2016 participating mentors

Below is a list of mentors for the 2016 conference. Please note that this list, as in past years, is subject to change. All of our mentors are volunteers who offer their time and experience to aspiring writers and illustrators. There are sometimes unforeseeable last minute circumstances that may result in a mentor's cancellation.

Authors and Illustrators: If you are interested in volunteering to be a mentor at future conferences, click here to view our selection procedures.

Editors, Agents and Designers:

Sarah Jane Abbott, Assistant Editor, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Eve Adler, Editor, Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap
Hannah Allaman, Editorial Assistant, Hyperion
Danielle Barthel, Agent, New Leaf Literary Agency
Hali Baumstein, Assistant Editor, Bloomsbury
Rhoda Belleza, Senior Editor, Macmillan/Imprint
Annie Berger, Editor, Sourcebooks
Alex Borbolla, Editorial Assistant, Simon & Schuster/Atheneum
Marilyn Brigham, Editor, Amazon
Patrice Caldwell, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
Hannah Campbell, Editorial Assistant, Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap
Dana Carey, Assistant Editor, Random House/Wendy Lamb
Kirsten Carleton, Agent, Prospect Agency
Erin Casey, Junior Agent, Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency
Karen Chaplin, Editor, HarperCollins
Sona Charaipotra, Agent, Cake Literary
Courtney Code, Editorial Assistant, Abrams
Meagan Cohen, Agent, Trident media Group
Mora Couch, Editorial Assistant, Holiday House
Jaime Coyne, Assistant Editor, Macmillan/St. Martin's Press
Sylvan Creekmore, Assistant Editor, Macmillan/St. Martin's Press
Heather Crowley, Editorial Assistant, Hyperion
Lanie Davis, Senior Editor, Alloy Entertainment
Marisa DiNovis, Editorial Assistant, Random House
Orlando Dos Reis, Assistant Editor, Abrams
David Dunton, Agent, Harvey Klinger, Inc
Cheryl Eissing, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins
Linda Epstein, Agent, Emerald City Literary
Kait Feldmann, Assistant Editor, Scholastic
Liza Fleissig, Agent, Liza Royce Literary Agency
Stacey Friedberg, Associate Editor, Penguin/Dial
Claudia Gabel, Senior Executive Editor, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books
Sam Gentry, Assistant Editor, Random House/Crown
Stacey Glick, Agent, Dystel & Goderich Literary
Ben Grange, Assistant Editor, JABberwocky Literary Agency
Susan Hawk, Agent, Bent Agency
Renee Hooker, Assistant Editor, Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap
Lauren Jablonski, Assistant Editor, Macmillan/St. Martin's Press
Alice Jerman, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins
Karl Jones, Associate Editor, Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap
Mallory Kass, Editor, Scholastic
Diane Landolf, Senior Editor, Random House
Celia Lee, Editor, Scholastic
Jackie Lindert, Agent Assistant, New Leaf Literary
Elizabeth Lynch,Assistant Editor, HarperCollins
Tamar Mays, Senior Editor, HarperCollins
Julia McCarthy, Editorial Assistant, Penguin/Puffin
Nancy Mercado, Editorial Director, Scholastic
Alyssa Miele, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins
Hannah Milton, Editorial Assistant, Little, Brown
Mary Mudd, Editorial Assistant, Hyperion
Kelsey Murphy, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray
Eric Myers, Agent, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Kevin O'Connor, Agent, Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency
Rachel Orr, Agent, Prospect Agency
Alexa Pastor, Editorial Assistant, Simon & Schuster
Megan Peace, Assistant Editor, Scholastic
Beth Phelan, Agent, Bent Agency
Diana Pho, Associate Editor, Tor
Annette Pollert-Morgan, Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks
Aubrey Poole, Editor, Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson Books
Anna Prendella, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins
Kate Prosswimmer, Assistant Editor, Sourcebooks
Natalia Remis, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
Julie Rosenberg, Associate Editor, Hyperion
Zoe Sandler, Agent, ICM
Sara Schonfeld, Editorial Assistant, Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap
Nicole Sclama, Editorial Assistant, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Rachel Stark, Assistant Editor, Sky Pony Press
Stephanie Stein, Associate Editor, HarperCollins
Claire Stetzer, Editorial Assistant, Bloomsbury
Elizabeth Stranahan, Editorial Assistant, Random House/Crown
Sara Stricker, Literary Assistant, New Leaf literary
Saba Sulaiman, Junior Agent, Talent Notch Literary Services
Eliza Swift, Associate Editor, Alloy Entertainment
Mekisha Telfer, Editorial Assistant, Simon & Schuster
Beth Terrill, Editor, NorthSouth Books
Weslie Turner, Editorial Assistant,Scholastic/Arthur Levine Books
Olivia Valcarce, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
Krista Vitola, Editor, Random House/Delacorte Press
Kayla Wasil, Designer, Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap
Roseanne Wells, Agent, Jennifer De Chiara Literary
Jeffrey West, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
Tina Wexler, Agent, ICM
Stacy Whitman, Publisher, Lee & Low Books/Tu Books
Brett Wright, Associate Editor, Bloomsbury
Marietta Zacker, Agent, Gallt & Zacker Literary Agencyy
Ada Zhang, Editorial Assistant, Sterling
Orli Zuravicky, Senior Editor, Scholastics

Authors and Illustrators

Judy Freeman, Author/BookReviewer
Lee Harper, Illustrator
Bryan Langdo, Illustrator and Author
Gail Carson Levine, Author
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Kieran Scott, Author
Nancy Viau, Author

Some of our council members will also mentor at this year's conference.