BlogHer Writers '11 Speakers

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Alice Tasman
Literary Agent, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
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Alice Tasman
Literary Agent, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
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Alice Tasman has been a literary agent at JVNLA since 1995. Her list comprises award winning writers, both literary and commercial. She is committed to working with authors over the long term and is very hands on in every stage of the publishing process—from editing manuscripts and refining proposals, to amassing the perfect list of editors for the project and negotiating contracts, to actively working with publishers on the publicity and marketing of the books.

She earned her BA from Brown University and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Amber Qureshi
Executive Editor, The Viking Press

Amber Qureshi is an Executive Editor at Viking acquiring literary fiction and narrative, progressive nonfiction. She was a 2007 Editorial Fellow at the Jerusalem Book Fair and is on the American board for the Fair now, has represented her list at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the IFOA Harbourfront Toronto Writers’ Festival, the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival, the Adelaide Writers’ Festival, and the Salon du Livres in Paris, and has taught at writers' conferences at the New School in New York City, in Asheville, North Carolina, and in Aspen, Colorado. She acquired and edited THE WHITE TIGER by Aravind Adiga, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008. Previously at Free Press/Simon and Schuster, her first acquisition there, SONGS FOR THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER by Peter Manseau, won the 2009 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction; her next acquisition, HEART LIKE WATER by Joshua Clark, was nominated for a 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award; one of her last acquisitions there, THE MADONNAS OF ECHO PARK by Brando Skyhorse, won the PEN/Hemingway and Sue Kaufman Awards. At Picador, she acquired the Orange and Whitbread award-winning novel SMALL ISLAND by Andrea Levy, the NBCC award-winning VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL, THE SEAS by Samantha Hunt and three books by acclaimed Japanese writer Yoko Ogawa. She worked in Editorial at Alfred A. Knopf for several years; before that, she worked at a translation house in Tokyo, also for a number of years. Fluent in French and Japanese, she studied Pure Mathematics/Algebraic Topology as an undergraduate and as a Monbusho Scholar in the Graduate School of Chiba University, Japan. In these capacities, she has worked with such authors as Haruki Murakami, Michel Houellebecq, Jim Shepard, Matt Mason, Michel Foucault, Adam Mansbach, Ian Thomson, Stephen Elliott, Emily Gould, Daniel Bergner, Robin Robertson, Matt Haig, and Leslie Jamison.

 

Photo of Amber Qureshi © Chris Sorensen

Angela Tung
Author, BLACK FISH: MEMOIR OF A BAD LUCK GIRL

A former corporate cog and long-time New Yorker, Angela Tung is a writer in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in CNN Living, The Frisky, Matador Life, The New York Press, Carve Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a regular contributor to The Nervous Breakdown, an online magazine featuring the work of published and emerging authors from around the world. Her Young Adult novel, SONG OF THE STRANGER, was published by Roxbury Park Books.

Her latest book, BLACK FISH: MEMOIR OF A BAD LUCK GIRL, chronicles the failed marriage between a Chinese woman and Korean man, both American-born but bound by old world traditions. Black Fish has been called “a work of dark enchantment, in which history, magic, and fate loom as large as character and desire,” and “a beautiful, cultural tapestry that keeps the reader riveted.” Black Fish was shortlisted for 2010 Graywolf Press' 2010 Nonfiction Prize.

In addition, Angela is a writer and content curator at Wordnik, an online word source and meaning discovery engine. She has an MS in Library Science from the Pratt Institute, an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where she was the fiction fellow, and a BA in English from Barnard College.

Ann Napolitano
Author, A GOOD HARD LOOK and WITHIN ARM’S REACH

Ann Napolitano is the author of the novels A GOOD HARD LOOK and WITHIN ARM’S REACH. She received an MFA from New York University; she teaches fiction writing for New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and for Gotham Writers’ Workshop. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Barbara Marcus
Strategic Innovations Advisor, Penguin
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Barbara Marcus
Strategic Innovations Advisor, Penguin
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Barbara Marcus has spent most of her career in the area of Children’s Publishing and Media and is considered a leading business and marketing strategist in the areas of children’s content and distribution.

