Chris Hernandez is setting out to prove his creative writing teacher wrong by seeking a publishing career, in addition to being an assistant editor with HarperCollins Children's and Harper Teen.
Chris was nice enough to come in place of Melissa Miller when she had to cancel her appearance at Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2013. He covers literary and commercial fiction for MG and YA, and is especially interested in books for boys. One series he's working on that you may be familiar with is Pittacus Lore's "I Am Number Four" series.
He's on the ECC (Early Career Committee) Board of the Children's Book Council, which is dedicated to literacy. He's a busy guy!
Chris is interested in pitches for the following genres within Middle Grade and Young Adult: Humor, Mystery, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Horror. He’s not interested in: Romance, Historical (realistic), or Picture Books, so do yourself a favor and don't pitch those to him. He seeks out well-crafted stories, with a genuine voice and original perspective.
This is our last piece on conference faculty, because conference officially starts today! We hope to see you there.