Linda Camacho (Off-site/critiques): Linda Camacho is an agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, founded in 2000 and home to talents like Rick Riordan and Sophie Blackall. Linda graduated from Cornell with a B.S. in Communication and has held various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon & Schuster, Writers House, and Prospect Agency. She’s done everything from foreign rights to editorial, to marketing, to operations and received her MFA in children’s writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Linda represents bestselling and award-winning authors such as Yamile Saied Méndez, K. O’Neill, and Wendy Xu.
Mary Cummings: After thirteen years as an agent for kids’ books with Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises, I recently opened my own agency: Great River Literary. Houses I’ve sold book projects to include, among others: HarperCollins; Balzer & Bray; Little, Brown; Feiwel and Friends; Abrams; Knopf; Henry Holt; Peter Pauper Press; Imprint; Holiday House; Walker; Farrar, Straus Children’s; WorthyKids; Running Press Kids; Philomel; Viking; Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster; Random House Children’s; Candlewick and others.
Jiton Sharmayne Davidson: Jiton Sharmayne Davidson received her MA in African American literature from Howard University and pursued further graduate studies in African American literature at Penn State University. After earning her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, she began working as an intern at Serendipity Literary Agency to balance her craft experience with working business knowledge of the industry. She is currently an agent-in-training, as well as editorial and marketing assistant. Working with authors to develop their manuscripts bring her joy and make her giddy-up go. Jiton represents: Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult novels of all genres, especially fantasy, horror, sci-fi and African/Afrofuturism. She has a special interest in BIPOC authors. Jiton is currently working on a debut middle grade novel of her own.
Lori Degman: Lori Degman is the author of the award-winning picture books: 1 Zany Zoo (illus. by Colin Jack), Cock-a-Doodle Oops (illus. by Deborah Zemke), and Just Read (illus. by Victoria Tentler-Krylov), as well as Norbert’s Big Dream (illus. by Marco Bucci), Like a Girl (illus. by Mara Penny), and Travel Guide For Monsters (illus. by Dave Szalay). She was a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. Lori enjoys presenting at schools and writing conferences. She lives in a suburb of Chicago. Learn more at www.Loridegman.com.
Karina Granda: Karina Granda is an Art Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She works across a range of formats which include Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Graphic Novels. She has designed and art directed many award-winning and bestselling books including The Proudest Blue, The Magic Misfits series, Stamped and Stamped (for Kids), The Inheritance Games series, the Folks of the Air series, Internment, and the Love & Gelato series. When not reading or making books, she loves hunting for the best cheese and donuts, taking long walks (city or nature!), wandering through museums, and watching reality TV.
Jonah Heller (Off-site/critiques): Jonah Heller is the assistant editor at Peachtree Publishing in Atlanta. He graduated with an MFA in writing for children and young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and earned his BFA in dramatic writing for film and television at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His editorial focus ranges from board book to young adult, and he is especially a fan of #ownvoices and LGBTQ+ content. Say hello on Twitter @jrheller87.
Sasha Illingworth (Off-site/portfolio critiques): Sasha Illingworth is currently the Executive Art Director for Novels at Little Brown Books for Young Readers, where she oversees a diverse list of formats including chapter books, middle grade and teen novels, and select picture books and graphic novels.
Adib Khorram: Adib Khorram is a queer Iranian-American and the author of DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY, DARIUS THE GREAT DESERVES BETTER, and SEVEN SPECIAL SOMETHINGS: A NOWRUZ STORY, and KISS & TELL. His books have won several awards and accolades, such as the William C. Morris Award, Asian Pacific-American Award for Literature, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, and a Stonewall Honor. You can find him online at adibkhorram.com.
Jim McCarthy: Jim McCarthy is a Vice-President and Literary Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret where he began his publishing career in 1999. He represents fiction and narrative nonfiction for all ages.
Dow Phumiruk: Dow Phumiruk is an award-winning author/illustrator of children’s picture books, with over fifteen books published or in progress. She is the illustrator of Maya Lin, One Girl, and Cook Prize recipient Counting on Katherine. She is the author of Mela and the Elephant, a Colorado Book Award finalist, and Hugsby. She has been a member of SCBWI since 2011 and is represented by East West Literary Agency. In addition, Dow is a clinically retired general pediatrician. She was born in Thailand and now lives in Colorado with her family. She enjoys sewing and light hiking.
C.J. Redwine: C.J. Redwine is a New York Times bestselling author of speculative fiction, a diehard lover of going to the movies, and a believer in fairytales. She keeps a six-foot tall Loki figure in her office and will argue the merits of Batman vs. Superman with anyone she meets. She once accidentally punched herself in the face on a ride at Disneyland. She doesn’t recommend it.
Saba Sulaiman (Off-site critiques): Saba is a junior literary agent at Talcott Notch, where she enjoys working closely with writers to hone their craft, seeing a piece of writing from its inception through to its eventual publication, and advocating for what she believes is stellar prose worthy of recognition.
Brent Taylor: Brent Taylor is a senior literary agent at Triada US. He joined the agency in 2014. He represents best-selling and award-winning books for young readers—from picture books to YA, including non-fiction and graphic novels. Find him online at www.triadaus.com and www.btaylorbooks.com.
Leslie Zampetti: After much experience as a librarian and writer, Leslie Zampetti became a literary agent. Her client books include SET ME FREE (LeZotte, Scholastic, 2021) and THE SINGER AND THE SCIENTIST (Rose, Kar-Ben, 2021). Leslie represents picture books through young adult, but middle grade is her sweet spot. At the moment, Leslie is seeking more humor (dry or sweet, not gross), mysteries for all ages, and friendship/sibling/found family stories. Inclusivity and stories by marginalized creators are a priority for her. You can find Leslie on social media at @literarylesliez or at http://www.dunhamlit.com.