Highlights from MWG's 91st Annual Conference (2006)
Meet The Faculty - Editors
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We've invited some of the best names in the business to help you hone your writing craft. Although selling a project is a nice bonus, the emphasis of this conference is to polish professional skills and learn more about the business of publishing. The key to your success - do your homework first!


The Writer Magazine website

Elfrieda Abbe,  Editor, The Writer Magazine

Elfrieda Abbe is editor of The Writer magazine, winner of four Folio awards for editorial excellence. She was the editor of the 2001-2005 editions of The Writer's Handbook . Previously, she was the editor of the award-winning arts and entertainment section of the Milwaukee Sentinel . She also has written feature articles for The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Magazine, The New Art Examiner and other publications.


Patty Rice,  Assistant Vice President and Editorial Director, Gift Books, Senior Editor, Book Divison - Andrews McMeel Publishing

Andrews McMeel Universal is the largest independent newspaper syndicate in the world and an emerging leader in book and calendar publishing and gift and stationery merchandising.  Every year, the company publishes the work of more than 125 syndicate creators and writers, more than 300 books, and a prestigious line of calendars and gift and stationery items. New York Times bestsellers from AMP include: The Complete Far Side and Last Chapter and Worse: A Far Side Collection by Gary Larson; The Blue Day Book, Tomorrow, The Meaning of Life and Dear Mom by Bradley Trevor Greive; Stay Tuned: Television’s Unforgettable Moments and Now Showing: Unforgettable Moments From the Movies by Joe Garner; The Millionaire Mind by Dr. Thomas Stanley; America: What Went Wrong? by the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele; Forever, Erma by Erma Bombeck; and It’a A Magical World: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson.


The Highlights Foundation website

Boyds Mills Press website

Kent L. Brown, Jr. , CEO Highlights Foundation, Editor-in-Chief Highlights for Children

Kent L. Brown Jr . is the Editor in Chief of Highlights for Children magazine and has been publisher of Boyds Mills Press since its introduction in 1990. A past-president of the Educational Press Association of America, Kent has served on the publications committee of the International Reading Association and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Society of Magazine Editors, and the National Press Club.

Kent was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, a national, non-profit nature education organization located in Jamestown, NY.  In addition to Highlights For Children, The Highlights organization includes Boyds Mills Press, Front Street Books, Calkins Creek Books and the Highlights Foundation.


Judy Burke, Highlights For Children

Judy Burke is an associate editor at Highlights for Children magazine, where she has worked since 1995. She edits the magazine’s fiction for advanced readers, writes “Goofus and Gallant,” and edits the nonfiction sports articles. Judy also selects material and writes several monthly features for HighlightsKids.com. She has edited a craft book, Look What You Can Make with Paper Bags, and three children’s journals for Boyds Mills Press.


Color-Bridge Books website

Bernette Ford, CEO - ColorBridge Books

Bernette Ford is founder of Color-Bridge Books for All Children, an independent editorial consulting company, and a packager of multicultural children's books.  Bernette began her editorial career at Random House in 1972 and has held positions as Executive Director at Golden Books and Editor and Chief at Grosset & Dunlap/The Putnam Publishing Company. Prior to starting Color-Bridge Books, Bernette was the Vice President/Editorial Director of Cartwheel Books at Scholastic, published more than 100 books/year including the well known I-SPY and LITTLE BILL series.  In her various positions Bernette has worked with a number of well-known individuals including Mercer Mayer, Ruth Heller, Demi, Walter Wick, David McPhail and Sandra and Myles Pinkney.

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Robert C. Jones, Editor, Mid-America Literary Review, Mid-America Poetry Review

Robert C. Jones, From 1961 until he retired in 1991, Robert C. Jones taught in the Department of English and Philosophy, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, and served as director or presenter for writing workshops throughout Missouri. Currently, he is editor of The Mid-America Press, Inc., and editor of The Mid-America Poetry Review. His writings have appeared in American Book Review, Naval History, The Kansas City Star, The Sewanee Review, Pleiades, The Christian Science Monitor, The American Scholar, Sisters Today, The Horn Book, and Cicada. His most recent project has been to assemble and edit Three Faces of Autumn, Poetry, Prose, Translations, a Charles Guenther Retrospective scheduled to be published early in 2006.

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Cheryl Klein's Website

Arthur A. Levine Books website

Cheryl Klein, Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books

Cheryl Klein

Cheryl Klein grew up in Peculiar, MO, graduated from Carleton College and the Denver Publishing Institute.  In 2000, she joined Arthur A. Levine Books.  She edited: MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUIS by Lisa Yee; THE SINGER OF ALL SONGS, by Kate Constable; IN THE SHADOW OF THE ARK, by Anne Provoost; DON'T LET THE PEAS TOUCH by Deborah Blumenthal, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering.

As an editor, she is particularly interested in "relationship stories" where two people make an emotional connection-as friends, enemies, family, romantic interests, etc.-and the possibilities and consequences that grow out of that connection. She loves books from all genres, however, and her main editorial interest is good writing.

List of Scholastic Magazines by age group:

Dara Sharif, Editor, Scholastic Magazine

New Addition: Bio coming soon:  

Anitra Steele, Childrens Library Specialist, Mid-Continent Library

Anitra Steele has been the Children's Specialist at the Mid-Continent Public Library for 30 years, Anitra Steele has served on two Caldecott committees [GLORIOUS FLIGHT and THE MAN WHO WALKED BETWEEN THE TOWERS] and  a Newbery committee [MISSING MAY] as well as being "member-for-life" on the KC3 and Show Me Award 


Author  of BARE BONES, CHILDREN'S SERVICES FOR THE LIBRARY GENERALIST, she also edited the Association for Library Service to Children's Newsletter for 9 years 

and performs single person puppet shows at the library.





Katie Van Luchene, Editor, Kansas City Magazine, Editor in Chief, Commercial Journal Kansas City and Commercial Journal St. Louis

Katie Van Luchene is the editor of KC Magazine, Kansas City’s monthly publication covering luxury living and fine home design. She also serves as editor in chief for Anthem Media Group’s other publications including Commercial Journal Kansas City and Commercial Journal St. Louis, and hard cover books including Kansas Speedway’s 5th Anniversary: Five for the Fans. Katie has been on both sides of the editorial desk. For eight years she was a contributing writer and columnist for Kansas City and Kansas City Home Design magazines, which were combined into KC Magazine in November 2004. Her other freelance work includes articles for Kansas City Small Business Monthly and Midwest Living, and Insider’s Guide to Kansas City, which was published by Globe Pequot Press. It won Best Travel Book of the Year from the Midwest Travel Writers Association; the second edition was published in 2005. You’ll be happy to know that the most rewarding part of her job, Katie says, is “discovering new writers.” 


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