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Faculty Spotlight: Penny Moore

By Heather Phan

Please join us in welcoming Penny Moore, a senior agent with Aevitas Creative Management, a full-service literary agency and consulting and content development firm, and the founder of Literary Agents of Color, an online directory created to support BIPOC agents within the publishing industry.


Penny represents children’s literature, mainly middle grade, chapter books, young adult, and select picture books. Her standout authors include: Shawn Amos, Akemi Dawn Bowman, Waka T. Brown, Auriane Desombre, Lyla Lee, Sangu Mandanna, Nicki Pau Preto, Maya Prasad, Jenna Yoon, and Katie Zhao.


Though she’s interested in all genres, she’s specifically seeking inventive works featuring breakout voices and compelling plot lines that will make young readers feel seen and heard for the first time.


Penny graduated from the University of Georgia with a double degree in Linguistics and Japanese Language & Literature. During her time as an undergraduate, she also studied comparative literature at top universities in Japan and South Korea. Penny joined Aevitas in 2018, starting in the industry as an assistant/associate agent at FinePrint Literary Management in 2014, then joining Empire Literary as an agent two years later, where she built out the children’s portion of the agency’s list.


Penny will offer two breakout tracks at the Spring Mingle 2023 conference:


Subrights: Everything You Need to Know

This session will provide information on how to make the most of licensing opportunities that stem from a primary book deal and common practices associated with these opportunities.


What to Ask Before Signing With an Agent

In this session, Penny provides insights to guide you in your search for an agent and will cover things to think about and look for when deciding whether to accept an offer of representation. She will also go over questions to ask prospective agents, potential red flags, and what is considered a successful relationship between an agent and author or illustrator.


We also think that she’s pretty funny on Twitter, and hear that she’s currently looking for a fake assistant to field certain requests from her high school reunion committee.


Interested in learning more about Penny? Read her interview with SCBWI Wisconsin here or visit her MSWL page here.


Penny, thank you so much for joining us at this year’s SCBWI Spring Mingle Conference.


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