Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Kurestin Armada

Kurestin Armada began her publishing career as an intern with Workman Publishing, and spent time as an assistant at The Lotts Agency before becoming a literary agent at P.S. Literary in 2015.  She then joined Root Literary in 2020, where she partners with storytellers who combine artistry with the drive to build a lasting body of work. She holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College, as well as a publishing certificate from Columbia University.

Kurestin is based in New York City and spends most of her time in the city’s thriving indie bookstores. She reads widely across genres and has a particular affection for science fiction and fantasy, especially books that recognize and subvert typical tropes of genre fiction.



Trend Talk: Current trends in publishing including YA/Adult crossover, and how to define what your market category might be.

Do’s and Don’ts in communications with agents: Beyond the pitch and the manuscript – the importance of researching agents/agencies wish-lists and websites, following querry and submission guidelines, and being prepared for the business side of the business

First Pages : Tracing 3 specific elements through example pages, drawing conclusions, and then an exercise where attendees trace those elements in their own work. Pages submitted in advance may be shared as part of the program. Attendees interested in having their pages included should submit first two pages (500 words) as a word document attached to an email sent to not less than 10 days prior to the session