See below for our Workshop Leaders, Editors and members of the Agents Panel.
Members of New York Writers Workshop who serve as Workshop Leaders at the Conferences include:
June Rifkin Clark is a New York-based writer and the author of numerous books including, The Everything Baby Name, The Mix and Match Baby Name Book, and The Everything Mother Goose Book. She is also the co-author of Signature For Success and The Complete Book of Astrology.
Prior to being a published author, June worked in cable TV marketing and promotion and is the recipient of a Cable ACE/Emmy Award, among other industry merits. During her career, June penned notable multimedia campaigns for cable services like Food Network, Bravo, CNBC, HBO, A&E, and AMC, as well as promotional materials for AOL, Hasbro, Kraft Foods, and Sony. She is now the founder of Get There Media, a promotion/marketing and creative services company that provides brand strategy and editorial guidance to authors, experts, and entrepreneurs.
Over the years, June has worked with hundreds of writers as a Senior Associate at FinePrint Literary Management, specializing in nonfiction books. She has guided authors through the publishing process from creating marketable book proposals to closing and managing book deals.
June holds a Master’s Degree from Emerson College in Writing and Publishing. Her play, Separation Anxiety, is a Rod Parker Playwriting Award winner and was produced at the Brimmer Street Theatre in Boston. A monologue from the play is featured in the book One on One: The Best Women's Monologues of the 21st Century.
Allison Estes grew up playing on Faulkner’s grave, which is about as steeped in literary heritage as you can get. She is an author, freelance editor and book doctor, and an adjunct professor in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi. She has taught writing to all ages through the New York Writers Workshop in New York, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council in Oxford, Mississippi, and various other venues for about a million years. Besides books, she loves dogs, horses and kids, so she has some of each. When she isn’t busy writing, editing, teaching and soccer-momming, if the grave of a famous author is not available, she plays softball as much as possible.
Allison has written fifteen middle grade and young adult novels, including the Short Stirrup Club series (Simon and Schuster). Her last adult book was Paw & Order: Dramatic Investigations by an Animal Cop on the Beat (Bowtie Press). Her picture book, Izzy & Oscar (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky) was released in April 2015.
Visit Allison’s website at www.allisonestes.com.
Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France, A New York Memoir and The Soul of Creative Writing. His book, The Bicycle Diaries: One Man’s Journey Through September 11th, with original wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec, is part of the permanent collection of the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Of French Dirt, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “it is one of the most charming, perceptive and subtle books ever written about the French by an American.” Richard Goodman has written on a variety of subjects for many national publications, including The New York Times, Harvard Review, Creative Nonfiction, The Writer’s Chronicle, River Teeth, Commonweal, Vanity Fair, Saveur, Ascent, French Review and Michigan Quarterly Review. He wrote the introduction for Travelers’ Tales Provence and has been a frequent contributor for the Travelers’ Tales series of books. He is Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction Writing at the University of New Orleans. For more information, and an extensive sampling of Richard Goodman’s writing, please go to his homepage.
Laurence Klavan wrote the novels, The Cutting Room and The Shooting Script, published by Ballantine Books. His novel, Mrs. White, co-written under a pseudonym, won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His graphic novels, City of Spies and Brain Camp, co-written with Susan Kim, were published by First Second Books at Macmillan, and their Young Adult fiction series, Wasteland, is currently being published by Harper Collins. His short work has been published in such print and online journals as The Alaska Quarterly, The Literary Review, Conjunctions, Natural Bridge, Gargoyle, Failbetter, Pank, Stickman Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, among many others, and a collection, ‘The Family Unit’ and Other Fantasies, has been published by Chizine Publications. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics to Bed and Sofa, the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theatre in London. His one-act, The Summer Sublet, produced in the EST Marathon in New York, was published in Applause Books' Best American Short Plays 2000-2001. His web site is LaurenceKlavan.com.
Sally Koslow is the author of Slouching Toward Adulthood, a hybrid of reporting and memoir, and four novels: The Widow Waltz; With Friends like These; The Late, Lamented Molly Marx and Little Pink Slips, which leverages her inside knowledge of the magazine industry where she was, among numerous positions, editor-in-chief of McCall’s and the creator of Lifetime, launched by Disney and Hearst. Her fiction has been translated into a dozen languages, two of her books optioned for television and Target has named her an “Emerging Author” and chosen one of her novels for their Book Club. Sally’s essays and articles have appeared in many venues: The New York Times, New York Observer, national magazines (More, Real Simple, O, AARP, Good Housekeeping and many others) as well as web sites including TheAtlantic.com and The Huffington Post. She has taught creative writing at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College, coaches and edits writers independently, conducts home workshops, lectures at colleges and reviews books. You can read her essays and chapters of her books at www.sallykoslow.com. She invites you to join her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SallyKoslowAuthor and follow her on Twitter: @sallykoslow
Jenny Milchman is the author of Mary Higgins Clark award-winning debut, Cover of Snow, and also Ruin Falls. Her short fiction has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine as well as numerous anthologies. Jenny's third novel, As Night Falls, will be released in 2015. Jenny is the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, and Director of Author Programs for International Thriller Writers. She travels the country, speaking at bookstores, libraries, and schools about the role of the face-to-face in today's virtual world, and when she is home, teaches writing and publishing for New York Writers Workshop.
Charles Salzberg is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Esquire, New York magazine, Elle, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times Arts and Leisure, The New York Times Book Review, and other periodicals. He is the author of more than 25 non-fiction books, including From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, An Oral History of the NBA, On a Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place, Baseball's 10 Worst Teams of the Century (with George Robinson) and Soupy Sez: My Zany Life and Times, with Soupy Sales. He is also the author of the Shamus Award nominated Swann's Last Song, Swann Dives In, and Swann's Lake of Despair, as well as Devil in the Hole, which was named one of the best crime novels of 2014 by Suspense magazine. He has been a Visiting Professor of Magazine at the S.I. School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Sarah Lawrence College, the Writer's Voice, and the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member.