Barbara is currently Strategic Innovations Advisor to Penguin Books USA focusing in the area of new ventures and new publishing opportunities.  She is also serving as Advisor to Open Road in the area of children’s publishing and general strategy.  She is representing Tuff Gong, the singer Bob Marley’s company, for literary projects. Ms. Marcus is on the Board of Knowledge Adventure, a children’s software and technology company and Media Source, a children’s books direct marketing company and publisher of Library Journal and School Library Journal.  She is also a Special Advisor to Forever Entertainment in Los Angeles, California. 

Prior to that, Barbara was President, Scholastic Children’s Book Publishing and Distribution where she was responsible for all children’s consumer book publishing and distribution in the United States, through school-based book clubs, school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs, school-based book fairs and the retail channel for over 20 years.  During her tenure, she led the expansion of the business from approximately 50 million in revenue to over 1 billion in revenue.  After acquiring J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE for publication in the United States in 1998, Barbara also led the publishing effort for six out of the seven Harry Potter titles.

Becky Vinter
Agent, FinePrint Literary Management
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Becky Vinter
Agent, FinePrint Literary Management
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Becky Vinter began her career in publishing at the Feminist Press in 2006, before moving to NAL/Penguin, where she edited commercial women’s fiction. She joined FinePrint Literary Management in 2011 and is currently looking for a range of both fiction and nonfiction projects.

Becky likes the whole spectrum of women’s fiction, from literary to “bookclub” to romance and mysteries. She is also in the market for YA fiction with strong female protagonists. In nonfiction, she likes well-crafted narrative nonfiction, including memoir, current events, pop science, wellness, yoga and food.

Becky grew up in London and earned her BA in English Literature from the University of Leeds. She now lives in Brooklyn.

For submissions, please send queries to becky [at] fineprintlit [dot] com.

Carleen Brice
Author, ORANGE MINT AND HONEY and CHILDREN OF THE WATERS
Carleen Brice
Author, ORANGE MINT AND HONEY and CHILDREN OF THE WATERS

Carleen Brice is author of ORANGE MINT AND HONEY, an Essence “Recommended Read” and a Target “Bookmarked Breakout Book,” and the best-selling CHILDREN OF THE WATERS. In February 2010, ORANGE MINT AND HONEY premiered on the Lifetime Movie Network as SINS OF THE MOTHER, starring Jill Scott. It was the second-highest rated original movie in LMN’s history and received two 2011 NAACP Image Awards. Brice is the recipient of the 2009 First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the 2008 Break Out Author Award at the African American Literary Awards Show. She was recently named one of the 25 most influential black fiction writers on Twitter.

Colleen Lindsay
Community Manager for Book Country and Business Development at Penguin
Colleen Lindsay
Community Manager for Book Country and Business Development at Penguin

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.

Danielle Perez
Executive Editor, NAL/Penguin Group
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Danielle Perez
Executive Editor, NAL/Penguin Group
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A native New Yorker, Danielle Perez is an Executive Editor with Penguin's New American Library (NAL) imprint. Acquiring and editing both commercial fiction and non-fiction, she works with such diverse authors as #1 internationally bestselling Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling Keri Arthur, Stephanie Tyler, Sue Margolis, and memoirist Susan McCorkindale. She edited the recent blog to book HIPSTER PUPPIES.

In her career, she's edited New York Times bestselling authors Rita Mae Brown, Tami Hoag, Jonathan Tropper and Tom Robbins, as well as the nonfiction books FIVE MEN WHO BROKE MY HEART by Susan Shapiro, BEHIND THE BEDROOM DOOR ed. by Paula Derrow and the Cinematherapy series by Beverly West. Danielle’s upcoming books include the eBook bestselling novel DIARY OF A MAD FAT GIRL by Stephanie McAfee, THE WEDDING BEAT: A Novel by New York Times writer Devan Sipher, CHASING SPIRITS: The Making of the “Ghost Adventures” Crew by Nick Groff, CEMETERY GIRL by David Bell and MY CHARMED LIFE: A Memoir by Beth Bernstein.

Prior to NAL, Danielle worked at Bantam Dell/Random House and Dutton/Penguin. A graduate of Macalester College, Danielle lives with her husband, whom she met through one of her authors, and their Maltese Ivory, whom she did not.

