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Agent, Editor, and Art Director Bios

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Below are the agents and editors coming to Southern New England Agent/Editor Day. Participants will have the opportunity to request specific editors and agents before the event. Choices will be determined by whether the participant registers for picture book manuscript, picture book dummy, graphic novel, portfolio, or novel (chapter book, MG, YA). We will try to honor all requests, but requests cannot be guaranteed. Refunds will be available only if we are able to fill the spot from our wait list. Pal Pal Fees will be deducted.

Keep in mind, the purpose of the day is to get feedback. Even if you do not get to meet with the editor/agent of your choice, you can still submit to them later after using feedback from other agents or editors to revise your work. All faculty have agreed to accept queries from all participants for two months following the workshop. Specific guidelines will be provided after the event.


Critique Faculty:


Megan Abbate, Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook Press: Megan Abbate is an Assistant Editor at Roaring Brook Press, where she acquires across all categories for children. She is most drawn to classic, timeless voices in stories grounded by fresh contemporary hooks, as well as books that build empathy. As a former teacher, she is always interested in books that can connect to school curriculum in interesting ways and books that could make for great classroom read-alouds. Books she’s edited include How Not To Ask a Boy to Prom, Thundercluck! Chicken of Thor, Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid, and I’m Not a Girl, among others. Originally from Pittsburgh, she is a huge sports fan and also a theater lover.


Miriam Altshuler, Agent, DeFiore and Company: Miriam Altshuler began her career at Russell & Volkening and in 1994 established her own agency, which she ran for twenty-one years until she joined DeFiore and Company in 2016. She focuses primarily on young adult and middle grade fiction and narrative nonfiction. She represents the late Walter Dean Myers, who served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and has won or been nominated for every major award in children’s literature; Leslie Connor, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle, Waiting for Normal, and the forthcoming A Home for Goddesses and Dogs; Donna Freitas, whose most recent young adult novels include The Healer and The Wired trilogy; Jill Santopolo, author of the Sparkle Spa series; Tod Olson, author of the middle-grade nonfiction series Lost; Lambda award-winning novelist Alex Sanchez; Coretta Scott King award-winning author Charles R. Smith, Jr.; Ted Sanders, author of the middle-grade fantasy series The Keepers; Kathryn Siebel, author of The Trouble with Twins and The Haunting of Henry Davis; and Christine Kendall, author of Riding Chance and the forthcoming The True Definition of Neva Beane. Miriam is particularly interested in finding new and interesting voices, and loves reading and representing books that focus on diversity.


Karen Boss, Associate Editor, Charlesbridge: Karen Boss is an associate editor at Charlesbridge where she works on fiction and nonfiction picture books and middle-grade novels. She holds a MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and regularly acts as a mentor for their Writing for Children MFA program. Karen also has an MA in higher education administration and worked at colleges and in the nonprofit sector for the first 15 years of her career. She still works part-time in development at Hyde Square Task Force, a nonprofit that works with at-risk youth in Jamaica Plain. Some authors she’s currently working with are David L. Harrison, Jane Yolen, Nancy Bo Flood, Rich Michelson, and debut author Tami Charles. Her favorite children’s book is The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White, and she thinks that Holes by Louis Sachar is quite possibly the best thing ever written.


Kandace Coston, Assistant Editor, Lee & Low: Kandace Coston is the assistant editor at Lee & Low Books, an independent, multicultural children’s book publisher in NYC. She grew up in the Bronx, New York, where she spent weekends reading stories and writing her own. After graduating from Barnard College, she won an internship grant from We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that advocates change in the publishing industry and joined the Lee & Low team. Kandace enjoys working with new authors and illustrators helping their manuscripts evolve into picture books. Professionally and personally, Kandace loves books that feature strong female protagonists as well as any story that can make her laugh.