Rachel Sherman holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Open City, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications. Her first book, The First Hurt, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her first novel, Living Room, was released in 2009, also to broad critical acclaim. She teaches writing at Rutgers and Columbia Universities, and leads the Ditmas Writing Workshops. She blogs for the Parenting Section of The Huffington Post and is the “Fiction Expert” for About.com. www.rachelsherman.net
Tim Tomlinson is co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He is also the author of Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse (Finishing Line Press), andRequiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire (Aug 2016, Winter Goose). His fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in China (United Verses, Anthill), the Philippines (Esquire, Tomas, Silliman Journal, and Fast Food Fiction on Anvil Press), and in numerous venues in the US, including Lime Hawk, Mulberry Fork Review, Sin Fronteras, and the anthology Long Island Noir (Akashic Books). He’s been an invited speaker and workshop leader in China, Thailand, the Philippines, Australia, and the US. He’s an Assistant Professor in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies program. Visit Tim online at http://timtomlinson.org/.
Editors will be announced in advance of each Conference. Possible participants include:
Katie Henderson Adams is an editor at Liveright (a new imprint of W.W. Norton) acquiring literary fiction and non-fiction. She has formerly worked at Other Press, Doubleday, Bloomsbury Press, and Oxford University Press.
Ibrahim Ahmad has worked in various capacities for Akashic Books since 2000, where he is now senior editor. He resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Heather Alexander is an Assistant Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers. Some of her favorite projects she’s edited are Nerve by Jeanne Ryan, My Family For The War by Anne C. Voorhoeve, Circle of Cranes by Annette LeBox, and the Charlie and Lola series. She loves ghost stories, horror stories, and nearly anything funny. She’d love to find a good book about mutants, some really funny YA, and some magical Middle Grade. Her favorite picture books are the unexpected and off-the-wall kind, with a memorable main character.
Alex Arnold is an associate editor at Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books. She edits a range titles by authors like Corey Ann Haydu, Terra Elan McVoy, Kali Wallace, and Brittany Cavallaro. She is always on the lookout for fresh, authentic voices, smart humor, diverse characters, and evocative settings. You can find her on Twitter (@alexyarnold) or on Tumblr.
Adrienne Avila is an Editor at Berkley, a division of Penguin, where she acquires a range of nonfiction. She acquires in the areas of memoir, women’s issues, lifestyle, business, wellness, self-help, how-to. Recent non-fiction titles include the New York Times Bestseller and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Will Work from Home by Tory Johnson and Robyn Spizman, 365 Nights by Charla Muller with Betsy Thorpe, and the essay anthology It’s a Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths About Life in Your Twenties. She is also interested in multicultural fiction and quirky women’s fiction, and acquired and edited award winning Lorraine Lopez’s The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters, a [Border's] National Latino Book Club pick.
Talia Benamy is an editorial assistant at Philomel Books, a division of the Penguin Young Readers Group. Talia works closely with two editors on a list of titles that includes pictures books and middle grade and YA novels, with authors such as Jane Yolen, Floyd Cooper, Erin Moulton, Lisa Graff, Andrea Cremer, Tom Barron, and Ruta Sepetys. Talia is mainly looking for YA and middle grade novels with strong protagonists and distinct voices, though she’s also happy to look at picture books with wit, whimsy, and charm. She’s interested in stories that pack an emotional punch and that make readers think about a new thing or in a new way. She also likes books that play with language in an interesting, fun, or funny way. Her primary genre for consideration is realistic fiction, though she is also happy to look at historical fiction, fantasy, or science fiction with a strong character focus.
Katie Bignell is an Associate Editor in the Katherine Tegen Books imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books. She specializes in picture books, tween fiction, and contemporary teen fiction, and has worked with debut authors and bestselling authors alike, including Patricia MacLachlan, Michael Grant, Angie Sage, Patrick Carman, as well as seasoned and emerging illustrators, including Bob Staake, Sarah Massini, and Heather Ross.
Molly Boyle is an assistant editor at Bantam Dell, where she works with Kate Miciak on a list of authors that include New York Times bestsellers Lee Child, Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter. She acquires commercial fiction and mysteries, particularly for women, as well as memoir, narrative, and pop culture nonfiction, and has a particular fondness for offbeat and dark edges. She began her publishing career at NAL/Penguin.
Kat Brzozowski is an associate editor at Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin's Press, where she has worked since 2009. She works on a wide range of young adult fiction, including the new Fear Street books by R. L. Stine (the first, Party Games, came out in September 2014); Hello, I Love You, a love story set in the world of K-Pop (June 2015), Romancing the Dark in the City of Light, in which a troubled teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys (October 2015), The Weight of Feathers, best described as The Night Circus meets Romeo and Juliet for teens (September 2015), In Real Life, set over one weekend in Vegas where a teen meets her online BFF IRL for the first time (2016) and Firsts, about a girl who gives classmates their perfect first time – until everything starts to fall apart (2016). Kat is looking to acquire young adult fiction across a wide range of genres, especially contemporary, realistic YA with a strong hook; dark, contemporary fiction (not too issues-y), mysteries, suspense, and thrillers; horror; and sci-fi (that’s mostly rooted in this world; think Minority Report). She is especially interested in YA with crossover appeal. When she’s reading YA, she looks for a strong sense of voice, multi-dimensional characters, and realistic dialogue. Kat grew up reading Beverly Cleary’s Ramona series and Lois Lowry’s Anastasia Krupnik voice and loves contemporary middle grade books with a lot of heart and an individual voice with a lot to say. She maintains close relationships with the Mac Kids division and will happily refer MG and picture book projects to her colleagues in the Flatiron Building.
Jackie Cantor is an Executive Editor at The Berkley Publishing Group, a division of Penguin. Prior to joining Berkley in August 2005, she was a Vice President and Executive Editor at Bantam Dell, where her list included a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles in all formats. She is proud to have discovered the New York Times bestselling authors Diana Gabaldon and Eloisa James. Other major authors whose work she has acquired include John Grisham, John Lescroart, and Hope Edelman (Motherless Daughters). At Berkley, her list includes the nationally bestselling authors Kate Furnivall (The Russian Concubine, Shadows on the Nile), Kate Quinn (Mistress of Rome, The Serpent and the Pearl), Laura Brodie (The Widow’s Season), Lucy Dillon (Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts, The Secret of Happy Ever After), and Lucy Ferriss (The Lost Daughter).
