Director of publicity
HarperCollins Children’s Books, New York
The list of authors Sun has worked with as a publicist and now as a publicity director is a veritable who’s who of leading stars of
children’s literature. Among them are Mac Barnett, Drew
Daywalt, Neil Gaiman, Kevin Henkes, Jon Klassen, Thanhha
Lai, Patricia McCormick, Patrick Ness, Lauren Oliver, and Sara
Pennypacker. She has been instrumental in building careers, as
well as furthering the legacies of such literary giants as Maurice
Sendak, Shel Silverstein, and Margaret Wise Brown.
Booki Vivat, a former colleague and now the author-illus-trator of Frazzled, says that Sun had a monumental impact on
the success of her novel. “Sun embodies the idea of a rising star;
she is a force.” Vivat also cites her advocacy for diversity. Sun
was a founding member of CBC Diversity, and this past year,
along with Andrew Harwell (last year’s PW Superstar), established a diversity working group for the children’s division of
Little, Brown, New York
In his less than three years at Little Brown, Szczerban has had a sig- nificant impact. “Hehasimpressed us all with his business sense, his keen eye for valuable
projects, his terrific expertise with illustrated books and cookbooks, and his all-around excellence as a reader, editor, and
colleague,” says Reagan Arthur, LB senior v-p and publisher.
To be fair, Szczerban did get a bit of a head start in the business:
while still a student at Carnegie Mellon, he was an assistant
editor at the university’s press. From there, degree in hand, he
went to Simon & Schuster, where he helped launch the TED
imprint. In 2012, Szczerban received the industry’s Larry
Ashmead Award for young book editors.
Among Szczerban’s projects are Sarah Knight’s highly popular Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t
Together; the upcoming Milk Street Kitchen from cooking legend
Christopher Kimball, and White House photographer Pete
Souza’s Obama: An Intimate Portrait.