Executive Editor and Reading Specialist
Scholastic Library/Children's Press
|The first step - advice from the editor
|Eileen Robinson (right) coaches local author.
As Executive Editor, Eileen publishes, on average, 151 books a year, with an average of 2-3 new series a year, for grades
K-5, both fiction and nonfiction. She began in the Education Group for Scholastic Inc and moved on to Raintree Steck-Vaughn,
the library division of Harcourt. After working as editorial director there, Eileen returned to Scholastic. She has helped
bring over 400 books into print and loves working with new authors.
Please note: Scholastic Library is CLOSED to unsolicited queries and manuscripts. Childrens Press periodically opens
submissions to JWKC members who have attended Eileen's workshop and have been invited to do so by the editor. No exceptions
will be made.
JWKC will contact members regarding the next submissions period with appropriate contact instruction and guidelines.
Erin Murphy Literary Agency
|Relaxing before the conference
|Erin Murphy (right) with Melanie Chrismer (ctr), Stephanie Bunce and Barb Stuber
Click here for Interview with Erin by Anna Olswanger
Erin Murphy Literary Agency specializes in children's literature. A member of the Association of Author's Representatives
(AAR), Erin Murphy currently negotiates contracts for over 40 clients and is held in high regard by a number of closed publishing
houses. Her recent manuscript placements have included Bloomsbury USA, Simon and Schuster, Dutton (Penguin Putnam Group),
Candlewick, and Knopf (Randomhouse) as well as many others.
Prior to starting the agency, Erin was the Editor-in-Chief of Northland Publishing.
Note: Erin Murphy Literary agency is closed to unsolicited manuscripts and queries. Manuscripts are considered from
those introduced to the agency through professional referral or personal contact with the agent at conferences.
Author, Former Editor-Highlights for Children
|Writing improves with the right coach!
|Reading Instructor, Gwen Hooks (left) with Pam Zollman (center) and Christine Taylor-Butler
Pam's novel, DON'T BUG ME (Holiday House), was awarded Florida's "Sunshine State Readers Award" for 2003-2004.
Pam is also the author of numerous chapter books designed for use in the classroom through such publishers at Harcourt/Steck
Vaughn. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of children's magazines, anthologies, and testing materials. In 1996
she won the Highlights Annual Fiction Contest for her story "Millie's Garden."
Pam is widely considered a market expert in writer's circles. For nearly 8 years she served as the Children's Magazine
Market Guide Coordinator for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and spoke on the subject for five years
at the SCBWI National Conference in California. She is frequently the featured speaker at writer's conferences and schools.
Pam's background includes bookselling and teaching creative writing.
A prolific author and mentor of both new and experienced writers, Pam's experience spans the gamut of children's publishing.
Author, Atlanta GA
|Melanie Chrismer with her trusty lasso.
|Sometimes the best way to get an editor is to "rope one in."
Children's author, Melanie Chrismer, didn't realize she was supposed to be a writer until 1990. Trying her best to flee from
the written word only led her to have more stories to write. She is the author of the PHOEBE CLAPPSADDLE stories, tall tale
picture books (illustrated by Virginia Marsh Roeder, Pelican Publishing Co.) and the non-fiction book, HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE
HUBBLE TELESCOPE: POSTCARDS FROM SPACE (Countdown to Space Series, Enslow Publishers, Inc.). Now, she would rather write
than eat--and that's saying something! She loves speaking to schools, educators and fellow writers but her job is her joy.
"It's my job to send kids on an adventure. But if I do it right, I go on the adventure first!"