Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Virtual Middle Grade Roundtables With Agents From Writers House

Date(s) - 02/18/2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Each agent will meet with three authors in a breakout room. Each author will be given 20 minutes to share a piece of work with their assigned agent. Each author will take turns and read their work for 5-7 minutes. They will then receive 5-7 minutes of raw feedback from the agent and it will be wrapped up with 5-7 minutes of followup questions and/or comments from fellow authors.

Work will need to be submitted by February 11th. Agents will not be editing the work, but it will be available for them to read along with you should they choose too. Once you have signed up, you will receive an email informing you of how to submit the first ten pages of your manuscript.

We will not be taking requests for agent assignments and all assignments will be decided at random on the day of the event.

Meet the Agents:

Stephen Barr is a senior literary agent at Writer House, where he started out as an intern in the winter of 2008 after graduating from UCLA with a degree in something.  He represents a broad stripe of authors across all genres, with a steady hankering for audacious YA, intricate picture books, mysteries that handcuff humor and tragedy to the same radiator, world-bending middle grade, fearless reportage, and really any literary or commercial fiction that tackles heavy themes with a light touch. He’s also the author of The Upside Down Hat, illustrated by Gracey Zhang, and the owner of a drum kit he built in his basement that he’s hoping his neighbors will somehow not notice. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, daughter, and books.




Alexandra Levick is a Senior Agent at Writers House, LLC. developing her picture book, middle grade, young adult, and adult lists. Previously within the agency, she worked as the Media Rights Manager overseeing film and tv, and with several different senior agents. Before moving to the agency side of the business, Alexandra worked as a bookseller and on the house side in publicity. Alexandra graduated from New York University with her Master of Science in Publishing: Digital and Print Media and from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts in English.


Lindsay Auld is an agent at Writers House. She has worked with a wide range of New York Times bestsellers, award-winners, and debut authors and illustrators. After graduating from Bowdoin College, she joined Teach for America and then began her publishing career at Harcourt Children’s Books. She represents picture books, middle grade and young adult books, and is particularly drawn to mysteries, fantasy, literary suspense, friendship stories, magical realism, adventure, and books with humor–light or dark or both.





Alec Shane majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man. Realizing that he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House Literary Agency, where he has been building his own list since 2012. While he’s not a fit for picture books, he’s always looking for great MG and YA mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, historical fiction, literary fiction, and books that skew more towards young male readers. He also loves MG and YA nonfiction, particularly humor, biography, history (particularly military and American history), pop science, and all things sports.

Twitter handle: @alecdshane


Rebecca Eskildsen is a junior agent at Writers House seeking middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction. She has been at Writers House since 2017, supporting Merrilee Heifetz with all client needs, and working closely with a range of authors including Neil Gaiman, the Estate of Octavia E. Butler, Alexandra Bracken, Melissa Marr, Amanda Panitch, and Allyson Dahlin, among many others. Prior to joining Writers House, Rebecca worked in foreign rights at JABberwocky Literary Agency, licensing translation rights for their entire list of clients.



This event is fully booked.