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Press Release Fun – The Making of a Young Adult Bestseller: From Acquisition to Reader

I moderate a fair number of panels in a given year, but I really think this one looks like one of the best.  It’s coming to you via the New York Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, Inc.  Observe and sign up to attend here:

The Making of a Young Adult Bestseller:
From Acquisition to Reader
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
The Wix Lounge
10 West 18th Street, 2nd Floor

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

Please join us for an exciting evening of discussion, when we speak with a panel of experts representing the entire process of publishing YA books, moderated by Betsy Bird, NYPL Youth Materials Specialist.

Each of the panelists will share their experiences and insights about what it takes to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear from an incredible group of publishing professionals and industry leaders!

Jenny BentJenny 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

Betsy Bird 3Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Specialist for the New York Public Library
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. Her other book Wild Things: The True and Untold Stories Behind Children’s Books will be published by Candlewick in the Fall of 2013 and was co-written with Jules Danielson and the late great Peter Sieruta.

Susan KatzSusan 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 1993 Katz became Group Vice President of Education, managing the School and College Divisions of the Company and shortly thereafter she also added the responsibility of overseeing the Corporate Interactive Group. 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. She has had the honor of working with such authors as Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, Neil Gaiman, John Grogan, Clive Barker, Eric Carle, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Handler, Jane O’Connor, and Melissa Marr.

Hannah Moskowitz 2Hannah 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 that came out five days before she started her freshman year of college. 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.

Joy PeskinJoy 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. Authors with whom she has worked include Laurie Halse Anderson, Madeleine George, Amy Efaw, and Paul Volponi. Joy has also taught writing to aspiring authors, homeless youth, and incarcerated women.

Marisa Russell
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.

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About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.