What's New @RQLA

What's New @RQLA


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Colleen Paeff

Colleen Paeff

Colleen Paeff is the author of The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem (illustrated by Nancy Carpenter) and Rainbow Truck, co-authored with Hina Abidi. As a child, she made up stories to entertain herself on long car rides or to impress her friends at recess. Nowadays, she writes those stories down. Sometimes they’re made from her imagination, and sometimes they’re true stories about real people or places, but they almost always start with a wonder.... read more

Shay Fan

Shay Fan is a Taiwanese American children’s book author and emerging screenwriter who got her start writing fanfiction in the fourth grade for The Magic School Bus and The Babysitters Club. When Shay isn’t writing, reading, doodling, or watching TV voraciously she enjoys snowboarding, running, hiking, and many other gerunds. Her recent favorite gerund of all is sleeping. Shay is repped by Kortney Price.... read more

Jessica Owens

Before Jessica Owens was two, her dad had to nail the bookshelf to the wall because he couldn’t keep her off of it. And while she mostly can reach the top shelf without climbing it these days, her appetite for a good story hasn’t let up. She holds a degree in English Literature from Purdue University, and has spent many years volunteering at her local school library. She writes YA and Middle Grade. Jessica is repped by Lori Steel. .... read more

Dana Rau

Dana Rau

After earning her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2015, Dana has taught writing and literature at the University of Hartford, the Highlights Foundation, and the Mark Twain House. When she’s not writing or teaching, she rides roller coasters, watches movies, plays Catan, knits too many scarfs, hikes with her husband, puts together jigsaw puzzles, and collects Funko Pops. Dana is represented by Jacqui Lipton.... read more

Bill Canterbury

Bill Canterbury

Bill Canterbury has been writing for kids ever since he was seven. His “Today’s Weather Now!!!” daily handout for his classmates always forecast earthquakes and asteroids, none of which ever happened. Bill has written and produced over one hundred hours of animated and live-action comedy television shows for both kids and adults. He holds an A.B. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University... read more

Natasha Khan

Natasha Khan is a Pakistani expat mom raising two boys with her husband in Saudi Arabia. She spends an inexcusable amount of time window shopping for books on the internet and playing the New York Times Spelling Bee. She is passionate about her country, her people, and her food... read more

Thushanthi Ponweera

Thushanthi Ponweera is a children’s author and poet. She lives in Sri Lanka where she grew up reading and falling in love with stories about children in foreign countries. She hopes that someday readers will fall in love with stories about children in Sri Lanka... read more

Nydia Armendia-Sánchez

Nydia Armendia-Sánchez

Nydia Armendia-Sánchez is a California-based picture book author. Of Guatemalan and Basque roots, she highlights diversity in all her creative endeavors... read more

Melissa Mwai

Melissa Mwai

Melissa H. Mwai is a picture book Author-Illustrator. Her middle initial stands for Hernández, representing her Afro-Puerto Rican heritage. Melissa wants underrepresented kids see themselves in her stories... read more

Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan is a children’s author, educator, and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. Her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, won the inaugural Harriss Poetry Prize... read more

Deborah Diner

Deborah Diner

Deborah Diner has always loved books and words, and wanted to be a writer even before she could read. Some of her earliest memories are of dictating stories to her mother, who typed them up and bound them into her first published books..... read more

Leslie Widener

Leslie Stall Widener

Leslie Stall Widener, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, grew up in Tulsa and was a regular at her neighborhood library and the summertime bookmobile, although she had a problem with the limited number of books she was allowed to take home.... read more

Stephanie Gibeault

Stephanie Gibeault

Stephanie Gibeault took many detours on her way to writing middle grade and picture books. Her first career as a biologist had her swarmed by marmoset monkeys and grumbled at by gorillas.... read more

Bookish Buzz

No Vacancy Shortlisted for Novel Award

9/14/2021: Huge congrats to Tziporah Cohen, whose novel No Vacancy was just shortlisted for this amazing CCBC Jean Little First Novel Award!

Cover Reveal for Coming of Age: 13 B’Nai Mitzvah Stories

9/10/2021: RQ client Laura Shovan has a story coming out next year in this incredible anthology of Jewish stories. It’s a collection of Bar and Bat Mitzvah tales geared to a middle grade audience published by Albert Whitman.

Just released: Hoops and Hopes by Monica Roe!

9/3/2021: Jake Maddox, AKA Raven Quill's own Monica Roe, has an awesome new book out. Congrats!

