2023 November First Pages  

Sean McCarthy
Sean McCarthy founded his own full-service literary agency in 2013 after working at Overlook Press and Sheldon Fogelman Agency. His clients include Ezra Jack Ketats Book Award winner Hyewon Yum, Mark Fearing, Dana Wulfekotte, Heather Ayris Burnell, Bob McMahon, Margaret Chiu Greanias, and Junghwa Park, among others. Sean graduated from
Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing, and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota.
Workshop Title & Description 
Lost in Pace: Making Sure Your Manuscript Doesn’t Go Off the Rails

In this craft-oriented session we will examine character development, plotting, structure, and transformation (using real-life examples from a couple of picture books).We will also discuss how to entice a young reader with a memorable opening, and how to keep your book on track.

Meredith Mundy
Meredith Mundy (she/her) is Editorial Director of Abrams Appleseed and the Abrams preschool program. She has been editing books for young readers for more than twenty-five years and hopes to continue doing so for twenty-five more! She joined Abrams in 2018 and has been busily acquiring new projects for her target audience of ages 0 to 5 ever since. 

Meredith is looking specifically for under-represented authors and illustrators with ideas for original and unusual board books and novelty books centering around a strong concept or holiday hook. She’s also seeking very young picture books with minimal word counts but plenty of humor and heart.

Beth Terrill, Editor, NorthSouth Books. Beth edits picture books. She recently edited A Penguin Like Me by Marcus Pfister; There are No Dragons in this Book by Donna Lambo-Weidner, illustrated by Carla Haslbauer; and The Forest Keeper - The true story of Jadav Payeng by Rina Singh, illustrated by Ishita Jain.

Beth Terrill
She has been fortunate to work with incredibly talented authors and illustrators and has acquired and edited a New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book, Pura Belpre Honor recipients, ALA Notable Children's Books, Junior Library Guild Selections, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and al winner of the Sonia Lynn Sadler Award.

Beth will be transitioning to freelance on December 1st, but will remain with NorthSouth on a freelance basis to work on individual projects.