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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

What the Professionals are Looking for in Children's Books at the Redwood City Public Library

Redwood City, CA - May 9, 2003 - Interested in pursuing your dream of publishing books for children? The Redwood City Friends of the Library and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators co-sponsor a free workshop for adults, "Ask an Agent, Ask an Editor", on Saturday, May 17, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library. The program is open to the public and does not require pre-registration.

The program features two publishing professionals, Andrea Brown, president of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc., and Summer Dawn Laurie, project editor for Tricycle Press, the children's publishing division of Ten Speed Press in Berkeley. Together they bring a wealth of experience in children's publishing and represent two points of view, that of a literary agent and a project editor. Each presenter in turn will address "What I'm Looking For in a Children's Book," followed by a question and answer period.

Behind every author is a literary agent, invisible to most readers, who guides an author through the publishing process from signing the contract to book promotion. Andrea Brown formed Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc., in 1981 and had been involved in publishing 1,000 different books including children's books in all categories, and is also active in adult fiction and non-fiction, film, and TV projects. Before forming her own agency she worked as an editor in New York at Alfred A. Knopf, Random House, and Dell Publishing. Summer Dawn Laurie discusses her experiences of the last three years as project editor at Tricycle Press which publishes children's books in many formats on a wide range of topics, including animals, family issues, arts and crafts, board books, picture books, and fiction for older children.

JoAnne Wetzel, Regional Adviser for the San Francisco South Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the School Readiness Specialist for the Redwood City Public Library, moderates the panel. She teaches a course at Cañada College on writing children's picture books and is the author of The Christmas Box, named to the Bank Street College of Education's Noteworthy Books for Children.

The Redwood City Public Library sponsors many free programs for children and adults, and helps our community to "understand the past, prepare for the future, and thrive in the present." For more information about library events and services you may access the library's home page at or call 650-780-7026.

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Celia LaRiviere
Resource Development Supervisor

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