Part three: Paying It Forward

21October 2009

Part 3
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Margery Cuyler has been involved with children’s books as an author, editor, or publisher since graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1970. She was Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Holiday House for twenty-one years before assuming executive positions at Henry Holt and Company, Golden Books Family Entertainment, Winslow Press, and, for the past seven years, Marshall Cavendish, where she is Publisher of Children’s Books. She has written 45 books, including the That’s Good! That’s Bad! Books, the Jessica Worries books, The Biggest, Best Snowman, Hooray for Reading Day, Skeleton Hiccups, The Bumpy Little Pumpkin, and, most recently, The Little Dump Truck and Princess Bess Gets Dressed.

Jocelyn Davies is an Editorial Assistant at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Jocelyn works with Tara Weikum and Sarah Sevier on a wide range of projects—from picture books to YA—with a particular emphasis on YA and girls tween fiction. Among the recent titles she has helped edit are Pretty Dead by Franceska Lia Block, Tangled by Carolyn Mackler, Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott, Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison, Viloa in Reel Life by Adrianna Trigiani, and the nationally bestselling Seekers series by Erin Hunter. Always on the lookout for the kind of book you just can’t put down, Jocelyn is particularly interested in girls tween fiction with a quirky and lovable heroine and a distinct, standout voice; a fresh, unexpected take on dark and edgy high concept paranormal YA; and unique, funny (extra points if you can make me laugh on the subway!) or beautifully written coming of age stories. In addition to being a member of HarperCollins Emerging Professionals and the Young to Publishing Group, she is the voice of the HarperTeen HipLit newsletter.

Brooke Dworkin is an Editor at Grosset and Dunlap, a Division of Penguin Young Readers Group. Brooke works on everything from novelty and picture books through MG fiction. In her time at Grosset and Dunlap she has edited Periwinkle Smith and the Twirly Whirly Tutu, Everyone Says I Love You, and the upcoming A Vampire is Coming for Dinner and The Mysterious Mr. Spines: Song. She is particularly interested in novelty concepts with a seasonal angle for children aged 3-5 and MG series fiction. Brooke is unable to acquire stand-alone fiction.

Kerry Evans is an Associate Agent at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. Kerry is actively looking for YA fiction, MG fiction, and PBs, but is also interested in finding great non-fiction for a young audience. She enjoys working on stories that are often simple but have complex characters. She is particularly interested in PBs with a fresh voice, literary YA, narratives with a cinematic element, YA/Adult crossover and slightly edgy MG. She tends to shy away from paranormal, although if the story grabs her, she’s in! She worked closely with Jim Levine on Rosalind Wiseman’s YA novel Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials, which will publish in January of 2010 and David Pogue’s MG Abby Cornelia’s One and Only Magical Power which will come out in Spring 2010.

Emily Fabre is an Editorial Assistant at Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing. Emily, as part of the editorial team at McElderry Books, works on everything from PBs to YA. The McElderry list is known for character-driven literary fiction and fantasy. Emily works as part of the editorial team for The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, as well as books by Zilpha Keatley Snyder and Hilary McKay.

Shauna Fay is an Assistant Editor at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. Shauna works on everything from PBs to YA novels. She has edited the upcoming PB book, Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby, and has worked on Jack Higgins’ YA action series written with Justin Richards, as well as Jan Bret’s Snowy Treasury, and Goodnight Goon and Runaway Mummy by Michael Rex. While open to books for all ages, she is particularly interested in MG fiction with a strong narrative voice, historical fiction, and character-driven PBs for young readers. She is a member of the Young to Publishing Group.

T.S. Ferguson is an Assistant Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. As assistant to Jennifer Hunt, T.S. has had the chance to work with authors such as Sherman Alexie, Sara Zarr and Pseudonymous Bosch. He has edited the upcoming Hate List by Jennifer Brown, a moving look at the aftermath of a school shooting from the perspective of the shooter’s girlfriend. He is currently working on a new trilogy in the Grey Griffins series with authors Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis. T.S. is looking to acquire boy-interest MG, preferably with an action-adventure or light fantasy twist (think Percy Jackson or The 39 Clues), as well as both literary and/or strong commercial YA fiction, especially including edgy/controversial topics, boy-interest, GLBT-interest and horror. He is also open to fantasy that is well-written and unique. He is not interested in non-fiction, historical fiction, or sports books.

Beth Fleisher is an agent at Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC. Beth primarily represents MG reader and YA authors, but is always on the look-out for that particular adult client. She represents Printz Honor author Allan Stratton’s forthcoming MG reader fantasy series The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, as well as forthcoming projects from award-winning comics writer Louise Simonson, award-winning fantasy author Will Shetterly, and the debut novel from S. W. Godenir, contributor to Half Minute Horrors edited by Susan Rich. Previously Beth was an editor with The Berkley Publishing Group/Ace Science Fiction, and she has consulted on graphic novel projects both in the US and Europe. As the mother of two voracious boy readers, she is particularly looking for projects that capture a boy’s imagination, both in non-fiction and prose, MG reader or YA. She is searching for that rare thing, a great new voice in science fiction. Gothic ghost stories are another favorite.

Hope this information is helpful. More tomorrow.


  • Thank you for the fantastic, detailed information!

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