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New York Pitch Conference Professionals are Looking for Marketable Commercial and Literary Stories and Novels in the Genre Categories of Serious and Light Women's Fiction, Suspense Women's Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Thrillers, Futuristic Thrillers, YA and Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, Horror, General Suspense, Historical, Memoir, Narrative Non-Fiction, General and Upmarket. Select Professionals are Scouting for potential TV and Film projects as well.

NY pitch faculty represent an eclectic mix of senior experience and youthful ambition. What they have in common is their passion for books, not to mention the fact that they're the best at what they do. We're honored to include in the list familiar acquisition editors who have transitioned successfully to the book-agenting business, thus greatly increasing their ability to get writers published while still benefiting from their prior publishing house experience and contacts.

New Faculty Introductions

We would like to welcome a few of our unique and brilliant new faculty to the New York Pitch Conference. For starters, we have the famous German publisher and editor, Hannes Riffel; distinguished film producer and filmmaker Jeff Deverett; Gemma Creffield, the Managing Editor of U.K.'s Angry Robot publishing company; Anna Michels, Editorial Director of Sourcebooks and Poisoned Pen Press; the legendary Peter Rubie, CEO of FinePrint Media, a literary management company; Scott Veltri, President of Production at Assemble Media; and famous boutique agent, Barbara Zitwer, International Literary Agent of the Year in 2016, and producer of one of Hollywood's top five greatest cult comedies of all time, "Vampire's Kiss," starring Nicolas Cage.

Workshop Leaders and Staff

James Abatte

James Abbate is an Assistant Editor at Kensington Publishing, the largest independent and family-owned publisher in the nation. A graduate of SUNY Binghamton and Pace University, he has been working at Kensington for ten years in both editorial and sales. He actively acquires books in most genres, including historical fiction, nonfiction (biography, memoir), suspense and thriller, with a particular emphasis on WWII fiction and nonfiction. His authors include thriller writer Cindy Dees and historical thriller writer Simon Scarrow, as well as the upcoming nonfiction title, THE WATCHMAKERS, a father-son Holocaust memoir.

Ken Atchity

With more than forty years experience in the publishing world, and over twenty years in entertainment, Ken Atchity is responsible for launching dozens of books and films. His life's passion is finding great storytellers and turning them into bestselling authors and screenwriters. As well as being a famed literary agent at AEI and director of Story Merchant Books, he has produced 33 films, including "Joe Somebody" (Tim Allen; Fox), "Life or Something Like It" (Angelina Jolie; Fox), "Shadow of Obsession" (NBC), "The Madam's Family" (CBS), "Henry's List of Wrongs" (New Line), and Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not (starring Jim Carrey; Paramount-- approaching production). His 14 books on writing cover every stage of a writer's career. Based his teaching, managing, and writing experience, he has successfully built bestselling careers for novelists, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters from the ground up.

Jackie Cantor

Jackie Cantor is a Senior Editor at Gallery, a division of Simon and Schuster. Titles she's published there include UNRAVELING OLIVER by Liz Nugent, which was lauded by People Magazine, the Washington Post, and the Seattle Times, recipient of a starred and boxed Publishers Weekly review, and winner of the publishing trifecta of industry awards: a BEA Buzz Pick, a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick, and an Indie Next Pick. Other recent fiction titles include THE UNFORGOTTEN by Laura Powell and THE BELOVEDS by Maureen Lindley. Among Jackie's more recent acquisitions are RHAPSODY by Mitchell James Kaplan, a novel inspired by the life of George Gershwin; BONE DEEP by Sandra Ireland, a dark suspense novel; and, on the nonfiction front, THE LOST BOYS OF MONTAUK: A TRUE STORY OF THE WIND BLOWN AND FOUR MEN WHO VANISHED AT SEA by Amanda Fairbanks. Jackie has discovered a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Diana Gabaldon, Eloisa James, and Kate Quinn. She's also worked with Jane Green, Rhys Bowen, Clare Mackintosh (I LET YOU GO), John Lescroart, Kate Furnivall (whose novel THE RUSSIAN CONCUBINE was an inaugural title for Target's Book Club), Helen Fremont (author of the award-winning Boston Globe bestselling memoir AFTER LONG SILENCE), Debra Ollivier (author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller WHAT FRENCH WOMEN KNOW), and Hope Edelman (New York Times bestselling author of MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS).

