Day 2 of the Paying It Forward Posts

19October 2010

Day 2 of my annual PAY IT FORWARD week. This week I will be sharing the information I received at the Rutgers One on One Mentoring Conference. I hope you find it helpful!


*remember to always follow submission guidelines. Some editors and agents are only taking unsolicited subs from conference attendees(and they do check).


Katherine Jacobs, Associate Editor, Roaring Brook Press. Katherine works on everything from PBs through YA, fiction and nonfiction. She is editor of the chapter book series Gym Shorts by Betty Hicks and Don Brown’s nonfiction PB Gold! Gold from the American River! She is Jaqueline Wilson’s U.S. editor and has worked on books by Kate Thompson(Creature of the Night), David Whitley (The Agora Trilogy) and Marcus Sedgwick (Revolver). Katherine is interested in smart, fresh, character driven stories for all ages (with a special fondness for historical fiction) and is probably not the best math for gritty, dark, realistic YA novels. She is also a graduate of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College in Boston, MA. Will accept conference submissions.


Molly Jaffa, Literary Agent and Subsidiary Rights Associate, Folio Literary Management. Molly has been with Folio since 2008, when she began assisting agency partner Jeff Kleinman. She then became the agency’s Subsidiary Rights Associate, selling Folio clients’ audio rights and assisting with foreign rights sales. As part of the launch of Folio Jr., an initiative within the agency devoted to children’s and YA titles, Molly is now actively building her own list. She has a deep affinity for young readers, and loves working closely with the writers who bring their voices to life on the page. She’s particularly interested in voice-driven, high concept MG and YA fiction; projects with elements of magical realism; stories featuring characters who have (or are in search of) strong passions and talents, and books that open up a rich new world for the reader to discover. Molly is happy to accept submissions after the conference.


Grace Elizabeth Kendall, Assistant Editor, The Blue Sky Press and Scholastic Press. Grace assists Bonnie Verburg and Dianne Hess with a wide range of material from board books to YA novels, both fiction and nonfiction. Recently, she assisted Bonnie with It’s Christmas, David!, the next picture book in the No, David! series, written and illustrated by David Shannon. She also assisted Diane with Zen Ghosts by Jon J Muth, the third installation of Mr. Muth’s Zen books, and George Washington’s Spy, the sequel to the bestselling novel George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff. She spent last spring working with Editorial Director Ken Geist on Eight Days: A Story of Haiti, which is a powerful account of hope and resilience surrounding the Port-au-Prince earthquake. It was published to national media attention and a starred review in Kirkus last month. The editors she works with are always looking for well-crafted, engaging, enjoyable, and enlightening children’s literature. Grace is open to receiving submissions from the 2010 Rutgers One-On-One Conference only. 2010 Conference attendees will please also note that The Blue Sky Press is not currently accepting submissions. Grace is happy though to receive submissions for Scholastic Press, as she also works with an editor of that imprint. Envelopes should be clearly marked as submissions from Rutgers One-on-One 2010 attendees.


*Sorry for the short post today. Had mouth surgery and not up to par.

Come back tomorrow for more info. By the way, I’d love for you to follow me on twitter (writergirlrowan). At the end of the Pay It Forward series of posts I will award a sparkling jewelry prize to one of my new followers  : )

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