Posted by: anitanolan | May 5, 2016

Eastern PA Meet and Greet Scheduled

Eastern PA SCBWI members, come join Virginia Law Manning and me for coffee and conversation:

Eastern PA members, Anita Nolan and Virginia Law Manning are hoping to meet children’s book authors and illustrators at a Bucks County Meet & Greet in Lahaska, PA on Monday May 23rd. Come join us for lively book chat, networking and beverages at Saxby’s Coffee in Peddler’s Village, Lahaska.

What:        Bucks County Meet & Greet

Where:      Saxby’s Coffee, 58 Peddler’s Village (Rte 263) in Lahaska, PA.

When:       Monday, May 23, 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM (more or less)

Why:         Casual conversation with some book-obsessed SCBWI members
Who:         Please contact me with questions.

No RSVPs necessary.


Posted by: anitanolan | May 4, 2016

Fall/Winter BuzzBooks

The Fall/Winter 2016 editions (adult and YA) of Buzz Books, is available for free at the moment. This is an excellent opportunity to read excerpts from some of the hottest titles coming out later this year.


Posted by: anitanolan | May 3, 2016

Thoughts from E PA SCBWI Retreat

I spent the past weekend at the Eastern PA SCBWI Retreat.

I heard several great speakers: Ame Dyckman, (picture book author, most recently Horrible Bear), Meg Medina, (YA author, most recently Burn, Baby, Burn), and Leila Sales, (Viking editor and author of several YA/MG novels, most recently Once was a Time).

They said several things that rang true:

Ame Dyckman: “Kid’s think it’s funny when they know something everyone else doesn’t,” and “Know your gap” (that period of time between when you were a child and an adult writing picture books when you weren’t reading them.)

Meg Medina: “It’s not till the end of the writing that you understand what you are trying to say,” and “Have an audience of one. Write for the child that you were.”

Leila Sales: “You shouldn’t be able to pull any scene from the book and have it still hold together,” and “The character must act to get what he wants.”

The retreat was at the Highlights Foundation, a long drive but great food and an accommodating staff.

As an added bonus, I got to spend time with my agent, Erzsi Deak of Hen&Ink Literary!


Posted by: anitanolan | April 22, 2016

New Agent Alert: Kelly Peterson at Corvisiero Literary

Kelly Peterson is a new agent at Corvisiero Literary.

From Guide to Literary Agents:

Kelly is seeking:

  • Middle Grade: Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-fi.

  • Young Adult: Fantasy (all sub genres of fantasy accepted), Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Historical (19th century and earlier with strong heroines), Dystopian (hold the cyborgs, the scorch, and diseases, please), Sword and Sorcery, a very selective few for Contemporary Romance, and any combination of the above with strong, female main characters.

  • New Adult: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance (Cowboys, anyone? Sexy and somewhat geeky entrepreneur? Celebrity? Yes?), Historical Romance, or any combination of the above.

  • Adult Fiction: Fantasy, Romance.

Her truest passion is for YA Fantasy. More recently, Steampunk has quickly crept up the charts in her heart as well.

With books, there’s just something about strong female main characters holding their own against the world, in an environment that Kelly could never, in her wildest dreams, find herself living within. It tears at her heart and pulls at her soul, especially when the main character finds that she never needed another to complete her in the first place.

She is not seeking Nonfiction, Emotional Turmoil, Mystery/Crime, Children’s Picture Books.

Kelly Peterson




Posted by: anitanolan | April 14, 2016

Moves at Little, Brown

From Publisher’s Lunch:

Alaina Mauro has joined Little, Brown as publishing director, James Patterson. Previously she was a digital sales account manager at Penguin Children’s.

Daniella Valladares will join Little, Brown Children’s as assistant editor, brand, licensed, and media tie-in publishing. She was most recently an assistant editor at HarperCollins.

Posted by: anitanolan | April 13, 2016

Kids Can Press Announces New YA Imprint

From Yahoo:

Corus Entertainment’s Kids Can Press(KCP), the award-winning publisher of over 700 books for children, whose history spans over 40 years, announced today a new imprint, KCP Loft, which will focus entirely on Young Adult (YA) fiction and nonfiction, with respected editor Kate Egan at the helm as Editorial Director at Large.

Read the rest here.

Just a reminder, I’ll be conducting a workshop on April 25th covering the basics of writing for children.

Getting Published in Children’s Literature is a one night, two-hour session covering the basics of  writing for children. It is held at the New Hope-Solebury High School  in New Hope, Bucks County, PA and will be held Monday, April 25th, 7-9. Registration is at

Posted by: anitanolan | March 23, 2016

Editorial Moves

From Publisher’s Lunch:

At Random House Children’s, Diane Landolf has been promoted to senior editor, Random House for Young Readers & Golden Books.

Annie Berger has joined Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Fire as editor. Previously she was associate editor at Harper Children’s. In addition, Caitlin Lawler has joined as sales coordinator. Previously she was site content editor at Prime Publishing.

Posted by: anitanolan | March 21, 2016

Van Doren Promoted at Highlights

From Publisher’s Lunch:

Liz Van Doren has been promoted to vp, book editorial, at Highlights for Children.

Posted by: anitanolan | March 18, 2016

New Editorial Director at Sky Pony

From Publisher’s Weekly:

Bethany Buck, a veteran of the children’s publishing industry, will join Skyhorse Publishing as editorial director of its children’s imprint on March 21. Mark Gompertz, group editorial director of Skyhorse, said in a release, “I had the good fortune of being a colleague of Bethany’s at S&S and always admired her abilities and her list of bestselling authors. Skyhorse’s passion for bringing great books to consumers and entrepreneurial spirit will be a wonderful environment in which Bethany will shine.”

Read the rest here.


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