Jenny Chen

Jenny joined Crooked Lane in 2017 by way of internships with Writers House, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster. She obtained her BA and MA degrees in English literature, graduating with highest honors, in 2016. Now, she works on all stories criminal with a wide range of authors, including those of critically acclaimed bestsellers. With an affinity for the macabre, Jenny is on the hunt for stories (real or fictive) that challenge the human spirit: How far can we fracture before we break? She is looking for serial killer thrillers, commercial domestic thrillers, upmarket domestic suspense, police/reporter procedurals, Southern gothics, true crime, and is particularly interested in stories featuring nuanced villains, "bad" mothers, missing/murdered indigenous women, procedurals (police or reporter), cabin in the woods settings, serial killers of all manners, and creepy dolls and wells. She loves a story that shakes her to her core, no holds barred.

Adam Chromy

Adam Chromy's organization, Movable Type Management, provides inventive literary representation and development, focused equally on story-craft and brand building. Working in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres and categories, they help authors build narratives and brands that people care about, thus propelling themselves to the widest audience possible across multiple media and territories.

After receiving a degree in Finance and Management from N.Y.U.'s Stern School of Business and spending a decade as a sales and marketing guru, Adam Chromy decided to blend his love of narrative with his modern entrepreneurial spirit. The result was Artists and Artisans, where for ten years he represented authors with a professional rigor seldom seen in the book business. After hundreds of published books and numerous bestsellers, Adam reorganized Artists and Artisans as a management company renamed Movable Type Management/Media to better serve clients by offering them the higher visibility afforded by film and television adaptations of their work.

Tom Colgan

An Executive Editor at Penguin, Tom has worked in publishing for over twenty years. His specialties are general fiction, category fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and just about any high-concept marketable tale. Authors he has worked with include Tom Clancy, Ed McBain, Clive Cussler, W.E.B. Griffin, and Jack Higgins.

Gemma Creffield

Gemma has worked in the publishing industry for five years, in various roles, always with the aim of being an editor. Now commissioning for Angry Robot, Gemma is on the look out for a book that shook her like THE HUNGER GAMES and ONLY EVER YOURS, that grabbed her like THE POWER, and stayed with her like FAHRENHEIT 451. Gemma is a lover of dystopian, feminist, literary-leaning and message-driven fiction. She also loves steampunk, mystery, crime, fairytale/folklore and adventure-fantasy.

Mara Delgado-Sanchez

Mara is an acquiring editorial assistant for St. Martin's press. Her particular interests are Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Women's Fiction, and Young Adult. For adult, she is looking for all types of category romance, rom coms, and love stories, as well diverse and #ownvoices stories in both, adult and YA. In YA, she has a soft spot for fantasy, especially if non-Western. She loves fairy tale, legends and myth retellings, exploring other cultures, and twists to historical events. She is also looking for crossover fiction, whether contemporary or fantasy.

Brendan Deneen

Brendan Deneen is the Director of Literary and IP Development at Assemble Media (BONE TOMAHAWK) where he focuses on selling projects to both the publishing and film/TV industries. Prior to joining Assemble, Deneen was an Executive Editor at Tor/Macmillan for the eight years where he edited dozens of books including the New York Times-bestselling WALKING DEAD novels co-written by Robert Kirkman. Deneen also created and ran Macmillan Entertainment, setting up book-to-film projects at Warner Brothers, Fox, Sony, MGM, Hulu, NBC, CBS, Lionsgate, Showtime, and many others. Before Macmillan, Deneen was a book-to-film executive for Scott Rudin and at Miramax/Dimension Films. He started his career at William Morris, working for legendary literary agent Owen Laster.

Jeff Deverett

Jeff Deverett is a producer, director, writer, and actor known for "Full Out 2: You Got This!" (2020), "ism" (2019), "The Samuel Project" (2018), "Kiss & Cry" (2017), "Full Out" (2015), "King of the Camp" (2008) and "My Brother's Keeper" (2004). Jeff's successful film and TV career began with distribution with New World Entertainment, Astral Communications, Anchor Bay Entertainment and his own company, Deverett Media Group.

Niva Evans

Nivia Evans is a Senior Editor at Orbit, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, where she indulges in her lifelong obsession with science fiction and fantasy. She began her publishing career at the Overlook Press after working as an English teacher for three years. Nivia is a Hugo Award nominee for Best Editor and in 2020 was named Publishers Weekly's Star Watch "Superstar". She is committed to seeing diverse representation in publishing and often dreams of being as iconic as Pam Grier.