Tom Colgan is an Executive Editor at the Penguin Book Group. He has been a publishing professional for 27 years and has edited both fiction and nonfiction. Authors he has worked with include Tom Clancy, Ed McBain, Clive Cussler, and Nevada Barr. He’s been the editor of New York Times Bestsellers such as Tom Clancy’s Threat Vector, and Last Man Down by FDNY Capt. Rich Picciotto.
Brenda Copeland is an Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she publishes a robust list of fiction and non-fiction—quality books with strong commercial appeal. She looks for compelling stories told with a unique voice and an identifiable audience, with emphasis on that growing category of “literary light” novels that the book groups are ravenous for.
Anna deVries has worked in publishing for more than ten years. She spent seven years in the editorial department at Scribner where she acquired and published Alys, Always by Harriet Lane, named an Editors’ Choice title by the New York Times Book Review; 1222 by Anne Holt, nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel; and Bad Traffic by Simon Lewis, nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She joined Picador as a Senior Editor in 2012 where she edited the debut novel The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd. She is looking for narrative non-fiction that includes subjects such as memoir, history, and science, as well as upmarket and literary fiction.
Mark Doten is Senior Editor at Soho Press, where he acquires crime fiction and the majority of the literary list. His authors have been listed for numerous awards and honors, including the Center for Fiction Flaherty Dunham first novel prize, the PEN/Open Book award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham award, the NYPL Young Lions award, Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, Rolling Stone Best Music Book of the Year, and Washington Post Notable Book of the Year. He has published four New York Times Editors' Choice titles. His author Dan Josefson won the Whiting Award after Soho's publication of his first novel, That's Not a Feeling, and Alex Shakar's Luminarium was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction.
Chelsey is drawn to smart, sophisticated fiction that challenges established norms. In addition to wanting projects with strong voice, Chelsey looks for page-turning, plot-powered fiction with compelling conflicts. She is especially interested in culturally diverse voices, complex women’s fiction, elevated horror and suspense, literary coming-of-age stories, and narratives featuring LGBTQ characters. Forthcoming fiction projects include: In the Valley of the Sun by Andy Davidson, a Western-set literary horror debut; Among the Lesser Gods by Margo Catts, an upmarket literary debut set in the mountains of Colorado; and The Wide Circumference of Love by award-winning author Marita Golden, a multicultural family drama. Chelsey joined the Skyhorse team in early 2016 from HarperCollins, where her previous list included bestselling authors, debut novelists, and everything in between.
Claire Evans is an editorial assistant at Dial Books for Young Readers, where she works with Kathy Dawson and Jess Garrison on a list of authors who write for YA (like Franny Billingsley and Kristin Cashore), middle grade (authors such as Gennifer Choldenko and Jacqueline West), and who write and illustrate picture books (Joe Berger and Kevin Sherry). She is on the look out for middle grade and young adult fiction, especially action or sports stories with strong characters. She also likes character-driven tales in the edgy fantasy and magical realism genres—anything that puts a new and surprising twist on things.
Shauna Fay is Assistant Editor, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, A Division of Penguin Young Readers Group. Shauna works on everything from picture books to young adult novels. She edited the 2010 Children’s Choice Book Award winner, Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby, and the 2010 IRA Children’s Book Award winner, Wanted: The Perfect Pet by Fiona Roberton, as well as the upcoming debut novel, The Vindico by Wesley King. While open to books for all ages, she is particularly interested in middle grade fiction with a strong voice (magical realism always welcome!), historical fiction with a commercial hook, and young, funny/quirky picture books.
Stacey Friedberg is an Assistant Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House. She’s the editor of First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes, and Michelle Paver’s Gods and Warriors series, and has worked with an even longer list of authors during her time at Penguin, including Gary Blackwood, Ann Dee Ellis, and Lauren Magaziner. Stacey currently works on picture books all the way up through young adult, and she’s a sucker for a strong, memorable narrative voice (especially outsider perspectives and multicultural voices). She loves dark subject matter, literary science fiction and fantasy, subversive humor, and historical fiction featuring interesting people and events that history has glossed over. Her dream project would have a commercial pitch, literary writing, and a story that would really make her think.
Alexis Gargagliano, an editor at Scribner, began her publishing career in the marketing department of Simon & Schuster. After working in the Knopf editorial department she joined Scribner, where she had the opportunity to work with Nan Graham on such books as The Glass Castle,Brick Lane, Eat the Document and Living History by Hillary Clinton. Her current list includes Matt Bondurant, Staceyann Chin, Adam Gollner, Mira Kamdar, Robin Romm, Joanna Smith Rakoff and Jennifer Gilmore, whose first novel, Golden Country, was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Book Prize.
Brian Geffen is an assistant editor at Philomel Books, a division of the Penguin Young Readers Group. He is the editor of Hunter by Michael Carroll, the fourth installment of the Super Human series, and a middle-grade novel by John Ritter that is currently untitled about a baseball-obsessed Japanese-American boy who is sent to an internment camp during WWII (Spring ’17.) Brian works closely with Philomel’s Publisher on a list of titles that include the picture books of Oliver Jeffers and Loren Long; middle grade novels such as Fantasy League by Mike Lupica, John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband series, and the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz; and YA novels like Schizo by Nic Sheff and Still Waters by Ash Parsons (Winter '15.) Brian is primarily looking for YA/middle-grade novels that have smatterings of philosophical/metaphysical elements in the genres of fantasy (particularly with unique magic systems and world building), historical fiction, gritty realistic fiction, some action/adventure, a bit of mystery, a touch of humor, and stories with fantastical elements that are grounded in realism. He is also looking for multicultural stories (written by multicultural authors is a plus) and stories about overcoming adversity and/or prejudice. Well-written prose with a distinct voice is always critical. Additionally, he is looking for picture books that are humorous and sarcastic in a sense that both parents and kids can appreciate, and more thoughtful, philosophical topics in picture books that are still accessible to young children.
Sara Goodman has been acquiring young adult for St. Martin’s Press for the last four years. She loves gritty, contemporary young adult novels with strong female characters and anything with high stakes, a fast pace, and a plot driven storyline.
Erika Goldman, Publisher and Editorial Director of Bellevue Literary Press, has been an editor of fiction and nonfiction for over two decades at several major publishing houses in New York City, including St. Martin’s Press, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Simon & Schuster, and W. H. Freeman. A recipient of fellowships from Rendez-vous à Montreal-Québec Edition, the IV Programme in conjunction with IFOA Toronto, the Frankfurt Book Fair/German Book Office, and the Jerusalem International Book Fair, she has lectured and taught at the Yale Writers’ Conference, the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and New York University’s Center for Publishing. She is an instructor at the New York University School of Medicine, Division of Medical Humanities.