Denise Silvestro
Executive Editor, Publishing Group
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Denise Silvestro
Executive Editor, Publishing Group
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Denise Silvestro is an Executive Editor at the Berkley Publishing Group, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA). In the publishing industry for more than twenty years, Denise acquires both commercial fiction and non-fiction, although her list is currently 90% non-fiction. She works within all genres, including narrative nonfiction, memoir, self-help/motivational, personal finance, health/well-being, inspirational and celebrity/pop culture. She has worked with bestselling authors such as Don Piper, psychic-medium John Edward, and minister T.D. Jakes.

Recent and forthcoming titles include Jenna McCarthy’s IF IT WAS SO EASY, THEY’D CALL THE WHOLE DAMN THING A HONEYMOON; blogger Anna Goldfarb’s CLEARLY, I DIDN’T THINK THIS THROUGH; TRUE MOM CONFESSIONS (based on the popular website); Iraq veteran Bryan Anderson’s NO TURNING BACK; AND Micky Ward’s A WARRIOR’S HEART—the true story behind the Academy Award winning movie The Fighter.

A native New Yorker and a graduate of New York University, Denise juggles work and motherhood--and there is never a dull moment with her writer husband, 6 year old redhead, and her three year old aspiring tap dancer.

Dominique Browning
Author, SLOW LOVE: HOW I LOST MY JOB, PUT ON MY PAJAMAS, AND FOUND HAPPINESS
Dominique Browning
Author, SLOW LOVE: HOW I LOST MY JOB, PUT ON MY PAJAMAS, AND FOUND HAPPINESS

Dominique Browning is a founder and the Senior Director of Moms Clean Air Force, a nonpartisan organization founded in 2011 to fight air pollution as a children’s health issue. To date we’ve rallied over 88,000 people who believe that sometimes, being a good mom—or dad--means being an engaged citizen. We’re fighting mercury, soot, ozone—and global warming. We believe that Moms can better leverage their political power together; no politician wants to make mothers angry. Browning also has a personal blog, Slow Love Life, about nurturing daily, healing connections with our miraculous world. Browning had a career in magazine journalism, working at Esquire, Texas Monthly, Newsweek and House & Garden. These days, all she wants to do is “Tell Washington: Listen to Your Mothers!”

Ginny Smith
Editor, Penguin

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).

Jane Schonberger
BlogHer Editor, CEO Pretty Tough Media LLC

Jane Schonberger is an award-winning writer/producer with a progressive background in traditional and digital media. With over 20 years of experience, she has been involved with every aspect of content, including development, production, licensing, syndication and distribution as well as sponsorship and marketing. Her track record of success includes identifying growth opportunities and market trends along with conceptualizing and creating media for delivery on a variety of consumption platforms. As both an executive and a consultant she has worked with creators, publishers and brands to develop a diverse slate of multimedia projects designed to drive audience and user engagement as well as generate revenue.

Schonberger began her career in New York City as Director of Production for Warner Audio (a division of Warner Publishing) and relocated to Los Angeles where she served stints as an Editor-at-Large for Hyperion and production and/or creative executive for Walt Disney Co., Mommy & Me, Inc. and Fox among others. She has co-authored a number of non-fiction books, including FUN WITH MOMMY & ME (Dutton) and AUSTRALIA’S BEST BED & BREAKFASTS (Ten Speed).

Schonberger is currently the CEO of Pretty Tough Media LLC, a lifestyle company whose products include a series of sports-themed YA novels published by Penguin USA and an original online video series produced by Vuguru. She is also the Co-Founder of WomenTalkSports.com, the premier aggregator of sports blogs and journalism by and about women, as well as the Sports Editor for BlogHer.

Schonberger is also the mom of two teenage daughters, who challenge and inspire her everyday and make her eligible to play in the Mom's Basketball League at her local gym.

Jean Kwok
Author, GIRL IN TRANSLATION

Jean Kwok immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood. She won early admission to Harvard, where she worked as many as four jobs at a time, and graduated with honors in English and American literature, before going on to earn an MFA in fiction at Columbia. Her debut novel GIRL IN TRANSLATION (Riverhead, 2010) is a New York Times bestseller. It is published in 15 countries and has been chosen as the winner of an American Library Association's Alex Award, a John Gardner Fiction Book Award finalist, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, an Orange New Writers title, an Indie Next Pick, a Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award nominee and the winner of Best Cultural Book in Book Bloggers Appreciation Week 2010. It was featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. The novel was a Blue Ribbon pick for numerous book clubs including Book of the Month, Doubleday and Literary Guild. Jean lives in the Netherlands with her husband and two sons.

