Authors’ Guild Meeting with Kathleen Ortiz & Lish McBride
Come learn about writing for young adults, from a literary agent and an author, with the Authors Guild. Kathleen Ortiz, a Seattle-based agent with New Leaf Literary in New York, and Lish McBride, a well-published YA writer, tell us about this rapidly expanding publishing market. All are welcome, Authors Guild members or not.
Kathleen Ortiz is a literary agent who has over a decade of experience in the industry, both as an agent and licensing expert. She focuses on a diverse list of picture books, young adult books, and heavily-illustrated non-fiction titles, especially titles that can make her laugh out loud (bonus points if to the point of tears or snorting!). On the nonfiction side, she’s specifically looking for prescriptive (especially geared toward parents, millennials, and generation Z), memoir, pop culture, and illustrated.
Lish McBride is the author of funny and creepy young adult books such as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; Necromancing the Stone, Firebug, Pyromantic, and the forthcoming Curses. She has published short stories in the Normal School, Tor.com, and the anthologies Cornered, What to Read in the Rain, Freaks & Other Family, and Kisses & Curses. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults title, Morris Award finalist, and won the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award.