Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 19, 2015

Children’s Publishing Industry Changes

nancyarmoin the grassThe fun illustration below was illustrated by Nancy Armo. Nancy was featured on Illustrator Saturday

At the Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Tricia Lawrence has been promoted to agent.

In the UK, Helen Thomas will join Orion Children’s in July as editorial director, reporting to Fiona Kennedy. Thomas has spent the past five years at Scholastic UK.

Sarah Odedina has joined Oneworld as children’s publisher. Previously she was managing director at Hot Key Books.

At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Christian Trimmer has been promoted to executive editor; Kristin Ostby moves up to senior editor; and Catherine Laudone has been promoted to assistant editor.

At Chronicle Books, Ariel Richardson has been promoted to associate editor, children’s.

Monica Odom has joined Bradford Literary Agency as a literary agent, focusing on pop culture, illustrated/graphic design, food and cooking, humor, history, and social issues, as well as select literary ad upmarket commercial fiction. She was previously an associate agent and manager at Liza Dawson Associates.

Amanda Rutter is joining Red Sofa Literary as an associate literary agent. Previously she was an editor at Angry Robot’s defunct YA imprint Strange Chemistry.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks so much for the update, Kathy! Super helpful!


  2. Thank you sooo much, Kathy! This is important information and much appreciated!


  3. Thanks for keeping me up-to-date, Kathy. Love Nancy’s “fun” illustration. 🙂


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