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YA & Children’s Book Agent Panel sponsored by SCBWI & HVWC

January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

For many authors, finding the right literary agent is key to a successful publishing career. Along with matchmaking manuscripts with editors, agents provide editorial guidance, know the ins and outs of contracts, and manage the unexpected bumps in the road that go hand-in-hand with a quickly changing publishing landscape. Join three top children’s book literary agents in a panel discussion where we’ll cover all aspects of the author-agent relationship.


Penny Moore represents standout authors including Morris Award Finalist, Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of titles such as Starfish and Summer Bird Blue; Beth Evans, author/illustrator of I Really Didn’t Think This Through; Nicki Pau Preto, author of Crown of Feathers; Lyla Lee, author of The Mindy Kim Series; and Katie Zhao, author of The Dragon Warrior.Moore graduated from the University of Georgia with a double degree in Linguistics and Japanese Language & Literature. During her time as an undergraduate, she also studied comparative literature at top universities in Japan and South Korea. Penny joined Aevitas in 2018, starting in the industry as an assistant/associate agent at FinePrint Literary Management in 2014, then joining Empire Literary as an agent two years later, where she built out the children’s portion of the agency’s list.Moore mainly represents children’s literature, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult. She also has an interest in select platform nonfiction projects that speak to younger audiences. Though she’s interested in all genres, she’s specifically seeking inventive works featuring breakout voices and compelling plot lines that will make young readers feel seen and heard for the first time.
ALEXANDRA LEVICKAlexandra Levick has worked with a wide range of established New York Times bestsellers, national award winners, and debut clients. After graduating from the University of Rochester with a degree in English focused on Creative Writing, Alexandra attended New York University
where she received her Masters of Science in Publishing with a specialization in Content Development. Prior to Writers House, she spent time at Sterling Lord Literistic, in publicity at Bloomsbury, and as a bookseller for Barnes and Noble. Today, she is building a broad list and works on everything from picture books to speculative adult fiction. Find her on Twitter @AllieLevick.SUSAN HAWK

Susan Hawk has worked in children’s books for over twenty-five years and represent books for children and teens: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult, along with graphic novels and some non-fiction for children and teens too. She’s looking for diverse stories, elegant writing, and books that make the reader feel.

Her clients include Alison Oliver, illustrator of the bestselling Baby Lit board books and the picture book Moon; Ruth Spiro, author of the Baby Loves Science board book series; Marcie Colleen, author of the Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series and the picture books Love, Triangle and The Adventure of the Penguinaut; Lisa Tyre, whose second middle-grade novel, Hope in the Holler, was published earlier this year; and Rachael Allen, author of the YA novels 17 First Kisses, The Revenge Playbook, and A Taxonomy of Love.

Before agenting, Susan worked in the Children’s Marketing departments of Penguin Books for Young Readers, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, and North-South Books, where she managed campaigns for many books and authors including Eric Carle, Mary E Pearson, Richard Peck and Joan Bauer. She’s also been a children’s librarian and bookseller, and spent some time in Dutton Editorial, acquiring select picture book and YA projects for that list.


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January 27
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States