First, Google their names. You'd be surprised how many have at least one interview online with a children's lit blog. Our own Betsy has a wonderful list of editor info, as well, at http://www.ellenjackson.net/editors_a_to_c_89771.htm
. You might also consider paying for a subscription to Publisher's Marketplace. You can pay for just one month and get info on what books many of the editors have published. If you can't find out a lot about an editor, don't worry. Just try to find out a lot about their publishing house. Then if you do make contact with that editor, you can talk intelligently about what their company has published and ask what they worked on. Amazon's advanced search engine is a great tool for this. You can search by publisher for the last five years. Publisher's websites can also help you with this -- some allow you to download their entire catalog. It is also good to look at the publisher's entry in the Children's Writer's and illustrator's Market
. As a PB writer, I usually try to read a few books by each publisher that I know I might be a good fit for my work (i.e. for me, I wouldn't bother with Flux, a YA publisher). My library's online system lets me sit at home, search for the books I want, and request that they be sent to the nearest branch for me to pick up. This saves a lot of time. Remember to check the dedication page of the books as you look through them. The author often thanks her editor or agent, which is another way to pick up information.
The last thing I want to say is this is all the stuff you can
do, and it is helpful not just for Rutgers but for your entire submission process. However, if you don't have that much time, don't stress
. Focus on just a few editors that seem like a good fit. If you don't have time for that, still don't stress.
You will receive a packet when you arrive at Rutgers with a bio for each mentor that will tell you some of the things they have published and what they are looking for.