Pam Gruber has worked on everything from novelty and picture books to novels. She is currently an Editor acquiring for both Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and its Poppy imprint, focusing primarily on young adult novels aimed at girls ages 12 and up, as well as select middle grade projects. She is the editor of contemporary YA novels such as What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton and Now Is the Time For Running by Michael Williams, and the sci-fi YA novel Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones, all of which received starred reviews. She is also excited to be the editor on such diverse projects as Alecia Whitaker’s country music-themed series Wildflower, debut author Virginia Boecker’s forthcoming fantasy novel The Witch Hunter, and blogger Shauna Miller’s budget style book Penny Chic. Pam loves alternate histories, off-beat teen romances, witty voices, and losing herself in fully realized worlds—realistic or fantastic. Pam is a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School, where she studied the relationship between art and imagery and folklore—a combination tailor-made for children’s publishing and one that has inspired an affinity for comic books.
Alexandra is interested in diverse voices, crime, pop culture, women’s interests, technology, contemporary art, and subject matter that would appeal to the millennial generation. A few of Alex’s key titles acquired to date include Donna Kaz’s Un/Masked, a memoir from one of the original Guerrilla Girls; Generation Robot by Terri Favro, a pop-culture, technological exploration that covers everything from Asimov’s robots to self-driving cars; and a Baptist minister’s cross-continental journey into society’s obsession with the macabre titled The Frighteners. She is the US editor of His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnett, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2016.
Michael Homler is an Editor at St. Martin’s Press. He acquires in a wide range of areas which include general and literary fiction, mystery/thrillers, graphic novels, narrative nonfiction and biography. He has worked on such books as the NBCC winning biography James Tiptree Jr. by Julie Phillips, The Fault Tree by Louise Ure, Lee Child’s anthology Killer Year, the Edgar-nominated Pyres by Derek Nikitas, and Don Mattingly’s Hitting Is Simple by Don Mattingly and Jim Rosenthal.
Peter Horoszko is an editor at Picador USA. Peter graduated with a BA in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from Hunter College. He has previously worked at the Poets House and Soho Press, and is primarily interested in literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, but has experience reading genre fiction as well—crime, sci fi, historical, and more.
Bronwen Hruska is the Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of Soho Press, an independent publisher of literary fiction. Founded twenty-four years ago, Soho has launched the careers of authors including Edwidge Danticat, Garth Stein, Stephen Fry, Dan Fesperman, Jacqueline Winspear, Cara Black and Robert Hellenga. Soho publishes between 60 and 80 titles a year under three imprints—Soho, Soho Crime and Soho Constable—and specializes in literary fiction and memoir, and mystery series set overseas.
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Dana Edwin Isaacson is a Senior Editor with the Random House Publishing Group, where he edits both fiction and non-fiction. He has worked as an abridger, a writer and a literary agent. He has also been an editor at ReganBooks, St. Martin’s Press and Pocket Books. Recent non-fiction titles he has worked on include Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy by John Bowe, Wrestling with Gravity: A Life, with Food by Jonathan Reynolds, and The Devil’s Gentleman: Power, Privilege and the Trial that Ushered in the Twentieth Century by Harold Schechter.
Allison Janice is an Assistant Editor at the Berkley Books Group of Penguin Random House and a graduate of Emerson College, where she spent a few years trying to figure out how to turn her love of reading into a career. Memoir/narrative nonfiction as well as women’s fiction are her main focuses when acquiring, and she is especially interested in projects on the topics of food, body-image, pop-culture, or the environment. She is a New England transplant currently residing in Brooklyn.
Kaylie Jones is the Founder and Publisher of Kaylie Jones Books. She is the author of five novels, including A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, which was made into a Merchant-Ivory film, and the memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me. She teaches in the MFA program at SUNY Stony Brook – Southampton, and in the Wilkes University low-residency MFA program in professional writing.
Lyssa Keusch is an Executive Editor at HarperCollins Publishers, where she primarily acquires a range of commercial fiction, including thrillers and suspense, as well as women’s fiction. Among her authors in the thriller/suspense genre are New York Times bestsellers James Rollins (The Doomsday Key), JA Jance (Queen of the Night) and International Thriller Writers award winner Jamie Freveletti (Running From the Devil). In the romance genre, Lyssa works with #1 New York Times bestseller Julia Quinn (Ten Things I Love About Your) and New York Times bestsellers Elizabeth Boyle (Mad About the Duke and Samantha James (The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell). Among her commercial women’s fiction authors are Jean Reynolds Page (The Space Between Before and After) and Jessica Jiji (Sweet Dates in Basra).
Lyssa also acquires selected non-fiction, with interest in memoir and narrative nonfiction with a commercial slant. Her most recent titles are Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff, PhD and Real Food for Healthy Kids by Tanya Wenman Steele and Tracey Seaman. Other titles include Not Fade Away: A Short Life Well Lived by Laurence Shames and Peter Barton and Love & Madness: The Murder of Martha Ray, Mistress of the Fourth Earl of Sandwich. Lyssa is also currently in the process of developing a popular science book with biologist Daniel Riskin, PhD for acquisition.
Adam Korn is an executive editor in the William Morrow Books division of HarperCollins Publishers. He has been on both sides of the industry as an editor and agent, and has specialized in non-fiction in both capacities. Titles on which he’s worked include actor/director/writer Billy Bob Thornton’s The Billy Bob Tapes, former pitcher and current MLB commentator John Smoltz’s Starting and Closing, and fighter Urijah Faber’s The Laws of the Ring, former football star Jerry Rice’s Go Long!, fighter Forrest Griffin’s Got Fight?, TOMS Shoes CEO Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters, Wine to Water Founder and President Doc Hendley’s Wine to Water, rock guitarist Zakk Wylde’s Bringing Metal to the Children, ESPN radio host Mike Greenberg’s Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot, John Weisman’s KBL: Kill Bin Laden (a novel based on true events), Trey Hamburger’s brilliant send-up to the paranormal investigation Ghost/Aliens, and Craig Heimbuch’s autobiographical tribute to manhood, fatherhood, and the great American hunt And Now We Shall Do Manly Things.
