Faculty 2015

December 4-6, 2015 Workshop at Big Sur Lodge
Faculty below. (check back often as we are regularly updating details).

FACULTY EDITORS:

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Sharyn November is an American editor of books for children and teenagers. She is Senior Editor for Viking Children’s Books and Editorial Director of Firebird Books, which is a mainly paperback (reprint) imprint publishingfantasy and science fiction for teenagers and adults. Her many authors have included the late Lloyd Alexander (who was also her godfather), Laurie Halse Anderson, John Barnes, T.C. Boyle, Andrew Chaikin, Pamela Dean, Charles de Lint, Sarah Dessen, Carol Emshwiller, Nancy Farmer, Alison Goodman, Hiromi Goto, Elizabeth Hand, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Diana Wynne Jones, Graham Joyce, Susan Juby, Patrice Kindl, Ellen Klages, Nancy Kress, Kelly Link, Pat Murphy, Nnedi Okorafor, Meredith Ann Pierce, Sara Ryan, Delia Sherman, Sharon Shinn, Megan Whalen Turner,Elizabeth Wein, and the editorial team of Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

She is one of the few children’s book editors who works directly with teenagers; their love of speculative fiction was the seed of her founding Firebird Books, which launched in January 2002.

She was named a 2004 and 2005 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Professional category—in 2004 for Firebird Books, in 2005 for editing. Firebirds Rising was a 2007 Finalist in the Anthology category.

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004_img_4014_004Sara Sargent, is an Editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She acquires young adult fiction. Most recently she was an Associate Editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books. Sara started her publishing career as an intern at Miramax Books at the age of 17 before eventually interning at Disney/Hyperion Books for Children, getting her Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern, and joining the editorial team at HarperCollins. Sara has a soft spot for sweeping romance and kissing in YA. You can sometimes find her eating takeout and reading on the couch. You can always find her on Twitter and Instagram at Sara_Sargent. Sara lives in Brooklyn.

Nicole Geiger, Acquiring Editor at Beyond Words/S&S  (Bio and picture coming soon…a bit shy)

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tamraTamra Tuller – Editor at Philomel Books. After working several years in education as an English as a Second Language instructor at Rutgers University, Tamra got her publishing feet wet in the Scholastic Book Clubs, and then moved on to Scholastic’s trade division at Blue Sky Press. In 2006 Tamra moved to Philomel Books, an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group, where she is currently an editor. Tamra is interested primarily in modern, literary middle grade and young adult fiction as well as story-based picture books. She has worked with such authors as Ruta Sepetys, Kathryn Erskine, Renata Liwska, Beth Kephart, Heidi Ayarbe and Barbara Joosse.

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taylorTaylor NormanAssistant Editor at Chronicle. Professional interests: smart, honest middle grade & young adult fiction. Above all, books that matter. I am a rock.

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FACULTY AUTHORS: 

Caroline Arnoldcarolineportraitb_w, author of over 150 picture books.

Grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with my parents, who were social workers, and my three younger brothers. Most of my summers were spent at Camp Bovey, a small camp in northern Wisconsin, and it was there that I began to develop my love for nature and the out of doors. I went to Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, where I majored in art and also studied English literature. I then went to the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and received my M.A.in art.

I began writing books for children more than thirty years ago when my own children were small. Because I was trained as an artist, my plan was to write stories that I could illustrate myself, but as it turned out I have instead become primarily a writer. Many of my books are about natural science subjects and lend themselves to being illustrated with color photos. For the majority of these books I have collaborated with Richard Hewett, a professional photographer. With several of my other photographic books I have worked with my husband, Arthur Arnold and in a few books I have done my own photography. Most of my recent books are illustrated with art, both by other illustrators and myself. I use a cut paper collage technique.

I live in Los Angeles, California with my husband, Art, a scientist at UCLA. Our children, Jennifer and Matthew, are grown up. Both of them are married and we now have three grandchildren.  More at her Caroline’s website HERE.

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Tamara Ireland Stone,ireland-stone,-tamara is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us (Hyperion Teens), which has been published in over twenty countries to widespread acclaim, and hailed as “an exciting debut novel” by Booklist and “a warm, time bending romance” by Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by CBS Films.

Her next novel, Every Last Word, is about a teen girl with OCD who’s hiding part of herself from the world, until she discovers a secret poetry club that changes her in unexpected ways. Every Last Word releases on June 16, 2015 from Hyperion Teens.

A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco. Tamara’s website HERE.

