Amber J. Caravéo
Until leaving to become a children's literary agent and set up Skylark Literary, Amber was the Editorial Director at Orion Children’s Books where she was privileged to work with some of the best authors in Children's and YA fiction, including Liz Kessler, Caroline Lawrence, Emily Murdoch and Holly Black. Prior to that she was Senior Commissioning Editor for Random House Children’s Books where she worked with a plethora of SAS superhero authors such as Andy McNab, Chris Ryan and Bear Grylls as well as developing fun and fantastic series for kids, including the series that spawned a World Book Day title, Gargoylz.
It all started when Amber went to work for Working Partners far too many years ago and realized that working creatively with authors to produce wonderful books for children was all she ever wanted to do! She was lucky enough to work on many magical and exciting series, including The Lady Grace Mysteries, My Sister the Vampire, Heartland, Vampire Beach and the million-copy-selling phenomenon, Rainbow Magic.
Amber and Joanna first met when working on a middle-grade adventure series together, Talisman, which Amber developed while she was at Working Partners and Joanna published while she was at Hodder Children's Books.
Joanna began her publishing career at Hodder Children's Books learning from some of the best editors in the business and editing fantastic authors including Cressida Cowell, Alex Shearer and Kes Gray, as well as creating fiction for brands such as Felicity Wishes. She left to cover maternity leave, running the Children's Editorial Department at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. There, among other things, she edited Sophie McKenzie’s award-winning debut novel Girl, Missing and the Yuck series by the Beastly Boys.
She left Simon & Schuster to have children and spent over a year living in India and editing an ex-pat magazine. On her return to the UK, aside from nurturing her own readers-of-the-future, she became Editorial Director for Children’s Fiction at literary agents Mulcahy Conway Associates, where she worked to seek out new talent and edit submissions to publishers.
Having been inspired by this experience and bitten by the bug of discovering great new voices in children's books, becoming a children's literary agent and setting up Skylark with Amber was a natural next step.