Jessica MacLeish is currently an assistant editor at HarperCollins Children’s books, where she works on a list that includes the Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce and novels and picture books by Walter Dean Myers, as well as many other picture books, middle grade, and teen novels. She works very closely with Seymour Simon on his non-fiction photographic essay picture books, and other recent projects include The Bully Book, The School for Good and Evil, and Zits:Chillax. Jess is particularly interested in contemporary/realistic middle grade and teen projects.
Krista Marinois an Executive Editor at Delacorte Press (Random House Children’s Books) where she acquires and edits Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. Authors she works with include Frank Portman, Michael Scott, Carrie Ryan, James Dashner, Matt de la Peña, and Jennifer Donnelly.
Samantha Martin acquires fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and select parenting titles for Scribner. The fiction she has published includesModel Home by Eric Puchner, Alex Award winner and bestseller The God of Animals and Boys and Girls Like You and Me: Stories by Aryn Kyle,Lost by Alice Lichtenstein, and The Cure for Grief by Nellie Hermann. Current and upcoming nonfiction includes Henry’s Demons by NBCC finalist Patrick Cockburn and Henry Cockburn, Amen, Amen, Amen by Abby Sher, The Last of the Tribe by Monte Reel, The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch, Animal Investigators by Laurel Neme, Hippocrates’ Shadow by Dr. David Newman, The Blessing of a B Minus by New York Times bestselling author Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., Lost at School by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., and Eat, Sleep, Poop by Dr. Scott W. Cohen.
Matt Martz is editor-in-chief of Criminal Lane Books. Authors he’s worked with include thought leaders in business like Carmine Gallo, author of Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds and investigative journalists like Frank Sennett, author of Groupon’s Biggest Deal Ever. The acclaimed historians and scientists at the cutting edge of their fields whom he’s published include such award-winning scholars as Thom Hatch, author of Glorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer.
Matt publishes crime fiction ranging from explosive, high concept thrillers to more traditional mysteries. Authors include Karen Salvalaggio, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Kelli Stanley, and Barry Award nominee Tim O’Mara.
Julie works with women’s fiction, romance, and mystery at the Berkley imprint of Penguin Random House. Among her authors are Leah Ferguson, Fiona Sussman, Sarina Bowen, and RITA finalist Alyssa Alexander. You can find her on Twitter @juliemianecki.
Leah Miller is an editor at Harmony Books, a division of Penguin Random House. She acquires non-fiction in the wellness space, ranging from health, fitness, relationships, spirituality, and inspirational memoir. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars program, Miller worked previously as an editor at Free Press and at Sterling Lord Literistic in both domestic agenting and foreign rights. Forthcoming projects include: Michelle Phan’s MAKE UP:Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success—Online and Off and THE 13TH GIFT: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle by Joanne Huist Smith.
David Moldawer is an associate editor at St. Martin’s Press, where he acquires and edits nonfiction books. His titles include Rule the Web by Mark Frauenfelder, The Mad Fisherman by Charlie Moore with Charles Salzberg, The Indie Band Survival Guide by Jason Feehan and Randy Chertkow of the band Beatnik Turtle, and Lawyer Boy, a memoir of law school by Rick Lax. David lives in New York City.
Allison Moore is an associate editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, who works on everything from illustrated titles to middle grade and young adult novels. Her recent and upcoming projects include City Shapes by Diana Murray and Bryan Collier, The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston, Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham, Be Who You Are by Todd Parr, and several books in the Dragonsitter, Space Taxi, Sweet Pea & Friends, Birdie, and Nuts series. Allison is interested in clever picture books with dynamic illustration styles and all-ages appeal; high-concept chapter books; and MG and YA novels that encourage readers to consider unexpected perspectives. You can find her on Twitter @allisonm610.
Aubrey Poole got her start as an editor correcting her friends’ grammar in high school, an effort which naturally guaranteed instant popularity. She is now an associate editor at Sourcebooks, acquiring children’s books from picture books through young adult. Her first YA novel, Send by Patty Blount, was a Junior Library Guild pick. Her middle grade novel This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy Cavanaugh received a Starred review from Kirkus and is a Florida State Bookaward winner. Aubrey hopes to continue shamelessly courting librarians with her forthcoming middle grade series The Ninja Librarians, which also received a Starred review from Kirkus. Some of Aubrey’s authors include NYT and USA Today bestseller Suzanne Brockmann, USA Today bestseller Juliana Stone, award-winner Mari Mancusi, award-winner Jen Calonita, Janet Gurtler, Natalie D. Richards, Anna Staniszewski and illustrator Tracy Dockray.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Elizabeth Poteet attended Colby College where she majored in English and Religious Studies. While studying at St. Andrews, she realized that though she enjoyed Shakespeare and the Dead Sea Scrolls, she preferred reading stories that were a hair more modern. Lizzie is now an Assistant Editor at St. Martin's Press and is always looking for a good love story. She loves sassy heroines, witty banter, and good old fashion romance. She’s actively seeking New Adult, YA, historical and contemporary romances, and loves anything with a happy ending. A few of her recent acquisitions include an edgy, emotional romantic suspense, The Sttrongest Steeel by Scarlett Cole, a funny, DIY-filled romance novel Start Me Up by Nicole Michaels and the heartwarming Jewell Cove series by Donna Alward.
Kate Prosswimmer is an assistant editor at Sourcebooks’ children’s and teen imprints, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Sourcebooks Fire. She works on a wide range of titles from picture books through young adult novels, including the forthcoming Frayed (June 2016), a young adult psychological thriller by Wattpad author Kara Terzis.
Daniela Rapp is an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she acquires a wild and eclectic mix of projects in various genres, including mysteries and thrillers, books on animals/pets/nature, travel, food, humor, language/writing, and history, as well as memoirs. She is also interested in being introduced to high-concept narratives in fiction and is actively looking for Native American writers and books.
Recent and forthcoming projects include And Then Life Happens by Auma Obama, The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont, Shucked by Erin Byers Murray, and Across Many Mountains by Yangzom Brauen.
