The New York Times just lost its children's books editor to the agenting world. Julie Just has joined Janklow & Nesbit as an agent. Just, who was deputy editor of the New York Times Book Review before taking the job as children's books editor at the paper in 2005, will start at Janklow & Nesbit in November.
Just's addition to the agency will bring a new focus on children's and young adult books. As Lynn Nesbit explained in a statement: "Julie, with her experience and intimate knowledge of those markets, is the ideal person to spearhead this new effort."
Speaking about the move, Just told PW that while she "loved working at the Times and wasn’t looking to leave," she had started "to give some serious thought to moving to the creative side of children’s books, in some fashion." During that time, Just said, she had lunch with Janklow & Nesbit agent Tina Bennett, and that conversation ultimately led to her new job.
To read more about her background, see PW's Q&A with Just about her move to the children's books job at the Times.