Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Editor Panel

Date(s) - 01/12/2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

What are editors looking for? How do they acquire new books? What is their editing process? From submission to publication a glimpse into the world of how three different editors work with: Jessica Echeverria ( Lee & Low), Taylor Norman (Chronicle books), and Amy Novesky (Cameron Kids) and moderated by Harold Underdown.

Harold Underdown Harold is an author and independent children’s book editor who works with authors and publishers. He is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He founded and runs The Purple Crayon, a respected Website with information about the children’s publishing world. He runs the Kids Book Revisions workshop and tutorials with colleague Eileen Robinson. Previously, he worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and nonfiction in both picture book and chapter formats.

Jessica Echeverria is senior editor at Lee & Low Books. Some of her publications include the Asian/Pacific American Award Picture Book-winner Juna’s Jar, NAACP Image Award Winner Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, the delectable tale Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies simultaneously published in Spanish and English editions, and Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad, which received five starred reviews. She is seeking picture book submissions that feature strong or quirky female characters, stories that are filled with a lot of heart, humor, and culture, and on her ultimate wish list is to work on a wordless picture book.

Taylor Norman is most passionate about picture book and middle grade fiction. She looks for three key factors in the books she works on: very strong writing, an honest voice, and no condescension to young readers. She seeks to publish books that employ and encourage new perspectives, make readers think, connect people and ideas thoughtfully—and most importantly, treat their readers with respect. She is the editor of such titles as the Odyssey Award-winning Redwood + Ponytail; the Pura Belpré Honor-winning The Other Half of Happy; the Pura Belpré Award-winning Lowriders series, Jon Scieszka’s AstroNuts series; Adam Rex’s On Account of the Gum; Dave Eggers’s Her Right Foot; and Carter Higgins’s Everything You Need for a Treehouse; among many other books for kids at Chronicle books.

Amy Novesky is the Children’s Book Editorial Director for Cameron Kids, a division of Abrams, based in California.She is also an award-winning author. Her picture books include GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE; CLOTH LULLABY; and ME, FRIDA. She lives and works just north of San Francisco.

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