Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Agent Panel 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017 to 8:00 pm → more dates through November 6, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street
Featuring agents Molly O'Neill, Root Literary Agency, Carrie Pestritto Prospect Agency; and Brooks Sherman, Janklow & Nesbit. Adria Quiñones, moderator, and hosted by Caron Levis, faculty, The New School Creative Writing Program. The discussion will focus on the childrne's book landscape, advice on how to find and query an agent, and the realities of being a writer.
Adria Quiñones is a wildly successful technical writer who began writing novels for kids in order to have the experience of writing something that someone actually wanted to read. Adria is a regular contributor to the Metro-NYC SCBWI‘s blog and was a winner of the SCBWI 2014 Midwinter Conference’s prestigious joke contest. In January 2015, Adria was named one of the winners of SCBWI’s Emerging Voices Award for her middle-grade novel, The Disappeared.
Molly O’Neil - Molly O'Neill is a literary agent at Root Literary. For the past fifteen years, she has held various roles inside the publishing industry: previously she was an agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency, an editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, where she acquired Veronica Roth's juggernaut Divergent series, among many other fantastic projects; the Head of Editorial at Storybird, a publishing/tech start-up; and a member of the School & Library Marketing teams at both HarperCollins and Clarion Books. She loves the creative process and early-stage project development, is invigorated by business strategy and entrepreneurial thinking, and is fascinated by the intersections of art, commerce, creativity, and innovation. Molly is especially passionate about the people behind books, and takes pride in discovering and evangelizing talented authors and illustrators, expanding the global reach of their work, and finding new ways to build connections and community among creators, readers, stories, and their champions. You can learn more about her via her website, mollyoneillbooks.com.
Carrie Pestritto - Carrie joined Prospect Agency in 2011 and is thrilled to represent New York Times bestsellers and award-winning authors. Before joining the Prospect team, she worked as an assistant at Writers House and earned her BA in English, cum laude, from Amherst College, also spending a year studying abroad at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts. Carrie always strives to help create books that will introduce readers to new worlds, whether that is through non-fiction, fantasy, historical, or contemporary novels. As an agent, she is drawn in by relatable characters, fantastic voices, strong heroines, unusual premises, and immersive detail. If it can make her forget who or where she is, she wants to read it!
Brooks Sherman – After graduating from Vassar College with a B.A. in Drama, Brooks Sherman worked for several years in the entertainment industry (in both New York and Los Angeles) before joining the Peace Corps and spending two years stationed in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Upon returning to the United States, he set his sights on the publishing industry, starting in 2011 as an assistant at FinePrint Literary Management and working his way up to literary agent, moving to the Bent Agency in 2014, and joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2017. Brooks's clients include #1 New York Times-bestselling and award-winning authors. For children’s books, he is on the lookout for middle-grade fiction of all genres (especially fantasy and contemporary), young adult fiction of all genres except paranormal romance, and character-driven picture books with an emphasis on humor. His interest in adult fiction runs the gamut from literary to speculative (particularly fantasy, horror, and psychological thriller). For nonfiction, he is seeking projects in the areas of humor, pop culture, politics, and narrative nonfiction. Across all categories, Brooks seeks projects that balance strong voice with gripping plot. Ones that make him laugh earn extra points! He is particularly drawn to stories that elevate marginalized voices and where contemporary social issues are either prominently centered or woven into the worldbuilding; he prefers nuanced narratives over "issue books," in which characters confront such issues over the course of larger personal journeys. Brooks is a member of AAR and SCBWI. He lives in Brooklyn, but you can find him sharing publishing perspectives (and horrible puns) on Twitter at @byobrooks.
Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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