Prize Donor Feature: Charlotte Wenger, Spring Fling Kidlit 2020

Hi Spring Fling Kidlit Hopefuls,

We have our second generous prize donor in our Prize Donor Feature Series. She is an amazing person who has helped make so many dreams come true from the editor side and is now amplifying it by becoming an agent. The lovely, the kind…

🎉Charlotte Wenger!🎉

head shot image of Charlotte Wenger

Charlotte is donating a winner’s choice prize of a picture book manuscript or dummy critique or first 5 pages of young adult critique, or a query critique.

To get to know Charlotte a little more, we asked her some Spring Fling questions:

  • What is your favorite thing about spring? 

Charlotte: The daffodils

  • Can you tell us a bit about your clients’ book(s)? 

Charlotte: Several of my clients have books that have come out in the last few years or will be coming out this year!

For informational fuel for curious minds: NADIA: THE GIRL WHO COULDN’T SIT STILL, AN EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY MOTH, and SERENA: THE LITTLEST SISTER by Karlin Gray 

For catching a creative spark: KHALIDA AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SONG by Amanda Moeckel

book cover girl playing piano

For female and kid empowerment: HER FEARLESS RUN: KATHRINE SWITZER’S HISTORIC BOSTON MARATHON and NOTHING WEE ABOUT ME by Kim Chaffee

For exploring one’s identity: MY SHAPE IS SAM by Amanda Jackson

My Shape is Sam book Cover

For cat lovers: BLUE CAT by Charlie Eve Ryan

blue cat

For a global refugee story: WHEREVER I GO (forthcoming April 2020) by Mary Wagley Copp

Family of three walking

For stories that tug on your heartstrings: BESS THE BARN STANDS STRONG and ARTHUR WANTS A BALLOON (both forthcoming Sept./Oct. 2020) by Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia

Charlotte’s Bio

Although her parents didn’t intentionally name me after Charlotte A. Cavatica, as a child, she imagined that her white semicircle headboard transformed into a spider’s web at night. From a young age, she was aware of the impact of words and a well-crafted story. Now she’s delighted to work with clients to weave book webs that leave their mark on readers.

She honed my love of stories by getting a BA in English and theatre from Eastern Mennonite University. After graduating, she worked as a project manager and editor for Scribe, a Philadelphia-based publishing services company, for three years. To follow her passion for books and children, she moved to Boston to earn a master’s in Children’s Literature from Simmons College (now University). She interned at Charlesbridge (editorial) and Candlewick (sales), and after grad school, she interned with literary agent Rubin Pfeffer for a year. Prior to joining Prospect Agency, she was an associate editor for just over two years with Page Street Kids, where she acquired and edited more than twenty picture books and grew relationships with authors, illustrators, agents, and other editors.

As an agent, she enjoys the editorial work and the relationship building; so she loves attending conferences and leading workshops. She’s mentored Simmons MFA students and also serve on the national advisory board of the Mazza Museum, the world’s largest collection of original children’s book art, in Findlay, Ohio.

She’s interested in working with authors and illustrators of children’s books—board books through YA, but especially picture books—as well as adult nonfiction, particularly biographies and memoirs.

Agency Website: http://www.prospectagency.com/about.html

MSWL: https://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/charlotte-wenger/

Charlotte is one of the 18 wonderful prize donors for the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest 2020, make sure to follow Charlotte on social media, read her client’s books, and review them to show your support!

In the comments, tell us which of Charlotte’s clients’ books your excited to read or have already read.

And get gif-searching or creating!

Sincerely,

Kaitlyn and Ciara

PS. If you need more info on the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest, check here and make sure to share with all your writing friends!

17 thoughts on “Prize Donor Feature: Charlotte Wenger, Spring Fling Kidlit 2020

  1. Charlotte’s involved with so many amazing books! A few I’m most excited about are my @Perfect2020PBs friend Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia’s books–as a farm girl, BESS THE BARN STANDS STRONG makes me happy, and as a teacher and parent, ARTHUR WANTS A BALLOON is so, so important. And I’m really excited to share Mary Wagley Copp’s WHEREVER I GO with one of my high school teachers who is looking for a hopeful refugee story. Thanks so much for sharing, Kaitlyn!

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  2. A chance to read all is my first choice, but if I need to list only one, I’d say An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth. I love the covere and the title sounds intriguing.

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  3. So many wonderful books, and what a range! I already love My Shape Is Sam and am looking forward to reading Arthur Wants a Balloon, An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth, and Bess the Barn Stands Strong. I could just keep going and list them all!

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  4. Two books speak strongly to me. The synopsis for Wherever I Go brought back the story my mother often told when she fled from Germany at the time of WWII. Like the girl in Mary Wagley Copp’s story, my mother was also searching for her Forever Home and spoke of the strength and courage she needed to leave her country and begin again. The other book I’m quite interested in reading is Arthur Wants a Balloon. Although my father never experienced depression, the frustration he experienced in his 80’s with dementia could be compared to depression. For five years, I visited my dad, I read him the stories I love to write in hopes of bringing him sunshine. From reading the synopsis for Arthur Wants a Balloon, it seems that the main character’s determination to bring sunshine and hope to his father was a labor of love I can relate to.

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  5. Hi Kaitlyn, Thanks for being an active member of the kidlit community. My writing relates to several of the picture books that Charlotte has represented. As a reader, I love KATHRINE SWITZER’S HISTORIC BOSTON MARATHON since my ultrarunner husband ran Boston last year. Wonderful experience!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! I’m so happy to be involved and it’s wonderful to meet you. Sounds like we’re going to love your Spring Fling submission if your writing is similar to these titles, and wow, tell you husband I’m impressed–I was a long distance runner, but have never attempted a marathon. You must have a blast watching him and cheering him on! So glad you like that book and can’t wait to read your Spring Fling Entry!

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