Ruta Rimasedits and acquires picture books, middle-grade novels, and teen novels for both the Atheneum and Margaret K. McElderry imprints at Simon & Schuster. Ruta has had the honor and privilege of working with some of the most talented authors and illustrators in the industry including Kimberly Derting, Claire Caterer, Elissa Brent Weissman, Melissa Wiley, Lucy Cooke, M.M. Vaughan, Janet Ruth Young, and many others. Ruta loves characters that come to life on the pages, stories that resonate long after the last page is read, and fiction that challenges our preconceived notions of the world.
Brant Rumble is a Senior Editor at Scribner. His list includes Esquire columnist Chuck Klosterman, ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer, and nationally syndicated ¡Ask a Mexican! columnist Gustavo Arellano. Brant’s recent titles include Benjamin Nugent’s American Nerd: The Story of My People and Daniel Radosh’s Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture. Brant acquires and edits a variety of narrative nonfiction, memoir, and literary fiction; usual subjects include pop culture, subcultures, music, and sports. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
As an Assistant Editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, Sara Sargent acquires picture books through YA and has worked with New York Times bestselling authors Candace Bushnell, Mo Willems and Doreen Cronin as well as many exciting debut authors. She is particularly interested in middle grade and YA fiction in the following genres: horror, psychological thriller, contemporary realism, and light fantasy. Her favorite books include 13 Reasons Why, The Summer I Turned Pretty, Wither, and Before I Fall. You can find Sara on Twitter @Sara_Sargent.
Denise Scarfi is an Assistant Editor at W. W. Norton & Company, where she has worked for over four years. She began at Norton as the assistant to Executive Editor Alane Salierno Mason and poetry and literary fiction editor Carol Houck Smith shortly after graduating from NYU with a degree in Comparative Literature and a focus in Latin American literature. Her first acquisition for Norton, Gun Dealers’ Daughter by Gina Apostol (July 2012), is a Borgesian literary puzzle set in the Marcos-era Philippines.
Emily Seife is an associate editor at Scholastic Press. She is looking for middle grade fiction with an authentic voice and a good hook. Previously she was at Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, where she worked with many talented authors and illustrators, including Polly Horvath, Laurel Snyder, and Red Nose Studio.
Lora Sickora is an Associate Editor at Rodale. She is looking to acquire prescriptive non-fiction titles and specializes in the genres of health & wellness, diet, and fitness. Lora began her publishing career at Elsevier, where she served as a Developmental Editor for the nation’s leading health professionals.
Denise Silvestro, a graduate of New York University, has been in the publishing industry for seventeen years and is currently Executive Editor at the Berkley Publishing Group. Although she acquires both fiction and nonfiction, 90% of her list is nonfiction. She works within all genres, including narrative nonfiction, memoir, self-help/motivational, personal finance, health/well-being, and spirituality. She has worked with bestselling authors such as Don Piper, psychic-medium John Edward, minister T. D. Jakes, and financial expert Julie Stav.
As an Assistant Editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, Viana Siniscalchisupports the Co-Publisher and a Senior Editor, and edits everything from picture books to young adult fiction. She works with many acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors and illustrators, including Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, Kadir Nelson, Adam Rex, and Maryrose Wood. Before joining Harper, Viana attended the Columbia Publishing Course and interned at W.W. Norton & Company. She is interested in acquiring picture books, and middle-grade and YA fiction in the following genres: contemporary realism, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, and re-imaginings.
Yaniv Soha has been working in book publishing for nine years, at both literary agencies and book publishers. He is an associate editor at St. Martin’s Press, where he publishes in the areas of narrative nonfiction, pop culture, humor, and popular psychology. He has published books by Pulitzer-winning reporters, film producers, rock journalists, professors, and stand-up comedians. He is also the fiction and prose editor of 2 Bridges Review, the literary/arts journal of CUNY City Tech.
Nicole Sohljoined Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, in March 2011 after interning at industry landmarks such as Workman Publishing, Regal Literary, Folio Literary Management, and assisting at the agency powerhouse WME. At Thomas Dunne, she has assisted on the young adult series by Julie Cross that follows a 19-year-old time traveler, as well as the Conquered Earth young adult series by J. Barton Mitchell and the Grimm City young adult series by Gareth Jefferson Jones and genre-icon, K. W. Jeter. She is eager to acquire fiction for both middle school and young adult audiences, especially contemporary fiction with crossover appeal in the mystery and horror genres.
Hilary Rubin Teeman
Hilary Rubin Teeman joined St. Martin’s Press as an Associate Editor in May 2006. Prior to that, she spent three years at Trident Media Group, where she represented her own list of authors and handled audio rights for the company. At St. Martin’s Press, Hilary is looking to acquire commercial and literary women’s fiction, historical fiction and romantic suspense, as well as memoirs, pop-culture, sociology, and prescriptive non-fiction titles.
Alison S. Weiss is an editor at Sky Pony Press, working on picture books through YA. She's especially eager to find middle grade with a cozy feel, and voice-driven, sweeping, romantic YA. She's worked with New York Times best-selling author Jessica Verday (Of Monsters and Madness), Agatha Award winner Peny WArner (The Code Busters Club series), YALSA-award winning Sarah Cross (Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart), ITW Award Finalist Kristen Lippert-Martin (Tabula Rasa), Mike A. Lancaster, Kristina McBride, Jessica Taylor, Amalie Howard, and Sarah McGuiare, among others. She also assisted on Christopher Myer's H.O.R.S.E., which won a 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award and the 2014 Odyssey Award. Follow her on Twitter @alioop7.
Julie Will is a Senior Editor at Rodale. She acquires and edits in the categories of health & wellness, science, psychology, self-help, mind/body, relationship, and memoir. Her authors include former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler, Discovery Channel host and conservationist Jeff Corwin, journalist Julia Savacool, and Men’s Health sex columnist Debby Herbenick. She also oversees the best-selling Intellectual Devotional and Biggest Loser franchises.
Clarissa Wong is an editor at the Feminist Press, where she acquires and edits fiction, memoir, and narrative non-fiction. Prior to the Feminist Press, she worked on children’s books and graphic novels. She is drawn to stories with a strong, unique voice (especially from a multicultural point of view) that hooks the readers in on the first page.
Literary agents will be announced in advance of each Conference. Possible participants in the Agents Panels include:
I represent both fiction and nonfiction, with a particular interest in literary fiction and narrative nonfiction in the areas of history, current affairs, biography, science, and cultural criticism (I love “idea” books that can still tell a great story).