Heather Crowley, Assistant Editor, Disney Hyperion: Heather Crowley is an Assistant Editor at Disney Hyperion, where she previously worked on the School & Library Marketing team. She edits picture books (fiction and narrative non-fiction), middle grade, and a few young adult novels, and is especially drawn to distinctively-voiced stories sprinkled with a little weirdness and whimsy, yet grounded in authentic character relationships. Some of the gifted creators she has worked with include Lorena Alvarez, Matthew Cordell, Kallie George, Laura Godwin, Ryan T. Higgins, Avery Monsen, Doreen Rappaport, and Charles Santoso. Heather grew up in California and now lives in New York, where she walks slowly through museums, hunts for secret gardens, and watches the Great British Bake Off on repeat. Find her on Twitter @heatherecrowley.


Trisha de Guzman, Associate Editor, Farrar Straus Giroux: Trisha de Guzman is an Associate Editor at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan. She is actively building her list of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and select nonfiction books and graphic novels, with a special interest in stories by and about people from the margins. Filipino by birth, she has lived in New York City since she was seven years old. Visit her at or on Twitter at @trishadeg.


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Christy Ewers, Agent, The CAT Agency, Inc: Christy Ewers is the owner of The CAT Agency, where she represents illustrators and author/illustrators in the children’s market, along with her mother and partner, Chris Tugeau, who founded the agency in 1994. The CAT Agency is a boutique agency that believes in the hands-on approach in representing a diverse group of talent from all over the world. Christy works closely with the entire “family” of artists, spearheading promotion and deals for CAT Agency illustrators, as well as working closely with the authors in the group to help craft their stories and hone their writing for young readers. For more information, visit


Kait Feldmann, Editor, Scholastic Books: Kate Feldmann is an Editor at Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic, where she is building a list of picture books and graphic novels. She is excited to be working on debut picture books by Aida Salazar, Jon Lau, Isabella Kung, Sarah Jung, Shirley Chan, and more! Kait joined Scholastic in May of 2014 and gained editorial experience assisting on titles that include Newbery Honor-winner Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, New York Times-bestseller The Marvels by Brian Selznick, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, with new illustrations by Lisbeth Zwerger. Kait lives in New York in a hoarder’s den surrounded by books. You can learn more about her at


Stephen Fraser, Senior Agent, Jennifer de Chiara Literary: Stephen Fraser has been a literary agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in New York City for fifteen years, after working for more than twenty-five years at seven major publishers including Harper-Collins, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic. His clients have won the Newbery Honor Medal, both the Edgar and PEN awards, and received multiple starred reviews. He is graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont with a degree in English Lit-erature and has a Master’s Degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College in Boston. Stephen is a popular speaker at writer’s conferences throughout the country.


Saho Fujii, Art Director, Little Brown Books: Saho is a senior art director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She has designed a wide range of books including picture books, board books, activity and novelty books, middle grade and young adult novels. She currently oversees the LBYR’s picture book list. She has worked with many award-winning illustrators including Jerry Pinkney, Javaka Steptoe, Sophie Blackall, Molly Idle, Bryan Collier, Mordicai Gerstein and John Rocco. She lives in New York City.


Aram Kim, Senior Designer, Macmillan Kids: Aram Kim is a senior designer at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group where she designs a wide range of children’s books including board books, picture books, chapter books, and middle grade nonfiction. She especially loves working with new illustrators building the journey together from the very early sketches through the final book. She has worked with many debut illustrators as well as established ones. She has also created branding for several series of picture books, board books, and middle grade nonfiction. As an author/illustrator herself of acclaimed picture books, she is closely connected with illustrators and enjoys learning from them and working with them.


Ellice Lee, Art Director, Philomel Books: Ellice Lee is the Art Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, where she designs fiction and non-fiction picture books, board books and novels. She has worked with award-winning talent including Alexandra Boiger, Rafael Lopez, Loren Long, Le Uyen Pham, Christian Robinson, Kadir Nelson, Ed Young, and Floyd Cooper. Titles she has worked on have appeared on the New York Times best-seller lists (most recently, Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor and She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton), featured in New York magazine, TIME magazine and have won Caldecott honors, Coretta Scott King awards, as well as being a finalist for the National Book Award.


