Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Mekisha Telfer

Mekisha TelferMekisha Telfer is an associate editor at Roaring Brook Press (Macmillian), where she is building a list of picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels. She got her start in publishing in 2014 as an editorial assistant with Simon & Schuster BFYR/Salaam reads, and has also worked briefly at Glasstown Entertainment. Some titles she’s had the privilege of working on including the New York Times best-selling series To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi, I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest, and Stuart Gibb’s Moon Base Alpha series. Mekisha is committed to supporting unrepresented voices and is always on the hunt for character-driven stories with a mix of humor and heart. (



From Submission to Acquisition: Learn about the business of book acquisitions and what editors are doing behind the scenes between the moment your manuscript lands in their inbox and when you have an offer in-hand.

Voice: How to turn the dial up on voice in your novel and make your characters really stand out.



Raising the Stakes

Working With Editors: How can authors and publishing professionals communicate more effectively? What sort of relationship should you expect with an editor? An editor or agent likes your work, but she asks you to make changes in it. Should you do it? Can you push back? What if the editor doesn’t get the cultural content in the book?

THE HOPE OF EVERY CHILD, a session on writing/illustrating for all children including how to handle characters outside your culture, gender, religion etc.



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