Kristina Sutton, Literary Agent (Focused Artists)
Kristina Sutton Lennon is a bilingual, Latiné, media executive and the CEO/Co-Founder of Focused Artists. As a Literary Manager for Focused Artists, she has facilitated book deals with publishers (including HarperCollins and National Geographic) for clients, pitched content to producers, studios and networks, and has projects in various stages of development with production companies. She prides herself on her diverse slate of content and has a proven track record in script development, book and talent scouting.
Prior to delving into producing and management, Kristina was an actor (SAG-AFTRA) and educator, teaching acting and improv at the college level. She previously served as a film/tv agent and the Director of the Louisiana Division for a talent agency headquartered in Atlanta. Kristina recently served as the Director of Media Rights at Context Literary Agency. In 2022, Publishers Weekly named her a Star Watch Honoree. Kristina earned her MFA in Acting from Louisiana State University. She is a proud member of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers).
Kristina is also a Mom of two toddlers.
Literary Agent (Storm Literary)
Lisa Amstutz is an associate literary agent with Storm Literary Agency and the author of more than 150 children's books. Her background includes a B.A. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Science. Lisa has been writing professionally since 2005. She also spent eight years as a freelance editor, working with individual authors and several publishing companies. Lisa previously served as Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI: Ohio North and as a volunteer judge for Rate Your Story.
Literary Agent (C.Y.L.E. Agency)
Bethany Jett is an associate literary agent with the C.Y.L.E. agency, as well as a multi-award-winning author, and a marketing strategist who earned top honors in her master’s program, where she earned her MFA in Communications focusing on Marketing and PR. Her motto is “Teach as you go,” which she lives out as the co-owner of Serious Writer, a company that teaches and empowers writers and authors. Bethany is married to her college sweetheart, and together they’re raising 3 teen/tween sons and their Pomeranian Sadie. Connect with her at BethanyJett.com.
(Virtual, PB critiques)
Elisa Houot, Literary Agent (Seymour Agency)
Elisa Houot is a literary agent at The Seymour Agency and author. Enthusiastic about discovering new voices, Elisa has reviewed novels for an online magazine for five years. She lives in France with her adorable and barking companion, Muffin.
She has a BA in English Literature and language and a MA in publishing. Reader, reviewer, book blogger, short story writer, published author, foreign rights agent, literary agent, Elisa has had many roles in the publishing industry, but one of her favorite parts of her job is editing, helping an author bring out the full potential of their story.
Jackie Kruzie Author/Librarian/
Olswanger Agency Intern
Jackie Kruzie is an author, literacy advocate, and educational program creator who has worn many hats in the book world. She holds a Master of Library Science and has worked in both public and school libraries developing and presenting literacy programs to young readers.
She is the creator of the P.A.S.S. Approach, an innovative program to aid librarians in assisting patrons who rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices. Her program is featured in Assisting Patrons with Disabilities distributed through the American Library Association, and was highlighted in Library Magazine.
Her debut graphic novel, The Lousy Layup, is set to release Fall 2023 through Capstone Publishing.
When her nose isn’t stuck in a book, Jackie enjoys ranch life with her husband where they raise a mess of kids, cows, horses, goats, sheep, and a cacophony of roosters and chickens. She is living the life she loves surrounded by her favorite things; books, kids, and furry animals.
Learn more about Jackie’s book and the P.A.S.S. Approach on her website at jackiekruzie.com
Organizer and Host
Rosie J. Pova, Children's Author & Writing Coach
Rosie J. Pova is a marginalized, multi-published, and award-winning children's author, poet, writing coach, and school presenter. Her picture book, Sunday Rain, was featured in The New York Times and recommended by Parents magazine. Her latest picture book, The School of Failure: A Story About Success is now available in both China and the USA, and has gotten rave reviews from educators, parents, and book reviewers. Some of her other titles include: If I Weren’t with You, Sarah’s Song, and a middle grade novel, Hailey Queen: Pranking Makes Perfect.
Rosie’s popular coaching and mentorship programs have helped many aspiring children’s authors advance their careers and reach their publishing goals.
Originally from Bulgaria, Rosie now lives in Texas with her family. Find out more about Rosie and her work at www.rosiejpova.com
Rosie J. Pova is a multi-published, award-winning children's author and kidlit Writing Coach. She's the creator of *Picture Book Mastery System* that helps children's writers advance their career and get closer to their publishing goals through her 10-week online course and her 6-week mentorship program.
Rosie's picture book, Sunday Rain, was featured in The New York Times and recommended by Parents magazine. Her latest picture book, The School of Failure: A Story About Success is now available in both China and the USA, and has gotten rave reviews from educators, parents, and book reviewers.
Rosie also loves to visit schools and her interactive workshops empower students to unleash their creativity and grow in confidence through reading, writing, and creating. Teachers and librarians love Rosie for her bubbly, upbeat personality which captures students' attention, encourages them to think creatively, and motivates them to pursue big dreams.
She has been featured on TV, radio, podcasts, and print media, and also speaks on women's and moms’ topics, sharing her journey from a Bulgarian immigrant to a published author.
Find out more about Rosie's books, online courses, mentorships, and her work by visiting her website: RosieJPova.com
Jackie Kruzie is a picture book author, editor, and librarian. She worked in both public and school libraries before transitioning to publishing where she edited STEM picture books and short chapter books for early readers.
In addition to writing pictures books, she is a contributing author to a sensitivity and inclusivity training textbook for librarians assisting patrons who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices (American Library Association). As a parent of a child who uses AAC this project is near and dear to her heart.
Jackie lives on farm in Texas with her husband where they raise children, cattle, goats, sheep, horses, rabbits, and a cacophony of chickens.