Caitlin Alexander spent eleven years at Random House, where she edited New York Times bestsellers such as The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond, Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper, and the Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase series by Andy McDermott, as well as RITA Award winners, Thriller Award winners, and Edgar Award nominees. In 2012, she started her own editorial services company and can be found at www.editedbycaitlin.com.
Editor, Perseus Books Group
In 2012, Dan Ambrosio joined the Da Capo Press and Lifelong Books imprints of The Perseus Books Group as a senior editor. He began his book publishing career in 1997 at Warner Books (now Grand Central Publishing) before moving on to roles as a literary agent at Vigliano Associates and then as an editor at Wiley. He has published a wide spectrum of business, self-help, sports, pop culture and wellness topics and authors—ranging from training guides for triathletes to the authorized biography of the rock band KISS to a bestselling book with the memorable title Working with You Is Killing Me and a book by skateboarder extraordinaire (turned awesome entrepreneur) Tony Hawk, as well as the recent New York Times bestseller Discover Your Optimal Health by Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen and The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living by Amit Sood, MD.
Editor, Atria Publishing Group
Peter Borland is Vice President and Editorial Director of Atria Books/Washington Square Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. He has previously held editorial positions at Ballantine Books/Random House and Penguin USA. Authors he works with include Jill Bialosky, Russell Brand, Joan Juliet Buck, Portia De Rossi, Joseph Kanon, Thomas Keneally, John Lescroart, Shirley MacLaine, Spencer Quinn, and Lucinda Riley.
Agent, Barbara Braun Associates, Inc Literary Agency
Barbara Braun began her New York City agency nearly 20 years ago after a career as an author, editor, journalist, and museum curator (she holds a BA in English literature from Cornell and a Columbia University PhD in art history). Her first big success as an agent was with Susan Vreeland’s Girl in Hyacinth Blue, which has sold over a half-million copies, been translated into 28 languages, and was the first of several popular novels drawing inspiration from the lives of great artists.
Other clients include Patricia Harman, whose two memoirs (The Blue Cotton Gown) and successful novel (The Midwife of Hope River) and forthcoming sequel are inspired by her life as a midwife; popular Southern novelist Susan Gregg Gilmore; James R. Benn, whose Billy Boyle World War II mystery series is now up to its tenth installment; and Gwen Florio’s award-winning mysteries set in the West. Her wide-ranging nonfiction list includes a bestselling series of books on rap music and another on set design. She is particularly interested in fiction and nonfiction about women, but her roster includes authors of memoirs, biographies, thrillers, and historical novels. She does not represent children’s books, science fiction, or romance titles.
John Baker, her husband and partner in the agency, retired eight years ago as editorial director and former editor-in-chief of Publishers Weekly, and in that capacity has interviewed dozens of writers and participated in many industry conferences.
Editor, Penguin Group Inc.
Ellen Edwards is an executive editor at New American Library, a division of Penguin Random House, where she focuses on commercial women’s fiction, including mystery and romance. She has worked for major New York publishers for over thirty years, and previously held positions at Dell, Berkley, and Avon. Current writers on her list include New York Times bestsellers Catherine Anderson and Kate Carlisle; historical writers Erika Robuck, C. S. Harris, Simone St. James, Stephanie Thornton, and Donna Thorland; as well as international bestselling contemporary writer Monica McInerney, and many others.
Agent, Dystel & Goderich Literary Mgmt.
Miriam Goderich and Jane Dystel have been partners since 1995 and they work closely as an agenting team to generate book ideas, help create book proposals, place projects with publishing companies, and negotiate all contracts pertaining to publishing and subsidiary rights. In addition, Miriam is an insightful editor who has been responsible for discovering and working on a number of first novels. She is also very involved in developing nonfiction projects and taking them from the conceptual stage to publication. Miriam’s areas of interest include: literary and commercial fiction as well as some genre fiction, narrative nonfiction, pop culture, psychology, history, science, art, business books, and biography/memoir. Miriam received a BA in Comparative Literature and an MA in English from Columbia University. She was born in Cuba and, prior to settling in the New York area, lived in Spain and Miami, Florida. Currently, she resides just outside the City with her husband and son, a dog, and a parrot.
Agent, Random House, Inc.
A native New Yorker and former biologist, Anne Lesley Groell has been working in science fiction and fantasy publishing for close to twenty-two years—although she has been a devotee of the genre far longer. She worked for two and a half years at Avon Books, then moved on to Bantam Spectra. In the past twenty years, though she has never changed jobs again, she has worked for three different companies under two different imprints. She is currently an Executive Editor for Penguin Random House, and a member of Team Del Rey, where she works with such authors as George R.R. Martin, Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Naomi Novik, Connie Willis, Peter Hamilton and Harry Turtledove. She lives in New York with her husband, Canadian author David Keck, and their daughter Amy.
Publicist, Suzanne Grossberg Consulting, Inc.
Suzanne Grossberg has a 24-year successful history of raising millions of dollars for the arts, education and research. She is currently president and CEO of her own consulting company and has helped numerous nonprofits with strategic planning; national fundraising, events and public relations campaign development; and grants research and writing. Ms. Grossberg earned her MA in Creative Arts Interdisciplinary from San Francisco State University and her BS Magna Cum Laude in Communication Arts from SUNY New Paltz.