Sarah Grill

Sarah Grill is an Assistant Editor at St. Martin's Press and she is looking to acquire upmarket women's fiction, psychological thrillers and elevated mysteries, narrative nonfiction, and true crime with a literary edge. She has been working in publishing since 2016, interning at Harvey Klinger, Janklow & Nesbit, and Writers House before joining the editorial staff at St. Martin's in 2018. In a past life, she lived in Los Angeles and worked in development at Alloy Entertainment, pitching books for films and TV shows. Recent and upcoming titles she's worked on include OUTSIDER by New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, ANYTHING FOR YOU by Saul Black, THE NIGHT SWIM by Megan Goldin, THE VACATION by T.M. Logan, and SECRETS OF A MARINE'S WIFE by New York Times bestselling author Shanna Hogan.

Michaela Hamilton

Michaela Hamilton, executive editor at Kensington, acquires and edits commercial fiction including thrillers, mainstream mysteries, cozy mysteries, women's fiction, true crime, platform-driven memoirs, and nonfiction and fiction involving animals. Highlights of her publishing career include DONNIE BRASCO by Joseph D. Pistone, SMALL SACRIFICES by Ann Rule, JFK HAS BEEN SHOT by Dr. Charles Crenshaw, and AN UNEXPECTED GRACE by Kristin von Kreisler.

Gwen Hawkes

Gwen Hawkes is an associate editor at St. Martin's Press and St. Martin's Essentials. She acquires narrative nonfiction, smart book club and upmarket women's fiction, and prescriptive titles in the lifestyle and body, mind, spirit spaces. She is in search of fiction that whisks her away to a different place, time, or point of view and nonfiction that wrestles with social issues through personal narrative or journalism, reveals ignored corners of history, or explores overlooked experiences.

Miranda Hill

After graduating the Columbia Publishing Course, Miranda Hill immediately began working in the industry. Now, as an editorial assistant at Berkley publishing, her primary focus is working with two different editors on adult science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as acquiring projects of her own. She loves her science fiction and fantasy selections to have whip-fast pacing and biting humor, in the vein of THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET by Becky Chambers or THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA by Scott Lynch, and she particularly enjoys deep character dives in her novels, as in N.K. Jemisin's THE FIFTH SEASON, Emma Newman's BEFORE MARS, and SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty.

Thomas Hoeler

Tom Hoeler is an assistant editor at Del Rey Books, the sci-fi/fantasy imprint of Random House. He works with a number of original fiction authors and as a member of the licensed fiction team, working on brands like Star Wars. He is a 2012 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

Peter Joseph

Peter Joseph is an executive editor at Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, where he acquires fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction list covers narrative nonfiction, memoirs, biographies, nature, science, history, politics, and humor. His fiction list includes literary, general fiction, crime, and historical novels. He has edited notable and bestselling authors such as Patrick J. Buchanan, Senator Robert Byrd, Mayor Buddy Cianci, Dario Fo, Steve Guttenberg, Steve Hamilton, Robert Littell, Lt.Col. Anthony Shaffer, William Shatner, Wilbur Smith and Senator Arlen Specter. With Anne Hillerman, he co-founded the annual Tony Hillerman Prize for debut mystery set in the Southwest.

Elle Keck

Elle is an associate editor at Harper Collins looking to acquire new, fresh voices in women's fiction, also searching for diverse voices with stories that haven't been told before. She is also building a list of female focused, voice-driven non-fiction titles. Her goal is to edit a growing stable of bestselling and award-winning authors

Lyssa Keusch

Executive Editor Lyssa Keusch acquires primarily commercial fiction for the William Morrow/Avon imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Her main focus is on rich, textured, thought-provoking commercial women's fiction, contemporary upmarket or historical fiction, and high-concept thrillers, mysteries and suspense. She has launched the careers of New York Times bestselling authors James Rollins and Julia Quinn, with whom she is thrilled to continue to work. Among her other authors are New York Times bestsellers J. A. Jance, Jefferson Bass, Samantha James, and Elizabeth Boyle, award-winners Jamie Freveletti, Sean Chercover, Robin Burcell, and Mary Daheim, and international bestsellers Kathryn Fox and Glenn Cooper. While her list is generally comprised of commercial fiction, she enjoys editing the occasional narrative nonfiction project as well, keeping an eye out for books in which the reader learns something fascinating, on topics ranging from popular science and nature to history to cultural explorations to memoir.

