Ahhh! It’s here, it’s here! August 14 couldn’t come fast enough for us. Or maybe it came a little too fast… Either way, we’re off and running! We’ve had a fabulous day in the forum yesterday, with many a Ninja peeking in. Today, we have posts, forum events, vlogs, and live chats filling up nearly every hour of the day.
Hey, we told you to take a vacation day…
Up first: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, Kathleen Ortiz and Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary welcome you to WriteOnCon 2012 “Back2Basics!”
Kathleen Ortiz is the Director of Subsidiary Rights and an agent for New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. She sells audio, translation and digital rights for the agency, and has an intimate list of clients, including Jaime Reed (THE CAMBION CHRONICLES / KTeen), Sarah Fine (SANCTUM / Marshall Cavendish, Oct ’12 and FACTORY GHOST / McElderry Books, S&S, Winter ’14) who also writes as S.E. Fine (SCAN / Putnam for Young Readers, Fall ’13), and animator, Dan Haring (Blue Sky Studios, TANGLED). She is an active member of AAR.
Kathleen is interested in all genres of YA but is especially interested in a story set within another culture (think YA version of MEMOIR OF A GEISHA or BLOOD DIAMOND) or a psychological thriller. She is not interested in picture books, chapter books or younger middle grade stories.
When she’s not reading or selling rights, she’s usually found in her apartment, trying her best not to burn food while experimenting with client Bree’s list of delectable recipes (BakedBree.com). You can find her on Twitter @KOrtizzle, on her blog, kortizzle.blogspot.com or on Publisher’s Marketplace (http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/KathleenOrtiz/)
After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, she represents adult and children’s fiction. She is actively looking to build her list. In adult, she’s specifically looking for romance (historical and paranormal), and fantasy (urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy). In Childrens’ she loves YA (all subgenres) and is dying to find great Middle Grade projects (especially something akin to the recent movie SUPER 8). She’s an active member of AAR, RWA, and SCBWI.
She’s interested in strong characters and voice driven stories: she’s particularly keen on strong female protagonists, complex plot lines with underlying political, moral, or philosophical issues, and stories which break out of the typical tropes of their genre. Some of her favorite novels (that she doesn’t represent) are Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, Jellicoe Road and Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Jeaniene Frost’s Vampire Huntress series, Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series, and Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series.
She drinks too much diet orange soda, has a Starbucks problem (those soy chai lattes are addictive), and lives in New York with two dogs who know that chewing on shoes is okay but chewing on books is not.
Joanna Volpe has been a bookseller at Barnes & Noble, an editorial assistant with independent publisher Blue Martin Publications, an assistant and junior agent at FinePrint Literary Management and a full-time agent with Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation, all before starting her own company: New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. She has worked on a number of exciting projects, including Kody Keplinger’s The DUFF, Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow & Bone, Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, Sandy Williams’ Shadow Reader series, Susan Dennard’s Something Strange & Deadly and Sarah Frances Hardy’s picture book, Puzzled by Pink. For a full list of the New Leaf projects, go here. What she is most excited for right now is working with her amazing team at New Leaf. The company is off to a strong start, and they are looking to sign on more wonderful talent!