercial bent. In general, she does not handle nonfiction projects with the exception of an occasional memoir. Clients include New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ally Carter (I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You), New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Ford (Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet), 2010 American Library Association's Top Ten Books for Young Adults author Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon's Lexicon) as well as 2010 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers author Simone Elkeles (Perfect Chemistry), Locus bestselling authors Lisa Shearin (Armed & Magical) and Gail Carriger (Soulless). Member: AAR, RWA, SFWA, SCBWI. Please visitwww.nelsonagency.com before submitting and also check out Kristin's popular blog http://pubrants.blogspot.com.
Rosemary Stimola, a former professor of language and literature and an award-winning children's bookseller, formalized the Stimola Literary Studio in 1997, offering representation to writers and writer/illustrators of children's books. Representing both fiction and nonfiction from preschool through young adult, she is honored to count among her clients many New York Times Bestselling and award-winning authors including Suzanne Collins, Jodi Lynne Anderson, Lisa Papademetriou, Mary E. Pearson, Tanya Lee Stone and Matt Tavares.
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John M. Cusick graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Russian Literature. He began his career with STNY that year. He made his first sale in February, 2009, to Flux Books. In addition to handling his own clients, John reads submissions, develops manuscripts, reviews contracts, and aids in contract negotiations. He also manages STNY's international business. He attends the London Book Fair and Book Expo America, and is a member of the SCBWI and an Associate member of the AAR. His young adult novel, GIRL PARTS, will be released by Candlewick in August 2010.
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Kendra Marcus started BookStop Literary Agency in 1984, and since then the agency has grown to be one of the most well known and well respected agencies for children's book writers and illustrators.
Kendra gravitates toward texts and illustrations for quirky and funny picture books. She is also interested in stories with Hispanic or Latino characters and unusual nonfiction, and is always thrilled to find unforgettable and vivid voices or stories that will bring her to tears.
Read an interview with Kendra Marcus