With Tina Wexler, Agent at International Creative Management
Jordan Brown, Senior Editor, Walden Pond Press and Balzer + Bray at HarperCollins Children's Books
Alexandra Penfold, Editor, Paula Wiseman Books at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Kate Sullivan, Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers
|Tina Wexler (at podium) moderating panelists Jordan Brown (left), Alexandra Penfold (center) and Kate Sullivan (right)
The panel covered a lot of territory, from acquiring books versus authors, preparing authors for that first editorial letter, the importance of managing your online reputation, author input into cover design, and even a description of their editorial letters!
Here are some highlights:
"An editor's job is to take what the author has in their head and help them get it on the page in the best way possible."
- Jordan Brown
Speaking of the acquisitions process, Kate Sullivan said, "At Little Brown we have a saying, Do you like this book or do you want to marry this book?"
And Alexandra Penfold offered this tip: "Google yourself and make sure it's what you want agents and editors to see with your submission."
An excellent panel, and the perfect conclusion to the Writers Roundtable Intensive!