Jean Sagendorph
Founder, Mansion Street Literary Management
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Jean Sagendorph
Founder, Mansion Street Literary Management
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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.

Kamy Wicoff
Founder SheWrites.com and SheWrites Press

Kamy Wicoff is the founder of SheWrites.com, the world's largest online community for women writers. She is also the founder, with publisher Brooke Warner, of SheWrites Press. Kamy's first book, the bestselling "I Do But I Don't: Why The Way We Marry Matters," was published by DaCapo in 2006. Her first novel, "Wishful Thinking," about a divorced mom who gets an app on her phone that allows her to be in more than one place at the same time (the superpower every woman needs), will be published by SWP in April 2015. Her work has appeared in Salon.com, and has been anthologized in WHY I’M STILL MARRIED: WOMEN WRITE THEIR HEARTS OUT ON LOVE, LOSS, SEX AND WHO DOES THE DISHES (Hudson Press, February 2006), and ABOUT FACE: WOMEN WRITE ABOUT WHAT THEY SEE WHEN THEY LOOK IN THE MIRROR (Seal Press, June 2008). Kamy lives in Brooklyn with her sons, Max and Jed.

Karen Ballum
Section Editor for Books at BlogHer.com and the BlogHer Book Club host
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Karen Ballum
Section Editor for Books at BlogHer.com and the BlogHer Book Club host
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Karen Ballum is a freelance writer, editor and community moderator. When asked in a job interview what gets her out of bed in the morning she replied, "Words." She spends her days reading, promoting other women's words and forgetting to write on her own blogs Sassymonkey.ca and SassymonkeyReads.ca. She is the Section Editor for Books at BlogHer.com and the BlogHer Book Club host, fulfilling her life goal of finding someone to pay her to read books and eat popcorn. She lives in Ottawa with her husband and cat. They may, or may not, be fake.

Kate Harrison
Senior Editor, Dial Books for Young Readers
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Kate Harrison
Senior Editor, Dial Books for Young Readers
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Kate Harrison is a senior editor at Dial Books for Young Readers, acquiring and editing everything from picture books up to young adult novels. She works with many critically acclaimed authors, including Ursula Vernon (the Dragonbreath series), Nathan Bransford (Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow), Paul Griffin (Stay with Me), Julia Hoban (Willow), Kathleen Van Cleve (Drizzle), and Newbery Honor winner Ingrid Law. She was previously an editor at Harcourt Children’s Books, and also teaches a young adult writing course. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Kate Lee
Agent, International Creative Management
Kate Lee
Agent, International Creative Management

Kate Lee is a literary agent at International Creative Management, where she represents a range of fantastic authors who write engaging and fresh nonfiction — entrepreneurial, journalistic, memoir, and everything in between — new commercial and literary voices in fiction, pop culture and young adult.  Her clients include novelists Charles Finch, Diana Spechler, Bernardine Evaristo, Paula Froelich, Michelle Haimoff, Neil Cross (creator of BBC’s LUTHER) and New Yorker writer Cristina Henriquez; biographers Howard Sounes and Paula Uruburu; business writers Jeffrey Rothfeder, Gilt Groupe founders Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis-Wilson, and NYU professor and Fast Company contributor Adam Penenberg; memoirist and screenwriter David Matthews, and American Splendor and New York Times bestselling graphic artist Josh Neufeld.  She represents major web properties like Apartment Therapy (founded by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan), TreeHugger.com (founded by Graham Hill), RecordSetter.com, and the New York Times bestselling Six-Word Memoir series (founded by SMITH Magazine’s Larry Smith); as well as prominent bloggers Jeff Jarvis, Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds and anthropologist and consultant Grant McCracken. She also represents journalists Brian Stelter and Kevin Roose, both at the New York Times; Elizabeth Spiers (Gawker founding editor and now Editor-in-Chief of the New York Observer); Doree Shafrir, Katherine Rosman of the Wall Street Journal, NPR’s Caitlin Shetterly; and Reason Magazine Publisher Nick Gillespie and Editor-in-Chief Matt Welch. On the children’s side, she represents Anna Carey, Tina Wells, Lesley M. M. Blume (also a writer of style books for adults), Jordanna Fraiberg, Tom Dolby, young adult and middle grade author Robin Palmer, and newly minted picture book author Taye Diggs.

