Agents’ Panel 2017

The November 2017 Agents Panel, an annual event sponsored jointly by SCBWI-Metro NY and The New School’s creative writing department, featured three literary agents responding to questions about the author-agent relationship.

Panelists Molly O’Neill of Root Literary, Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency, and Brooks Sherman of Janklow & Nesbit discussed how writers can, as Sherman put it, “negotiate their transformation from artist into small-business owner.” The panel was moderated by SCBWI-Metro NY volunteer Adria Quinones.

Be the Hero of Your Writing Process with Kendra Levin

by Leah Heilman Schanke

Kendra Levin, Executive Editor at Viking Children’s Books, author of The Hero Is You, and the September speaker in the SCBWI-Metro NY Professional lecture series, shared how writers can use the hero’s journey model to create a “holistic, healthy, creative writing process.” Many writers struggle with process and experience dark moments where they wonder, “Why am I writing this?” Levin said. “Writers need to find ways to work organically and be their best selves.”

How To Self Publish Your Book With Neil Waldman

by Adria Quiñones

Writer and illustrator Neil Waldman has published more than 50 children’s books. He’s won major awards, including the Christopher Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the School Library Best Book Award and the American Library Association Notable Award. To the attendees at SCBWI’s December Professional Series, he’s made it. So, after working with major publishing houses, why would he turn to self-publishing?

The answer is wrapped up in Waldman’s life history, which is echoed in his latest book. If Al and Teddy is the story of a young artist exploring his creative powers, the story of the publication of Al and Teddy is that of a man in search of a way to support young artists.