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NYC: Teen Takeover – Books: Behind the Scenes of YA Publishing

April 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Teen Takeover – Books: Behind the Scenes of YA Publishing

Join agent Jennifer Udden, author and editor Crystal Velasquez, and executive editor Tracey Keevan as they take you behind the scenes of publishing’s hottest genre. Teen and middle grade books have inspired some of today’s biggest media hits and franchises, including Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight, and The Fault in Our Stars. What’s so special about YA books that they continue to draw new readers (including many adults) and inspire so much mainstream media? Our guests will discuss the process of publishing a book, from writing through publication, and talk about some of the biggest challenges facing the genre, as well as the newest trends they see emerging in YA.


Date and Time: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 7:00 to 8:30pm
Location: A.R.T./New York – Spaces @ 520, The Bruce Mitchell Room, 520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018


More about our speakers:  

Tracey Keevan is an executive editor at Disney • Hyperion Books where she edits a range of children’s books, including picture books, early readers, graphic novels, middle grade and young adult fiction. She is thrilled to be working with a number of talented authors and illustrators including Tony DiTerlizzi, Charise Mericle Harper, Laurie Keller, Robin Mellom, Dan Santat, Laurie Faria Stolarz, and Mo Willems. Tracey has worked in children’s media for over twenty years as an editor, writer, and producer. She was previously a senior digital editor at Disney Publishing Worldwide and the former executive editor of Nick Jr. Magazine. She has also worked at Workman Publishing and The New York Daily News. Tracey is a Daytime Emmy-nominated writer whose children’s fiction has been featured on Nickelodeon television as well as in books and magazines.



Jennifer Udden is an agent with the Barry Goldblatt Agency, where she represents fiction authors, specializing in science fiction and fantasy, urban fantasy, mysteries, romance, and speculative young adult literature. She was born in Houston, TX, and spent many of her formative years hiding books under tables while she was meant to be paying attention to something else. She has a BA from Mount Holyoke College, and graduated in 2008 with a major in Politics, a minor in Chinese, and honors thesis work on anxiety in British detective fiction of the early 20th century. She has worked in fundraising for an off-Broadway theater company and joined the publishing industry in 2010 at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.  She is the co-host of the podcast Shipping & Handling ( with Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary, Inc. She blogs at and


Crystal Velasquez is the author of the Hunters of Chaos series; the Your Life, but… series; four of the Maya & Miguel books based on the television show, and a number of writer-for-hire projects. She holds a B.A. in creative writing from Penn State University and is a graduate of NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute. After serving as a production editor at Penguin Random House for the past fifteen years, she recently became an editor at Working Partners, Ltd., a book packager that focuses primarily on middle grade and YA fiction. She is also a freelance proofreader and copyeditor whose clients include the children’s books departments of Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins. She was born in the Bronx, NY, and lives in Flushing, Queens.




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April 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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