Katherine McCahill
Digital Product Manager, Penguin

Katherine Tiernan McCahill is the Digital Product Manager at Penguin US. In this role she develops and ushers along the production and publication of Apps, enhanced eBooks, digital subscription models and more. Prior to her current role she has held positions in managing editoral, editorial, marketing and online development at St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins and Penguin.

Kathleen Schmidt
Founder, KMS Public Relations, LLC
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Kathleen Schmidt
Founder, KMS Public Relations, LLC
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Kathleen Schmidt has over 15 years of experience in the publishing industry. She has worked with a distinguished list of New York Times bestselling authors such as Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Weiner, Eric Jerome Dickey, John Jakes and celebrity books by: Prince, Marlo Thomas, Shirley Maclaine, Jenny McCarthy, Al Franken, and Snoop Dogg.

She was part of the team that launched The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, and had the privilege of working on The Time of My Life by the late Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi.

Kathleen is also a board member of Women’s Media Group, a New York-based nonprofit association of women who have achieved prominence in the many fields of media. Kathleen has spoken on a variety of panels and forums about social media in the digital age, including BookExpo, Book Blogger Convention, and The Independent Book Publishers Association. She has also been interviewed by NPR, and quoted in national and trade publications such as Business Insider, ABCNews.com, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly.

Kathy Cano-Murillo
CraftyChica.com

Kathy Cano-Murillo is a writer, artist and founder of the award-winning site, CraftyChica.com. She is celebrating her 12th year of blogging! Her art and crafts have been carried by hundreds of retailers, including Bloomingdales, Target, and Michaels. She is a former entertainment reporter for The Arizona Republic, and has authored nine books, including Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing and the novels, Waking up in the Land of Glitter and Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing. She has been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today and NPR, and now has an extensive Crafty Chica product line. Kathy lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, two kids and four Chihuahuas. Her mission is to spread positivity through creativity.

Lauren Cerand
Independent Public Relations Representative and Consultant
Lauren Cerand
Independent Public Relations Representative and Consultant

Says Publishing Perspectives, “Lauren Cerand, an independent publicist based out of New York City, always seems to be a step ahead of the game.” “She really knows how to do campaigns right,” says Mediabistro, and has been called one of the “cultural gatekeepers in the literary world” by Time Out New York, the “Best of New York” by The Village Voice, and “a social media pioneer” by Svenska Dagbladet (Swedish Daily Paper). According to the Nervous Breakdown, “Lauren Cerand is a singular powerhouse of vision and personality… there isn’t a hotter freelance publicist in the country.” She is “known for her stellar taste” according to Flavorwire, and her work has been described as “honorable, uber-modern, and interactive” by Daily Candy.

Lauren Marino
Vice President, Editorial Director Gotham Books
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Lauren Marino
Vice President, Editorial Director Gotham Books
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Lauren Marino is VP. Editorial Director of Gotham Books, where she has been since starting the imprint with William Shinker in fall 2001. She has been in publishing for over 20 years and has worked at Broadway Books, Hyperion, where she was also responsible for overseeing the Miramax imprint, HarperCollins and The Robbins Office, a literary agency. She has edited and published many New York Times bestsellers, including Super Rich and Do You! by Russell Simmons, The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow, The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo, Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister and The Conversation by Hill Harper, and others. Her list is eclectic and tends to fall into the following categories: memoir, biography and narrative non-fiction, food and travel narrative, current events, popular culture, beauty and style, and thought provoking psychology, self help and motivation. Some current Gotham projects include: Thoughts Without Cigarettes by Oscar Hijuelos, Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout, Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden, Bonobo Handshake by Vanessa Woods, The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen, The Secret Lives of Wives by Iris Krasnow, The Rules of the Tunnel by Ned Zeman, Holy Ghost Girl by Donna Johnson, a biography of Carly Simon by Stephen Davis and a humorous memoir by Rachel Dratch.  Lauren has also worked with Diablo Cody, Isaac Mizrahi, Danny Goldberg, Reverend Run, Kirk Franklin, Thomas Moore, Ann Crittenden, Ruth Reichl, Jane Green, Harriet Lerner, Lewis Richmond, Julie Klausner, James Hollis, LUCKY Magazine, ELLE Magazine, Brooke Siler, Cindy Crawford, Tom Perkins, Pamela Clarke Keogh, Coleman Barks, Mark Epstein, and Lama Surya Das among others.

