Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Sat. Jan 15: “Ask the Editor” with Karen Chaplin of Quill Tree Books

Date(s) - 01/15/2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am

San Francisco North and East Bay Region



A conversation with Executive Editor Karen Chaplin

of Quill Tree Books


Moderated by
Jennifer Lynn Alvarez and Natasha Yim


Saturday, January 15, 2022
10-11:30 a.m. PST

$10 member / $15 non-member


This event will be recorded.
A re-play will be available to all registrants for two weeks after the event.
If you’d like to submit questions for Karen in advance, email Natasha Yim.


Let’s Talk Acquisitions, Editing, Voice, Deadlines!
Executive Editor Karen Chaplin will introduce a new imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books, talk all things editing, answer questions, and accept un-agented submissions for a limited time from registered attendees. In conversation with her middle grade author Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, and moderated by Natasha Yim.


Meet Karen Chaplin

 Karen Chaplin acquires picture books and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction as well as graphic novels. She has worked with New York Times bestselling writers Michael Chabon (Awesome Man: The Mystery Intruder), Tim Green, Amy Ewing, Steve Brusatte (The Age of Dinosaurs), Kate Anderson Brower (Inside the White House), and Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition and picture book); PW Flying Start Paul Mosier; two-time Edgar Award finalist and critically acclaimed Lamar Giles; Caela Carter (ALA Notable and Charlotte Huck Honor Forever, or a Long, Long Time); Kathleen Krull; Megan Hoyt, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (The Guardian Herd series and the Riders of the Realm series); and Rebecca Ross, among many others. She has also worked with illustrators such as Laura Freeman (CSK Illustrator Honor Hidden Figures picture book), Iacopo Bruno (Bartali’s Bicycle), Aura Lewis, and Maurizio Quarello.

Karen loves working with debut authors and is always looking for manuscripts that highlight personal journeys and explore finding one’s voice and place in the world. She is committed to publishing thought-provoking and heart-warming stories that celebrate all voices and experiences.

Launched in fall 2020 with the motto “Many branches, Many voices,” Quill Tree focuses on publishing authors with a strong point of view, as well as those who are often underrepresented. The imprint publishes books for children and teens at the corner where literary quality and commercial sensibility meet.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Register soon. Space is limited.

*This event is non-refundable.

Registration closes on January 13, 2022, at 4 p.m.