Bestselling Authors, Top Editors and Literary Agents
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Andrea Brown is the President of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. Founded in New York City in 1981, it was the first literary agency to represent both children's book authors and illustrators. Prior to opening her own firm, Andrea was an editor at Alfred A. Knopf, and worked in the editorial departments of Random House and Dell. In 1990, she moved her literary agency to Northern California. Andrea has published articles and published a chapter about the children's book field in The Portable Writer's Conference, published by Quill Driver Books. She has been quoted in the New York Post, CNN.com, Yahoo News, Forbes, Good Housekeeping and Reuters News Service.
Jennifer began her career in agenting after working as a long-time children's bookseller and buyer. She is also the founder of the extremely popular YA event series "Not Your Mother's Book Club." She joined the Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2007. Always on the lookout for sparkling YA and middle grade fiction with unusual and unforgettable characters and vivid settings, she is drawn to all kinds of books, whether realistic comedies or richly imagined magical adventures. However, the common thread in her favorite stories is an offbeat world-view. Jennifer adores simplicity, but she is not interested in the conventional, predictable, mechanical, gimmicky, or ordinary. Jennifer loves funny books, thrilling books, romantic books, books that make her cry, and all-around un-put-downable books...and her true favorites are all of the above.
Jennifer represents authors and illustrators of picture book, middle grade, and YA stories, and is actively building her list. Although she specializes in children’s literature, she also represents adult fiction, both literary and commercial, particularly crime, suspense, and horror projects.
For picture books, she is drawn to a wide range of stories from silly to sweet, but she always appreciates a strong dose of humor and some kind of surprise at the end. When it comes to middle grade, she likes all kinds of genres, including adventures, mysteries, spooky-but-not-too-scary ghost stories, humor, realistic contemporary, and fantasy.
Yolanda Scott is associate publisher and editorial director at Charlesbridge, where she has edited more than 200 titles since 1995. Yolanda has worked with authors and illustrators such as Eve Bunting, Kathryn Lasky, Rafael López, David McPhail, Wendell Minor, Linda Sue Park, Don Tate, Duncan Tonatiuh, and Jane Yolen. She is adjunct faculty in the children’s literature program at Simmons University; president-elect of the Children’s Book Council, where she also served on the CBC Diversity Committee; a nonfiction writing mentor for We Need Diverse Books; a founding member of Children’s Books Boston; and a 2016 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Top 40 Honoree.
David Elliott is a NY Times bestselling children's author. His many titles include: BULL, And Here's to You!, Finn Throws a Fit!, Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum, the This ORQseries, and the acclaimed Candlewick poetry series: On the Farm, In the Wild, In the Sea, and On the Wing.
Born in Ohio, David has worked as a singer, a cucumber washer, and a popsicle stick maker. Currently, he lives in New Hampshire with his wife and Dandie Dinmont terrier.
Anne Sibley O’Brien
Anne Sibley O’Brien is a children’s book creator who has illustrated thirty-three picture books, including Jamaica's Find and six other Jamaica titles by Juanita Havill. She is the author of fourteen of those books, including the graphic novel retelling of The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea. The most recent title she wrote and illustrated is I'm New Here, a picture book about three immigrant children which was named to Kirkus Review's "Best Books of 2015". She has also written two recent picture books which she did not illustrate, Abracadabra, It's Spring! and Hocus Pocus, It's Fall!, both illustrated by Susan Gal.
Mitali Perkins (mitaliperkins.com) has written several award-winning novels for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (nominated for the National Book Award), Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years), and Bamboo People (American Library Association's Top Ten Novels for Young Adults). In 2018, she read 300+ books for young people as a judge for the National Book Awards, which provided a good overview of current writing and publishing.
Mitali currently writes and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Diane grew up in Ithaca, New York, where she spent most of her time reading children’s books. In high school she got the best job in town — in the children’s room of the public library, where she could keep on reading AND get paid for it. After college, she got a job in New York City in children’s book publishing, where part of her job was to read still more children’s books. What else could she do but write her own stories? Diane is the author of six fantasy novels for middle grade readers and two nonfiction books for older readers. Her 2016 novel Baker’s Magic was named a Nebraska Golden Sower Honor Book and won an Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine. Her newest book, The Marvelwood Magicians, published in 2017, has been nominated for a Rhode Island Children’s Book Award.