Linda Cowen
Associate General Counsel, Penguin
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Linda Cowen
Associate General Counsel, Penguin
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Linda is a lawyer at Penguin Group (USA) Inc. where she advise on all matters related to publishing, including editorial (copyright, defamation, prepublication review), author contracts, marketing, new business development and digital publishing. As an in-house lawyer her objective is to facilitate business while making sure legal risk is avoided.

Linda Konner
Literary Agent
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Linda Konner has been in the publishing business for over 30 years, as an agent, author, editor, columnist and lecturer.

She has served as editor-in-chief of Weight Watchers Magazine and Richard Simmons’s monthly newsletter, Richard Simmons & Friends, and was a features editor at Redbook, Seventeen and Woman's World. She was a columnist for Glamour and Fitness magazines, and her articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Playboy, The N.Y. Daily News, Cosmopolitan, TV Guide and Woman's Day. Her controversial piece for New Woman magazine, "Living Apart and Loving It," became the basis for Donahue and Sally Jessy Raphael shows.      

Konner has lectured on book and magazine publishing at more than four dozen writers' conferences and colleges, including New York University, the Willamette Writers' Conference (Portland, Oregon), the Cape Cod Writers’ Conference, Brooklyn College, the BlissDom bloggers’ conference, and the University of Wisconsin (River Falls).

Konner is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives, the Authors Guild, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Lydia Hirt
Assistant Marketing Manager Putnam and Riverhead, Penguin
Lydia Hirt
Assistant Marketing Manager Putnam and Riverhead, Penguin

Lydia is an unabashed lover of books and media. After dallying in advertising, she made her way into publishing and has been happily toiling away in the marketing department at the Putnam and Riverhead imprints at Penguin Group for over two years. In her current role, she's had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of authors including Kathryn Stockett, Eleanor Brown, Robert Crais, Jean Kwok and Steven Johnson, as well as making connections with influential and friendly bloggers. You can find Lydia on Twitter (@lydiahirt) inevitably discussing random things.

Lynn Forbes

Lynn Forbes is a digital strategy expert who has worked at the executive level for such companies as Hearst, Microsoft, Disney, Scripps Networks, Tennis Channel and BlogHer. With more than 25 years experience in content and product development, Lynn is a highly regarded digital consultant and blogger. Her blog, Employee to Employme: A Journey to Entrepreneurship, focuses on the evolution from employee mindset to entrepreneurship and how to joyfully embrace transition and change.

Marian Lizzi
Editor-in-Chief, PerigeeBooks
Marian Lizzi
Editor-in-Chief, PerigeeBooks

Marian Lizzi is Editor-in-Chief of Perigee Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA). She describes her list as "prescriptive with personality." Spanning pop reference, quirky how-to, health, special-needs parenting, memoir, and more, her books include READING THE OED, THE CLOUDSPOTTER'S GUIDE, EXTREME PUMPKINS, and THE OUT-OF-SYNC CHILD.

Forthcoming releases include books from FMyLife.com, former child actor (and now ambivalent home-schooler) Quinn Cummings, YouTube artist Phil Hansen, Asperger's blogger Aaron Likens, illustrator/teacher Carla Sonheim, and Chunklet Magazine publisher (and indie-cred arbiter) Henry Owings.

Before joining Penguin in 2005, she was a Senior Editor at St. Martin's Press, where she began as an editorial assistant at the dawn of time.

A graduate of Brown University and a lapsed writer, inventor, and standup comic, she blogs regularly at PerigeeBooks.com, and tweets about publishing and more as @MarianLiz.

Marissa Walsh
Agent, FinePrint Literary Management
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Marissa Walsh
Agent, FinePrint Literary Management
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Marissa Walsh is an agent at FinePrint Literary Management. She specializes in pop culture, humor, memoir, and children's books (middle grade and YA).
 
She began her publishing career at Nan A. Talese/Doubleday and the Ellen Levine Literary Agency. She was an editor at Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books for seven years, where she published E. Lockhart, Ned Vizzini, and Maryrose Wood.
 
