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. (



 A LITTLE LOUDER PLEASE: TURNING UP THE VOICE IN YOUR NOVEL. Voice is one of the most elusive elements of writing–and perhaps the number one reason editors give for turning down a project: “I just didn’t connect with the voice.” In this talk, we’ll discuss the tools every writer needs to make the voice in their novel really sing.
FROM SUBMISSION TO ACQUISITION: WHAT’S GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP. Publishing is a “hurry up and wait” kind of business–filled with achingly long lulls and what feels like arbitrary deadlines. In this talk, we’ll discuss what’s going on behind the scenes and what you as an author can do to help the process along.
 THE HOPE OF EVERY CHILD: WRITING OUTSIDE OF YOUR EXPERIENCE. As readers call for more diversity in children’s books, writers from all backgrounds are wondering how they can contribute. In this talk, we’ll ask (and answer!) some tough questions and discuss the Dos and Don’ts of responsible representation.


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