Heather Ayris Burnell lives on a mountain in Washington State where writers can be hard to find. That’s why she started Sub It Club! Heather 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. Come chat her up on Twitter @heatherayris.
Dana Carey is an author/illustrator. She is the International Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI and the Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI France. She earned a degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design and later, a teaching certificate. She teaches English to adults and university students. Between classes, Dana dedicates as much time as possible to writing and illustrating. She also writes reader reports for international acquisitions for French publishers. You can catch up with Dana on twitter, facebook and see her Illustration portfolio.
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. Her picture book debut, WOOD, WIRE, WINGS (illus. by Tracy Subisak), a biography of Emma Lilian Todd, is forthcoming from Calkins Creek in 2020. She’s repped by Lara Perkins ofAndrea Brown Literary. You can find Kirsten on Twitter @KirstenWLarson.
Nilah Magruder storyboards cartoons for television by day and writes books for kids by night. She is the author of HOW TO FIND A FOX, a picture book, and M.F.K., a comic and winner of the 2015 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. When she is not drawing or writing, Nilah is reading fantasy novels, watching movies, rollerskating, and fighting her cats for control of her desk chair. You can find her on Twitter at @nilaffle.
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. Follow him on Twitter @mccarthylit.