Here’s the great line-up of Editors and Agents for our conference in June, 2017. When you register for the conference, you will be able to indicate your preferences should you choose to meet with any of the Editors and Agents who will be holding one-on-one sessions with conference attendees.
Also, check out our PITCHING HINTS to help prepare for your session!
MARTIN R. BIRO is a native of Northern California and a graduate of the University of Iowa. He has been with Kensington Publishing since 2008, where in his role as Editor he acquires a wide range of commercial fiction for their many diverse imprints. He serves as editor for a large list of authors for print (hardcover, trade, and mass-market) and digital formats, including #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels. Martin also oversees Lyrical Press, Kensington’s digital-first imprint, providing editorial focus and direction. For more information on his areas of interest please visit the Kensington website at www.kensingtonbooks.com/submissions.
BESS COZBY is an editor at Tor/Forge books, where she is actively building her list with a focus on historical fiction for adult, young adult and middle grade audiences. On the adult side, Bess is also seeking suspense and women’s fiction with a literary feel. For YA and MG, she also would love to find fun, fast, or nail-biting thrillers and contemporary novels with a high-concept hook. A few things she is particularly interested in: fame and its effects on people, sibling dynamics, American history, and philosophy. An element of romance is always a plus. The intersection of commercial, heart-warming, and surprising is where she is building her list.
IRENE GOODMAN has been a leading member of the publishing community for over 30 years. She has sold over 1500 books and counting. Her clients are regulars on the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Bookscan bestseller lists. She began her career as the assistant to the agent who represented Stephen King, and established her own agency shortly after that. Her fiction list includes upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction, middle grade, young adult, thrillers, and mysteries.
Irene has written columns and articles for a number of writers’ publications, and is also a frequent speaker at writer’s conferences. HNS is her favorite because she loves historical novels and the people who write them. Her historical fiction authors include NY Times bestsellers Linda Lael Miller and Sharyn McCrumb, plus Diane Haeger, Carrie Bebris, Loretta Ellsworth, Leslie Carroll, Matt Speiser, and YA authors Patrice Kindl and Lisa Jensen.
Originally from the Midwest and still trying to lose the accent, Irene has a BA and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She and her husband divide their time between New York and the Berkshires, and have two grown children and one perfect grandchild.
ERIN HARRIS is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary, book club, and upmarket historical fiction, as well as YA and narrative non-fiction. Erin received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and enjoys working with both debut and established authors.
She is particularly drawn to fiction set against the backdrop of another time, place, or culture; fiction with mystery or suspense in its DNA; or fiction that includes a fabulist element. On the non-fiction side, she looks for compelling narratives that reveal underlying yet unexpected truths about our world.
Some of Erin’s clients include: Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Carla Power; New York Times Editor’s Choice novelist Daniel Levine; Rona Jaffe Award winner Natalie Haney Tilghman; historical novelist Jennifer Laam; and upmarket suspense author Erica Ferencik.
KEVAN LYON is a literary agent and partner with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. She has more than 20 years in the publishing business, including 11+ years as a literary agent and many years on the wholesale, retail and distribution side of the business, Kevan brings an informed and unique perspective to her work with clients. Her background on the buying and retail side of publishing affords her helpful insight into the challenging world of retail bookselling and distribution.
Kevan handles women’s fiction, with an emphasis on commercial women’s fiction, historical and contemporary fiction, young adult and all genres of romance. Her list includes many NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors such as; Jennifer Armentrout, Marie Force, Laura Kaye, Stephanie Dray, Shelley Noble, Jennifer Probst, Jennifer Robson, Laura Griffin, and many top selling historical novelists including Kate Quinn, Renee Rosen, Jeanne Mackin, and Alix Rickloff.
Kevan works with her clients to help them realize their dreams of being published and to build a long term career as a writer. The Marsal Lyon Literary Agency strives to partner with their clients on all phases of the publishing path. When not reading clients’ work or obsessively monitoring email, Kevan loves to walk near the beach with her 4 legged office mates.
For more information on the agency and their client list, visit their web site at www.MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com, visit their Facebook page, or follow Kevan on Twitter!
LUCIA MACRO has made her mark editing smart, commercial women’s fiction containing an upmarket touch, including the works of international bestseller Hazel Gaynor, author of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME and THE MEMORY OF VIOLETS. She has also edited USA Today bestselling author Patricia Harman, author of THE RELUCTANT MIDWIFE. Upcoming publications that highlight her versatility as an editor who spots new talent in this arena include THE SPARROW SISTERS by Ellen Herrick, SIT! STAY! SPEAK! by Annie England Noblin, and THE RAMBLERS by Aidan Donnelley Rowley. In addition, she has acquired many leading authors of romance including New York Times bestsellers such as Rachel Gibson, Cynthia Eden, Lori Wilde, and thrillers, such as New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub. Lucia received the Vivian Stephens industry award from the Romance Writers of America, given to a non-writer (and not often an editor) who has contributed to the organization in a significant manner.
ANNA MICHELS is an editor at Sourcebooks, an independent publisher located outside of Chicago. Over her more than five years at Sourcebooks she has worked on a wide variety of projects, most recently focusing on acquiring adult fiction and nonfiction. She is looking for commercial literary fiction with interesting settings and a strong narrative voice; mystery (particularly historical and crossover literary—think Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger), literary thriller, and psychological suspense; and memoir by writers who connect the events of their lives to readers through incredible storytelling, as well as a wide variety of prescriptive nonfiction, gift books, and history.
JENNIFER WELTZ has made over 2,000 deals domestically, internationally and for film for over two decades as President of JVNLA, Inc. (The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.). She represents fiction, non-fiction, Genre, Young Adult, Middle Grade and Picture Book authors. Her interests are varied with strong writing, plot and voice married to a unique story as the unifying factor.
Jennifer is a Board member of the Association of Authors Representatives (AAR), a member of the Women’s Media Group, and has served on the board of the BEA Conference Advisory Board, Pace University Masters in Publishing program, and the DBW Conference Council. She has been a keynote speaker as well as moderated and participated in panels on publishing for Digital Book World, the AAR, the BEA, The Romantic Times Convention, The Historical Novels Convention, PNWA etc…