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Workshop Leaders, Agents, Staff
Publishing House Editors

Ibrahim Ahmad

Ibrahim Ahmad is senior editor at Akashic Books. He has acquired and edited dozens of titles for the completely independent Brooklyn-based company, which is dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction, upmarket/general fiction, fantasy (YA and adult), crime fiction, and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers. Akashic's enduring commitment to seek out and publish fresh voices is reflected by the diversity and eclecticism of the twenty-five or so books released annually by the company. In addition to its regular publishing program, Akashic hosts a number of other imprints including the Little House on the Bowery experimental fiction line; Chris Abani's Black Goat poetry imprint, which seeks to provide a proportional representation of female, African, and other non-American poets; and the Akashic Noir Series, showcasing original short crime fiction from around the world.

Laura Apperson

Laura Apperson is an associate editor at St. Martin's Press. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from literary fiction and current events to cookbooks and memoir, for both young adult and adult. Laura is actively seeking nonfiction and fiction projects, as well as fresh voices that speak to real, everyday issues, and bold, unputdownable stories. It's crucial to Laura that readers identify with characters they in books, and therefore, diversity is essential. In nonfiction, Laura is seeking narrative, memoir, health/lifestyle, cookbooks, and gift & pop culture projects. In adult and YA fiction, she is seeking upmarket/commercial, mystery, contemporary, and women's fiction.

Janine Barlow

Janine Barlow is an Assistant Editor with Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press. Before joining SMP, Janine worked in book marketing and publicity, and maintains her dedication to the whole life of a book in her current position. She loves writing so thorough, descriptive, and evocative that authors can introduce new concepts and connections in nonfiction, or the most astonishing plot twists in fiction, and keep readers riveted through it all. She looks for a gripping plot and atmosphere truly working together.

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).

Jackie started her career in the publicity department of Ballantine Books. Before arriving at Gallery in August 2016, she held senior editorial positions at NAL, Dell, Bantam, and Berkley. She's a graduate of Barnard College and lives in New York City with her family.

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.

Tom Colgan

An Executive Editor at Penguin, Tom has worked in publishing for over twenty years in publishing. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Karyn Marcus

Karyn Marcus is a Senior Editor at the flagship imprint of Simon and Schuster. Acquiring both fiction and nonfiction, Karyn's interests are varied: she looks for voice-driven upmarket fiction, well-paced suspense, memoir, and narrative nonfiction about science, health, and culture. Among the fiction titles she has worked on are THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion, WOOL by Hugh Howey and THE SILENT WIFE by A.S.A. Harrison.

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 Minotaur Books where she is the editor for mystery authors such as M. C. Beaton, Jane Cleland, Paige Shelton, and Carolyn Haines. Within the mystery genre, she is looking for contemporary or historical cozies with strong female protagonists, clever conceits, and a good dash of humor. She is also eager for more traditional mysteries, in the vein of Louise Penny or Tana French. She also edits select literary/upmarket fiction by authors such as Jincy Willett and Jonathan Vatner. On her St. Martin's list, she is primarily interested in adult narrative nonfiction. Across all genres, socially-conscious writing and work that highlights diverse voices and underrepresented perspectives 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.

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.

Hilary Rubin Teeman

Hilary is an editor at St. Martin's Press. She acquires commercial and literary fiction, historical fiction, thrillers, mainstream romantic suspense, and chick-lit as well as social and cultural histories, narrative non-fiction, popular sociology, playful self-help, and memoir. Recently published and forthcoming titles include: Lenore Hart's BECKY, a novel of the "true life" of Becky Thatcher; Tamar Yellin's THE GENIZAH AT THE HOUSE OF SHEPHER, an award-winning novel of four generations of a Jerusalem family; Lea Jacobson's BAR FLOWER, a gripping memoir of the decadent, destructive life of a Tokyo nightclub hostess; and Lori Uscher-Pines's BUYING THE COW IN THE AGE OF FREE MILK: HOW TO GET YOUR MAN TO PROPOSE; and star of VH1's The Pickup Artist, Mystery's THE MYSTERY METHOD: HOW TO GET BEAUTIFUL WOMEN INTO BED.

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.

Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson joined Gallery (Simon and Schuster) in 2011, having begun his career with Harlequin and MIRA Books. As a senior editor is looking to acquire upmarket commercial and literary fiction, elevated genre fiction, pop culture and sports nonfiction. He particularly enjoys working with authors to refine their work, taking on a diverse array of projects and voices. Authors he has worked with include Christina Lauren, Anna Todd, Benjamin Whitmer, Francesca Haig, V.C. Andrews, Robert Levy, Jeff Somers, and Jennifer Estep.

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.

Abby Zidle

Abby Zidle is a senior editor at Gallery and Pocket Books acquiring commercial fiction and nonfiction, including romance, suspense, general fiction, women's fiction, memoir, and popular culture titles. Her authors at Pocket include everything from New York Times bestsellers to debut novelists. Prior to working at Pocket, 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).

Literary Agents for Books and TV/Film

Adam Chromy - Moveable Type Management

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.

Michelle Richter

MICHELLE RICHTER is an 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.

Alexa Stark - Trident Media

Alexa Stark is a literary agent at Trident Media Group, where she represents a range of literary and upmarket fiction as well as nonfiction. In fiction, she is particularly drawn to literary debuts with a unique voice and perspective, character-driven suspense and thrillers, stories about dysfunctional friendships and families, fiction that delves into the surreal, and select YA. In nonfiction, she is drawn to narrative nonfiction, cultural criticism, voice-driven essay collections, popular science, psychology, and women's issues. Raised in New York City, Alexa earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University.

Amy Stapp - Wolfson Literary

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.

Algonkian Assistant Editors

Gardner "Bud" Browning

Gardner is an award-winning author and professional wrestler. 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). The Bud-ster enjoys classic literature, fishing, playing guitar and spending time with his family.

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. In his writing, he enjoys unearthing little-known episodes of history and turning them into novels. 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

Paula Munier - Literary Agent and Author

Michael Neff - Development Exec and Author

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