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Marisa Pintado
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Marisa Pintado is the commissioning editor of children's and YA fiction at Hardie Grant Egmont in Melbourne, Australia's largest independent specialist kids' publisher. HGE publishes a wide range of junior, middle-grade and YA fiction, including bestselling children's series such as Billie B Brown, Squishy Taylor, Zac Power and Go Girl, and Michael Grant's GONE series.


Marisa publishes across the fiction list, with a special interest in YA and middle-grade, and loves working closely with her authors. In 2011, she launched the Ampersand Prize, an annual search for manuscripts by unpublished writers. This initiative has so far launched the careers of two incredible YA novelists, Melissa Keil and Erin Gough, whose debut novels have both sold internationally and been nominated for a raft of Australian awards.


Marisa has worked in children's publishing for nearly a decade, and recently returned from a year in London where she was seconded to Egmont UK's children's fiction team.

Marisa will be looking at Middle-grade and YA fiction, and also proposals/samples for junior fiction series. Open to all genres but particularly interested in contemporary, horrors and thrillers for YA, and humour, adventure and mysteries for MG in her one on one assessments.


  • Agent & Editor sessions are only available to conference attendees.

  • Some editors have withdrawn from the conference due to it being an online-only event.
    If you have booked with one of them we will be in contact with you shortly.

  • You do need to be attending the conference to book an assessment. 

  • You may book your session before booking for the conference however there will be a $25.00 administration charge should you decide to cancel the appointment before assessment bookings closing on 15 May 2020 

  • No refunds will be made if you make an assessment booking but do not book for the Conference and your session will be cancelled.