AGENT & EDITOR BRUNCH AND CRITIQUES
with Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency
& Carter Hasegawa of Candlewick Press
Saturday, June 27th, 9:30am-12:30pm
It’s hard to know when a query and first pages are working! That’s why it’s so important to have face time with an agent or editor. Join us for a personal critique with either agent Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency or editor Carter Hasegawa of Candlewick Press. We will break in the middle to have a light brunch and hear what Joan and Carter have to say about the do’s and don’ts of querying and more.
Cost: $65 for Loft Members; $85 for Non-Members
Registration Deadline: June 8th
Ammi-Joan Paquette is a senior agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency, representing all types of children’s and YA literature. She is also the author of the forthcoming novel Princess Juniper of the Hourglass (Philomel, 2015), and other books including Paradox (RH, 2013), Rules for Ghosting (Walker, 2013), Nowhere Girl (Walker, 2011), Ghost in the House (Candlewick, 2013), and Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo (Clarion, 2013). In her agent acquisitions, Joan is particularly drawn to richly voiced, unforgettable characters and settings, as well as tightly-paced, well-plotted stories with twists and turns that keep you guessing right until the end.
Carter Hasegawa, associate editor at Candlewick Press, came to children’s publishing in a roundabout way. After a decade of working in grocery, followed by a two-year stint in textbook publishing, he left everything behind to follow his passion for children’s books, and he went back to school to get his MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College. Since 2008, he’s been a children’s bookseller at various independent bookstores in Seattle and in Cambridge, at which he still continues to work part-time when not at Candlewick. Some of his favorite non-Candlewick books include: The Notorious Benedict Arnold, Jellicoe Road, Ready Player One, Three Times Lucky, and many, MANY more. Basically anything that has a great voice, is a good story, and is “unputdownable.”