Patrick LoBrutto

Patrick LoBrutto has been an editor, author and anthologist for over 30 years. He has worked in all areas of Fiction and Non-Fiction specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, Thrillers, Historical Fiction, Westerns, Military History and Mysteries. He has worked for Ace Books, Doubleday, M. Evans, Random House, Kensington, Stealth Press (an Internet Publisher) and Bantam. He has held the position of Editor, Senior Editor and Editor-in-Chief, working with authors like Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Eric Van Lustbader, the Louis L'Amour Estate, and all the DUNE Novels of Brian Herbert and others. He has received the World Fantasy Award for editing. He currently lectures at writer's conferences and works as an Editorial Consultant, an Acquiring Editor for Tor/Forge and as a scout for the Trident Media Group. He is on the National Advisory Board of the Writer's Hall of Fame of America and Award Administrator for the Philip K. Dick Award.

Anna Michels

Anna Michels has been at Sourcebooks for nearly a decade and is Editorial Director of Sourcebooks and Poisoned Pen Press, with her list split between nonfiction and mystery, thriller, and suspense. Anna is looking for a wide variety of books under the crime fiction umbrella, including psychological suspense, cozy mysteries, and unputdownable crime fiction, as well as a wide variety of prescriptive and narrative nonfiction on both historical and contemporary topics.

Christopher Morgan

In his own words: "Before my move to Tom Doherty Associates, I spent time helping build two different genre-based communities focused on putting the readers, and fans, first. This philosophy continues to shape my own personal tastes as I am constantly searching for projects that inspire excitement and more than a little bit of obsession. Now that I am here at Tor/Forge I look forward to building a list that is centered on fun, commercial fiction driven by great characters and told with a strong voice. I love great adult action-adventure stories of all kinds, hi-tech thrillers, exciting military fiction, and contemporary/urban fantasies with a nice horror angle. Most of all I love a story that grabs your attention with a great hook and keeps you turning the page.

Hannah O'Grady

Hannah O'Grady is an Associate Editor acquiring for St. Martin's Press and Minotaur Books. Within the mystery genre, much of her list consists of contemporary cozies with smart, curious protagonists, clever conceits, and a good dash of humor. She's also eager for darker or more traditional mysteries, especially those that challenge ideas around criminal justice, and feature characters and authors from communities and backgrounds that are underrepresented in the genre. On the St. Martin's list, Hannah is primarily interested in adult narrative nonfiction, especially untold stories from history, science and environmental justice, leftist politics, and investigative journalism. Nonfiction that reads like fiction is absolutely a plus. She also edits select, plot-driven literary and upmarket fiction. Across all genres, socially-conscious writing and work that highlights marginalized voices is of particular interest.

April Osborn

April Osborn joined MIRA in 2018, after a decade in the publishing industry during which she's had the opportunity to work with bestselling and award-winning authors in many genres. She enjoys editing a broad range of fiction projects, from rich family sagas with strong plotting and complex relationships to psychological suspense and thrillers that make her spine tingle. She loves books that feature strong female protagonists from diverse backgrounds and propulsive plots balanced with compelling characters, and books that have something interesting to say about the world we live in. She also appreciates any book that can make her laugh out loud like a lunatic. Her preferences today are smart psychological thrillers, book club fiction with a contemporary edge, and complex family stories. In 2018, MIRA placed 55 titles on the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists combined. MIRA publishes approximately 100 books per year in hardcover, mass-market and trade paperback formats.

Michelle Richter

MICHELLE RICHTER is a distinguished agent at Fuse Literary. She joined in 2014 from St. Martin's Press where she worked on a variety of fiction and nonfiction including MELISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL by Melissa Joan Hart. Michelle is primarily seeking fiction, especially women's fiction, suspense, mysteries, thrillers, and YA contemporary and thrillers. Michelle's clients have won or been finalists for such awards as the Edgar, Mary Higgins Clark, Strand Critics, Anthony, Agatha, Lefty, ITW Thriller, Macavity, Barry, Derringer, IPPY, and International Book Award. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and has a Master's degree in Publishing from Pace University where she is an adjunct lecturer.