I started at ICM in 2006, working as assistant to Amanda Urban, and returned to build my own list in 2012, after a detour to Berlin, where I worked as a freelance book critic and then to Boston, as a senior publicist at Harvard University Press.
Stephen Barr: I spent the first 21 years of my life in Southern California, and the only thing I really knew about publishing before I moved to New York City was Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal of Terry Crabtree in Wonder Boys—he’s an editor, and he flies into Pittsburgh (wearing a big, comfy looking east coast coat) to coax a second novel out of his troubled but probably brilliant author, and then come the hijinks. That sounded pretty swell to me, so I read Wonder Boys on the flight over to New York, and over the course of six or seven months of interviews and internships, I realized that I still wanted the coat and the authors, but would be more comfortable playing the role (so to speak) of their agent (though editing is perhaps my favorite thing in the whole wide world, and I work very closely with my clients to polish and perfect their manuscripts before and after submission). I landed at Writers Housein 2008, became its biggest fan about four seconds later, started taking on my own clients in 2010 (I represent a pretty broad spectrum of adult and children’s titles, including picture books, middle grade, young adult, memoir, literary fiction, graphic novels, and some bizarre, unclassifiable stuff) and just got my coat back from the dry cleaner.
William Callahan, an agent at Inkwell Management, attended Fordham University and the University of Iowa. He has edited and published a zine of short fiction, edited crosswords, and is the writer for, and co-founder of, the New York-based Three Sciences Productions, a theatre group whose plays have been performed at the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and The Tank, among others. He is interested in a similarly wide range of fiction and non-fiction. He is also very interested in innovative presentations and formats for books. He would like to represent a cookbook of recipes you can execute in your bedroom.
John Cusick is an agent with Greenhouse Literary, representing picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels. He is the author of Girl Parts and Cherry Money Baby (Candlewick Press), as well as managing fiction editor at Armchair/Shotgun, a literary magazine. He is a regular speaker at writers’ conferences, and keeps a blog at www.JohnMCusick.com. You can also find him on twitter: @johnmcusick. He lives in Brooklyn.
With over 20 years of experience as a New York-based literary agent, B.G. Dilworth represents a broad range of mid-list and bestselling authors in the fields of history, memoir and biography, health and fitness, true crime, business, economics, pop culture, and cooking. B.G. works closely with his clients in the creation and sale of their projects, offering advice on book conception and organization; editorial assessment; image and brand management; co-writer selection; marketing asset development; rights licensing; and contract negotiations. Before founding his own agency, B.G. Dilworth was a senior literary agent with a 15-year tenure at Authors and Artists Group, one of New York City’s premier boutique literary agencies.
Thomas Flannery Jr is an agent with Vigliano Associates, the pre-eminent boutique literary agency. Established in 1986, Vigliano Associates has represented 16 #1 New York Times bestsellers and almost 100 books that have made the lists. Thomas is also the head of Vigliano Books, an independent book publishing platform that was established in 2013. He has a BA in English Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was an actor in a past life. Facebook: Vigliano Associates Twitter: @ViglianoAssoc
Scott Gould is a literary agent at RLR Associates Ltd. in Manhattan, a boutique agency founded nearly 30 years ago, where he oversees all book development within the firm. Scott began his career in the editorial department of Playboy Magazine and later in publicity at Tor/Forge. At RLR, he represents both commercial and literary fiction, as well as general audience nonfiction. Scott is a graduate of New York University, where he received a BA in English and American Literature.
Doug Grad was an editor for 22 years at imprints of Simon & Schuster, Random House, Penguin, and HarperCollins. He acquired and edited numerous bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction, including the first two New York Times bestselling novels of historical fiction by Jeff Shaara. Over the years he’s worked with generals and admirals, war heroes, historians, politicians, astronauts, sports stars, coaches, comedians, mobsters, cops, journalists, musicians, truckers, cowboys and Native Americans among others. He opened his own literary agency in 2008 and has sold fiction and nonfiction to Simon & Schuster, Ballantine/Bantam/Dell, HarperCollins, Three Rivers Press, Ten Speed Press, St. Martin’s Press, New American Library, Threshold, Thomas Dunne Books, Kensington, Wiley, Lyons Press, Running Press, Triumph Books, Naval Institute Press, Osprey Books, Sourcebooks, Midnight Ink and Crooked Lane Books. His biggest sale is for the EarthEnd Saga trilogy by Gillian Anderson (of “The X-Files”) and Jeff Rovin to Simon 451, the new science fiction imprint at Simon & Schuster. In 2011, Doug started Antenna Books, an ebook company dedicated to his authors’ backlist titles, including the novels and short stories of Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Shaara. Doug is married to a librarian, lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two children and their pug dog, Winston.
Sylvie Greenberg is a literary agent at Fletcher and Company, a full-service literary agency that works closely and creatively with clients from the editorial stage to strategizing ways to take advantage of multi-platform possibilities including film/tv development. She especially enjoys working with emerging writers and developing long-term relationships, and is looking for strong writing and powerful stories in literary fiction and a wide range of non-fiction topics, including business, sports, humor, science, memoir and history. Sylvie is from California and is a graduate of Stanford University.
Lisa Grubka spent a decade first at the William Morris Agency and then Foundry Literary + Media, before joining Fletcher and Co. in 2012. Lisa works with a broad variety of authors, from debut novelists to Food Network stars, and has represented several New York Times bestsellers. She represents and is looking for both fiction (literary, upmarket women’s, and young adult) and non-fiction (narrative, food, science, and more). She takes a very hands-on approach in working with her authors, and is a thorough editor, ensuring the best possible proposal or manuscript. She works closely with her authors every step of the way, and takes pleasure in matchmaking her authors with the right publishing home. She began her career at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Jenny Herrera joined the David Black Agency in 2015 after working at Fletcher & Company and Europa Editions. She went to college in Ohio, where she studied French, Philosophy, and Russian, and she has master’s degrees in Philosophy and Social Sciences. She represents authors ranging from serious non-fiction to humor to diet and fitness. She has a special passion for non-fiction that is driven by big ideas, told in a literary way. The David Black Agency represents Erik Larson, Jeff Hobbs, Jennifer Gonnerman, Bill Phillips, and others. www.davidblackagency.com
Annie Hwang is an agent at Folio Literary Management where she represents a range of fiction for adults and select nonfiction projects. She gravitates toward literary fiction with commercial appeal, and is particularly drawn to braided narratives and layered plots, especially when populated by complex characters with deep emotional resonance. Commercially, she’s looking for both sweeping historical fiction and visceral literary thrillers that depart from the norm of the genre. The most important thing to her, beyond concept or pitch, is breathtaking storytelling that stretches its genre to new heights. A California native, Annie worked in journalism before joining the publishing world, where she digs for stories that keep her reading late into the night and stay with her long after she puts them down.
