Cindy Callaghan, Ashley Belote, Cathy Teets, Dee Romito, Tamara Girardi
is the illustrator of FRANKENSLIME and VALENSLIME (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, 2021). She is the author-illustrator of THE ME TREE and A PARTRIDGE IN THE WE TREE (Penguin Workshop, 2021/2022), and LISTEN UP, LOUELLA (Feiwel & Friends, 2022). Ashley is represented by Moe Ferrara of BookEnds Literary Agency. To learn more about her, please visit: AshleyBelote.com
Delawarian Cindy Callaghan
is the award-winning author of eleven MG novels including JUST ADD MAGIC which was developed into an Emmy-nominated Amazon Original series. Her award-winning book SALTWATER SECRETS is set up by a major studio and she’s engaged in several shopping agreements with production companies. Her most recent releases THE GIRL WHO RUINED CHRISTMAS and MY BIG HEART-SHAPED FAIL, (September 2022), are actively being shopped to producers, networks and streamers along with Cindy’s robust portfolio of original IP.
writes books for children and teens. Her debut young adult novel, Gridiron Girl, tells the story of Julia Medina who quits the volleyball team to compete against her boyfriend for the starting quarterback position. Three additional sports novels in the Iron Valley Vikings series followed in 2022. Above the Foldis the first book in Tamara’s second series, all about teens exploring their dreams and their true selves through exhibits at a popular, mardi-gras-esque hotspot called Carnivalesque. Above the Fold released in January of 2023, and its sequel, Behind the Mask followed in February, both from Wise Wolf Books. Tamara’s debut board book, Why, Daddy? Why? was named an Editor’s Pick by Amazon. Also an academic, Tamara is a college English professor. She lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and four adorably rambunctious children.
is an author of fiction and nonfiction books for young readers from picture books to middle grade. (She likes variety!) Her books have received a starred review from Booklist, a Crystal Kite Award, and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. You can visit her website at deeromito.com
President of Headline Books, Inc., has been publishing books since 1985. Her company's first title, Killing Waters: The Great West Virginia Flood of 1985, was named a Best seller by USA Today and sold over 100,000 copies. Headline Books
is the 2020 Independent Publisher of the Year and was named 2014 Outstanding Independent Publisher of the year by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Headline Books has over 500 titles in print and won 898 National Awards and that include, Mom’s Choice Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Creative Child Magazine Awards, Eric Hoffer Awards, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year, and others. Cathy is also the Founder of Zoom Into Books
, an international video marketing program that reaches over 380,000 people around the globe per month. Hosting award-winning and New York Times Best Selling Authors, Actors, Musicians (including the lead singers from The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Platters and The Drifters), Scientists and a series of writing and marketing workshops put together in YouTube video playlists and markets them to libraries, book clubs, schools, homeschools, waiting areas, and more. YouTubeChannel
)Zoom Into Books allows us to take the authors and their books directly to the customers and the program continues to grow daily. Cathy's new endeavor is Headline Design and Marketing, a professional design company that takes a raw manuscript to a finished book and includes a one year marketing program with a top notch PR firm.
Writing for Children, Selling to Parents Panel
Marketing children’s books can be a tricky feat. Join this panel of award-winning and bestselling authors, illustrators, and editors to get advice on how to better get your books into the hands of your readers.