Hannes Riffel

Hannes Riffel's focus is on the induvidual strength of a writer and a text - building on that and finding the right audience. He believes that every book worth its salt has an audience, and that a writer should play to her or his own strength rather than pander to an alleged market. Working out of an office in St. Pauli in Hamburg, Hannes is looking for literary works, preferably with a speculative bent, either new or canonical, representing a progressive stance and an innovative topical approach. Paradigmatic of this are fantastic writers - in either sense - including Ursula K. Le Guin (ALWAYS COMING HOME being the first acquisition), Octavia E. Butler, and Joanna Russ. Add to this line up amazing authors such as Samuel R. Delany, Alan Moore (his major masterpiece JERUSALEM has been signed), and Gene Wolfe, and you will get the idea what the new imprint is all about.

Hannes founded Germany's biggest SF/Fantasy bookstore Otherland in Berlin, was publisher of Golkonda Verlag for five years, and headed Tor Germany, the SF/Fantasy label of S. Fischer, from 2015 to 2020. Aiming for the book fair in Leipzig in spring 2023, Berlin based Memoranda Verlag will begin publishing a new imprint under his direction. In contrast to the books selected by publisher Hardy Kettlitz himself, who is an award-winning editor of German Science Fiction and reference works about Science Fiction, the new imprint will focus on translations, foremost from English language authors, but open to the whole wide world.

Peter Rubie

Peter Rubie is the agent-CEO of FinePrint Media. He specializes in a broad range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction. In non-fiction he specializes in narrative non-fiction, popular science, spirituality, history, biography, pop culture, business and technology, parenting, health, self help, music, and food. He is a sucker for outstanding writing. In fiction he represents literate thrillers, crime fiction, science fiction and fantasy, military fiction and literary fiction, middle grade and some boy oriented young adult fiction. Prior to becoming an agent he was a publishing house editor for nearly six years, whose authors won prizes and critical acclaim. He has also been the editor-in-chief of a Manhattan local newspaper, and a freelance editor and book doctor for major publishers. He was a regular reviewer for the international trade magazine Publishers Weekly, and is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction. He is a member of AAR, and regularly lectures and writes on publishing and the craft of writing. He is the author of two published novels and close to ten non-fiction books ranging in subject matter from publishing and writing to music and Shakespeare.

Kristin Sevick

Kristin Sevick is an editor at Tor/Forge where she has worked for more than seven years, acquiring a wide range of commercial fiction, including romance, crime, historical, upmarket and women's fiction. Before coming to Tor, she spent a few years working at a veterinary journal which was both good editing experience and also made her a hypochondriac about her dog. Kristin's list includes New York Times bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron, Boston Globe bestseller Hank Phillippi Ryan, award-winning authors Rebecca Cantrell and Carrie Bebris, and many others.

Jennifer Snyder

Jenn Snyder is on the editorial staff at the Berkley imprint of Penguin Random House. She works with a number of original fiction authors across a variety of genres, including mysteries, thrillers, suspense, and narrative nonfiction, and she has a lifelong passion for science fiction and fantasy. She's looking to build a list that is centered on high-concept, voice-driven thrillers, science fiction, and anything with a unique voice (especially works that promote inclusion and diversity). She is a 2014 graduate of Ithaca College, and will soon be completing her Masters of Science in Publishing from Pace University.

Amy Stapp

Amy Stapp received her BA from Samford University and MA from Georgia State University before beginning her publishing career at Macmillan, where she was an editor for seven years and had the privilege of working with bestselling authors such as Katie McGarry, Shelley Noble, and Amber Lynn Natusch, among others. Amy joined Wolfson Literary in 2018 and is actively building her list, with interest in women's fiction, mystery, suspense, historical fiction, young adult, and select narrative nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to well-paced prose and smart, multidimensional characters.

Elizabeth Trout

Elizabeth Trout is an assistant editor at Kensington Publishing. A graduate of Kenyon College and the Columbia Publishing Course, Elizabeth began her publishing career working for literary agents before moving over to the editorial department at Kensington in 2018. She is seeking voice-driven women's fiction, contemporary romance, rom coms with an emphasis on the 'com', and general fiction with a paranormal or magical realism tilt.

