September 2023

How This Book Got Made

<p>Join us for a conversation between Margaret Chiu Greanias, literary agent Sean McCarthy, and Brooke McIntyre to talk about how Margaret's latest book <i>How This Book Got Red </i>was made. We'll talk about the book's journey from initial writing and revision, to submission and revision, and then acquisition through launch. You'll get both author and agent perspectives on the process, and we'll have time for your questions.</p>

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About Margaret Chiu Greanias & Sean McCarthy

Margaret Chiu Greanias is not a red panda, but when she was growing up she also did not see herself in many books. She is the author of the picture books Hooked on Books, Amah Faraway, and Maximillian Villainous. The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. Sean McCarthy began his publishing career as an editorial intern at Overlook Press and then moved over to the Sheldon Fogelman Agency. He worked as the submissions coordinator and permissions manager before becoming a full-time literary agent. Sean graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing, and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota. He is drawn to flawed, multifaceted characters with devastatingly concise writing in YA, and character-driven work or smartly paced mysteries/adventures in MG. In picture books, he looks more for unforgettable characters, off-beat humor, and especially clever endings. He is not currently interested in issue-driven stories or query letters that pose too many questions.