Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Jessica Anderson – SM19

Novel Intensive: Finding incredible moments of beauty and heartbreak: Revision tips, tricks, and knowing when it is ready to submit


Behind the Scenes of a Middle Grade Novel: From Submission to Finished Book: This session explores an editor’s role, with a comprehensive look at the life cycle of a middle grade novel–from submission through acquisition, early editorial development, copyediting, design, proofing, and selecting final production specifications. A detailed behind-the-scenes perfect for children’s book creators seeking to know more about the journey to a finished book.

First Impressions: The Art of Effective Positioning: This session explores strategies in pitching and positioning through a series of case studies, from picture books through YA, fiction and nonfiction. An insightful exercise for children’s book creators eager to command readers’ attention–from agents to editors and beyond–and make a memorable first impression with their work.

Jessica Anderson, assistant editor at Christy Ottaviano Books, an imprint of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, works on a wide range of picture books, middle grade and YA fiction. She is on the lookout for lyrical picture book biographies, quirky middle grade fiction, and gritty contemporary realistic YA. She is the editor of the YA debuts The Spaces Between Us by Stacia TolmanWrong in All the Right Ways by Tiffany Brownlee; and Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown, as well as the picture book biographies Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins by Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Ebony Glenn, and Samuel Morse, That’s Who! by Tracy Nelson Maurer, illustrated by El primo Ramón, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Columbia University.