Bestselling Authors, Top Editors and Literary Agents
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's background in children's book publishing includes five years reviewing children's literature at Booklist magazine, and five years as an editor at Dutton Children's Books.
In the picture book arena, Jennifer is interested in authors, illustrators, and author-illustrators who bring a distinctive, well-developed point of view to their work. She is particularly drawn to fiction in middle grade and YA, especially richly imagined fantasies that depart from typical quests (portals entered by protagonists who fulfill prophecies don't tend to be for her). The most dogeared books in her childhood library tended to be fantasy adventures, survival stories, and sprawling, atmospheric tales with Dickensian twists and satisfying puzzles. She gravitates to all of the above, but contemporary realistic fiction can work for her too, especially if it's voice-driven and carefully structured.
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.
Kelly represents illustrators and writers for all age groups and formats within children's literature (picture books, middle grade, chapter book, YA, and graphic novels).
Right now in YA, Kelly is interested in finding a sophisticated novel that examines social issues in a fresh way, or something that taps into her sci-fi, magic and fantasy nerdiness. In MG, she tends toward emotional, family-centered stories. She likes unique, clever picture books with emotional layers that reflect the challenges and conflicts 0-7 year olds face even if told from the perspective of a family of robots or mice. Kelly is a passionate graphic novel fan and excited about taking on new graphic novel creators. She loves humorous and/or fantastical adventures for a juvenile audience or personal, layered stories for older teen audiences. While her bar is high for nonfiction, she's particularly interested in projects focused on minority historical figures. She is also always on the lookout for dynamic illustrators, whether they're writing their own books or interested in illustrating other people's.
Nikki Garcia is an editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers where she works on everything from picture books through YA. During her time at LBYR, she has had the honor of working with talented creators such as Sophie Blackall, Jennifer Torres, Monica Brown, Laini Taylor, and more. While open to projects for all ages, she is particularly interested in picture books that pack an emotional punch, and voice-driven literary or commercial middle grade and YA. She is not the best match for science fiction. Born and raised in New York City, Nikki graduated from St. John’s University and Harvard University, and thankfully didn’t have to travel very far to make her dreams come true.
Ashley Hearn is an associate YA editor at Page Street Publishing, working with authors such as Candice Montgomery, whose debut Home and Away was named a Kirkus Reviews best YA of 2018, and Addie Thorley, whose debut An Affair of Poisons is a Spring 2019 Discover Great New Writers selection. When she steps away from her desk, she can be found sampling craft beer, armchair-quarterbacking for the Green Bay Packers, or haunting her local coffee shop.
Follow her on Twitter @AshleyHearn
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.
Jennifer Ung is a senior editor at Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, working with bestselling and award-winning authors including Sandhya Menon, Akemi Dawn Bowman, and Cindy Pon. When she’s not reading or talking about books, you can find her waxing poetic about food, playing uselessly complicated board games, and thinking of appropriate ways to incorporate dog memes into professional emails.
Follow her on Twitter @JenPanda
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.
Debbi Michiko Florence
Debbi Michiko Florence, a third generation Japanese American, is a former classroom teacher and zoo educator. Her debut chapter book series is Jasmine Toguchi (FSG/2017 and 2018). Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen was a Bank Street 2018 Best Children’s Books of the Year, on the 2018 Amelia Bloomer List, and the 2018 CBCC Choices List (Best of the Year). Mochi Queen, Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl, and Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper were Junior Library Guild selections and on the Chicago Public Library’s Best of lists two years in a row. Debbi is also the author of the early chapter book series, Dorothy and Toto (Picture Window Books/2016) and the upcoming early chapter book series My Furry Foster Family (Picture Window Books/Aug 2019).
Debbi has spoken on panels at NCTE, Decatur Book Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, among others; taught workshops at SCBWI conferences; and presented at numerous schools.
A native Californian, Debbi now lives in Connecticut with her husband, rescue dog, bunny, and two ducks.
Sarah Darer Littman
Sarah Darer Littman is the critically acclaimed author of Young Adult novels, In Case You Missed It, Backlash, (Winner of the Iowa Teen Book Award) Want to Go Private?; Life, After and Purge; and middle grade novels, Fairest of Them All, Charmed, I’m Sure and Confessions of a Closet Catholic, winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. As well as writing novels, Sarah teaches creative writing as an adjunct professor in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University, at the Yale Summer Writers' Conference, and she is an award-winning opinion columnist. She lives in Connecticut with her family and two dogs, in a house that never seems to have enough bookshelves.
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.
Tara Sullivan pulls from her international childhood to write Young Adult novels that address contemporary human rights issues. Her debut, Golden Boy, won the 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People Award, and was a YALSA, Kirkus and Wall Street Journal book of the year. Her second novel, The Bitter Side of Sweet, won the 2017 Children’s Africana Book Award Honor and was an ALSC Notable Childrens’ Book of 2017. Find out more at http://www.TaraSullivanBooks.com.
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.