WNBA Wednesday: The Making of a Young Adult Bestseller

One of the most exciting events of the WNBA-NYC season is just around the corner!  Join us for an evening of discussion, when we speak with a panel of publishing professionals representing the entire process of publishing young adult books.

Each panelist will share their experiences and insights about what it takes to succeed in today’s competitive young adult marketplace. The panel will be moderated by Betsy Bird, NYPL Youth Materials Specialist.  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear from an incredible group of industry leaders!

The Making of a Young Adult Bestseller: From Acquisition to Reader
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wix Lounge
10 West 18th Street, 2nd Floor

WNBA-NYC members attend free of charge. Non-Members pay $10 online via PayPal.
All attendees must register/pay by November 13
Register Here!

Hannah Moskowitz — Author
Hannah is the author of several books for young adult and middle-grade audiences, including Zombie Tag, Gone, Gone, Gone, and Break, a 2010 YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults. When she’s not writing, she’s a student and Rocky Horror Picture Show performer at the University of Maryland. Her next book, Teeth, comes out January 1, 2013.
Jenny Bent — Literary Agent
Jenny founded the Bent Agency in 2009, after 15 years of experience in the industry, most recently as a Vice President at Trident Media Group. Since opening its doors, the agency has represented over 25 NYT bestsellers, added four new agents and started a London office. Her agency website can be found at www.thebentagency.com.
Susan Katz — President and Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Susan joined Harper and Row in 1987 as Publisher of the College Division and a member of the Executive Committee. In 1996, Katz became President of the Children’s Division, which is her current position. She has more than doubled the revenues of the Division and has published more children’s bestsellers than any other publisher.
Joy Peskin — Editorial Director, Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers
Joy was the Associate Publisher of Viking Children’s Books, and an Editor at Scholastic before joining Farrar, Straus & Giroux in January of 2012. Joy has edited books for children of all ages. Her favorite type of books, both to read and to edit, are stories about real (or realistic) people facing real-life challenges.
Marisa Russell — Publicity Manager, Penquin Young Readers Group
Marisa worked at HarperCollins Children’s Books and A. Lavin Communications Group prior to joining Penguin in 2012. She has worked with bestselling authors such as Richelle Mead, Mike Lupica, Marie Lu, Sara Shepard, and Kevin Henkes
Betsy Bird –Youth Materials Specialist for the NYPL
Betsy is the author of Children’s Literature Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career and runs the Fuse #8 Production blog at School Library Journal’s website. Betsy reviews for Kirkus and The New York Times, and her picture book Giant Dance Party will be published with Greenwillow, an imprint of Harper Collins, Spring 2013.


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