Kat Brzozowski is a senior editor at Swoon Reads and Feiwel & Friends, divisions of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (MCPG). She joined MCPG after seven years at Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin’s Press, where she acquired and edited fiction and non-fiction for teens and adults.
Kat is passionate about young adult fiction with complicated characters (especially female characters), and is drawn above all to a strong voice, realistic dialogue, and a great hook. She’s also looking for non-fiction for teens and young adults that expose readers to new worlds and new points of view.
Linda Camacho is an agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary. She moved over to agenting after holding various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon and Schuster, and Writers House. Linda is looking for MG, YA, and adult fiction across all genres (especially upmarket, women’s fiction/romance, and literary horror). She also has an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a short story in the upcoming anthology Every Body Shines by Cassandra Newbould.
Ellen Cormier is an editor at Dial Books for Young Readers, acquiring picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is a graduate of Smith College and the Columbia Publishing Course and has been with Dial since 2014. Ellen is on the lookout for voicey, character-driven stories that explore universal themes through the lens of hyper-specific experiences. She is a sucker for novels voiced by the kind of flawed, complex characters that stick with you long after the final page and picture books that make her laugh out loud. Across all genres and categories, Ellen is eager to publish books that represent the full spectrum of the LGBTQIA+ experience.
John Cusick is a VP and literary agent with Folio Literary Management, representing a diverse list of award winners and New York Times bestsellers. His focus is middle grade, young adult, and crossover fiction. He is also the author of the YA novels Girl Parts and Cherry Money Baby (Candlewick Press), and the middle-grade Dimension Why: How to Save the Universe Without Really Trying (HarperCollins). He tweets at @johnmcusick and discusses the craft and business of writing on YouTube at youtube.com/c/AgentBrainWriterBrain. His submission guidelines are available on Publishers Marketplace: https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/JohnC/
Samantha Fabien is a literary agent and international rights manager at Laura Dail Literary Agency. After attending the Columbia Publishing Course in 2016, she went on to intern and work part-time at three agencies: Ayesha Pande Literary, Writers House, and Chalberg & Sussman. From there, Samantha fostered her love for sharing diverse, lasting, and inclusive stories with the world. Samantha also works with events and organizations like DVcon, #Edits4BlackSFF, and The New York Writing Room among others.
Nicole Geiger is an agent at Full Circle Literary who has worked in just about every capacity in the publishing industry in her thirty-year career. As an agent, she is focusing on both fiction and nonfiction in board books through middle grade. For more, please see her Full Circle Literary bio page: www.fullcircleliterary.com/our-agents/nicole-geiger
Madison Moore is an artist, maker, and writer. She’s a graduate of the University of Chicago, and an Associate Editor at Albert Whitman & Company. Her first book, More Than Just a Game: The Black Origins of Basketball, is publishing in 2021. In her free time, you can find her swimming in the lake or playing ultimate frisbee. Visit her online at thegirlandthelamb.com.
A native of Venezuela, Adela Pons is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. She’s a children’s books illustrator, and an Art Director for Peachtree Publishing Company, a children’s books publisher in Atlanta.