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Perfect Pitch 2022 Editors and Agents


PICTURE BOOK Editors & Agents
Sylvie Frank – Disney Hyperion Executive Editor

 

Sylvie Frank joined Disney Hyperion as Executive Editor in June 2021. She is the head of the picture book program and has the great pleasure of working with New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins. She spent over eight years as an editor with Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division, where she was the editor of award-winning and critically acclaimed books including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo; I Have a Balloon by Ariel Bernstein, illustrated by Scott Magoon; The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by John Parra; The Crossroads by Alexandra Diaz; and OCDaniel by Wesley King.

In her role at Disney, Sylvie is looking for kid-focused, snappy picture books, especially those by author-illustrators. She is drawn to original and diverse voices across all genres. One of her favorite pastimes is browsing agents’ and illustrators’ websites for new talent. When she’s not reading, Sylvie can be found running while listening to audiobooks. She lives in Portland, OR, with her family.

 Sera Rivers – Senior Literary Manager, Martin Literary & Media  Mgmt.

 

Sera Rivers is a Senior Literary Manager at Martin Literary & Media Management. She holds an MFA in writing for children from Simmons University. She’s seeking stories by authors and illustrators who identify as BIPOC, LQBTQIA+, and other underrepresented and marginalized identities. Sera is especially looking for: MG/YA —horror (no demonic possessions);psychological thrillers; speculative fiction, including magical realism and ghost stories (no high fantasy); LGBTIA+ romance; tough topics. Select PB—historically excluded stories; tough topics; horror (author/illustrator only for horror). She does not represent adult fiction/nonfiction.

At this time, Sera only accepts queries through referrals, conferences, and pitch event. Check out her full MSWL and status updates at SeraRivers.com.

 Amy Stern – Agent, Sheldon Fogelman

 

Amy Stern works with clients who write and illustrate all kinds of children’s literature, from picturebook through young adult, in poetry, prose, and graphic formats. She joined the Sheldon Fogelman Agency in 2010 as an agent assistant after receiving masters degrees in children’s literature and library and information science from Simmons College and completing an agency internship. Since then she has worked her way up to managing clients on her own, while also handling all agency permissions. Before she began her journey to agenting, Amy double majored in English and Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College and worked at libraries and bookstores. She has served as a mentor for the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature’s MFA program, and regularly participates in conferences and conventions.
 Daria Harper – Associate Editor, Chronicle Books

 

Daria Harper is an Associate Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She primarily edits board books and picture books, along with a selection of chapter books, middle grade novels, and activity and gift books for older readers. As a member of the editorial group at Chronicle for more than 8 years, she has edited award-winning titles like A Friend for Henry and Every Little Kindness, as well as bestselling titles for the Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site series. With a background in classical music, Daria came to publishing through a circuitous route, and is drawn to stories that honor life’s complexity with honesty, wisdom, and humor. No matter the category, she looks for exceptional writing, an interesting concept, respect for the reader, and books imbued with depth and feeling.
 Shulokhana Khan – Editorial Assistant, Scholastic, Inc.

 

Shulokhana Khan is on the picture book and board book team at Scholastic. Open to books for all age ranges, she is particularly interested in books that are funny, empowering, dark, or touching, with special interest in the variety of BIPOC experiences.

Shulokhana Khan (she/her)
Editorial Assistant
Cartwheel and Orchard
Scholastic Inc.
130 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012SKhan@scholastic.com
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Kristie Choi – Editorial Assistant, Atheneum Books for Young Readers

 

Kristie Choi joined the editorial staff at Simon & Schuster in 2020 after interning at W. W. Norton & Company, McIntosh & Otis, and previously sleuthing as a private investigator. As an assistant, Kristie has had the opportunity to work with multiple award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors. She works on a range of young adult, middle grade, picture books, and graphic novels, and she is building her list as the editor of her own talented authors. Kristie is looking for character-driven stories that young readers of all backgrounds can get lost in and feel seen in. Regardless of format, she’s drawn to stories that can make her laugh and cry; representation of marginalized or underrepresented people (especially BIPOC and queer identities); evocative voices; complex characters; and SFF of all kinds that is grounded with believable, relatable characters and universal themes such as navigating family and friendship dynamics. She tends to enjoy stories with a bit of heft where young people are confronted with a little more than the ordinary, anything from battling literal monsters or figurative demons to a kid trying to buy their financially insecure family a motel. Kristie lives in Denver, CO with her partner, two step-cats, and an imaginary dog. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking/camping, nerd out pretending she is a waterbender, and collect plants for her future witch apothecary.

Kristie Choi(she/her) Editorial Assistant | Atheneum Books for Young Readers ; Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

 Andy Lopez Soberano – Editorial Assistant, Scholastic, Inc.

 

 

Andy Lopez Soberano is an editorial assistant at Scholastic. She works on everything from board books, to picture books, to early reader series.  She is open to books for ages 0-8 and is particularly interested in series that include fast-paced plots for beginning readers (lite-horror is a plus!) and picture book with culturally diverse stories, social and emotional experiences, and stories with fun, lightly-irreverent, laugh-out-loud humor.

