Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Spring Virtual Agent Editor Day for Novels 2021

Date(s) - Saturday, March 6, 2021
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

For writers and illustrators, there is nothing better than getting feedback on your work. Sometimes it’s all you need to move forward. When you can get it from an industry professional, so much the better!

The structure will be the same as our online Agent Editor Day in November 2020. Attendees will be assigned to a breakout room in Zoom with an agent or editor for feedback and conversation (in small groups of about 7, not individually, for pro critique as well as peer critique). Each attendee will share their screen with the group, and will have five minutes to share part of their manuscript, portfolio, graphic novel, or picture book dummy and ten minutes to get feedback from the group.

It is strongly suggested that you have a complete and polished project on the day of the workshop.

Following the group critiques will be a brief panel discussion with the attending professionals–to discuss acquisitions, and answer questions.

If you won a ticket for the event, registration is below. You will need to use the password that was mailed to you and to sign in to in order to register. You do not have a coupon code. Please follow the directions on the email you received VERY CAREFULLY. When you are finished, you may get something that says, “Could not load booking data.” This does not mean anything.

Each agent or editor has a maximum of 7 people in their breakout room. If, when you go to register, that person’s room is full (cannot be selected), you will need to register for a different agent or editor. The purpose of this event is to get critique, not to find the agent or editor who will publish your work. After the event is over, it is what you do with that critique that matters. No matter which room you have been assigned, you will still be able to submit your work to all of the agents and editors who are attending the event. If you are unhappy with your choices and would like to give up your ticket, please let Stacy Mozer know so she can inform one of the many people on our waitlist that they have a spot. You can email her at

Here are the publishing professionals who will be critiquing work at the event.

Julie Bliven, Editor, Charlesbridge – FULL

Julie Bliven is editor at Charlesbridge, where she has edited more than seventy titles, including fiction and nonfiction board books, picture books, and middle-grade novels. Julie holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons University, where she has taught and mentored students in the University’s M.F.A. program. She has also served as a member of the Children’s Book Council Diversity Initiative. @Julie_Bliven


Linda Camacho, Agent, Gallt & Zacker Literary – FULL
Linda Camacho graduated from Cornell with a B.S. in Communication and has held various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon and Schuster, Writers House, and Prospect Agency. She’s done everything from foreign rights to editorial to marketing to operations, and received her MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Now at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, Linda continues to work with colleagues and clients who inspire her every day in both the children’s and adult categories.


Della Farrell, Assistant Editor at Holiday House – FULL

Previously the nonfiction editor at School Library Journal, Della is always on the lookout for can’t-put-down, well-researched children’s and YA nonfiction. If there is almost as much back matter as there is main text, she wants to read it. Della is also interested in poetry as well as middle grade and YA genre fiction, particularly stories with thoughtful world building, a touch of romance, and characters who are questioning their place in the universe. Some of her recent favorite books include Somaiya Daud’s Mirage, Emma Otheguy’s Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad, and Jan Thornhill’s The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow.


Liza Fleissig, Agent, LRA – FULL

Liza Fleissig is a founder of LRA, a cross-platform company providing development, representation, and strategic career management for clients in all media. A former partner in a NYC based law firm, Liza brings over 25 years of negotiating experience to the field. This background, along with connections rooted in publishing and film, allows her to build on a referral based clientele, from PBs through adult, fiction and non-fiction. Kid books on the horizon include Erica George’s YA WORDS COMPOSED OF SEA AND SKY (RPK/Hachette); Lisa Fipps’s MG STARFISH (Nancy Paulsen/Penguin); Mượn Thị Văn’s PB WISHES (Scholastic); and Angela Burke Kunkel’s PB PENGUIN JOURNEY (Abrams). Recent film deals include an auction for THE CIPHER landing with Jennifer Lopez and Netflix. Follow her Twitter/Instagram @lizaroyceagency – Facebook: Liza Royce Agency. Follow Us! Insta@lizaroyceagency. ,  Twitter@lizaroyceagency


Emily Forney, Associate Agent, BookEnds Literary – FULL

Emily Forney is an associate agent for BookEnds Literary, a digital media and rhetoric teacher, cultural critic, and a writer for what feels like an eternity. Specifically, she focuses on kidlit, representing a wide range of picture books, middle grade, and young adult literature with and emphasis on genre fiction. She currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona at the mercy of two cats and a dream of owning a goat farm one day. After earning her MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University, Emily worked in editorial roles for literary magazines, journals, and digital prints before finding her home at BookEnds.  She was a 2020 Publishing Fellow with the LA Review of Books, currently sits on the Young Leaders Council for Feminist Press, and actively writes about identity, Blackness, and pop culture.


Stephen Fraser, Senior Agent, Jennifer de Chiara Literary – FULL

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.


Kaitlyn Johnson, Agent, Belcastro Literary Agency – FULL

After receiving a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, Kaitlyn refused to leave the concept of nightly homework behind. A literary agent for Belcastro Literary Agency, she is also a freelance editor at her own company, Strictly Textual. Kaitlyn started her literary journey as a copyeditor for academic publisher codeMantra, a YA editor for Accent Press, a Conference Assistant for GrubStreet, Boston, and has been agenting since 2016. She has written various articles for Writer’s Digest and has had a flash fiction story published in the anthology A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed.


Andrew Karr, Executive Editor, Dutton – FULL

Andrew Karre is executive editor at Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. He publishes a small list of mostly young adult and middle grade fiction. Over the course of his career, he’s had the privilege to publish award-winning and bestselling books by authors including A.S. King, Malinda Lo, Ibi Zoboi, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Joy McCullough, Candice Iloh, E. K. Johnston, and many others. He lives and works from his home in St. Paul, MN. @andrewkarre


Connolly Bottum, Assistant Editor at Inkyard Press – FULL

Connolly Bottum (she/her) is an assistant editor at Inkyard Press, a children’s imprint within HarperCollins. After graduating from Amherst College with a BA in Psychology and English with a concentration in Children’s Literature, she started her career with Harlequin as a member of the subsidiary rights team and as an editorial assistant for Harlequin Intrigue before joining the Inkyard Press editorial team and pursuing her love of children’s books.


Megan Manzano, Agent, D4EO Literary – FULL

Megan fell in love with reading and writing from a young age. She grew up to receive a BA in English with a minor in philosophy; eager to stay as close to books as possible. Having worked in publishing for several years, Megan’s current roles are a marketing manager for Trade books and an agent at D4EO Literary Agency.


Emma Sector, Agent, Prospect Agency – FULL

Emma started her career with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, where she worked in the marketing department before joining the Aladdin editorial team. After leaving S&S, she continued to do editorial work on a freelance basis and become acquainted, as a publicist, with the bookstore landscape. Having approached publishing from so many different angles, Emma has developed a comprehensive view of the children’s literature market, as well as an appreciation of all the hard work it takes to get a book from author to reader. She works with picture book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult authors.