Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Agents Panel – SCBWI Metro NY and The New School

Date(s) - 11/04/2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The New School Auditorium
66 W. 12th St - New York,, NY

November 4, 2019  MONDAY

AGENTS PANEL:FREE CO-EVENT for SCBWI Members & NEW SCHOOL Creative Writing Students


The Agent Panel, moderated by Harold Underdown will feature Marietta Zacher (Gallt & Zacker) ,  Linda Epstein (Emerald City Literary Agency) and Sean McCarthyThis event is free for all SCBWI Members and New School Students.acher  Attendees MUST register and bring a ticket from SCBWI Metro NY website.  Non Members must purchase a ticket for the event. Please note change of date, time and place.  This Event will begin MONDAY at 6:30  pm at The New School.


Harold Underdown is an independent editor and publishing consultant; he does critiques, helps to develop manuscripts, does strategic consulting, and provides other services for individuals and publishers.  Harold enjoys teaching, and in that role wroteThe Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He founded and runs “The Purple Crayon,” a respected web site with information about the children’s publishing world He speaks and gives workshops through the Highlights Foundation, SCBWI’s national and regional conferences, and Kid’s Book Revisions (offering online and on-site tutorials, webinars, retreats, and workshops in partnership with Eileen Robinson: As an in-house editor, he worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and educational publishing.


Sean McCarthy founded his own full-service literary agency in 2013. He began his publishing career as an editorial intern at Overlook Press and then worked at Sheldon Fogelman Agency as the submissions coordinator and permissions manager before becoming a full-time literary agent. His clients include New York TimesBestseller Zachariah OHora, Hyewon Yum, Dana Wulfekotte, Andrea Offermann, Jamie A. Swenson, and Heather Ayris Burnell, among others. Sean graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing, and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota.

Marietta Zacker has worked with books, authors and illustrators throughout her career — studying, creating, editing, marketing, teaching and selling. She supports independent bookselling, believes in libraries and takes pride in her work as a Latina in the world of publishing. She is always on the lookout for visual and narrative stories that reflect the world we live in, not the bubbles in which we put ourselves. She loves books that make readers feel and shies away from those that set out to teach the reader a lesson. Whether she is reading a young adult novel, a middle grade novel or a picture book, Marietta looks for a book in which young readers can identify with the actions and reactions of the characters, not the perspectives of the author or illustrator. Diversity in the story must be inherent and authentic, not trendy. She is thrilled to shine the spotlight on soulful, insightful, well-crafted, literary or commercial projects aimed at any age group from young adult to the youngest of readers. Books she will be championing in 2019 include GIRLS LIKE US by Randi Pink, THE YEAR THEY FELL by David Kreizman, TRACE by Pat Cummings, CATERPILLAR SUMMER by Gillian McDunn, BRAVE MOLLY by Brooke Boynton Hughes, THE ASTRONAUT WHO PAINTED THE MOON by Dean Robbins and Sean Rubin, and MANHATTAN: MAPPING THE STORY OF AN ISLAND by Jennifer Thermes.

Linda Epstein is an agent at Emerald City Literary Agency. She represents picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and children’s non-fiction. She likes stories for children and young adults that deal with issues of identity, history, sexual politics, feminism, and culture. Some of her other interests include art, food, and the environment. She sometimes likes monsters, too. Linda looks for the offbeat, quirky, and left of center, with bonus points given if you keep your sense of humor about it all. She is deeply committed to representing projects that give voice to work by and about all kinds of marginalized people

Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM  | Location: The Auditorium at the New School 66 West 12th Street, NYC  Please note that you do NOT need a PayPal account to pay online; PayPal will accept your credit card without setting up an account.

Walk ins: although we do accept walk ins, events often sell out so pre-registering is recommended.
Event details:   Doors open at 5:45pm.  Seating is limited to the first 350 people.
Last minute changes: please check the calendar closer to the event in case of unforeseeable last minute changes.
Refunds will only be considered 48 hrs prior to the event with a $3 service charge.