SCBWI Bologna 2010 Publisher Interview: Stephen Roxburgh of namelos

Interview by Jenny Desmond Walters for SCBWI Bologna 2010

As an expert in the publishing industry with more than thirty-five years of experience under your belt, having been the senior vice president and publisher at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and later the founder and president of Front Street (later acquired by Boyds Mills Press), you undoubtedly have an enormous wealth of knowledge about publishing books.

Your latest venture,

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SCBWI Bologna 2010 Agent Interview: Kendra Marcus on BookStop Literary Agency

Interview by Jenny Desmond Walters for SCBWI Bologna 2010

Kendra, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions in preparation for the upcoming 2010 SCBWI Bologna Symposium. I’m sure everyone is eager to read more about your agency, so let’s jump right in to some questions.

You started the BookStop Literary Agency in 1984. What was the path that led you to become an agent,

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SCBWI Bologna 2010 Illustrator Interview: Bridget Strevens-Marzo

Interview by Rachelle Meyer for SCBWI Bologna 2010

I really enjoyed the presentation you gave when you can to speak to our chapter in The Netherlands last October. There was a nice balance of personal history and creative process. Do you like to give presentations and workshops? What do you like about them?

For a start, I love sharing my problems with others! Seriously,

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SCBWI Bologna 2010 Agent Interview: Marcia Wernick of Sheldon Fogelman Agency

Interview by Jenny Desmond Walters for SCBWI Bologna 2010

In your bio, you mention that you work with both writers and illustrators. What different skills do you bring to the table when working with each?

The way I view it is not so much what skills I bring to the table, but rather what skill sets I encourage and elicit from authors and illustrators with regard to their specific genres.

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SCBWI Bologna 2010 Agent Interview: Frances Plumpton of Richards Literary Agency

Interview by Jenny Desmond Walters for SCBWI Bologna 2010

Before becoming a literary agent at Richards Literacy Agency in New Zealand, you worked in children’s library services.

How did your previous work with children’s literature inspire you to pursue this new avenue?

Following my years as Coordinator of Children’s Services, Waitakere Libraries, I decided to work as a consultant specialising in early childhood literature.

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SCBWI Bologna 2010 Agent Interview: John Cusick of Scott Treimel NY

Interview by Jenny Desmond Walters for SCBWI Bologna 2010

Your bio mentions that you began work at Scott Treimel NY literary agency the same year you completed your degree at Wesleyan University. At what point did you realize that working in children’s publishing was something you wanted to do?

I worked as Wesleyan Press’s permissions manager and knew I wanted to pursue a publishing career.

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SCBWI Bologna 2010 Publisher Interview: Gita Wolf of Tara Books

Interview by Sarah Blake Johnson for SCBWI Bologna 2010

First of all, congratulations! Your book Do! illustrated by Ramesh Hengadi and Shantaram Dhadpe, is the Bologna Ragazzi New Horizons award winner for 2010.

The jury praised the books text and artwork stating: “Paper and figures are embroidered with a lace like precision. There is a wealth of narrative in the details that beg to be explored at length.

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SCBWI Bologna 2010 Author Interview: Ellen Hopkins

Interviewed by Laura Watkinson for SCBWI Bologna 2010

Your latest novel, Tricks (McElderry, 2009), focuses on the lives of five very different teens, whose stories interweave to form a larger narrative.

What was it like to work with five different characters and five story lines? Did you feel more attached to one particular character? I know that the character of Eden was particularly popular with a lot of your readers.

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SCBWI Bologna 2010 Agent Interview: Rosemary Stimola

Interview by Jenny Desmond Walters for SCBWI Bologna 2010.

First, Rosemary, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for our attendees at the 2010 SCBWI Bologna conference.

I should probably admit, up front, that I spent so much time smiling alone in my office while reading about you on the Internet that I began checking to make sure no one was watching me in the process.

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SCBWI Bologna 2010 Author-Scholar Interview: Leonard Marcus

Interview by Jenny Desmond Walters for SCBWI Bologna 2010; photo of Leonard by Sonya Sones.

As a historian and leading authority on children’s literature in America, your knowledge of the history of books for children is inspiring.

As you followed the development of children’s books through the last 300 years, do you recognize any specific elements of long-standing children’s literature that you would you say have contributed to a particular work’s ability to stand the test of time?

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