Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Spring Virtual Agent Editor Day for Art and Picture Books 2021

Date(s) - Saturday, March 20, 2021
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Oh 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. Please ignore it.

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.

Critiquing Picture Book Manuscripts

Erzsi Deak, Agent, Hen&ink – FULL

Erzsi Desk is the founder of Hen&ink Literary Studio. She is also a writer and an editor. Sourcebooks published PUMPKIN TIME!, written by Erzsi and illustrated by Doug Cushman. Erzsi lives in the South of France and sometimes the United States. She primarily works directly with publishers in the US and UK.


Liza Fleissig, Agent, LRA

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


Stephanie Fretwell-Hill, Agent, Red Fox Literary – FULL

Stephanie Fretwell-Hill is a literary agent with over 15 years’ experience in the children’s book publishing industry. After starting her career in foreign rights at Walker Books in the UK, Stephanie moved home to the US as an acquiring editor at Peachtree Publishers. In 2016, she joined Red Fox Literary where she represents authors and illustrators of fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle grade, and YA. Her clients include R. W. Alley, Beth Anderson, Carolyn Crimi, Edith Cohn, Brad Sneed, Christina Soontornvat, and Archana Sreenivasan. Stephanie lives in North Carolina with her English husband, two very spirited daughters, a rescued border collie, and three chickens.


Frances Gilbert, Editor, Doubleday Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s Books – FULL

FRANCES GILBERT started her career in children’s books when she was still a child, working in the children’s department of her town library throughout high school. After graduating from university with an M.A. in English, Frances’s first job in publishing was as a Book Club Editor at Scholastic Canada in Toronto. She moved to New York in 2000 to set up a children’s editorial division at Sterling Publishing, where she stayed till 2012. Frances then moved to Random House Children’s Books, where she is Editor-in-Chief of Doubleday Books for Young Readers. Titles she has acquired and edited include: The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain, Philip Stead, and Erin Stead; I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty and Mike Boldt; the Hello, World! board book series by Jill McDonald; Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro and Tatjana Mai-Wyss; and Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer and Dave Mottram. In addition to editing children’s books, Frances also writes them: She is the author of the picture books Go, Girls, Go!;  I Will Always Be Your Bunny; and Too Much Slime!; the Step Into Reading titles I Love Pink!, I Love My Tutu!, I Love My Grandma! and I Love Cake!; and an abridgment of The Secret Garden (Little Golden Books). You can follow Frances on Twitter at @GoGirlsGoBooks, where she posts about children’s writing, editing, and girl-centric picture books.

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.


Paige Terlip, Associate Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency – FULL

Paige Terlip represents all categories of children’s books from picture books to young adult, as well as select adult fiction and nonfiction. Prior to becoming an Associate Agent, Paige was a Senior Assistant for Executive Agent Laura Rennert, and has been with ABLA since 2017. She comes to agenting with a background in marketing, design, and freelance editorial. She’s worked at Charlesbridge Publishing, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and a ranch in the Rockies. She has an MA in Children’s Literature and an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. If she’s not reading, you’ll find her practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, re-watching the Great British Baking Show, or hiking with her Husky-Shepherd mix. You can find her on Twitter (@pterlip) ( and Instagram (@pterlip) (


Alison S. Weiss, Editor, Pixel + Ink – FULL

Alison S. Weiss has been in publishing for more than ten years. She recently joined new publisher Pixel+Ink after running her own editorial consultancy for two years working with publishers including Arctis, Simon & Schuster, and Audible, as well as private clients. Prior to that, she was Editorial Director at Sky Pony Press, where her list included William C. Morris Finalist DEVILS WITHIN by S.F. Henson, the PROJECT DROID series by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser, illustrated by Mike Moran, the TIMEKEEPER trilogy by Tara Sim, and the Mahabharata-inspired CELESTIAL TRILOGY by Sangu Mandanna. In 2016 she was named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree. She’s been trying to live up to the title ever since. You can follow her on Twitter @alioop7.


