Speakers

Jean Sagendorph is a twenty-year veteran of the entertainment industry whose award-winning work includes many New York Times bestsellers. Jean managed the publishing, interactive, film and music interests at United Media for over 15 years. United Media's clients included Peanuts, Dilbert, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Fancy Nancy, Iron Chef/America, and The History Channel among others before being sold in 2010. Never one to sit still, Jean formed her own literary/rights agency, Mansion Street Literary Management. MSLM is passionate about nurturing authors, artists, and brands of all kinds. Jean is also an author, her debut childrens book Starry Night, Hold Me Tight was released fall 2011 by Running Press/Perseus.

Ginny Smith is a native of Macon, GA. She is an Editor at The Penguin Press and has worked with authors including Daniel Yergin, Rana Dasgupta, Ann Napolitano, Paula Broadwell, Pamela Druckerman, Gary Marcus, Alex Dryden, Gay Talese, Kenji Yoshino, Daniel J. Sharfstein, Jeet Thayil, Edward Behr, Mario Batali, Jessica Stern, Simon Schama, Thurston Clarke, and Nate Silver. Prior to coming to Penguin, she worked at Ecco/HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. She has a degree in History with Honors from Yale University and a Two Year Acting Course Certificate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

Patrick Mulligan is a senior editor at Gotham Books, where he has worked since 2003. Focused on the categories of pop culture, humor, and memoir, he has acquired and edited books by everyone from porn stars to physicists. He has brought a number of properties from the internet to the printed page, including the Chuck Norris Facts series of books, the LOLcat series of books, and Texts from Last Night.

Colleen Lindsay is an unrepentant nerd and digital native who spent most of her formative years hiding beneath the blankets with a flashlight and a book. Her obsession with reading was a hard habit to break; as a result, she’s worked in the book industry since 1984. Her first job in publishing was in Northern California as a mass merchandise sales assistant for Ballantine Books.

For five years she served as Director of Publicity for Del Rey Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, specializing in the creative publicity and marketing of science fiction, fantasy, pop culture, YA fantasy, graphic novels, manga and third-party licensed media. Some of the authors whose publicity campaigns Colleen had the privilege to manage at Del Rey include Terry Brooks, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Moon, China Mieville, Richard K. Morgan, Minister Faust, Matthew Stover, R.A. Salvatore, and Harvey Pekar.

Colleen has also worked freelance as a book marketing/publicity/online/social media publishing consultant for several major trade publishers, as well as working on major non-fiction projects such as MOTHER TERESA: COME BE MY LIGHT and A COMPLAINT FREE WORLD. She spent twelve years working as floor manager, backlist buyer and events manager at several San Francisco Bay Area independent bookstores and was a book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle under the inimitable Pat Holt. Most recently, Colleen worked as a literary agent at FinePrint Literary Management, where she discovered great genre and YA writers like Kelly Gay, Allison Pang, Ruth Long, Karen Rivers, and Scott Tracey.

Currently Colleen works in the business development department at Penguin Group (USA), and is the community manager for Book Country, an online writing and reading community for genre-fiction writers. You can usually find her on Twitter giving advice to writers, discussing the future of the publishing industry and waxing poetic about her cat Stinkyboy's addiction to Greenies.