Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 18, 2011

Announcement: Stephen Barbara – Writing Intensive

Stephen Barbara, literary agent with Foundry Literary + Media in New York City has agreed to join us this year at the New Jersey SCBWI Conference being held in Princeton on June 3rd to 5th.  He will be conducting the Writer’s Intensive on Friday afternoon, doing half hour consultative crititques and workshops. 

For those of you who have not met Stephen, he is a great agent, a wonderful person, extremely knowledgable and a mover and shaker in the children’s Industry.  He’s a great addition to the conference and I know you will love him.  If you were on the fence trying to decide if you should attend, this might be just the thing to push you to register.

Stephen focuses on books for young readers from picture books through young adult.  He also does adult fiction and nonfiction geared to a younger demographic, and he has enjoyed some notable successes with debut authors. His clients include:

New York Times bestseller Lauren Oliver, Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz, Edgar Award nominee Jack D. Ferraiolo, School Library Journal blogger Betsy Bird, and popular teen author Todd Strasser, among others.

A graduate of the University of Chicago (AB ’02, English), Stephen previously worked at HarperCollins and as Contracts Director of the Donald Maass Agency.

Publishers Marketplace reports 27 children’s book contracts in the last two years – that’s not counting all the film and TV deals.  Many have been from debut authors and many of them have been very good deals. 

Talk Tomorrow,


PS:  Don’t cry girls, Stephen just got engaged.  Congratulations Stephen!

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