Nancy Sondel's Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop
16th Annual    September 28-30, 2018    Master Class to Masterpiece
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Bios & Kudos

In 2007, we welcome agent Andrea Cascardi, editor Julie Romeis, and author-educator Barbara Shoup.  For exclusive, in-depth interviews with these individuals on the first of every month, February through May, click here.

Andrea Cascardi, Agent
Julie Romeis, Editor
Barbara Shoup, Author
Andrea Cascardi, Agent
Transatlantic Literary Agency
Julie Romeis, Editor
Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Barbara Shoup, Author
Multiple-award winner

Children’s and Young Adult Books


Following twenty years as an editor and publisher of children’s and young adult books with Scholastic, Knopf, Crown/Random House, Hyperion and Houghton Mifflin, Andrea joined the USA office of Transatlantic Literary Agency, Inc. (founded 1993). The company represents 200 worldwide authors and illustrators. Andrea has edited award-winning authors and celebrities including Raffi, Julia Alvarez, and Karen Hesse. She has also written two books for parents.

Andrea’s comment: “There is a right book for the right child at the right age and when the child finds that right book, magic happens.”


  • B.A. degree in English, cum laude; College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, M.A.)
  • M.S. degree in Mass Communications; Boston University
  • Pace University: Taught children’s book publishing to Master’s Degree candidates.
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): Speaker
  • Vermont College MFA Program in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults: Speaker

bullet  “I have worked with Andrea Cascardi for 10 years. She was my editor at Hyperion, and is now my agent. Andrea is a very perceptive critic and always has very specific (and right-on) suggestions about how to improve a manuscript in finalizing it for submission to editors.” — Barbara Shoup, author of the multiple-award-winning young adult contemporary and historical novels Stranded in Harmony, Wish You Were Here, and Vermeer’s Daughter; and of the forthcoming teen novel Everything You Want.

bullet  “I love working with Andrea Cascardi. Before Andrea became my agent, she had been my first editor ten years earlier at Hyperion. She saw the potential in my first novel, Moose Tracks, and helped me revise to streamline the story. She also bought Riot, my second novel. At the time, I had a different agent. When Andrea, years later, decided to leave her executive editorial position for agenting, I was quick to sign up as one of her clients. She is a warm, generous, insightful person. Great qualities in anyone—editor or agent. I’m sure Andrea will get high scores with your workshop writers!” — Mary Casanova, author of 22 titles from picture books to young adult novels, many winning prestigious national awards (such as When Eagles Fall, a 2002 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book)

bullet  “Andrea Cascardi is knowledgeable about the publishing business. She’s funny and serious, and tells the truth. As an editor and publisher, she knew the why-tos and why-nots of book publishing. As an agent, she steers her clients to build the right project in the right format, and she gets it to the right publisher.” — John Grandits, author of Technically It’s Not My Fault and Blue Lipstick (Clarion)

bullet  “I have known Andrea Cascardi for 10 years. I first worked with her when she was the editor of a [children’s] book I wrote... Andrea is an excellent editor with a fine sense of how children perceive the world. When Andrea become an agent, I was thrilled to work with her in that capacity. She brings her editor’s eye to the business of agenting, and everything I write is improved by working with her.” — John Coy, author of the young adult novels Crackback and Rebound (both Scholastic)

“This is the only way there is
to get ‘know-how and experience.’
Write that book!” — Phyllis A. Whitney, 
author; cited in The Writer magazine

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