A PATH TO PUBLISHING
March 6, 2013 Modern Classics to Movies
How the HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press Team looks at your work
Walden Pond Press is publishing the next generation of middle grade classics—fast paced, funny, engaging, compulsively readable stories by well-established authors and new talent including Frank Cottrell Boyce, Anne Ursu, Jon Sciezska, Christopher Healey, Chris Rylander and many others.
The press is a joint venture between HarperCollins and Walden Media, producers of films based on children's books. The Narnia movies, Holes, Bridge to Terabithia and Because of Winn-Dixie are among their best known. Previously Walden Media partnered with Penguin Young Readers Group to publish numerous titles including the best-selling, Newbery Honor-winning Savvy by first-time author Ingrid Law.
If you are a middle grade novelist who writes books like Holes, Because of Winn Dixie, Savvy, Breadcrumbs, and The Fourth Stall, Walden Pond Press and its editorial and marketing team is one you must know.
Deborah Kovacs is a senior vice president and editorial director of Walden Pond Press at Walden Media. Her editorial experience is vast. She’s edited Sesame Street magazine, written more than thirty books, and published software before overseeing publishing at Walden starting in 2001, working with both Penguin and now HarperCollins to publish dozens of major novels.
Jordan Brown is a senior editor at two imprints under the HarperCollins Children's Books banner: Walden Pond Press and Balzer + Bray. Authors he has worked with include Jon Scieszka, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Dan Wells, Gris Grimly, and Anne Ursu. Among their books have been numerous bestsellers and award-winners.
Kellie Celia is the marketing communications manager for the publishing arm of Walden Media. She has particular expertise in grassroots initiatives, social media campaigns, event management, school/library outreach, web content development, and online brand management. Notable book campaigns on which Kellie has worked include Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, and Newbery-Honor winning Savvy by Ingrid Law. You can find her online at @WaldenPondPress, www.facebook.com/waldenpondpress1 and pinterest.com/waldenpondpress/
March 13, 2013 What's Our Story?
A Peek Behind the Curtain at Disney-Hyperion
Find out what the "non-Disney content" imprint at Disney Publishing is up to. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the picture book treats from Rotem Moscovich, middle grade goodies from Stephanie Lurie, and YA hits from Emily Meehan. Once you have a sense of what the editors are looking for in each category, the chances will be better that your story will be their story.
Stephanie Owens Lurie is the Associate Publisher of Disney-Hyperion, an imprint at Disney Book Group that publishes non-Disney content for ages 0-18. She joined Disney-Hyperion four years ago; prior to that she was President and Publisher of Dutton Children's Books. She also worked in children's books at Simon & Schuster and Little, Brown and Company. As a child her favorite book was Harriet the Spy—it inspired her to become a writer and editor, and she majored in Creative Writing at Oberlin College. Stephanie has two grown sons and lives in a New Jersey suburb with her husband and large white dog.
Emily Meehan has been Executive Editor at Disney-Hyperion since December 2010. Before that she was Executive Editor at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books where she began as an editorial assistant ten years earlier. While at S&S, Emily acquired and edited the NY Times bestselling series Private and Privilege by Kate Brian, The Hush, Hush Saga by Becca Fitzpatrick, and The Summer Series by Jenny Han. At Disney-Hyperion she is publishing Rachel Cohn's Beta series as well as The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken, and the At Somerton series by Leila Rasheed. Emily is looking for middle grade and YA fiction that has a good mix of literary and commercial merit.
Rotem Moscovich is an Editor at Disney-Hyperion working primarily with picturebooks (Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett/Adam Rex, The Watermelon Seed by debut Greg Pizzoli in May 2013) and middle grade novels. She loves picturebooks with clever characters and inspired/ing art, as well as ones that are deceptively simple. For middle grade novels she looks for transporting writing with creative use of language and characters with inherent motivation and earned agency. Rotem received her masters from Simmons College, Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and loves to sew, knit, bake, and watch The West Wing.
March 20, 2013 Earning the Reader's Trust
The Editors of Roaring Brook Press/Macmillian
When a reader sits down to read a book, they are entering into a hallowed contract with the author. Therefore, it is crucial for an author to earn the sacred trust of their reader with every page of their picture book or novel. Join Editor Kate Jacobs and Executive Editor Nancy Mercado in a discussion about the importance of gaining and maintaining the trust of your reader.
Nancy Mercado is an Executive Editor at Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan, working on mostly middle grade and young adult novels. Nancy began her career in the Scholastic Book Clubs where she worked for four years, which led her to Dial Books for Young Readers where she worked for six. She’s had the good fortune of editing such books as: the Birthmarked trilogy by Caragh O’Brien, Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face by Paul Acampora, the Charlie Joe Jackson series by Tommy Greenwald, Neil Armsrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Marino, Spilling Ink: A Writer’s Handbook by Ellen Potter & Anne Mazer, Emma Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis, My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park by Steve Kluger and many, many others. When she’s not editing, Nancy serves on the planning committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival and mentors with Girls Write Now, a non-profit organization that pairs professional women with young women writers from high schools around New York City.
Katherine Jacobs is an editor at Roaring Brook Press. Before working in publishing she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and a school librarian in Honduras. She has edited the chapter book series Gym Shorts by Betty Hicks, nonfiction picture books by Don Brown, and the teen novel Auracle by Gina Rosati. Forthcoming projects include picture book biography When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, and teen espionage novel SEKRET by debut author Lindsay Smith. She loves smart, fresh, character-driven stories for all ages. She is also a graduate of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College in Boston, MA.
Caitlin Sweeny (http://www.twitter.com/caitlin_sweeny) is an Associate Digital Marketing Manager at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (http://www.mackids.com). She started her path to publishing at the age of 9 when she refused to put the book down and go play outside with the other children. She worked in editorial and marketing roles at Barron’s Educational Series and Scholastic Media prior to joining Macmillan, where she creates book trailers, manages MacTeenBooks (http://www.macteenbooks.com), works with authors to shape their social strategy, has a lot of fun on the Internet, and much, much more.
A Path to Publishing
Welcome to a new way to workshop with publishing professionals. A Path to Publishing allows YOU to talk directly to editors, literary agents, film/tv agents, art directors, sales, marketing and publicity directors, and more.
No matter where you are in your publishing career, this program can provide you with access to top industry professionals. You'll get immediate insight and answers to all your questions, plus reliable advice you can act on immediately to take your career to the next level.
A Path to Publishing is a program offered by literary agent Jill Corcoran and powered by BlueJeans, a powerful new interactive video chat platform that allows you to not only watch presentations but also participate with faculty directly--as though you're in the same room.
With A Path to Publishing, you ask questions of the faculty live ... from the comfort of your home. It's an efficient, affordable way to learn, make connections, and progress down the path to publication.
We're offering a variety of workshops on crucial topics:
• Editors share what they publish and what they are looking for
• Agents share who they represent and what they are looking for
• Editors and Agents share what made them choose the books they publish/represent
• Marketing, Sales and Publicity Directors share what makes a book sell
• Querying agents
• Getting noticed by editors
• How to get your book noticed by Hollywood
• Creating characters readers will love
• Revving up your plots
• Refining your ideas before you get lost in the rabbit hole
• 21st Century Marketing
• and much more...