Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is an award-winning children’s book author whose books include Duck Duck Moose, Tyrannosaurus Wrecks, Orangutangled, and Chicks Run Wild. Her books have been recognized by the Junior Library Guild, the Children's Book Council, and the National Science Teacher's Association. She travels the country, speaking at schools, libraries, and conferences about her books and the art of writing. You can learn more about her and her books on her website www.sudipta.com or at her blog www.NerdyChicksRule.com.
Author and Education Consultant, Marcie Colleen, is an expert on creating highly acclaimed Teacher’s Guides that align picture books and middle grade novels with the Common Core and other state mandated standards. She is the Education Consultant for Picture Book Month and the the Curriculum Developer for Time Traveler Tours & Tales. Her work with Picture Book Month has been recognized by School Library Journal and the Children’s Book Council. Visit her at www.thisismarciecolleen.com .
Jen Malone writes books for tweens and teens, including the middle grade releases At Your Service, the You’re Invited series (co-authored by Gail Nall) and The Sleepover as well as the YA novels Map to the Stars and Wanderlost. She is a former marketing executive with 20th Century Fox and Miramax Films who now marries both interests traveling the country to speak on book marketing at writing conferences and to professional organizations. Jen also runs a marketing consulting business for traditionally-published authors at www.jenmaloneconsults.com. You can learn more about Jen at her author website: www.jenmalonewrites.com.
Leeza Hernandez grew up in England where she spent her playtime imagining, drawing and meeting characters from around the globe. She’s the author/illustrator of Dog Gone! (Putnam) and its newest companion Cat Napped! and the illustrator of John Lithgow’s latest picture book Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo (S&S) and the Eat Your Homework series written by Ann McCallum (Charlesbridge). Leeza lives in Central New Jersey with her family. Visit www.leezaworks.com.
Kidlit Writing School
Teresa Kietlinski joined Prospect Agency in 2009 after thirteen happy years of working in the publishing industry where she designed and art directed hundreds of children's books of all sizes and shapes. Now, she is now very excited to be on the other side of the fence, developing picture books with young authors and illustrators. Teresa reads five picture books a day—with no exceptions—and knows there is no greater joy then reading with her family. She is inspired by all that is wonderful, wacky and witty around her. Teresa has a particular fondness for silly picture books that make her laugh out loud
Susan Hawk is excited to join the faculty of Kidlit Writing School, fresh off her participation in Kidlit Summer School. As an agent, Susan Hawk represents authors who write for children of all ages, babies to teenage. Before agenting, Susan spent over fifteen years in children's book marketing at Penguin, Henry Holt and North-South Books. While at Penguin, Susan also worked for a time in Dutton Editorial, acquiring select picture book and YA projects for that list. Her favorite part of that time was reading new submissions -- finding something wonderful and imagining where it can go was thrilling to her then and remains so now.
Rachel Orr is a senior agent at at Prospect Agency. She previously worked for eight rewarding years at HarperCollins Children's Books, and now uses those editorial skills to help prepare her clients' work for submission. Her clients include a wide-range of picture-book authors, illustrators, and middle-grade/YA novelists, including A.C.E. Bauer (GIL MARSH), Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (DUCK, DUCK, MOOSE), Cori Doerrfeld (BARNYARD BABY) and Leeza Hernandez (NEVER PLAY MUSIC RIGHT NEXT TO THE ZOO). Rachel has no spare time—-but, if she did, she would spend it dancing, running and reading, of course.