KATIE HENDERSON ADAMS 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 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 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.
ADRIENNE AVILA 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 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 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 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.
JACKIE CANTOR 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 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 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 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.
CHELSEA EBERLY Chelsea Eberly is an associate editor with Random House Books for Young Readers. Recent projects include Elsie Chapman’s dystopian YA, Dualed; Amy Christine Parker’s YA thriller, Gated; and Mark Goldblatt’s literary middle-grade novel, Twerp. Her picture book projects include It’s Milking Time by Phyllis Alsdurf/illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher and The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland/illustrated by Freya Blackwood. She’s also had the pleasure of working with Mallory Loehr on The New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series and with The New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce. Chelsea is on the lookout for strong voices, commercial hooks, and unique structures that tell stories in interesting ways.
CLAIRE EVANS 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 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.
KELLI FILLINGIM Kelli Fillingim is an Associate Editor at the Random House Publishing Group. She acquires and edits a wide variety of women’s fiction, historical fiction, general fiction, mystery and literary suspense. Some of her authors include Elizabeth Joy Arnold, Molly Shapiro, Laura Andersen and Edgar award nominated, Frank Tallis.
ALEXIS GARGAGLIANO 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 Brian Geffen is an editorial assistant 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 (Summer 2014). Brian works closely with senior editors on a list of titles that include the picture books of Oliver Jeffers and Loren Long, middle grade novels such as QB 1 by Mike Lupica, John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series, and the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, and YA novels like the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer. Brian is primarily looking for YA and middle grade novels with strong protagonists that may have smatterings of philosophical elements in the genres of: multiple POV and first-person fantasy (with particularly unique magic systems and world building), historical fiction, some science fiction, a bit of mystery, a touch of humor, and stories with fantastical elements that are grounded in realism. He is also looking for humorous, thoughtful picture books filled with sarcasm that both kids and parents can appreciate.
SARA GOODMAN 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.
MICHAEL HOMLER 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.
BRONWEN HRUSKA 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.
DANA ISAACSON 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 GRAVY: 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.
KAYLIE JONES 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 Lyssa Keusch is an Executive Editor at Morrow/Avon, an imprint of 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 YOU) 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.
KRISTA MARINO Krista Marino is 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 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 Matt Martz is an associate editor at St. Martin’s Press. He publishes nonfiction in the categories of business, history, science, and current affairs as well as crime fiction. 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.
As an editor for Minotour Books, 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.
LEAH MILLER Leah Miller is an editor at Free Press. With a specialty in narrative non-fiction and memoir, her list includes bestselling memoir The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok, Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan, and the upcoming Crazy River by Richard Grant. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars program, Miller interned with Oxford University Press and worked at Sterling Lord Literistic in both domestic agenting and foreign rights. Among the authors with whom she has worked are Peter Bergen, Annie Murphy Paul, Julia Scheeres, Mikal Gilmore, Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz.
DAVID MOLDAWER 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.
LEIS PEDERSON Leis Pederson is currently an Associate Editor with the Berkley Publishing Group. She acquires commercial fiction, including romance, erotic romance, urban fantasy, women’s fiction, mysteries, thrillers and general fiction. Her titles include AND FALLING, FLY by Skyler White, DON’T KILL THE MESSENGER by Eileen Rendahl, THE SILVER BEAR by Derek Haas, TOWN IN A BLUEBERRY JAM by B. B. Haywood and INSIDE OUT by Lauren Dane.
RUTA RIMAS Ruta Rimas edits 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 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.
SARA SARGENT 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.
EMILY SEIFE 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 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 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.
VIANA SINISCALCHI As an Assistant Editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, Viana Siniscalchi supports 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 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 SOHL Nicole Sohl joined 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 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 WEISS Alison Weiss has been with Egmont USA for nearly four years, almost since the company’s start. As an assistant editor, she focuses mainly on middle grade and young adult fiction. In addition to assisting on projects from Egmont’s stable of talented authors, including Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers, Tony Abbott, and Myra McEntire, she’s worked with Lindsay Eland (A Summer of Sunday’s), Mike A. Lancaster (Human.4; The Future We Left Behind), Kristina McBride (One Moment), Lynn Kiele Bonasia (Countess Nobody), Aimee Ferris (Will Work for Prom Dress), Glenn Dakin (The Candle Man series), Kristin Clark Venuti (The Butler Gets a Break), Ali Sparkes (Frozen in Time), and Kate le Vann (Things I Know About Love).
Alison is Egmont’s resident Twitter correspondent (@EgmontUSA) and hosts monthly Q&A sessions with teen writers at www.writeonteens.blogspot.com
Egmont USA is part of the Egmont Group, an international media company in more than thirty-five countries. Egmont USA’s first list came out in Fall 2008, and the company has since grown into a publisher of diverse commercial children’s and young adult fiction with an emphasis on quality, innovation, and author care.
JULIE WILL 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.