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FACULTY AGENTS:

1427997974ANDREA BROWN
PRESIDENT
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. More at: http://www.andreabrownlit.com/agents.html

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LAURA RENNERT  1427997926
EXECUTIVE AGENT
 Laura Rennert, Executive Agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency, has been with the agency since 1998. A “literary omnivore,” she specializes in all categories of children’s books, from picture books to young adult, and in up-market fiction and narrative nonfiction. She represents award-winning and best-selling authors, including #1 NYT bestsellers Ellen Hopkins, Jay Asher, Lauren Kate, #1 NYT bestseller and Printz Honor Finalist Maggie Stiefvater, NYT Bestseller and #1 Digital Bestseller Catherine Ryan Hyde, and National Book Award Finalist Kathleen Duey, as well as brand new, first-time authors. More at: http://www.andreabrownlit.com/agents.html

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CARYN WISEMAN   1427998220
SENIOR AGENT
 Caryn has been an agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency since 2003, and she has sold over 275 books. She handles children’s books only: young adult and middle-grade fiction and non-fiction, chapter books, and picture books (fiction and non-fiction). She represents NYT bestselling authors, award-winning authors, debut authors, and authors at every stage in between. No matter the genre, Caryn is looking for books with emotional depth and a strong voice; excellent writing in a tightly-plotted story; and characters that stick with her long after she has closed the book. In YA, she gravitates toward books that make her think and toward books that make her cry; in middle-grade and chapter books, laughter tends to be the common thread; in picture books, it’s lyrical story-telling and heart. She loves books that are intellectually challenging and that take risks, but in a very logical way. More at: http://www.andreabrownlit.com/agents.html

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JENNIFER LAUGHRAN
SENIOR AGENT
 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 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. More at: http://www.andreabrownlit.com/agents.html

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JENNIFER ROFÉ
SENIOR AGENT
 Jennifer represents projects ranging from picture books to YA. Middle grade is her soft spot and she’s open to all genres in this category, especially the tender, hilarious, or zany. She is always looking for fresh and distinct voices; stories that simultaneously tug at her heartstrings and make her laugh out loud; and “adorkable” heroes. As for YA, Jennifer is drawn to contemporary works; dramatic, funny, or cringe-worthy romance; and urban fantasy/light sci-fi. She’s especially interested in smart stories that are layered, complex, and unexpected, and she appreciates big, developed worlds. In terms of picture books, she is interested in character-driven projects and smart, exceptional writing. Jennifer also represents illustrators and author-illustrators. More at: http://www.andreabrownlit.com/agents.html

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KELLY SONNACK
AGENT
 Kelly represents illustrators and writers for all age groups within children’s literature (picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels).However, she is not currently accepting queries. More at: http://www.andreabrownlit.com/agents.html 

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JAMIE WEISS CHILTON
AGENT
Jamie Weiss Chilton represents all categories of children’s books, specializing in picture books and teen novels. She is not currently accepting queries. More at: http://www.andreabrownlit.com/agents.html

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PictureJENNIFER MATTSON
AGENT
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 and author-illustrators who bring a distinctive, well-developed point of view to their work; at this time, she is not seeking illustration-only clients. She is particularly drawn to fiction for middle graders and YAs, especially richly imagined fantasies that depart from old-hat heroic 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 still gravitates to all of the above, but contemporary realistic fiction can work for her, too, especially if it’s voice-driven and carefully structured. More at: http://www.andreabrownlit.com/agents.html

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LARA PERKINS
ASSOCIATE AGENT
Lara Perkins represents all categories of children’s literature, from picture books to young adult. She has been with the agency since 2010 and is also the agency’s Digital Manager. She is not currently accepting queries. 

Lara is a fan of insightful, page-turning, voice-driven young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as quirky, witty picture books. In middle grade, she’s particularly looking for compelling, unexpected mysteries, stories set in fascinating, unexpected worlds (real or imagined), and stories that hit home in their depiction of ending/changing friendships or family shifts. Humor is always welcome. In young adult, Lara is looking for heart-breaking but very funny contemporary realistic and contemporary with a fantasy twist. She loves a bittersweet romance when it’s solidly grounded in reality between believable, memorable characters. She’s also drawn to character-driven fantasy with striking world building that would appeal to non-fantasy readers, and whip-smart, page-turning psychological mysteries. In the picture book realm, Lara is drawn to picture books that take a small but universal experience of childhood and draw out something beautiful or hilarious, and an endearingly flawed main character is central for her. With her art background, she loves working with author/illustrators, and she’s drawn to a wide range of illustration styles. More at: http://www.andreabrownlit.com/agents.html