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SM 19 Aubrey Poole


AUBREY POOLE, Independent Editor, formerly with Hachette’s JIMMY Patterson Books imprint

AUBREY POOLE, independent editor, previously at Hachette’s JIMMY Patterson Books imprint, is interested in working on children’s and young adult projects.  She was the editor for James Patterson’s bestselling Max EinsteinPottymouth & Stoopid, and Crazy House series, as well as IndieNext pick and Seventeen Best YA Book of 2018 Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely and forthcoming Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy. Prior to joining JIMMY, she worked with a number of award-winning and top-selling authors at Sourcebooks, Inc. such as Texas Bluebonnet nominee Nancy J. Cavanaugh; Emma Shevah, author of Dream On, Amber which received four starred reviews and is a Booklist Top 10, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book and an NYPL Top 100 of 2015; USA Today bestseller and RITA winner Juliana Stone; and award-winner Jen Calonita. Although no longer at JIMMY, attendees will be eligible to submit their manuscripts after the conference to an editor at JIMMY, which is looking to acquire commercial picture book, middle grade, and YA projects. Books with authentic, diverse voices, strong commercial hooks and taut pacing. Books that fulfill the JIMMY imprint’s mission statement: We want every kid who reads a JIMMY title to say: “Please give me another book!” 


Getting Outside Your Zone of Comfort:  The Hero’s Journey applied to Character Development

A well-drawn character is just the beginning – because if he or she is the same character at the end of the novel, then you haven’t done your job. In this workshop, Editor Aubrey Poole will discuss the importance of character development and how the character arc ties into the plot.

Creating Successful Series
The structure of your series as a whole is just as important as the structure of individual novels. Editor Aubrey Poole will talk about the editorial concerns that go into selecting a series for publication, as well as the craft behind choosing the type of series you want to write, shaping each individual book, and making the overall series a satisfying reading experience.


Swipe Right: How to get an editor to keep turning the pages with a killer first line

Do editors ever nix a project based on the first five pages? In theory, we’d like to say ‘no.’ But in practice, the answer is ‘yes.’ Just like a first date, the opening pages of a manuscript is your opportunity to make a good first impression. Can a bad opening be overcome? Sure, if they are cute, if we are intrigued enough by the concept, we might keep reading and get to know the “real” you. But it’s a risk. Maybe an even cuter manuscript is flirting with us from the submission folder. Maybe we have had a string of unsuccessful first dates opening chapters. Find out how to wow an editor with your openings and get that second date publishing contract.


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