 Danielle Collins – Editorial Assistant, Beach Lane Books
Danielle Collins is the Editorial Assistant for Beach Lane Books and Paula Wiseman Books at Simon & Schuster, where she works on fiction and nonfiction picture books and middle grade. Danielle is drawn to both the factual and fantastical, or even a little bit of both, and she is passionate about stories that inspire curiosity and empathy in young readers. She is actively looking for stories featuring historically underrepresented identities and communities, particularly LGBTQIA+ and intersectional perspectives. She enjoys books that tug at your heartstrings, explore themes of discovering identity and navigating emotions, and approach big questions with an accessible voice. Danielle grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, went to college in Los Angeles, and now lives in Brooklyn, where she can often be found at bookstores and bakeries.

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NOVEL Editors & Agents
Caitlyn Averett – Assistant Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers

 

Caitlyn Averett is an Assistant Editor with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, acquiring YA, MG, graphic novels, and select picture books. Some of her recent projects are Blood of Troy and Storm of Olympus by Claire M. Andrews, and Cookie Monsters by Erika J. Kendrick. Prior to LBYR, Caitlyn worked at Jimmy Patterson Books, acquiring Tides of Mutiny by Rebecca Rode and Nura and the Immortal Palace by M. T. Kahn, and working on bestselling series by James Patterson, such as Middle School, Max Einstein, Treasure Hunters, and the Jacky Ha-Ha graphic novels. Caitlyn is always on the lookout for stories with unforgettable character and voice, hooky concepts, commercial writing, and underrepresented characters.
Sera Rivers – Senior Literary Manager, Martin Literary & Media Mgmt.

 

Sera Rivers is a Senior Literary Manager at Martin Literary & Media Management. She holds an MFA in writing for children from Simmons University. She’s seeking stories by authors and illustrators who identify as BIPOC, LQBTQIA+, and other underrepresented and marginalized identities. Sera is especially looking for: MG/YA —horror (no demonic possessions);psychological thrillers; speculative fiction, including magical realism and ghost stories (no high fantasy); LGBTIA+ romance; tough topics. Select PB—historically excluded stories; tough topics; horror (author/illustrator only for horror). She does not represent adult fiction/nonfiction.

At this time, Sera only accepts queries through referrals, conferences, and pitch event. Check out her full MSWL and status updates at SeraRivers.com.

Kaitlyn  Sanchez – Agent, Context Literary Agency

 

Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez is a mom, wife, agent with Context Literary Agency, and middle school math teacher. She’s also the proud co-creator and co-host of the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest and Kidlit Zombie Week as well as creator and co-host of the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy Contest. In her free time, she loves to play soccer, binge-watch TV shows, and, of course, read, especially when she’s all cozied up with her husband and daughter reading together. Website: https://kaitlynleannsanchez.com

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 Amy Stern Agent, Sheldon Fogelman

 

Amy Stern works with clients who write and illustrate all kinds of children’s literature, from picturebook through young adult, in poetry, prose, and graphic formats. She joined the Sheldon Fogelman Agency in 2010 as an agent assistant after receiving masters degrees in children’s literature and library and information science from Simmons College and completing an agency internship. Since then she has worked her way up to managing clients on her own, while also handling all agency permissions. Before she began her journey to agenting, Amy double majored in English and Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College and worked at libraries and bookstores. She has served as a mentor for the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature’s MFA program, and regularly participates in conferences and conventions.

 

 Jennifer UnterAgent, The Unter Agency

 

Jennifer Unter has worked many aspects of the publishing industry for over 3 decades. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she began her career at Henry Holt & Co. in the editorial department before moving on to the Karpfinger Agency while also attending law school at Fordham University School of Law.

In 2008, she started The Unter Agency, LLC, a full-service boutique agency specializing in quality fiction, nonfiction and all types of children’s literature. In addition to placing projects at domestic and foreign publishers, she also sells toaudio, film and television. She is a member of Women’s Media Group.

 

 Jazmia YoungAssociate Agent, Curtis Brown, Ltd.

 

Jazmia Young is an associate agent at Curtis Brown Ltd. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at the City College of New York and was a graduate of the Publishing Certificate Program at CCNY. She is interested in representing children’s books, picture books through YA, focusing on middle-grade fiction with the goal of amplifying underrepresented voices and experiences. She particularly loves stories withfriendship ties, complicated family dynamics, and grief or loss. Being a New York native, anything based in the great NYC has her heart. Jazmia is also the Administrative Assistant of the Association of American Literary Agents.

 

Kelsey Horton Senior Editor, Delacorte Press

 

Kelsey Horton is a Senior Editor at Delacorte Press. Notable books on her list include the New York Times bestselling series A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, the instant New York Times and Indie bestseller The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna and The Kissing Booth series by Beth Reekles which has become a Netflix hit. Kelsey also is the editor of both commercial and literary middle grade books by Lisi Harrison, Jen Calonita, Kereen Getten, Dana Alison Levy and Schneider Award winner Lynne Kelly. Additionally, Kelsey has been instrumental in launching the Underlined Paperbacks program this past year. She is currently on the lookout for commercial series, thrillers, high concept romances, contemporary middle grade standalones with award potential and fresh retellings across genres.  

 

 Shulokhana Khan – Editorial Assistant, Scholastic Inc.

 

Shulokhana Khan is on the picture book and board book team at Scholastic. Open to books for all age ranges, she is particularly interested in books that are funny, empowering, dark, or touching, with special interest in the variety of BIPOC experiences.

Shulokhana Khan (she/her)
Editorial Assistant
Cartwheel and Orchard
Scholastic Inc.
130 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012
SKhan@scholastic.com
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