Melissa Warten, Associate Editor, Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers – FULL

Melissa Warten is an associate editor at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. She acquires and edits picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and select graphic novels and nonfiction projects. Some of her favorite projects include What Stars are Made Of, a middle-grade novel by Sarah Allen; The Book of Rules, an upcoming picture book by Brian Gehrlein and illustrated by Tom Knight; One for All, an upcoming YA novel by Lillie Lainoff; and spearheading the movie tie-in publication program for Disney’s film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. Melissa is a graduate of Boston College and the Columbia Publishing Course, a Spotify addict and pop culture aficionado, and orders iced coffee in the dead of winter. She lives in New York. Find her on Twitter @melissa_warten or at her website


Critiquing Dummies and Portfolios

Chad W. Beckerman, Agent, the CAT Agency – FULL

Agent Chad W. Beckerman brings over 20 years of illustration and design experience to the Agency. After studying illustration as an undergrad at RISD, Chad went on to be a Designer at Scholastic, a Senior Designer at Greenwillow Books, and then became the Creative Director at ABRAMS Kids and Comic Arts, where he spent 13 years overseeing the design of 250 books a year – from picture books, to novels, to graphic novels, and art and entertainment books. Chad is behind the aesthetic for over forty New York Times bestselling and award-winning books including the blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, the Caldecott honor and Corretta Scott King Award winning Trombone Story, illustrated by Brian Collier, and the Newbery Medal honor books El Deafo, and Heart of the Samurai. He executed the design architecture for countless series. Chad’s greatest joy is working with illustrators, and as an agent he is busy curating and cultivating a unique group of artists who are inspiring and innovating in children’s literature. Chad represents illustrators and author/illustrators from all over the globe, who create artwork for all ages and genres. In addition to representing illustrators, Chad offers packaging of picture books, graphic novels and middle-grade series books through his design studio CWB Art & Design (


Joann Hill, Creative Director, Disney Hyperion – FULL

Joann Hill is Creative Director at Disney Hyperion in New York leading a team of amazing designers. During her career, she has been fortunate to work with some amazing authors and illustrators including Rick Riordan, Linda Sue Park, Dan Santat, Matthew Cordell, LeUyen Pham, David WiesnerJohn Rocco, Nancy Carpenter and Javaka Steptoe.


Frances Soo Ping Chow, Art Director, Running Press Kids – FULL

Frances J. Soo Ping Chow is the Creative Director for Running Press. She is integral to the creation of all visual identities for Running Press. In her decades’ long stint at the publisher, Frances worked closely with the editorial team to develop and grow Running Press Kids as well as create an RP spin on licensed programs. While her focus is the kids list, Frances oversees the design and illustrated content for all Running Press and Black Dog and Leventhal imprints.


Critiquing Portfolios


Janna Morishima, literary agent, Janna Co.
Janna Morishima is a literary agent specializing in graphic novels and visual storytelling. She currently represents a diverse range of comics creators, including Misako Rocks, Shauna Grant, Andi Watson, and Black Sands Entertainment. Janna started her career at Scholastic, where she co-founded the Graphix imprint. Later, she was the director of the Kids Group for Diamond Book Distributors, and launched and ran the NYC Department of Education’s “NYC Reads 365” literacy initiative. She is the founder of Kids Comics Unite, an online community for kids and YA graphic novel professionals. Find out more at and

Critiquing Graphic Novels

Megan Peace, Editor, Graphix, an Imprint of Scholastic – Full

Megan Peace studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, received her Publishing Certificate from New York University, and then earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the New School. She began her editorial career at Scholastic in 2012 and has edited a number of exciting graphic novels and series since then, including Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan, Four Eyes by Rex Ogle and Dave Valeza, Mabuhay! by Zachary Sterling, Owly by Andy Runton, and Banana Fox by James Kochalka. When she’s not reading for work or pleasure, she enjoys collecting stamps in her National Park passport and exploring new places by way of sweet treats.