Michelle Vega

Michelle Vega is an Editor with the Berkley Publishing Group, an imprint of Penguin Group, USA. She has a Master's degree in British and American literature and began her career with Berkley in 2005. She is interested in cozy, paranormal, traditional and historical mysteries. She also loves urban fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, and some YA, but she'll read anything with intriguing characters and a compelling plot. Her mystery authors are published under Berkley's New York Times bestselling Prime Crime imprint and she has also acquired for the Berkley, Ace, and Jove lines.

Scott Veltri

Scott Veltri is a partner and the President of Production at Assemble Media where he oversees the Film and TV slate. Recently completed films include John Michael McDonagh's THE FORGIVEN starring Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, Chris Abbott and Caleb Landry Jones; and Gia Coppola's MAINSTREAM starring Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff, Alexa Demie and Jason Schwartzman, which world premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival and will be released by IFC Films. Upcoming projects include wish-fulfillment comedy MOST LIKLEY TO at Netflix and comic adaptation MERCY SPARX with MGM. On the documentary side, Scott is executive producing a docuseries on the rise and fall of MoviePass with Mark Wahlberg's Unscripted Ideas, producers of the Emmy Nominated MCMILLIONS for HBO.

Tessa Woodward

Senior Editor Tessa Woodward edits a wide array of romance, women's fiction, and historical fiction. On the romance side, she edits authors across all genres, including the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers Tessa Dare, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Jennifer Bernard, and Maya Rodale. Her women's fiction titles range from USA Today bestseller Shelley Noble's beach-set novels, to Molly McAdams' New York Times bestselling New Adult stories, to Lisa Turner's psychological mysteries, and the New York Times bestselling historical ORPHAN #8, a debut from Kim van Alkemade. She is the US editor for international bestseller Paullina Simons.

Barbara Zitwer

BJZ Agency is a global literary agency that is based in New York City for over 22 years. Barbara J Zitwer's strength and expertise is in her ability to discover new writers and launch their international careers. She also works with established authors in their home countries like Korea, who want to break out into the world. At the beginning, Zitwer discovered Jerry Stahl, Eric Garcia, Sharon Krum, and THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB which was a NYTimes Bestseller for over a year, Jeff Noon, winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award for his debut VURT, among others. She is responsible for the Korean New Wave in global publishing which won her the 2016 International Literary Agent of the Year Award and launched the careers of Shirley Jackson Prize winner Hye young Pyun's THE HOLE, Booker International Prize winner Han Kang's THE VEGETARIAN and Kyung Sook Shin's PLEASE LOOK AFTER MOM, Man Asian Prize winner and also became a NY TIMES Bestseller. And besides being a legendary literary agent, Barbara also carries the distinction of being the producer of one of Hollywood's greatest cult comedies of all time, "Vampire's Kiss," starring Nicolas Cage.

Algonkian Assistant Editors

Gardner "Bud" Browning

Gardner is an award-winning author. In addition to receiving a New Hampshire Literary Award, two of his novels were part of an international English literacy program for middle grade readers (published as G.M. Browning), and his speculative fiction novel, KARMA CITY was published by Del Sol Press. The Bud-ster enjoys classic literature, fishing, playing guitar, professional wrestling, and spending time with his family.

Jamison Murcott

Jamison is a 2019 Purchase College graduate with a BA in Creative Writing and minor in Literature. She worked with the literary magazine Italics Mine as Managing Editor in 2019. Pastimes include racing to finish the book in time for book club and going on bird-walks through Central Park.

Josh Sippie

Josh Sippie is a fiction writer who masquerades as a professional sports writer. He has appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, pretending to be a mutated crayfish. He teaches various blogging classes at Gotham Writers Workshop, he's an assistant at Talcott Notch Literary Agency, works the quarterly New York Pitch Conference, and hosts scavenger hunts across the east coast. He holds a BA in English and History from the University of Central Missouri.

Audrey Woods

A. A. Woods is a Boston-based Hispanic writer of science fiction and fantasy. After earning an entirely unrelated bachelor's degree in Molecular Genetics at the University of Vermont, she's been steadily inching her way into the publishing industry. She is now represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency and has two novels on submission. You can find her at aawoodsbooks.com.

New York Pitch Workshop Leaders

Susan Breen - Author and Teacher

Amy Collins - Author and Literary Agent

Paula Munier - Literary Agent and Author

Michael Neff - Development Exec and Author

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NOTE: New York Pitch Conference faculty are subject to change as circumstances dictate, however, new editors and/or workshop leaders will be substituted who are just as qualified and diverse in taste.

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