Molly has been working closely with Folio authors’ projects since 2008, and is an Associate Member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). In addition to building her selective but growing list of fiction and nonfiction clients, Molly is Folio’s Co-Director of International Rights. Her children’s fiction clients include #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy (SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY and DUMPLIN’), Jeramey Kraatz (THE CLOAK SOCIETY), Kristen Lippert-Martin (TABULA RASA), and Barrie Summy (The “I So Don’t Do…” mystery series). You can follow her on Twitter @molly_jaffa.
Heather Karpas has been at ICM Partners since 2012 building a list consisting of literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, lifestyle/health, and pop culture. She holds a degree in Psychology from Middlebury College in Vermont.
Kristyn Keene has been at ICM Partners since 2006, building a list consisting of literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, young adult, and pop culture. She is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and holds a degree in English and writing from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
A partner at the Second Sight Literary Agency, Patrick Kennedy specializes in nonfiction and memoir projects. He was trained at Johns Hopkins (Phi Beta Kappa BA 2008, Writing Seminars MFA 2010) and McGill University (English Research MA 2011), and began his career as an education journalist and university professor. Patrick’s Second Sight clients include experts in fitness, the performing arts, pet care, and international politics, as well as select authors in suspense, romance, and literary fiction. He is presently interested in signing memoir and autobiographical projects (all age levels) and instructional books (particularly cooking, career advice, and self-help).
Dan Kirschen began his career at ICM Partners in 2010 and has been there since, focusing on literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, current events, and pop culture (music and comedy in particular). He's a graduate of William & Mary, with a degree summa cum laude in Philosophy, and in his nocturnal life he plays the drums in a band.
Rick Pascocello has spent 25 years marketing books, most recently with Penguin Random House, where he was Vice President, Executive Director of Marketing. While there, he was given the rare opportunity to work closely with a wonderfully diverse collection of writers, including some of fiction’s premier authors like Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell, Ken Follett, Charlaine Harris, Khaled Hosseini, Nora Roberts, Patrick Rothfuss and JR Ward; as well as non-fiction bestsellers such as Stephen Johnson, Jen Lancaster, James McBride, Dan Pink, and Joan Rivers. Rick oversaw the marketing campaigns for thousands of New York Times best-sellers, and spearheaded innovative marketing strategies in social media, retail partnerships, and cause-related marketing, such as ‘Read Pink’ to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Kite Runner campaign that built a school in Afghanistan. Since 2015, he has provided independent marketing support to authors, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. He currently serves on the board of DBW 2017 as marketing captain coordinating conference programming. He brings a vast and diverse range of experience and relationships to his role as a literary agent, and will continue to leverage his broad, insider knowledge of book publishing and media to advocate for his clients.
Michelle Richter joined Fuse Literary after eight years at St. Martin’s Press. While there, she edited nonfiction including MELISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL by Melissa Joan Hart and RENEWABLE by Jeremy Shere, and worked on women’s fiction, memoir/ biography, pop culture, cookbooks, and diet/health books. She has a M.S. in Publishing from Pace University, and a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Russian from UMass Boston.
Michelle is primarily seeking fiction, especially book club reads, women’s fiction, literary fiction, and mystery/suspense/thrillers. Her favorite authors include Ann Patchett, Emma Straub, Laura Lippman, Richard Russo, Tom Perrotta, and Gillian Flynn. For nonfiction, she’s interested in fashion, pop culture, science/medicine, sociology/social trends, and economics.
Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts joined Writers House in 2015 and represents a diverse list of nonfiction, memoir, literary fiction, upmarket/book club fiction, and select realistic young-adult. Prior to joining Writers House, she was director of foreign rights at the Susan Golomb Literary Agency, handling translation rights for award-winning authors such as Jonathan Franzen, Rachel Kushner, William T. Vollmann, as well as representing her own clients. She brings ten years of experience to the position; she was a literary scout at Sanford Greenburg Associates and began her career in editorial, at an independent literary publishing house, where she launched a lifelong commitment to shepherding quality fiction and nonfiction to publication. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein
Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein, senior agent and president at McIntosh & Otis, has degrees from New York University and Manhattan School of Music. She began her book publishing career in subsidiary rights and then took on the responsibilities of acquisitions editor at a major audio publishing imprint. Initially, she joined McIntosh & Otis to manage all subsidiary rights but began working as an agent shortly thereafter. Her primary interests include literary fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, and mystery/suspense, romance, along with narrative non-fiction, history and current affairs. Elizabeth represents numerous New York Times bestsellers, and both Agatha and Edgar Award winners and nominees.
Zoe Sandler has been at ICM for nearly five years, much of that time working for Esther Newberg, and has spent the last two years building her own list of author clients while serving as coordinator for ICM’s literary department. She is primarily interested in narrative nonfiction, working with journalists who report on subjects in the sciences, and on the environment, social justice, and travel. Zoe started her publishing career at a small academic press in North Carolina, and is originally from California, but loves calling New York home.
Alec majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man. Realizing that he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House Literary Agency, where he worked under Jodi Reamer and Amy Berkower on a large number of YA and Adult titles. Alec is now aggressively building his own list and is always looking for great mysteries and thrillers, as well as horror, historical fiction, and YA/middle grade books geared towards boys. On the nonfiction side, Alec would love to see humor, biography, history (particularly military history), true crime, “guy” reads, and all things sports.
Genres I prefer: Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Noir, Biography, Military History, True Crime, Sports, Action/Adventure, Dark Fiction, Humor
Not Looking For: Romance (paranormal or otherwise), women’s fiction, picture books, high fantasy, science fiction featuring aliens/intergalactic warfare, self-help, poetry, religious fiction