Saturday, March 13 at 1:30 – 2:30 p.m EST
We are excited to offer this Pitch Panel at Critique Fest. You’ll have a chance to pitch, and submit your work to the panelists for a limited time following the event.
Meet our Pitch Panel Agents:
Minju Chang joined BookStop in 2006. She represents both fiction and nonfiction in all children’s book categories: picture books, chapter books, middle-grade, graphic novels and YA. She also represents illustrators and is on the hunt for author-illustrators.
Across all genres and formats, Minju looks for emotional resonance and distinctive voices. She is always on the lookout for an unusual and authentic “insider” point of view, stories that shift her perspective of the world, and vivid settings that make her want to linger and explore. On her current wish list: evocative magical realism; heartwarming MG with clever and gutsy characters; realistic and fantastical graphic novels for ages 5 and up; strong female characters in all genres; picture books that range from charming and quirky to irreverent and subversive; narrative non-fiction with a timely hook; voice-driven historical fiction; re-tellings of fairy tales, myths and legends; re-imagination of the literary canon (esp. Austen, Brontë sisters, Dickens, and Collins); “light” fantasy; YA romance with tons of humor; and stories about finding family and friends in unexpected places and ways. She is also eager to find projects from diverse creators, both writers and artists, and underrepresented voices. (Diversity including but also going beyond race and gender)
After earning her MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University, Emily worked in editorial roles for literary magazines, journals, and digital prints before finding her home at BookEnds. She was a 2020 Publishing Fellow with the LA Review of Books and actively writes about identity, Blackness, and pop culture. She has writing with Bitch Media discussing YA romances, “Sex Re-Education: Netflix Offers a New Spin on Teen Virginity,” and a bunch of other places that really are only brought up as ice breakers in query letters Emily cringes at. But, you know, it’s fine. She likes to laugh at herself.
When she isn’t reading submissions, working with her authors, or procrastinating her own writing, she’s usually binge watching an unhealthy amount of television and stress baking when deadlines are near. She currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona at the mercy of two cats and a dream of owning a goat farm one day.
Ameerah Holliday is a dancer and self-proclaimed poetess from San Diego, California. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from San Diego State University. Holliday is a former editorial assistant intern for Poetry International and currently serves as editorial director for the San Diego Poetry Annual and assistant editor for Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual.
Ameerah is primarily interested in young adult fiction, new adult fiction, fantasy/paranormal romance and novels in verse. She looks for writing that explores diverse experiences with elements of intersectionality. Stories that take you on a journey through growth and she loves a good friendship story. For non-fiction she’s interested in writing derived from performing arts or passion projects and discussions of mental health in minority communities.
Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez is an associate agent with Red Fox Literary. She’s also a mom, wife, junior high school math teacher, and picture book author of humorous stories. She’s the proud co-creator and co-host of the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest, creator of the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy Contest, and co-creator of Kidlit Zombie Week.
In her free time, Kaitlyn loves to play soccer, binge-watch shows on Hulu, and, of course, read. Her favorites are historical fiction, short stories, dramas, fantasies, mysteries, and of course picture books! She especially loves it when her husband, daughter, and her all cozy up and read together.