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All Kinds of Kids Books: A Market Review

Friday, August 4, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Garden C
Pitching various markets is always a little different, but in children’s literature the differences are huge. Pitching a picture book looks nothing like pitching a YA project, and neither even remotely resemble the process for successful children’s nonfiction.
In this talk, children’s and YA agent Rachel Letofsky walks you step-by-step through the basics and best practices of querying each of the common children’s, middle grade, and young adult formats.


Rachel Letofsky

Rachel Letofsky is a graduate of both the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program and the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English literature. She joined The Cooke Agency in 2010 and is currently an Associate Agent. She travels throughout Canada and the US to various writer’s festivals and literary events such as Bloody Words, PNWA, CanSCAIP, SiWC, VWF, NorthWords, MUSE & the Marketplace, Write on the River and Quick Brown Fox Writer’s Workshops to take part in quick-pitch sessions, moderate panels and host workshops for authors. She has been a judge for the HarperCollins Canada/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction since its inception in 2013 and acted as a judge for the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Awards of 2015 and the Top of the Mountain Literary Awards of 2017.

Rachel is actively seeking ground-breaking and heart-breaking middle grade and YA titles in all genres. She is drawn to works with a whimsical nature or a grounded, gritty edge in equal measure, though in either instance, unforgettable characters and original concepts are a must. In non-fiction, Rachel is looking for narrative-driven memoirs, and anything quirky and life affirming. Rachel is particularly committed to working with previously unpublished authors in a focused, collaborative and hands-on manner.