Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Agent Panel

Date(s) - 11/12/2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Annual Agent Panel, moderated by Harold Underdown will feature Brenda Bowen (The Book Group), Janna Morishima (JANNA co.) and Cindy Uh (Creative Artists Agency). This event is free for all SCBWI Members and New School Students. The event will be held on Zoom on Thursday, November 12th at 6pm.

Moderator: Harold Underdown

Harold is an independent children’s book editor and consultant who works with authors and publishers on manuscripts, books, and strategy. He is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, a comprehensive guide to how children’s book publishing works. He founded and runs The Purple Crayon, a respected Web site with information about children’s publishing. Harold also likes to teach and runs Kids Book Revisions workshops, retreats, and online classes with colleague Eileen Robinson. Previously, he worked at Macmillan, Orchard, Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and educational publishing. He has edited a variety of fiction and nonfiction in both picture book and chapter formats.


Janna Morishima

Janna Morishima started in children’s book publishing in the art department at Scholastic. Within a few years she joined the editorial department and helped co-found the Graphix imprint.

After working with authors like Raina Telegmeier, Jeff Smith, and Kazu Kibuishi. Janna left Scholastic to launch the Kids Group at Diamond Book Distributors were she worked with a wide range of independent comics publishers. She stepped away from publishing to help her husband build his photography business. There she learned everything to run an arts-based small business and founded her literary agency Janna co.

Cindy Uh

Cindy Uh is a literary agent at Creative Artists Agency. After graduating from Boston College, Cindy went to receive her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She became an agent in 2015 and was Counsel at the publishing law firm of Lyons & Salky Law LLP until 2019, when she joined the Publishing Departmrnt at CAA. She works on a wide range of nonfiction, including illustrated/art projects, memoir, narrative nonfiction, health/wellness, politics, pop culture, humor, cookbooks, as well as children’s fiction and nonfiction. Cindy is always on the lookout for authentic, diverse voices, compelling narratives, and unique perspectives that invite readers to think about the world in a different way.

Brenda Bowen

Brenda Bowen represents authors and artists of books for young readers from preschool to young adult; she also represents some adult titles. Her clients have won the MacArthur Fellowship; the Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor; the Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor; the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Stonewall Award; the Geisel Honor; the William C. Morris Honor; and many other awards. She can’t decide which she loves more: a bold picture book, or a lyrical middle-grade novel. Brenda has the unusual advantage of having seen publishing from all sides: she began her career as an agent at Sanford J. Greenburger; She was a children’s book publisher for many years; she has written an adult novel and she’s an award-winning author of some forty books for children.

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