Chatting with Editor Emma Ledbetter

Registration is now closed and we’re in the home stretch for this year’s fall conference, On the Road to Sparkling Children’s Literature! Sooooooo Excited!

One of the best reasons to get excited about conference are the fantastic presentations by agents, editors and authors and, lucky us, we happen to be chatting today with one of our presenters!.

Emma Ledbetter, Associate Editor for Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will be presenting Lights, Camera, Picture Book!  Emma’s background includes internships at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Nickelodeon, and Nick Jr., and a B.A. in Art History from Yale University (with a focus on the art of Little Golden Books). Emma works on a variety of children’s books, with a particular passion for picture books of all stripes and voice-driven middle grade novels.
In her talk for picture book writers, she’ll explore how to work on your manuscript with the full vision of your final book in mind—from the technical details of a book’s format and layout, to pacing and the page turn, to thinking beyond your text to the art and design of the book—all important factors which contribute to the cinematic experience of reading a picture book and keeping young readers engaged from start to finish. Please bring a story that you’re working on and some extra paper with you, as well—if there’s time, we’ll work on “pacing out” your own book dummies.

And now, onto Emma!


First off, what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?

Iced_CoffeeGiant iced coffees.

And your favorite snack?

Frozen yogurt.

What was your favorite book as a child?

Picture book: A tie between The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith, and Hey Willy, See the Pyramids by Maira Kalman.

Novel: Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume.


And now, what’s your favorite book as an adult?

See above—they’ve held up. Plus All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee. (Plus a whole bunch of others! But I won’t bore you).

You could never bore us!  We could talk books all day long… If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now? 

I’d be working in creative development at Pixar. (For the record, Pixar, you can still call me up any time you want!)

edwardgoreyFor one day, time travel is a reality and you can visit any famous deceased author you want.  Who do you pick?

Edward Gorey.

Great choice!  What’s your favorite motivational quote?

“I am a former child, and I haven’t forgotten a thing.”

—Ursula Nordstrom

If you could sum up your best advice for new writers or illustrators in only four words, what would it be?

Read infinite good books.

Thanks Emma – can’t wait to see you at the conference!

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