Publishers Weekly covered the event. Here’s the most interesting tidbit: “Weissner asked the panel about what types of children’s and YA books are selling best, to which Necarsulmer responded, “That’s not a helpful question.” He elaborated by suggesting that writers don’t necessarily benefit from thinking about what specific kinds of books are selling at a given moment. A better question, he speculated, might be not “what” is selling, but “why.” For example, writers might want to think about why a phenomenon like the Twilight series holds such a powerful draw for readers.”
I think that’s great advice. Plus, if I were a guy I would love to be named Edward Necarsulmer IV because he sounds like a necromancer with a storied family history.
You can read more about the children’s agents’ panel here including a shout-out to our LJ friend gneri and his book Ghetto Cowboys.