March 13, 2013 8:30-10:30 pm EST
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BRINGING THE POWER OF DISNEY TO BOOKS
A Peek Behind the Curtain at Disney-Hyperion
Find out what the "non-Disney content" imprint at Disney Publishing is up to. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the picture book treats from Rotem Moscovich, middle grade goodies from Stephanie Lurie, and YA hits from Emily Meehan. Once you have a sense of what the editors are looking for in each category, the chances will be better that your story will be their story.
Stephanie Owens Lurie is the Associate Publisher of Disney-Hyperion, an imprint at Disney Book Group that publishes non-Disney content for ages 0-18. She joined Disney-Hyperion four years ago; prior to that she was President and Publisher of Dutton Children's Books. She also worked in children's books at Simon & Schuster and Little, Brown and Company. As a child her favorite book was Harriet the Spy—it inspired her to become a writer and editor, and she majored in Creative Writing at Oberlin College. Stephanie has two grown sons and lives in a New Jersey suburb with her husband and large white dog.
Emily Meehan is Editorial Director of YA at Disney-Hyperion. She is responsible for the shaping of the overall Disney-Hyperion YA list and the creation of new IP, as well as her own list of YA and middle grade books. Her list includes the Beta series by Rachel Cohn, The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken, and the At Somerton series by Leila Rasheed among many others. She began her career at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, where over the course of her ten years there she developed and acquired best-selling books and series such as the Hush, Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick; the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han; and the Private series and its spin-off, the Privilege series, both by Kate Brian.
Rotem Moscovich is a Senior Editor at Disney-Hyperion working primarily with picturebooks (Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett/Adam Rex, The Watermelon Seed by debut Greg Pizzoli in May 2013) and middle grade novels. She loves picturebooks with clever characters and inspired/ing art, as well as ones that are deceptively simple. For middle grade novels she looks for transporting writing with creative use of language and characters with inherent motivation and earned agency. Rotem received her masters from Simmons College, Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and loves to sew, knit, bake, and watch The West Wing.