In 1998 I opened Shoofly Pie, a dream of a children's bookstore in Portsmouth, NH. The store grew into a trusted community resource with a national reputation for excellence. Through the store I developed a wide circle of connections in the sphere of children's publishing - authors and illustrators, publishers, publicists and booksellers - that has expanded and deepened over time. From 2010 through 2013 I was the children's book buyer and coordinator of children's events at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore on Martha's Vineyard. I’m a member of the The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates, responsible for choosing new children’s titles for the newsletter program and developing opening inventories for new stores. I’ve been actively engaged in the world of children’s books for more than 18 years, and I bring this wealth of experience and buying skills to my business.