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October 4th, 2014 - Saturday 

Mailing address for checks, critiques first pages and picture book dummies is;

SCBWI - Francesca Rusackas                  4195 Chino Hills Pkwy, #381                 Chino Hills, Ca 91709

Francesca Rusackas -   Regional Advisor  

Q. L. Pearce -                   Assistant Regional Advisor

Priscilla Burris -                National Illustrator Coordinator          

 For membership or chapter information visit: click on California - SoCal Orange County

Agent Bios:

Christa Heschke, McIntosh and Otis.  Christa has been at McIntosh and Otis, Inc. in the Children's Literature Department since 2009 where she is actively looking for picture books, middle grade and young adult projects. A fan of young adult novels with a romantic angle, and strong, quirky protagonists. Interested in contemporary fiction, horror and thrillers/mysteries, steampunk and fantasy (urban and high), that pushes the boundaries of what’s currently on the shelves. As for middle grade, Christa enjoys contemporary (especially humorous), adventure, mystery, and magical realism for boys and girls. For picture books, she’s drawn to cute, character driven stories. She is open to considering new adult projects. 

Lori Kilkelly, Rodeen Literary Management; Lori joined RLM in 2010, a year after Paul Rodeen left Sterling Lord Literistic to open his own agency in Chicago. After years spent insales and advertising, she began as an intern and reader, quickly rising the ranks to assistant, during which time she managed submissions, helped handle client and editorial correspondence and identified new client potential. In 2011 she began directing RLM's social media, creating an active Facebook page and Twitter handle,among other endeavors. In 2012, at the encouragement of Paul and editor Connie Hsu, then with Little, Brown, Lori began representing her own clients. Lori is looking for gifted artists who write their own stories, and writers who cross age-range, particularly if they write picture books texts. She prefers fiction to non-fiction and loves to be surprised by a story with an unexpected ending that somehow makes perfect sense. She's as likely to be moved by a hilarious picture book as a Scifi YA. She is most likely to bring on a client who is exceedingly serious about the business of writing but doesn't take themselves too seriously, someone who values craft, writes consistently and considers writing their life's work.                      

Sean McCarthy,                   McCarthy Literary. Sean is drawn to flawed, multifaceted characters with devastatingly concise writing in YA, and boy-friendly mysteries or adventures in MG. In picture books, he looks more for unforgettable characters, off-beat humor, and especially clever endings. He is not currently interested in high fantasy, message-driven stories, or query letters that pose too many questions.

Charlie Olsen started his publishing career at InkWell Literary in 2007. He is interested in fiction, children’s books, graphic novels and illustrated works, and compelling narrative non-fiction.  He works with award-winning graphic novelists, including New York Times bestseller Matt Kindt, New York Times bestseller Jeff Lemire, and Cartoonist’s Studio Prize-winner Noelle Stevenson; distinguished children’s book authors including New York Times bestseller Andrea Cremer, Amy Ewing, ZoŽ Ferraris, and Gus Gordon; and also represents non-fiction—both illustrated and traditional prose—like Whisk(e)y Distilled by Heather Greene (Viking, 2014); a book about the seven would-be assassins of Queen Victoria called Shooting Victoria by Paul Thomas Murphy (Pegasus,2012); and The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination by Dan Mishkin, Ernie Cůlon, and Jerzy Drozd (Abrams, 2014).

Susanne Cruise,                              Cruise Creative Licensing            Suzanne  founded her company, Suzanne Cruise Creative Services, Inc., in 1990. A well-established veteran of the design industry, Cruise has directed her company to be one of the top licensing agencies in the country, featuring many highly acclaimed artists.  Cruise has built her flourishing business based on a thorough understanding of the creative process, the marketplace, design trends and clients’ needs. 





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Cal State University, Fullerton 
Titan Theatre - Titan Student Union Building
800 N. State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831

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Francesca Rusackas 
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators 

             2014 SCBWI OC Agent's Day 

                 Cal State University Fullerton

                          October 4th, 2014


4 Literary Agents, 1 Licensing Agent, 2 Spotlight Authors
Registration Time: 9:00am – 9:30am  

Program Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Location: Titan Theater, California State University Fullerton (located inside the Titan Student Union)

 800 North State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92831-3599 (Titan Student Union Building – Titan Theater)    

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators SoCal/OC, is pleased to offer you a spectacular program filled with opportunities to connect with outstanding literary and artist agents.

Opportunities include: Agent presentations, Critiques, Agent Picks, Pitch Sessions, First Pages Panels, Art Reviews and much more. 

Following Agent's Day our attendees will have the opportunity to submit one manuscript for consideration to each agent. This conference is open to published and unpublished authors and illustrators. Come out and join us.Give your career the boost that it deserves!  

Guest Speakers:

Christa Heschke, McIntosh and Otis, Inc.  

Lori Kilkelly, Rodeen Literary Management

Sean McCarthy, McCarthy Literary

Charlie Olsen, InkWell Literary

Suzanne Cruise, Licensing Agent and President of Cruise Creative Licensing - Words and Images 

Marianne D. Wallace - Author

Marcie Wessels - Author/Illustrator

Event Opportunites:

Lunch With A Guest Speaker
At least fifty winners of a random drawing will be seated at a speaker’s table for lunch! Make sure to note your main area of interest on the registration form. The lunch list will be posted at the event. All other attendees are invited to lunch at a table with one another or with the many published authors or illustrators who will be attending.

First Pages: Free to Attendees                                    Does your first page work? Will it get attention? Send along three copies of the opening page of your manuscript for our First Pages Panel. Prepare the page as you would for submission. First Pages will be picked randomly, read out loud and critiqued by our panel of agents. Mail 3 copies of your first page by September 29th, 2014. First pages must be double-spaced, 12 point font and include the name that you registered with. One submission per attendee. 

Licensing Opportunity: Free to Attendees                You will have the opportunity to bring your art or text that is best suited for licensing to this roundtable open review. Susanne Cruise from Cruise Creative Licensing will review art or text in this group setting and make comments. Guidelines will be sent upon registration. Questions contact: Priscilla Burris -

Pre-Conference Opportunity: Free to Attendees               Friday Night Illustrator’s Art Exhibit             Join us for a pre-conference art exhibit. Friday, October 3rd, 2014. On Friday night you will have the opportunity to display your best piece of children’s art for our Agents to see at the Illustrator’s Art Exhibit. This free event is open to attendees only. You must pre-register if you intend to attend and display your work. Details will be emailed to you. Questions contact: Priscilla Burris -  

Art Exhibit Location: Cal State University - Fullerton - Visual Arts Building
5:00pm – 5:30pm: Exhibit Set up Time

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Exhibit Time


Agent’s Day Fees & Mailing Address. 

       SCBWI Member Event & Lunch $ 115.00   

  (Non-members add $10 to the Event fee only)


Print off registration confirmation and mail it along with any checks, manuscripts, dummy, first pages to;
SCBWI Francesca Rusackas
4195 Chino Hills Pkwy, #381
Chino Hills, Ca. 91709

If you would like to apply on-line for SCBWI membership and save by registering as a member please visit:

For a refund please email by 9/5/14   No refunds for program changes. No refunds allowed if you have signed up for a critique or pitch spot. No refunds after 9/5/14. Returned check fee is $25.00.

Click the Link below to Register: (please note, you do not need a Paypal account to check out using Paypal. You will use our Paypal account to check out).