Heather Ayris Burnell is an organic garlic farmer, a librarian, and of course, a writer. She adores writing query letters. Yes, she realizes this is not normal. Her picture book, KICK! JUMP! CHOP! THE ADVENTURES OF THE NINJABREAD MAN is scheduled for release by Sterling Publishing in October. Her book, BEDTIME MONSTER, is published by Raven Tree Press. She is represented by Sean McCarthy Literary Agency.
Dana Carey was a graphic designer in New York City, then Paris before changing career paths. She taught English at L’École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles (which is long for ‘Architecture School’) and l’Académie Charpentier in Paris (which is an art school) before moving to western France in a town with lots of seagulls. She teaches English to adults. She reads middle grade and young adult novels in English and writes reports in French about them for a French publisher. She helps organize kidlit events as the Assistant Regional Advisor of SCWBI France. You can catch up with Dana on twitter and facebook.
Amy Dixon genuinely believes she could be happy subsisting on coffee and popcorn for the rest of her life. Her newest picture book, MAURICE THE UNBEASTLY, is coming out from Sterling Children’s on September 5, 2017. Her first two picture books, MARATHON MOUSE and SOPHIE’S ANIMAL PARADE are published by Sky Pony Press. Amy is represented by Laura Biagi of JVNLA, and writes from her home in California, where she lives with her four little inspirations and her marathon-running husband, Rob. You can find Amy on Twitter @dixonamy12 and Facebook.
Mark Fearing‘s animated short films have been seen in film festivals around the country, broadcast on Nickelodeon Nicktoons and his animated series Book Reports are hosted at Dreamworks TV Online. For the past 9 years Mark has focused on illustrating and writing award winning and well reviewed picture books and graphic novels. He is currently working on his 18th illustrated book and now lives outside Portland, Oregon where he fights libertarian vampires with his two trusty hounds who magically appear from the shadows when called on.
Kirsten Larson used to work with rocket scientists at NASA. Now she writes about rocket science — and just about any science — for kids. She’s the author of 25 nonfiction books for the school and library market as well as dozens of magazine articles. She’s repped by Lara Perkins of Andrea Brown Literary. You can find Kirsten on Twitter @KirstenWLarson and Facebook.
Katherine Maria loves reading and writing kid lit, especially all things contemporary middle grade. She enjoys cheering on fellow Sub It Clubbers through the querying process. Katherine has a background in social work and is originally from San Antonio, Texas. She can be found on twitter at @kmariawrites.
Sean McCarthy founded his own full-service literary agency in 2013. He began his publishing career as an editorial intern at Overlook Press and then worked at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency as the submissions coordinator and permissions manager before becoming a full-time literary agent. Sean graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing, and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota.