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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, Executive Editor, Putnam/Penguin Random House
  • Hali Baumstein, Associate Editor, Bloomsbury
  • Annie Berger, Editor, Sourcebooks
  • Alex Borbolla, Assistant Editor, Simon & Schuster/Atheneum
  • Marilyn Brigham, Editor, Amazon
  • Patrice Caldwell, Associate Editor, Disney-Hyperion
  • Andrea Cascardi, Agent, Transatlantic Media
  • Sonali Chanchani, Agent, Folio Literary Management
  • Sona Charaipotra, Agent, CAKE Literary
  • Karen Chaplin, Executive Editor, HarperCollins
  • Allison Cohen, Editor, Running Press
  • Tiffany Colón, Assistant Editor, Scholastic
  • Sylvan Creekmore, Assistant Editor, St. Martin's Press/Wednesday Books
  • Heather Crowley, Editorial Assistant, Disney-Hyperion
  • Emily Daluga, Assistant Editor, Abrams
  • Jill Davis, Executive Editor, HarperCollins
  • Erica De Chavez, Senior Designer, HarperCollins
  • Rachel Diebel, Assistant Editor, St. Martin's Press/Wednesday Books
  • 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, McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster
  • Ali Fisher, Editor, Tor/Macmillan
  • Liza Fleissig, Agent, Liza Royce Literary Agency
  • Benjamin Gartenberg, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic Press
  • Mary-Kate Gaudet, Executive Editor, Little, Brown
  • Sarah Gerton, Associate Agent, Curtis Brown Ltd.
  • Stacey Glick, Agent, Dystel & Goderich Literary
  • Ellen Goff, Agent Assistant, 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
  • Megan Ilnitzki, 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
  • Tamara Kawar, Literary Assistant, ICM Partners
  • 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, Junior Literary Agent, Writers House Literary Agency
  • Dana Leydig, Editor, Viking/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
  • Edward Necarsulmer, Agent, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency
  • Polly Nolan, Agent, Greenhouse Literary Agency
  • Kevin O'Connor, Agent, Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency
  • Anu Ohioma, Editorial Assistant, Penguin Workshop/Penguin Random House
  • Polo Orozco, Editorial Assistant, Penguin Random House
  • Rachel Orr, Agent, Prospect Agency
  • Kelly Peterson, Agent, Corvisiero Agency
  • Diana Pho, Editor, Tor Teen/Starscape/Macmillan
  • Gabrielle Piraino, Agent, DeFiore & Co.
  • Rose Pleuler, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins
  • Annette Pollert-Morgan, Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks
  • Anna Poon, Assistant Editor, Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
  • Adrienne Procaccini, Senior Editor, Skyscape/Amazon
  • Bria Ragin, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins
  • Michael Rex, Illustrator and Author
  • Shelly Romero, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
  • Peter Rubie, Agent, FinePrint Literary Management
  • Alex Sanchez, Assistant Editor, Razorbill/Penguin Random House
  • Zoe Sandler, Agent, ICM Partners
  • Sara Schonfeld, Assistant Editor, Penguin Workshop/Penguin Random House
  • Nicole Sclama, Associate Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Emma Sector, Agent, Prospect Agency
  • Talia Seidenfeld, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
  • Tiffany Shelton, Editorial Assistant, Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan
  • Amanda Shih, Associate Editor, Scholastic
  • Jessica Smith, Assistant Editor, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster
  • Rachel Sonis, Publishing Assistant, Penguin Workshop/Penguin Random House
  • Claire Stetzer, Assistant Editor, Bloomsbury
  • Courtney Stevenson, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins
  • Samantha Swank, Assistant Editor, Scholastic
  • Olivia Swomley, Associate Editor, Workman
  • Beth Terrill, Editor, North-South Books
  • Erika Turner, Editorial Project Manager, Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Olivia Valcarce, Assistant Editor, Scholastic
  • Alexa Wejko, Editor, Glasstown Entertainment
  • Regan Winter, Editorial Assistant, Little, Brown
  • Clarissa Wong, Editor, HarperCollins

Authors and Illustrators

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Previous Participating Mentors

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