Paying it Forward: Part 10

03November 2009

This is the final installment of the information I received at the Rutgers One on One Mentoring Workshop. I hope it was helpful!

*Remember to check agent/editor submission guidelines

Lindsay Winget is an Editorial Assistant at Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Lindsay works on Atheneum’s spread of literary fiction, ranging from PBs, to MG, to YA. She also works on the editorial team for Margaret K. McElderry Books authors Ellen Hopkins, Alan Katz, and Karma Wilson. Lindsay is interested in PBs and contemporary literary fiction, and is not the best match for high fantasy. She is a member of the Young to Publishing Group.

Margaret Woollatt is an Associate Editor at Dutton Children’s Books. Margaret has worked on fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Right now she’s particularly interested in fiction, from PBs through YA novels, especially humor, adventure, and high-concept fantasy stories that will appeal to both boys and girls. She was the editor of PBs such as If I Built a Car, by Chris Van Dusen, which won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and the New York Times bestseller Miss Smith and the Haunted Library, by Michael Garland. She edited recent and upcoming novels such as The Last Newspaper Boy in America, by Sue Corbett, and Daniel at the Siege of Boston, by Laurie Calkhoven. Other authors and illustrators she has edited include novelists Jean Craighead George, Mitali Perkins, and author/illustrator Robert Byrd.

Allison Wortche is an Assistant Editor at Knopf and Crown Books for Young Readers. Allison edits MG and YA novels as well as PBs. She’s always looking for emotionally compelling stories with fresh narrative voices, and she especially likes magical realism, mysteries, historical fiction, and family stories. At Knopf, Allison has had the privilege of working with many wonderful authors including Laura and Tom McNeal, Jen Bryant, Jerry Spinelli, David Levithan, and Rachel Cohn. She is the editor of the MG novels Mudville and Mambo Point (Summer 2010) by Kurtis Scaletta and To Come and Go Like Magic (Spring 2010) by Katie Fawcett. She is also the U.S. editor of the YA novel A Little Wanting Song (Summer 2010) by Cath Crowley, and PBs A Book of Sleep and Thingamabob (Spring 2010) by Il Sung Na.

Carolyn P. Yoder is an Editor at Calkins Creek, U.S. History Imprint of Boyds Mills Press. Author of John Adams: The Writer, Fall 2007, Carolyn currently works on nonfiction and historical fiction PBs, chapter books, and novels on American History. She has edited the following Calkins Creek titles: We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin (2008 Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award, Cleveland Public Library; 2008 Jane Addams Book Award, Older Children’s Category); Jeanette Rankin: Political Pioneer (2008 Amelia Bloomer project  List; Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2008: 2008 Once Upon a World Book Award in the new YA category, Simon Wiesenthal Center-Museum of Tolerance); Farmer George Plants a Nation (School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; Outstanding Science Trade Book, National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council; an Ohio Farm Bureau’s Children’s Book Award: A Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year). Carolyn is currently seeking manuscripts on American history.

Marietta B. Zacker is an Agent at Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. Marietta has professionally experienced every aspect of children’s books for over 15 years, working with authors, illustrators, publishers, educators, and readers. As an agent, she is passionate about bringing those worlds together. She represents authors whose work make her pause, shiver or laugh out loud and illustrators who add a completely different dimension to the story being told. Marietta approaches her work with the knowledge that there are remarkable books of all genres, targeted to all ages, just waiting to be discovered.

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  • Thanks Colleen! This was very nice of you and much appreciated 🙂 Best, Diana

  • Wow! Thank you so much, Colleen, for this wonderful resource. You’re very generous to share this with the rest of us.

    Best wishes to you on all your own writing projects.

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