Alexandra Levick, Agent, Writers House: Alexandra Levick has worked with a wide range of established New York Times bestsellers, national award winners, and debut clients. After graduating from the University of Rochester with a degree in English focused on Creative Writing, Alexandra attended New York University where she received her Masters of Science in Publishing with a specialization in Content Development. Previously she spent time at Sterling Lord Literistic, in publicity at Bloomsbury, and as a bookseller for Barnes and Noble. Today, she is building a broad list at Writers House and works on everything from picture books to speculative adult fiction. Find her on Twitter @AllieLevick.



Patricia Lindgren, Agent, Lindgren & Smith: Patricia Lindgren and Piper Smith joined forces to create Lindgren & Smith Inc over 30 years ago. Patricia attended Copper Union while working as a photographer’s assistant and went on to work as a printmaker – making limited edition silk screen prints for fine artists, Oldenburg, Motherwell, Frankenthaler and many more. Later, it was her love of illustration that lead her to representation — her father was a successful illustrator so it was an easy transition. Today, Lindgren & Smith works with 25 exceptional illustrators whose projects range from advertising, editorial, book covers, posters, children’s books- just about anything that needs art! Children’s books are a particular favorite though- she has a large collection of original Golden books- books that were read to her as a child, and she read to her children, and now reads to her grandkids.




Tamar Mays, Editor, HarperCollins: Tamar Mays joined HarperCollins in 2005 to run Harper’s renowned I Can Read program. Previously she was a bookseller, a children’s book buyer, an editor at Dutton working with the A.A. Milne estate, and the manager of Scholastic’s Lucky School Book Club, for 2nd and 3rd graders. Tamar’s editorial focus is early childhood, from birth to third grade. She still runs the ICR program, working with Victoria Kann, among others. This year she’s making plans for the 50th anniversary of Frog and Toad!  Tamar has a strong affinity for illustrated work and loves acquiring timely picture books with humor and warmth. She would love to have more author-illustrator submissions as well as more work from diverse voices.


Tia Mele, Agent, Talcott Notch Literary Services: Tia Mele started her publishing career as an intern with Talcott Notch Literary Services and quickly found a home there. She continued as an assistant, and was then promoted to Junior Agent. She focuses primarily on Middle Grade and Young Adult projects, with a special interest in contemporary for both age groups. In MG, she is open to fantasy of all kinds, magical realism, mysteries, adventures, and anything else one can put into a book for younger readers. In YA, she prefers urban or contemporary fantasy, romance, mysteries, thrillers, and sports novels. When she’s not reading submissions, you can find Tia playing with her dogs and rabbit, hiking, and making her way to all thirty MLB stadiums.


Monique Sterling, Senior Designer, Philomel Books: Monique Sterling designs picture books and novels at Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, where she is the Senior Designer. Before landing in publishing, she worked in several industries as a Graphic Designer, such as, online education, non-profit marketing and social media advertising. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and also freelances as a Motion Graphic Designer. When not designing, she loves experimenting with hand lettering and exploring hidden secrets of Brooklyn.


Leslie Zampetti, Agent, Dunham Literary: Leslie joined Dunham Literary in June 2016. Previously, she was an intern for The Bent Agency. A former librarian with over 20 years’ experience in special, public, and school libraries, Leslie has cataloged rocket launch videos and Lego rocket ship models, presented SEC documents and story times, and negotiated with organizations from Lexis-Nexis to the PTA. Her experience as a librarian has given her a distinct perspective on publishing and readers. A writer herself, Leslie is very familiar with querying from both sides of the desk. Leslie graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in English and has a Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. For information on what she’s seeking, see You can follow her on Twitter @leslie_zampetti.

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