Confirmed 2019 Big Sur on Cape Cod Workshop Mentors



Andrea Brown

Andrea Brown is the President of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. Founded in New York City in 1981, it was the first literary agency to represent both children's book authors and illustrators. Prior to opening her own firm, Andrea was an editor at Alfred A. Knopf, and worked in the editorial departments of Random House and Dell. In 1990, she moved her literary agency to Northern California. Andrea has published articles and published a chapter about the children's book field in The Portable Writer's Conference, published by Quill Driver Books. She has been quoted in the New York Post,, Yahoo News, Forbes, Good Housekeeping and Reuters News Service. 

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Jennifer Laughran

Jennifer began her career in agenting after working as a long-time children's bookseller and buyer. She is also the founder of the extremely popular YA event series "Not Your Mother's Book Club." She joined the Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2007. Always on the lookout for sparkling YA and middle grade fiction with unusual and unforgettable characters and vivid settings, she is drawn to all kinds of books, whether realistic comedies or richly imagined magical adventures. However, the common thread in her favorite stories is an offbeat world-view. Jennifer adores simplicity, but she is not interested in the conventional, predictable, mechanical, gimmicky, or ordinary. Jennifer loves funny books, thrilling books, romantic books, books that make her cry, and all-around un-put-downable books...and her true favorites are all of the above.

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2019 Authors


David Elliott

David Elliott is a NY Times bestselling children's author. His many titles include: BULL, And Here's to You!Finn Throws a Fit!Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum, the This ORQ series, and the acclaimed Candlewick poetry series: On the Farm, In the Wild, In the Sea, and On the Wing

Born in Ohio, David has worked as a singer, a cucumber washer, and a popsicle stick maker. Currently, he lives in New Hampshire with his wife and Dandie Dinmont terrier.

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Anne Sibley O’Brien

Anne Sibley O’Brien is a children’s book creator who has illustrated thirty-three picture books, including Jamaica's Find and six other Jamaica titles by Juanita Havill. She is the author of fourteen of those books, including the graphic novel retelling of The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea. The most recent title she wrote and illustrated is I'm New Here, a picture book about three immigrant children which was named to Kirkus Review's "Best Books of 2015". She has also written two recent picture books which she did not illustrate, Abracadabra, It's Spring! and Hocus Pocus, It's Fall!, both illustrated by Susan Gal. 

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2019 Editors


Yolanda Scott

Yolanda Scott is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Director at Charlesbridge. She has more than 20 years experience in children’s publishing, more than 185 books edited, and specializes in diversity issues, international publishing, and digital publishing. A book lover since birth, she is also a warrior in the battle against atrocious grammar and poor typography.

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Past Big Sur on Cape Cod Workshop Mentors 

Past Agents


Kathleen Rushall 

Kathleen joined the Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2016 after agenting for five years with the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. She represents writers and illustrators for picture books (both fiction and nonfiction), middle grade, and YA literature. Kathleen is actively looking for Own Voices stories and themes of social justice and compassion across all age groups and genres.
When it comes to picture books, Kathleen loves to laugh, have her heartstrings pulled, and enjoys quirky, character-driven stories with heart. She would be happy to find more biographies and what some call “ficinformational” picture books (books with a fictional story that ties into the Common Core).
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Jennifer March Soloway

Jennifer represents authors and illustrators of picture book, middle grade, and YA stories, and is actively building her list. Although she specializes in children’s literature, she also represents adult fiction, both literary and commercial, particularly crime, suspense and horror projects.

For picture books, she is drawn to a wide range of stories from silly to sweet, but she always appreciates a strong dose of humor and some kind of surprise at the end. When it comes to middle grade, she likes all kinds of genres, including adventures, mysteries, spooky-but-not-too-scary ghost stories, humor, realistic contemporary and fantasy.

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Past Authors


Tara Sullivan

Tara Sullivan was born in India and spent her childhood living in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic with her parents who were international aid workers. She received a BA in Spanish Literature and Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia, and a MA in Latin American Studies and an MPA in Non-Profit Management from Indiana University. 

Her first book, Golden Boy, was selected as a top-ten book of 2013 by YALSA, Kirkus reviews, and the Wall Street Journal. It is the winner of the 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People Award. 

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Diane Zahler

Diane grew up in Ithaca, New York, where she spent most ofher time reading children’s books. She read and re-read her favorites, and in high school she got the best job in town — in the children’s room of the public library, where she could keep on reading AND get paid for it. After college, she got a job in New York City in children’s book publishing, where at least part of her job was to read still more children’s books. Finally, she decided to write her own stories! Diane is the author of six fantasy novels for middle grade readers and two nonfiction books for older readers. Her newest novel, The Marvelwood Magicians, was published in 2017. 

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Past Editors


Mary Lee Donovan

Mary Lee Donovan is currently Editorial Director/Director of Editorial Operations at Candlewick Press in Massachusetts, where she has worked for 26 years. She is the editor of the 2008 Newbery Medal winner, Good Masters, Sweet Ladies: Voices from a Medieval Village and the 2013 Newbery Honoree, Splendors and Glooms, both by Laura Amy Schlitz; the 2014 Caldecott Honor picture book, Journey by Aaron Becker; the Judy Moody and Stink series by Megan McDonald; and Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina, winner of a 2017 Pura Belpre Award.

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