Marissa is the author of the comic memoir Girl with Glasses: My Optic History (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2006) and the YA novel A Field Guide to High School (Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books, 2007); coauthor of the Boston Globe Bestseller Tipsy in Madras: A Complete Guide to ‘80s Preppy Drinking (Perigee/Penguin, 2004); and editor of the YA anthologies Not Like I’m Jealous or Anything: The Jealousy Book (Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books, 2006) and Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008).
 
Marissa teaches Children's Writing and Nonfiction Book Proposal at Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

Meg Thompson
Co-Director, Einstein Thompson Agency
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Meg Thompson
Co-Director, Einstein Thompson Agency
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Meg Thompson (Co-Director) grew up in Lubbock, TX and moved to New York in 1998 to attend New York University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a degree in British and American Literature. She started in publishing in 2002 working for President Bill Clinton in his Harlem office as a researcher and fact checker on his memoir, My Life. She then went to work for Charlie Rose as a writer and researcher at his legendary PBS show before joining LJK Literary Management, first as Larry Kirshbaum's editorial assistant and then quickly moving on to handle clients of her own, becoming a senior agent in just two years. She is interested in memoir, narrative non-fiction, popular science and psychology, health, blog-to-book projects, cookbooks, and books on popular culture and humor.

Neeti Madan
Literary Agent, Sterling Lord Literistic
Neeti Madan
Literary Agent, Sterling Lord Literistic

Neeti Madan has been an agent for over 15 years and represents a wide range of authors, among them #1 New York Times best sellers Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) and Lisa Lillien (Hungry Girl), Container Store Founder and CEO Kip Tindell, biographer Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, and novelist Tommy Hays. Her books run the gamut from the commercial to the cerebral. She is drawn to memoir, journalism, history, popular culture, business, lifestyle and virtually any intelligent writing on intriguing topics.

Pamela Dorman
Vice President and Publisher, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
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Pamela Dorman
Vice President and Publisher, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
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Pamela Dorman is Vice President and Publisher of Pamela Dorman Books/Viking.  The imprint focuses on general fiction, especially debut fiction, with occasional non-fiction including memoirs, women’s issues and psychology.  Her previous authors include major bestsellers Helen Fielding, Sue Monk Kidd, and Kim Edwards.  Since her imprint’s inception, she has published numerous debuts, including the New York Times bestselling Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers, and New York Times bestselling 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson. She also brought bestselling author Luanne Rice back to Viking Penguin with The Silver Boat.

Patrick Mulligan
Senior Editor, Penguin

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.

Peter Harris
Director of the Penguin Development Group
Peter Harris
Director of the Penguin Development Group

Peter is the Director of the Penguin Development Group, an in-house team generating original ideas and opportunities for books and series to be published in imprints across the house, including young readers, mass market paperback and adult hardcover. The PDG is also currently and actively pitching all of these books in Hollywood, so that they can be developed commercially into feature films, original television series, as well as video games and on line entertainment. This new team seeks out undiscovered writing talent and offers them opportunities to submit written proposals for these homegrown intellectual properties, as well as offering opportunities for those who have been previously published to participate if attracted to the ideas. The overall goal is to organically launch new and exciting properties along with new careers, as well as reinvigorate some careers when it’s clear the authors would relish the opportunity.

Peter has worked on several novels that have gone on to become feature film blockbusters, including the TWILIGHT franchise as well as Nicholas Sparks’ DEAR JOHN while working at Temple Hill Entertainment as their Vice President. He also has experience selling books to Hollywood prior to publication, such as setting up the FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB book proposal at Universal Pictures before the book was bought by the Penguin Group and went on to become a publishing phenomenon. He found the book proposal for the 2008 non-fiction media hit, DEWEY: THE SMALL-TOWN LIBRARY CAT WHO TOUCHED THE WORLD, attached Meryl Streep, and set up the adaptation at New Line Cinema. He’s also previously developed book proposals that went on to become publishing hits, such as Gitty Daneshvari ongoing SCHOOL OF FEAR series at Little Brown Young Readers.

