2008 Houston SCBWI Conference
The Houston chapter of SCBWI hosted the Passport to Publication conference on Saturday February 23, 2008 at Greenspoint Marriot Hotel (255 N. Sam Houston Parkway East, Houston, TX 77060 281-875-4000).
Kimberly Willis Holt - award-winning author
Kimberly Willis Holt considers herself a southerner, but in reality, she is a child of the world. Seven generations of her family are from the piney woods of central Louisiana, but her father’s military career caused her to call a different place “home” every couple of years. After college, she had several different careers, including working as a radio news director, marketing a water park, and struggling as an interior decorator. Finally she decided to pursue her secret dream to be a writer. She wrote short fiction and worked on her first novel, My Louisiana Sky. In 1999, Holt won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. Holt’s ninth book, Piper Reed Navy Brat was based on her military childhood. Visit Kimberly's website for more information.
Molly O’Neill - editor from HarperCollins newest--as of yet unnamed--imprint headed by Brenda Bowen
After spending almost five years working in Marketing, first at Clarion and later at HarperCollins, Molly recently shifted into an editorial role, joining Brenda Bowen’s new, as-yet-unnamed imprint at HarperCollins as Assistant Editor. The imprint is seeking projects that are both literary and commercial, with particular focus on attracting new talent to Harper- Collins, publishing groundbreaking formats, and creating books with a global reach.
Sarah Cloots – editor from Greenwillow Books (a HarperCollins imprint)
Sarah is a Houston native. At Greenwillow she has had the opportunity to work with writers and artists at different stages of their careers: well-known award-winners, prolific authors and illustrators who aren't quite household names but undoubtedly deserve to be; and first-timers whose debuts she is excited and proud to be a part of. While Sarah enjoys working with contributors in each of these categories, as a junior editor she is especially thrilled to discover new talent.
Abigail Samoun – project editor from Tricycle Press—imprint of TenSpeed Press
Abigail has edited board books, picturebooks, and middle-grade fiction. These include several award winners. Abigail edited the middle grade series Edgar & Ellen, which has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide. She received an MA in French Studies and Journalism from New York University, and worked jobs as far a field as a lingerie salesperson, a wrapper (as in gifts, not hip-hop), and an intern at the Bronx Zoo. None of these jobs was nearly as exciting as editing children’s books. To learn more about Abigail, the books she edits, and Tricycle Press, visit www.wordpavillion.com.
Jennifer Jaeger — agent from Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer handles young adult and middle grade fiction, chapter books, easy readers and limited amounts of picture books. She is particularly interested in humorous, literary, multicultural, offbeat, paranormal and contemporary material. Jennifer enjoys characters with a strong sense of self. She likes stubborn characters and has a soft spot for unassuming heroes and underdogs. Currently, Jennifer is interested in acquiring more middle grade and boy-friendly material. Jennifer considers herself an editorial agent in that she works with her clients to develop and strengthen their manuscripts before presenting them to editors. To find out more about Jennifer, visit www.andreabrownlit.com.
Don Tate — illustrator/author/cartoonist
Don is an Austin, TX resident. He is also the award-winning illustrator/author of more than 25 books for children. With a bold, dynamic style, Don's oil and acrylic paintings bring to life the pages of the children's books he illustrates. This self-trained painter and digital illustrator has demonstrated extraordinary range in style and medium -- each book possessing a distinctive style of it's own.