ALL-STAR FACULTY LINEUP
Industry professionals provide coaching advice and critiques to get you in the game!
Joy Triche, Editor, Tiger Stripe Books
Joy Triche serves as the founder and president of Tiger Stripe Publishing(TSP)and the co-founder and co-CEO of Darklight Studios. She has spent her career in educational publishing, serving as an editor and managing editor,including a near decade-long stint at National Geographic Learning. After spending years helping others self-publish their books in her “free time,” she started TSP .Disheartened by the lack of authentic BIPOC characters among children’s titles available for her own three children,Joy made it TPS’s mission to publish children’s books that feature BIPOC characters.Since its inception in 2014,TSP has published nearly a dozen children’s books by a variety of authors. The company has become a platform to advocate for the creation of more BIPOC content through relationships with organizations such as the American Library Association.She also consults with educational publishers looking to ensure their content meets DEI standards. Darklight Studios provides Joy with an opportunity to collaborate with author and content creator Isaac Perry. Through Darklight, the pair develop BIPOC stories of a different kind for multiple media.
Joanna MacKenzie, Agent, Nelson Literary Agency
Joanna MacKenzie is an agent with Nelson Literary Agency where she represents authors writing for both the adult and children’s markets. She is drawn to vivid, engaging writing and is particularly interested in stories about the relationships that make us who we are. Recent releases include: Scammed by Kristen Simmons (YA, Tor Teen);The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian by Jonathan Messinger (Early Chapter Book, Harper);Remember Me Gone by Stacy Stokes (YA, Philomel).
Accepts everything from early readers to YA
Mabel Hsu, Editor, Katherine Tegen Books
Mabel Hsu is an Editor at Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books. She is a mentor through Representation Matters and POC in publishing, and a former indie bookseller. Her list of award-winning creators include Jessica Love, Marc Majewski, C.G. Esperanza, Kelly DiPucchio, Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris, Janae Marks, Corey Ann Haydu, and Lyla Lee. Mabel is particularly drawn to poignant or humorous picture books with unexpected truths, as well as novels with voice-driven narratives that explore character drama, feature intersectional representation, and transform genre tropes.
Feather Flores, Assistant Editor, Chronicle Books
Feather Flores (she/her) has worked on the children’s editorial team at Chronicle Books in San Francisco since 2018. A lifelong writer and bibliophile, and one of the first recipients of the We Need Diverse Books internship grant, she is deeply committed to championing books by and about people from marginalized communities. Feather is drawn to stories that provide a window into the beauty and diversity of the human experience: the humor, the emotion, the curiosity, the magic. Her list encompasses both fiction and nonfiction titles in a wide range of formats; everything from board books and picture books to middle grade and graphic novels. You can find her talking about what she’s reading on Instagram (@plumarosareading) or getting excited about things on Twitter (@featherfully).
Dan Cramer, Associate Agent, Flannery Literary AssociatesD
My love of reading started when I was young with The Chronicles of Narnia. I loved that I could escape into a world where magic and adventure existed. That love of books grew and has followed me into adulthood. Some of my best friends and greatest loves, through the years, have been fictional characters. They have inspired and motivated me in almost every facet of my life, from my first career as a Forensic Scientist with the FBI to an Associate Literary Agent with Flannery Literary.
While I love all books, my heart beats for Children’s Literature for many reasons, but the main reason is Children’s Literature, from Picture Books to Young Adult Novels, is fearless. These books and their authors are not afraid to tackle tough topics, to celebrate diversity, or bring awareness to issues that others would turn their backs on. Children’s Literature never ceases to surprise me with its fortitude.
I live in Burr Ridge, Illinois with my husband and two rescue dogs, Timmy and Zoe. When I’m not reading, I enjoy the outdoors, horror movies, and baking (and I’m definitely not imagining I’m on the Great British Bake Off… ok, I’m totally doing that.)
Now for the boring stuff. I have two undergraduate degrees from West Virginia University: Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Psychology. I have two graduate degrees from Benedictine University: MBA and MS Management and Organizational Behavior.
PB: fiction & non-fiction
MG: fantasy, adventure & sci-fi
NO non-fiction MG or YA