Agent, Inkwell Management
Allison Hunter, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, began her publishing career in 2005 working for the Los Angeles-based literary publicity firm, Kim-from-L.A. She joined the InkWell team in New York City in 2010, and is actively acquiring literary and commercial fiction (including romance), memoir, narrative nonfiction, cultural studies, pop culture and prescriptive titles, including cookbooks. She is always looking for funny female authors, great love stories and family epics, and for non-fiction projects that speak to the current cultural climate. She has a B.A. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Emiley S. Keyes
Agent, Foreword Literary
Emily joined Foreword Literary in 2013 after working as an agent at the L. Perkins Agency for 2 years. Before entering the world of agenting, she worked in the contracts department of Simon & Schuster, Inc and graduated from New York University’s Center for Publishing. She uses her knowledge of contracts, copyright and the publishing business to benefit her clients and the Foreword team. Emily is a particular lover of all types of young adult and middle grade books. She wants to represent the kind of stories that will resonate with kids for the rest of their lives. She is also looking for a very select list of commercial adult fiction which includes fantasy & science fiction, women’s fiction, new adult fiction, along with pop culture and humor titles. She is not looking for poetry, short stories, or picture books.
Agent, Bradford Literary Agency
Sarah LaPolla joined Bradford Literary Agency in May 2013. Prior to joining forces with Laura and Natalie, Sarah worked for five years in the foreign rights department at Curtis Brown, Ltd., and became an associate agent there in 2010. She received her MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) from The New School in 2008 and has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ithaca College.
Sarah represents YA and adult fiction. On the adult side, she is looking for literary fiction, science fiction, magical realism, dark/psychological mystery, and upmarket commercial and/or women’s fiction. For YA, she is interested in contemporary/realistic fiction that doesn’t shy away from the darker side of adolescence. YA sci-fi, horror, mystery, and magical realism are also welcome; and she would love to find a modern Judy Blume for the MG market. No matter what genre, Sarah is drawn to layered/strong characters, engaging narrators, and a story that’s impossible to put down.
Agent/Moderator, Cynthia Manson Literary Agency
Cynthia Manson is a well-known and respected independent literary agent with a small, successful list of published authors. She graduated from Scripps College for Women with a BA in English literature and fine arts. She also attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course, where she was inspired by Sterling Lord. Two years later she joined the Sterling Lord Literary Agency. Manson has worked in both magazine and book publishing, including Putnam, Bertelsmann and Scientific American. Currently she is a consultant for Advertising Age magazine and other Crain Publications, as well as representing authors in a variety of genres.
Social Media Specialist, Founder of BookGirlTV
Tessa Smith McGovern is host and founder of BookGirlTV, founder of eChook Digital Publishing, and author of two books: the award-winning London Road: Linked Stories, and Cocktails for Book Lovers. (July 2014, Sourcebooks, Inc). She teaches at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.
Agent, Foundry Literary + Media
Jess serves as Foundry’s Foreign Rights Director for Children’s Books, and also represents her own list of authors.
As a domestic agent, Jess represents all genres of young adult and middle grade books, as well as a select list of adult general fiction, women’s fiction, and adult nonfiction. She is passionate about discovering projects that are compulsive, contagious, and creative. She’s particularly interested in books that are “conversation starters” and novels that bridge the literary-commercial divide, combining a high-concept plot with beautiful writing.
On the foreign side, with energy and persistence, Jess develops the international careers of Foundry clients. Each day she calls on the relationships she’s cultivated with foreign editors and agents to place Foundry authors’ works in new countries and new cultures across the globe.
Originally from Iowa, Jess was working at her local library when she was offered a job at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and packed up for New York City. She spent 11 years at the Naggar Agency representing subsidiary rights and building her list of authors, including: Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange and Starling series (HarperTeen), Emily Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Balzer + Bray), Cecilia Galante’s Little Wings Series (Random House Children’s), Shana Mlawski’s Hammer of Witches (Lee & Low), Jeryl Brunner’s My City, My New York (Globe Pequot Press), J.C. Carleson’s Work Like a Spy (Profile) and The Tyrant’s Daughter (Knopf), and Jillian Cantor’s Margot (Riverhead) and Searching for Sky (Bloomsbury). Jess is a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in English Literature.
Associate Agent, Foreward Literary
Michelle was at St. Martin’s Press for eight years, where she edited Melissa Joan Hart’s Melissa Explains it All, among others, and worked on a variety of fiction and nonfiction.
She is seeking fiction including book club reads, literary fiction, well-crafted women’s commercial fiction, thrillers, and mysteries (amateur sleuth, police procedurals and smart cozies). In nonfiction, she’s seeking fashion, film, television, science, medicine, sociology/social trends, and economics. She has a soft spot for stories set in Boston, Ireland, and Russia.
