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If You Asked An Editor Of Picture Books…

5/12 event recap: Picture Book Editor Panel
By Judy Shemtob


Nearly 50 children’s picture book writers, illustrators, and author/illustrators came to hear SCBWI Westchester NY’s first picture book editor panel on Saturday, May 12 at the First Baptist Church in White Plains. Sarah Jane Abbott, Assistant Editor at Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books at Simon & Schuster, and Kait Feldmann, Associate Editor at Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, engaged in a lively conversation moderated by award winning illustrator and SCBWI PAL member Eric Velasquez (be sure to check out his most recent work, Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library).

According to Abbott and Feldmann, attendees should check manuscript wish list sites to learn what various editors want and don’t want. They discussed hungry markets, topics that will be around for a while, animal vs. human characters, biographies, graphic novels, and social media. Continue reading “If You Asked An Editor Of Picture Books…”