One of Bank Street's Best Books!

8/31/2021: Tziporah Cohen's NO VACANCY also made the list of Bank Street's Best Books. Congrats!

One of Bank Street's Best Books!

8/30/2021: Congratulations to Monica Roe! The RURAL VOICES anthology she contributed to has been named as one of Bank Street's Best Books in the 14+ category.

Second book in Soraya series released!

8/19/2021: Congratulations to Salima Alikahn on the release of the second book in her SORAYA series, Soraya and the Dragon!

New picture book by Art Coulson

8/19/2021: Congratulations to RQ client Art Coulson on the release of his adorable picture book, Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi! This sweet story celebrates math, diversity, and the power of storytelling.

Lyn Miller-Lachmann contributing to the SHE PERSISTED series

8/13/2021: We are so excited for Lyn Miller-Lachmann! Penguin Kids is expanding the SHE PERSISTED universe with another picture book and even more chapter books in 2022! SHE PERSISTED IN SCIENCE and ten more chapter books about inspiring women are coming next year. Check out the April release!

Laura Shovan's Takedown featured on SCBWI blog

8/12/2021: Laura chatted with Lee Wind about her habit of doodling a mock book cover when she's working on a project. So fun!

Wilderness Ridge Series Published

8/01/2021: Congratulations to RQ clients Art Coulson and Monica Roe on the publication of Wilderness Ridge, a new chapter book series where authentic hunting and fishing stories are brought to life.

Poem by Mary E. Cronin Published

7/25/2021: Congratulations to RQ client Mary E. Cronin on the publication of her poem "Arts Poetica, Bronx" in the New York Times!


Title: AIR
Editor: Wesley Adams
Work Author: Monica Roe
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux BYR
Art by: Oriol Vidal
Design by: Mallory Grigg
Revealed: Jul. 26, 2021
Publication: Winter 2022

An action-packed, empowering novel about a girl who has to speak up when her wheelchair motocross dreams get turned upside down. AIR is a smart, energetic middle grade debut from Monica Roe.

A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan Honored

7/23/2021: Congratulations to RQ client Laura Shovan on receiving the honor of "Highly Commended Books" by the South Asia Book Awards!

Marcie Rendon to speak at book review

7/13/2021: Don't miss Raven Quill client Marcie Rendon at the United Methodist Women Virtual Book Reviews on Saturday, July 31, from 10 AM to 12:00 PM ET. The discussion is open to all. For more information and to RSVP, contact Eloise Sykes: eksykes181@gmail.com.

C.M Surrisi featured in mystery writing handbook

7/12/2021: Don't miss the essential handbook about writing mystery featuring a piece by client C.M. Surrisi. Congrats on this inclusion, C.M.!

C.M Surrisi featured in mystery anthology

7/9/2021: Congrats to C.M. Surrisi on the inclusion of her story, "Know Nothing," in this thrilling collection!

NO VACANCY named a PJ Library Selection

7/6/2021: Tziporah Cohen's novel NO VACANCY has been named a PJ Library Selection for the month of July. Congratulations!

Find us!

Agent Kortney Price will be providing critiques for this online webinar series, held August 12 – September 13, for the East Pennsylvania SCBWI region.

Sept 11, 2021

Agent Lori Steel will be taking pitches, presenting, and giving a talk about the importance of place and setting at the Chesapeake Writing Workshop. 

Agent Kelly Dyksterhouse will be presenting and participating in first-page critiques for the SCWBI Carolinas Conference.

Agent Jacqui Lipton will participate in this panel discussion with Q&A to follow about how to query kid lit.

Agent Kortney Price will participate in this festival with Savvy Authors and will be taking pitches.

Agent Jacqui Lipton will be presenting a legal issues for authors workshop and taking pitches at this Maryland Writers’ Association annual conference.

Agent Jacqui Lipton will break down the nuts and bolts of a nonfiction proposal in this interactive workshop.

Nov 4-7, 2021

Agent Lori Steel will be faculty as Guest Agent at VCFA’s Alumni Mini Residency.

What's on our mind

Agents and clients talk shop across the web

Interview: Writing in Partnership with Others

Agent Jacqui Lipton's monthly Luna Station Quarterly column explores methods and strategies for writing with other people and organizations - as well as legal considerations to keep in mind. Whether you're co-authoring, writing for hire, or collaborating in another way, navigating partnerships can be a tricky but ultimately creatively rewarding experience!