Agent, Marly Rusoff Literary Agency
Marly Rusoff, a former publishing executive at Houghton Mifflin, Doubleday and William Morrow, is currently president of Marly Rusoff & Associates, Inc., an author representation agency based in Bronxville, New York.
Her clients include novelists Pat Conroy, Arthur Phillips, Ron Rash, Debra Dean, Cassandra King, Masha Hamilton, Thirty Umrigar, and most recently, Kimberly McCreight and Margaret Wrinkle. Her non-fiction list includes historical works by Alice Kaplan, Michael Phillip and Nicholas Kulish, as well as memoirs by Patricia Hampl, Kathe Lison and Deborah Rodriquez.
In her more than twenty years in publishing Marly Rusoff has developed hundreds of book marketing and publicity campaigns. In 1992, while working at Doubleday, she created trade publishing’s first “Reading Group Guide” for a work of fiction by Margaret Atwood. Designed to encourage the discussion of literature and promote the growth of book groups, it has become a marketing tool widely used by publishers to increase book sales and bring attention to their authors.
Rusoff began her career as a bookseller in Minneapolis. While still a student at the University of Minnesota she opened a bookstore that became a gathering place for poets and writers. In a space above the bookstore, she worked with local writers to create an organization dedicated to fostering a vibrant writing community through classes and workshops, literary events, and celebrations. Called The Loft, this nationally recognized nonprofit organization is now over 35 years old and continues to inspire a passion for reading and writing for its thousands of members.
Susie Orman Schnall
Speaker and Self-Published Author
Susie Orman Schnall is a writer and author whose debut novel, On Grace, was recently published by SparkPress. Schnall has also written for magazines and websites, mostly about family life, health, and wellness. Her writing has been published by The New York Times, Westchester Magazine, Serendipity, MindBodyGreen, and others. She is the Founder of The Balance Project, a series of interviews with inspiring women about work/life balance. Prior to becoming an author, Schnall did marketing, communications, and writing work for magazines, Internet companies, nonprofit organizations, and advertising and PR agencies in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and San Francisco. She grew up in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley and was valedictorian of her high school. From there, Schnall traveled east and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied communications and English. Schnall lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and their three hilarious boys. For more information about Susie Orman Schnall, visit www.susieschnall.com.
Publicist and Self-Published Author, JKSCommunications - A Literary Publicity Firm
Julie Schoerke founded JKSCommunications in 2000 as a general PR firm that narrowed its focus to book marketing and literary publicity in 2005. The firm now has 15 publicists who are former and current journalists in New York, Chicago, Nashville and Denver, focusing on national media, television, radio, print on-line, social media and a videography team for book trailers and author videos as well as a seasoned team that produces regional and national physical book tours/author appearances. JKSCommunicatinos has represented more than 200 authors in more than 30 states and seven foreign countries including two two-time New York Times Bestselling authors, Susan Vreeland and Bruce W. Cameron as well as Larry Colton, the only pro-baseball player to ever be nominated for a Pulitzer in Literature.
Julie is committed to creating publicity campaigns that fit the author’s goals and lifestyle. The firm’s client list includes numerous books from each of the Big Five Publishers and JKSCommunications is the publicity firm of record for several boutique publishers (publishing 12 – 75 books per year). Julie reads the manuscripts of potential clients and agrees to represent approximately five offered in all genres (except poetry). She believes that self-publishing now has a place at the table and is very proud to represent some terrifically written and edited self-published books – some that have hit Amazon bestseller lists.
Julie lives in Nashville currently with her daughter who is a senior in high school. Her son is a sophomore at Ole Miss. In the fall of 2014, Julie will be moving to the author retreat she has built for the JKS family of authors to gather in Wilmington, NC at the beach to write, rejuvenate, and network with authors from other publishing houses. Julie has recently been working with Publishers Weekly to publish a piece on why the South is the key to the future of healthy booksales.
Julie speaks at conference at conferences throughout the United States including the graduate program at University of Chicago, The Oxford Creative Non-Fiction Conference and Workshops (the best), James River Writer’s Conference (Richmond, VA), Decatur Book Festival (Atlanta), Southern Festival of Books (Nashville), Alabama Book Festival and is a guest on numerous radio programs. For more information, visit www.jkscommunications.com.
Associate Agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Roseanne joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales and editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer's advocate, editor, and partner. She is also an arts reviewer for PlayShakespeare.com and a volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC.
Editor, Simon and Shuster, Gallery Books
Abby Zidle is a senior editor at Gallery and Pocket Books acquiring commercial fiction and nonfiction, including romance, suspense, women's fiction, memoir, and popular culture titles. Her authors at Gallery and Pocket include everything from New York Times bestsellers to debut novelists—recent titles include Far Gone, NYT bestselling author Laura Griffin’s hardcover debut; the #1 NYT bestselling memoir Becoming Sister Wives; the Love Under the Big Sky series by indie author-turned-NYT bestselling author Kristen Proby; and international bestseller The Sweetness of Forgetting. Prior to working at Gallery, she was an editor for Harlequin’s HQN line. She began her career in publishing at Bantam Dell, after abandoning the glamorous life of a Ph.D. student (the only job that pays worse than editorial assistant).