Meet the faculty of the 2021 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We’ve asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.
Kat Brzozowski, Senior Editor
Kat Brzozowski is a senior editor at Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (MCPG). She joined MCPG after seven years at Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin’s Press, where she acquired and edited fiction and non-fiction for teens and adults. Kat is passionate about young adult fiction with complicated characters (especially female characters), and is drawn above all to a strong voice, realistic dialogue, and a great hook. For sci-fi and fantasy, she prefers stories that are rooted in our world but with a twist (more “Minority Report” than Star Wars). She’s also looking for non-fiction for teens and young adults that expose readers to new worlds and new points of view as well as timeless middle grade novels and clever, funny picture books.
Senior Editor Kat Brzozowski
What attracted you to children’s books?
I love that reading a book when you’re young can totally change your life.
What’s the best part of your job?
Getting to work with so many interesting people and discover new voices.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
There’s never enough time to read all of the wonderful manuscripts I receive!
What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?
Always follow up with everyone!
Come see Kat Brzozowski at the 2021 Austin SCBWI conference, May 1-2, 2021.