Monday, April 26, 2010

Jamie Weiss Chilton

I'd like to personally express my appreciation to our Mystery Agent, Jamie Weiss Chilton, for her generosity in sharing her time and her expertise in judging our query contest. She's very busy over at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and this project required time above and beyond her normal schedule. I confident I speak for all of us when I say, thank you so much for taking the time to do this!

I asked Ms. Chilton to provide some biographical information, which I've added below. Take a moment and get to know her, find out what she's done, and what she's looking for. And be sure to read the masthead copy above before you leave.

Jamie Weiss Chilton represents children's books exclusively: teen novels, middle grade fiction, graphic novels, picture books, and narrative nonfiction. Her specific interests include contemporary literary fiction with intense emotional content (character-driven, not issue-driven plots); smart thrillers and mysteries; science fiction; surreal stories and magical realism; and sweet, funny, quirky picture books.

Jamie's career in children's books began in 1998, with an editorial internship at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, followed by positions as an Editorial Assistant and Assistant Editor at Bantam Delacorte Dell and Knopf & Crown Books for Young Readers, divisions of Random House Children's Books. After returning to her hometown of Los Angeles, Jamie pursued her love of children's books in a new arena, as Conference Manager and Golden Kite Award Director at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) before joining the Andrea Brown Agency in 2008.

Her recent sales include ORCHARDS, a YA novel in verse by Holly Thompson (Delacorte); FALL INTO ME, a debut YA by Jennifer Castle (Harper Collins)BAD FOR YOU, a graphic novel by co-creators Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham (Holt; JAMMY DANCE, a picture book by Rebecca Janni, to be illustrated by Tracy Dockray (FSG); and Tracey E. Fern's nonfiction picture book BARNUM'S BONES to be illustrated by Boris Kulikov (FSG)

Thanks again to Jamie Weiss Chilton for judging our contest.
Here are the winning entries!


A huge round of applause and sincere congratulations to our winners!
If you're not certain what you've won, or what you need to do next, email me at


  1. Wow, thank you so much, Ms. Chilton. As if judging the contest wasn't enough, you're offering your time to comment on all the queries? This goes way beyond the call of duty, and we really appreciate it.

  2. Thank you, Ms. Chilton, for providing us feedback on our queries. That was definitely more than I was expecting. It'll be great to get feedback from an agent's perspective, and I look forward to studying all your comments on each entry. Wow, what a great learning experience. :)

  3. Congrats to the winners! I didn't see the winners until I came back to check out Ms. Chilton's comments on some of the queries.

  4. Congrats to the winners, yay!!

    And thanks Ms Chilton. You rock!

  5. Thanks so much to both Ms. Chilton for judging the queries and Michael for hosting this contest!!!

  6. Congratulations to all the winners. This contest was filled with great story ideas and it was amazing to be a part of it.

    And thanks to Ms. Chilton for taking the time to judge AND leave comments for us. :)

    And thanks to Michael for hosting this - I hope there will be more contests in the future.

  7. Just echoing what was said above-congrats to the winners and a huge thank you to Ms. Chilton for her work in judging the contest!!

  8. Thanks Michael and Ms. Chilton for this opportunity. Thanks to those who critiqued my entry and congratulations to the winners!

  9. Congratulations to the winners and a huge thanks to Ms. Chilton and Michael. This was a great contest. I look forward to reading her feedback on queries. What a cool opportunity to get an agents perspective on such a wide range of story ideas and query styles.

  10. Congratulations to the winners!!! Thank you to both Jamie & Cornell for the time it took to run this contest. I really value the feedback I got and plan to head back to the revising table armed with it!

  11. I mean, thank you to Michael...not Cornell ; )

  12. Yay! Thanks so much, Michael and Ms. Chilton!

    Offering to comment on all the entries is extremely generous!

  13. A big Congrats t the winners!!

    Thank you, Michael and Ms. Chilton! :)


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