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2018 Participating Mentors

Below is a partial list of our mentors for the 2018 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.

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

  • Hannah Allaman, Editorial Assistant, Disney-Hyperion
  • Amelia Appel, Assistant Literary Agent, Triada US
  • Stacey Barney, Senior Editor, Putnam/Penguin Random House
  • Hali Baumstein, Associate Editor, Bloomsbury
  • Annie Berger, Editor, Sourcebooks
  • Lauren Bieker, Agent, FinePrint Literary Agency
  • Erin Black, Associate Editor, Scholastic
  • Alex Borbolla, Editorial Assistant, Simon & Schuster/Atheneum
  • Marilyn Brigham, Editor, Amazon
  • Patrice Caldwell, Editorial Assistant, Disney-Hyperion
  • Andrea Cascardi, Agent, Transatlantic Media
  • Sonali Chanchani, Agent, Folio Literary Management
  • Sona Charaipotra, Agent, CAKE Literary
  • Karen Chaplin, Editor, HarperCollins
  • Allison Cohen, Editor, Running Press
  • Tiffany Colón, Assistant Editor, Scholastic
  • Heather Crowley, Editorial Assistant, Disney-Hyperion
  • Emily Daluga, Assistant Editor, Abrams
  • Jill Davis, Executive Editor, HarperCollins
  • Erica DeChavez, Designer, HarperCollins
  • Marisa DiNovis, Assistant Editor, Knopf/Penguin Random House
  • Orlando Dos Reis, Editor, Scholastic Press
  • Gretchen Durning, Editorial Assistant, Razorbill/Penguin Random House
  • Cheryl Eissing, Assistant Editor, Philomel/Penguin Random House
  • Linda Epstein, Agent, Emerald City Literary 
  • Rebecca Eskildsen, Agent's Assistant, Writers House Literary Agency
  • Beth Ferry, Author
  • Nicole Fiorica, Editorial Assistant, Simon & Schuster
  • Ali Fisher, Editor, Tor/Macmillan
  • Liza Fleissig, Agent, Liza Royce Literary Agency
  • Benjamin Gartenberg, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic Press
  • Mary-Kate Gaudet, Associate Editor, Little, Brown
  • Sarah Gerton, Associate Agent, Curtis Brown Ltd.
  • Stacey Glick, Agent, Dystel & Goderich Literary
  • Ellen Goff, Junior Agent, HSG Agency
  • Ben Grange, Agent, L. Perkins Agency
  • Lee Harper, Illustrator
  • Susan Hawk, Agent, Upstart Crow
  • Katie Heit, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins/Greenwillow
  • Larissa Helena, Agent, Pippin Properties
  • Sarah Homer, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins
  • Luana Horry, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins
  • Megan Ilnitski, Associate Editor, HarperCollins
  • Lauren Jablonski, Assistant Editor, St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan
  • Karl Jones, Associate Editor, Penguin Workshop/Penguin Random House
  • Aneeka Kalia, Editorial Assistant, Viking/Penguin Random House
  • Sarah Kasman, Editorial Assistant, Sourcebooks
  • Camille Kellogg, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins
  • Gianna Lakenauth, Editorial Assistant, Viking/Penguin Random House
  • Diane Landolf, Senior Editor, Penguin Random House
  • Bryan Langdo, Illustrator and author
  • Catherine Laudone, Assistant Editor, Simon & Schuster
  • Alexandra Levick, Literary Assistant, Writers House Literary Agency
  • Dana Leydig, Editor, Puffin/Penguin Random House
  • Tricia Lin, Assistant Editor, Aladdin Books/Simon & Schuster
  • Alyza Liu, Editorial Assistant, Simon & Schuster
  • Maya Marlette, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
  • Sarah McCabe, Associate Editor, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster
  • Julia McCarthy, Editorial Assistant, Atheneum/Simon & Schuster
  • Edward Necarsulmer, Agent, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency
  • Polly Nolan, Agent, Greenhouse Literary
  • Kevin O'Connor, Agent, Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency
  • Anu Ohioma, Editorial Assistant, Penguin Workshop/Penguin Random House
  • Polo Orozco, Assistant Editor, Penguin Random House
  • Rachel Orr, Agent, Prospect Agency
  • Kelly Peterson, Agent, Corvisiero Agency
  • Diana Pho, Associate Editor, Tor/Macmillan
  • Gabrielle Piraino, Agent, DeFiore & Co.
  • Rose Pleuler, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins
  • Annette Pollert-Morgan, Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks
  • Anna Poon, Assistant Editor, Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
  • Linda Pratt, Agent, Wernick and Pratt Agency
  • Adrienne Procaccini, Senior Editor, Amazon
  • Bria Ragin, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins
  • Shelly Romero, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
  • Peter Rubie, Agent, FinePrint Literary Management
  • Alex Sanchez, Assistant Editor, Razorbill/Penguin Random House
  • Zoe Sandler, Agent, ICM
  • Sara Schonfeld, Assistant Editor, Penguin Workshop/Penguin Random House
  • Nicole Sclama, Associate Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Emma Sector, Agent, Prospect Agency
  • Kate Sederstrom, Editorial Assistant, Bloomsbury
  • Talia Seidenfeld, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
  • Tiffany Shelton, Editorial Assistant, St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan
  • Amanda Shih, Associate Editor, Scholastic
  • Jessica Smith, Assistant Editor, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster
  • Rachel Sonis, Publishing Coordinator, Penguin Workshop/Penguin Random House
  • Claire Stetzer, Editorial Assistant, Bloomsbury
  • Courtney Stevenson, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins
  • Samantha Swank, Assistant Editor, Scholastic
  • Olivia Swomley, Associate Editor, Workman
  • Mekisha Telfer, Associate Editor, Roaring Brook Press
  • Beth Terrill, Editor, North-South Books
  • Megan Tripp, Assistant Agent, Curtis Brown Literary Agency
  • Erika Turner, Editor, Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Olivia Valcarce, Assistant Editor, Scholastic
  • Alexa Wejko, Editor, Glasstown Entertainment
  • Jennifer Weltz, Agent, Jean V. Naggar Agency
  • Regan Winter, Editorial Assistant, Little, Brown
  • Clarissa Wong, Editor, HarperCollins
  • Marietta Zacker, Agent, Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency

Authors and Illustrators

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Previous Participating Mentors

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