Advance Mentoring

Interested in working with a Mentor at the conference?


How it works:
1. Read the information below.
2. If you decide you would like to have one of our mentors work with you, contact them using their contact information. 
3. You will receive a 30-minute consultation with your mentor during the Kidz Lit Conference.

What you need to do:
1. Make sure you have signed up for Kidz Lit.
2. Following the instructions of your mentor, send a check to them for $40, and your work (according to their instructions).
3. Find your mentor at Kidz Lit to find out what time your 30-minute session has been scheduled.

Our 2020 Mentors (Check back. This list is growing!):

Sally Apokedak: Children’s fiction (for ages 0 to 18) any genre or children's nonfiction (for ages 0 to 18). Send first ten pages plus synopsis to [email protected]
Sally has been studying, reviewing, and marketing children’s books, as well as giving writing instruction for almost 20 years. She represents several award-winning and/or best-selling authors, including Hannah C. Hall, Taryn Souders, and Joyce Magnin. She is most interested in middle grade and young adult novels for the general market.
Tessa Emily Hall: YA fiction. Send first ten pages plus synopsis to [email protected]
Tessa is an award-winning author who writes inspirational yet authentic books to show teens they’re not alone. Her first teen devotional, COFFEE SHOP DEVOS, released with Bethany House September 2018. Tessa’s passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as an Associate Agent for Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of She’s guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, decorating art journals, and acting in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website:
Taryn Souders: Children’s PB and Middle Grade novels. Picture Books: send full manuscript. Middle Grade Novels: send first ten pages (you may include a synopsis as part of the ten pages if you like) to [email protected]

Taryn has written both picture books and middle-grade novels. Dead Possums Are Fair Game and How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer were both Crystal Kite Finalists. Her books have taken part in Battle of the Books, have also been listed on the Georgia Children’s Book Award list, and the Sunshine State Young Readers Award list. Her fourth middle grade novel, a mystery titled, Remains to be Seen, releases Spring 2020. Taryn is a member of both SCBWI and Word Weavers, International, and is represented by Sally Apokedak of the Apokedak Literary Agency. She currently lives in Sorrento, Florida with her husband, David, their three children, and two cats—an overly fuzzy Ragdoll named Mordecai, and a polydactyl Hemingway named Sebastian—who sleep on the sofa all day (the cats, not her husband or children). She serves as the executive assistant to Eva Marie Everson at Word Weavers, International. Her website is