Rayhané Sanders
Literary Manager, WSK Management LLC
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Rayhané Sanders
Literary Manager, WSK Management LLC
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Rayhané represents a wide range of adult titles, including narrative nonfiction, memoir, food and travel narratives, microhistory, psychology, pop culture, and literary, historical, and commercial fiction, including short story collections, as well as a small number of voice-driven YA titles. She is drawn to projects with strong narrators, foreign lands, cross-cultural themes, issues of identity and race, musical settings, underrepresented characters and pockets of culture, and Buddhist thought, but her bookshelf is inviting and she will take on any project that she’s passionate about.

Rayhané graduated from New York University where she studied Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies before going to work as a reporter and freelance writer for such magazines as Newsweek, Forbes, and Impose prior to moving into book publishing. Having worked for Penguin and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, she cut her teeth at Lippincott, Massie, McQuilkin and William Morris Endeavor, where she worked closely with agent Dorian Karchmar. She joined WSK Management in June, 2011. She lives in Brooklyn and her family is from Tehran, Cyprus, Los Angeles, and Queens.

Rayhané is taking on new clients, and she prefers emailed queries. Please submit just a query letter and an author bio via the form below. She responds only if she’s interested in seeing material.

Rebecca Hunt
Associate Editor, Penguin
Rebecca Hunt
Associate Editor, Penguin

Rebecca Hunt grew up in Berkeley, CA, and attended New York University. She has been at Penguin for 5 years, where she works on a range of genres, including humor, memoir, women's fiction, mystery, and reference.

Rita Arens
BlogHer & Surrender, Dorothy

Rita Arens is the deputy editor of BlogHer.com. In 2014, Arens also celebrates ten years of writing at her personal blog: Surrender, Dorothy.

Arens is the author of young adult novel THE OBVIOUS GAME (InkSpell Publishing, 2013); the editor of parenting anthology SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK (Chicago Review Press, 2008); and the co-editor of ROOTS: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us (Open Road, 2013).

Arens has attended eight BlogHer annual conferences and is looking forward to speaking in 2014.

Sarah Pinneo
Author of JULIA'S CHILD, Co-Author of THE SKI HOUSE COOKBOOK
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Sarah Pinneo
Author of JULIA'S CHILD, Co-Author of THE SKI HOUSE COOKBOOK
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Sarah Pinneo writes about food, family and fiction from Hanover, NH. She is the author of the novel JULIA’S CHILD, forthcoming from Plume/Penguin in February. She is the co-author of THE SKI HOUSE COOKBOOK (Clarkson Potter 2007), and a contributor to publications such as Boston Globe Magazine, Scholastic Parent & Child and Edible Communities Publications.

Sarah mentors aspiring authors in all genres who wish to perfect their query letters and book proposals via her forum at SheWrites.com. She is also the editor of the book publicity blog Blurb is a Verb. As a self-described publishing nerd, Sarah’s early adventures included a marketing internship at Random House and editing the Insider’s Guide to Colleges for St. Martin’s Press while earning her B.A. at Yale.

Susanna Einstein
Co-Director, Einstein Thompson Agency
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Susanna Einstein
Co-Director, Einstein Thompson Agency
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Susanna Einstein (Co-Director) a native New Yorker, graduated with distinction from Northwestern University and spent two years working in Chicago theater. She got her start in publishing in 1995 at what was then Warner Books, working first in publicity and then in editorial, and eventually at the before-its-time e-book imprint iPublish.com. She went on to work as a scout with Maria B. Campbell Associates, then moved on to become one of the founding agents at LJK Literary Management. She is interested in both commercial and literary fiction, as well as the occasional memoir and book of narrative non-fiction. She is particularly interested in finding wonderful books for middle-grade or young adult readers.

Tracy Bernstein
Executive Editor, New American Library
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Tracy Bernstein
Executive Editor, New American Library
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Tracy Bernstein entered publishing as a summer intern at Houghton Mifflin at age 19, fell in love with editing and has never tired of it. She edits both non-fiction, mainly in the areas of memoir, health and parenting, and fiction of many genres. Among her New York Times bestselling authors are Montel Williams, Marie Osmond, Wynonna Judd and Scott Hamilton. She has worked for many wonderful publishers, including Pocket, Kensington, Henry Holt, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She is currently Executive Editor at New American Library, a division of Penguin USA, where in addition to acquiring new books she oversees the Signet Classics and therefore has been known to boast of being Jane Austen’s editor.