Sarah Jane Abbott is an assistant editor for Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books at Simon & Schuster. She started her career at S&S as a publicity assistant in 2013 before joining Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books as editorial assistant in 2014. She is also on the editorial boards of Simon & Schuster’s OfftheShelf.com and RivetedLit.com. She is actively seeking agented and SCBWI submissions for Paula Wiseman Books. She loves quirky, character driven picture books with a lot of heart and unique, literary middle grade novels.
Russ Busse is an Associate Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers where he works on picture book, middle grade, and young adult projects, as well as graphic novels and licensing programs. Among others, he has edited the CatStronauts series of graphic novels, licensed books for Marvel, My Little Pony, and Teen Titans Go!, and several upcoming projects including the graphic memoir Short and Skinny. For picture books, he gravitates towards anything with a lot of heart and humor (an off-the-wall premise is a major plus). For middle grade and young adult, he looks for genre-bending stories that bring readers in immediately, with strong characters and unique twists. Find him online at the creatively named account @r_busse.
Susan Dobinick is nonfiction editor at Bloomsbury Publishing, where she works on books that range from picture book through young adult as well as crossover projects with the adult team. Some upcoming projects include Down the Hill, a nonfiction in verse co-authored by Debbie Levy and Jo Ann Allen Boyce, who was one of the first twelve students to desegregate a high school in the south; Something Rotten, a Mary Roach-style middle grade narrative that follows author Heather Montgomery’s journey to understand what becomes of roadkill; and You Are Mighty, a kids’ guide to activism. She is always looking for diverse voices, immersion with primary sources and unpublished research, and fresh, kid-friendly approaches to topics. She will also consider the occasional literary middle grade novel and quirky and heartfelt author/illustrator picture books. Tweet her @sdobinick.
Karina Granda is a Senior Designer at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers where she designs and art directs Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture Book projects. She has worked on numerous high-profile books including New York Times bestsellers: The Magic Misfits series by Neil Patrick Harris, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Love & Gelato and Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch. Karina previously worked at Simon & Schuster where she also worked on Picture Books and heavily-illustrated projects such as Snail Has Lunch, Buck’s Tooth, and the new additions to and repackages of the Frank Asch’s Bear Book and Moonbear series. When not art directing and designing, she likes to take walks around her Bushwick neighborhood, visit museums, watch reality TV, and read Yelp reviews for her next eating adventure. You can find her work at karinagranda.com.
Kate Prosswimmer is an Associate Editor at Sourcebooks, where she has worked for more than four years. She acquires across children’s fiction from picture books through young adult books. She’s had the privilege of working with some truly wonderful people, including Zoraida Cordova, author of the critically acclaimed Brooklyn Brujas series; Jen Calonita, author of the popular Fairy Tale Reform School series and the forthcoming Royal Academy Rebels series; and Jess Keating, author of the award-winning picture book, Shark Lady. Learn more at sourcebooks.com/editorial/ or follow her on twitter at @kap212.