Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Professional Series: AGENTS PANEL

Date(s) - 11/10/2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The New School
68 W. 12th St - New York, NY 10011

Agents Panel:  Heather Flaherty (The Bent Agency), Alexandra Penfold, (Upstart Crow) and Alec Shane (The Writers House),

This event is free for all SCBWI Members and New School Students.  Attendees MUST register and bring a ticket from scbwi metro ny website.  Non Members must purchase a ticket for the event.  Pease note change of time and place.  Event will begin at 6 pm at The New School.  Tickets can be purchased under the tab "Upcoming Metro NY Events"


Heather Flaherty grew up in Massachusetts, between Boston and the Cape, and started working in New York City as a playwright during college. After much country hopping and some work in editorial, Heather became a YA and Children's Literary Scout, consulting with foreign publishers and Hollywood regarding what the next big book will be. Now as an Agent, she's thrilled to grow authors for that same success. Currently, she's looking for authors of Middle-Grade and Young-Adult fiction. For YA, she's looking across all genres, and loves an excellent and authentic teen voice. For MG, she's looking for more realistic stories (either contemporary or period), about coping, coming-of-age, or situations seen through the eyes of a young person. She also represents adult humor and pop-culture non-fiction.  @HeddaFlaherty.  With offices in both New York City and London, we at The Bent Agency pride ourselves on nurturing and discovering authors whom we can help propel to the top of their category. We have represented over 30 New York Times bestselling titles, with many more on USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and other regional lists. Our list is varied and includes commercial fiction and nonfiction, literary fiction and memoir, for adults and young readers. All the books we represent speak to the heart in some way: they're linked by genuine emotion, inspiration and great writing and storytelling. 

Alexandra Penfold has been working in publishing for over a decade. Formerly an Editor at Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, she specializes in young picture books, middle-grade fiction, and young adult. She’s the co-author ofNew York a la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple’s Best Food Trucks and the author of three forthcoming picture books: Eat, Sleep, Poop! (A Memoir in Progress), illustrated by Jane Massey, We Are Brothers, illustrated by Eda Kaban, and Food Truck Fest, illustrated by Mike Dutton.  Upstart Crow Literary is a boutique literary agency in New YOrk specializing  in adult fiction and nonfiction, young adult and children's books.

Alec Shane majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man. Realizing that he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House Literary Agency, where he is aggressively building his own list. He’s always looking for great mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, historical fiction, literary fiction, and books geared toward young male readers (both YA and MG) on the fiction side, as well as humor, biography, history (particularly military history), true crime, “guy” reads, and all things sports for nonfiction. Twitter handle: @alecdshane
PM page:  Writers House is one of the largest literary agencies in the world and prides itself on providing an extraordinary amount of individual client attention combined with the full service benefits of foreign and sub rights departments, as well as a full accounting and royalty staff.





Event details: Doors open at 5:30.   Last minute changes: please check the calendar closer to the event in case of unforeseeable last minute changes.