• REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!   SCBWI SoCal Agent’s Day is coming! Put October 1, 2016 on your calendar. Meanwhile, we thought we would give you a sneak peak at our wonderful faculty.   STEPHANIE FRETWELL-HiILL Stephanie started her publishing career in 2004 at Walker Books Ltd. in London, where she sold foreign language rights. Working in a design-led company with legendary artists such as Helen Oxenbury and Lucy Cousins sparked her love of illustration, while her sales role gave her an international perspective on children’s publishing. In 2011, Stephanie moved back home to the United States, where she joined Peachtree Publishers as an editor. During her four years there, she acquired fiction and non fiction picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles. Her acquisitions received such honors as YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, Parents’ Choice Awards, and numerous starred reviews from major trade magazines. As the newest agent to join Red Fox Literary, Stephanie represents both authors and illustrators of board books, picture books, middle grade, and young adult. She will consider stories in any genre, but looks for a strong voice, rich and multi-layered plots, and stylish, classic, or quirky illustrations. Most of all, she loves anything that really makes her laugh.   ANNIE BERGER Annie Berger, Editor, Sourcebooks Fire/Jabberwocky. Annie started out as an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster’s Aladdin imprint where she worked with debut authors and edited the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. She was most recently an associate editor at HarperCollins before joining Sourcebooks as an editor. Annie works on everything from picture books through YA.  She has edited authors such as Jen Malone (Wanderlost), Kristen Kittscher (The Tiara on the Terrace), Jo Whittemore (Confidentially Yours series), Sally J. Pla (The Someday Birds), MarcyKate Connolly (Monstrous and Ravenous), and Linsey Miller (Mask of Shadows).     RACHEL ORR Rachel Orr joined Prospect Agency in 2007, after eight rewarding years editing children's books for HarperCollins. She enjoys the challenge of tackling a wide variety of projects and is particularly looking for middle-grade and YA novels right now, as well as the next big picture-book illustrator. Rachel values her close relationships with authors and believes that nothing feels as good as a fresh, clean line edit. Rachel grew up reading Lois Lowry, Shel Silverstein, and Richard Peck in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Kenyon College, where she worked for the Kenyon Review, and had a terrific study-abroad experience at England's University of Exeter. (For all you Harry Potter fans, this happens to be the same university that J.K. Rowling attended.)     Jessica Sinsheimer Jessica Sinsheimer has been reading and campaigning for her favorite queries since 2004. Now an agent at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, she’s known for #MSWL, ManuscriptWistList.com, #PubTalkTV—and for drinking far too much tea. Always on the lookout for new writers, she is most excited about finding picture books, YA, MG, upmarket genre fiction (especially women's/romance/erotica, thrillers, mysteries) and—on the nonfiction side—psychology, parenting, self-help, cookbooks, memoirs, and works that speak to life in the twenty-first century. She especially likes highbrow sentences with lowbrow content, smart/nerdy protagonists, vivid descriptions of food, picture books with non-human characters, and justified acts of bravery.
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Welcome to SoCal

Our chapter of SCBWI includes Orange County, San Bernardino, Riverside and Long Beach. We have sunny beaches, snow-capped mountains, award winning wineries and the legendary deserts of Palm Springs; Disneyland and Raging Waters; and most importantly we have some incredible writers and illustrators who gather here for a

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