Meet some of the Move Books Team
Editor and Publisher Eileen Robinson began her editorial career at Scholastic Publishing and also worked at Harcourt. She began in educational publishing, helping children learn to read, moved on to the school and library market and there as an executive editor, worked with librarians while collaborating with those in magazines and trade publishing, book fairs and book clubs. Later, she became an editorial consultant, creating F1rst Pages, critiquing writer’s work, and becoming part of a joint venture, Kid’s Book Revisions, giving workshops at national and regional conferences.
Editor Jennifer Rees got her start in children’s books working as a children’s bookseller in Ohio. She loved children’s books so much that she moved to New York, where she was an editor at Scholastic Press for 13 years. There, she worked with such authors as Suzanne Collins, Jordan Sonnenblick, Rachel Vail, Tamora Pierce, Craig Hatkoff, Sarah Darer Littman, and Coleen Murtagh Paratore, among others. Jennifer lives in New Jersey, with her husband and three children, and works as a freelance editor.
Aquisition and Strategy Consultant Harold Underdown has worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge and has experience in both trade and educational publishing. He edits picture books, novels, and nonfiction. Harold is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He founded and runs “The Purple Crayon,” a respected web site with information about the children’s publishing world at www.underdown.org. He gives workshops at conferences, including the Highlights Foundation’s Chautauqua Retreat, SCBWI’s national conferences, and regional conferences all over the country. And he hosted the first retreat for a critique group recharge at Highlights with Eileen Robinson in 2012, with guests Cheryl Klein, Scholastic Executive Editor, and Sandy Asher, author of Writing it Right!
Graphic artist Virginia Pope has been designing books for over twenty years. Throughout her freelance career, she has worked for various imprints of Simon and Schuster; Stewart, Tabori, and Chang; Abbeville Press; and, most recently, Marshall Cavendish and Amazon. The latter work has been for younger readers, from picture books and early readers to independent readers’ non-fiction chapter books and young adult novels. She also runs a small design firm creating logos, annual reports, and advertisements for local clients. She resides in New York’s Lower Hudson River Valley with her family.
Joe Sita is a print Production and Manufacturing professional with extensive experience prepress, print, and manufacturing sourcing for over 30 years, scanning the entire production and manufacturing aspect of print and paper. With experience ranging from large, medium, as well as small and emerging publishers, Joe has built a solid reputation among vendors servicing the industry; both in the US and offshore. Mr. Sita began his career with St. Martin’s Press, a trade publisher, and has also been associated with widely known Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Harcourt, and Reed Elsevier.
Olivia Taylor is founder of OTBFilmReel, Olivia got her start in front of the camera through her involvement in community theater and as a cast member of a pilot PBS production featuring Walter (Famous) Amos. However, she found her passion for photography and film production while shooting a music video for a local band, Max Justus, and later, working on independent films shot on location in Maine and in Italy. Olivia has recently added special effects promotional trailers to her portfolio. She lives in Los Angeles, California.