New York Write to Pitch Faculty

Big Houses, Imprints, Distinguished Presses, and TV/Film Reps

The Write to Pitch Conference 2024 faculty are actively looking for new voices in the genre categories of serious and light women's fiction, suspense women's fiction, mystery, crime, thrillers (all sub-genres), YA and adult science fiction and fantasy (all sub-genres), horror, suspense, historical (all eras), general fiction, upmarket, and literary.

Taken as a whole, they represent an eclectic mix of brilliance, senior experience, and productive 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 also 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 networks.

Faculty workshop leaders and assistant editors can be found on this page, and the conference director here.

Brigitte Dale

Brigitte joined St. Martin's Press in 2021 after earning her master's degree at Yale University. She is also a graduate of Brown University and the Columbia Publishing Course. Brigitte acquires a variety of fiction and nonfiction. In fiction, she is actively looking for historical novels that shed light on untold women's stories, upmarket and literary work, as well as contemporary novels that explore complex female friendships. On the nonfiction side she is on the lookout for voice-driven narratives with a focus on women's history, pop culture, and feminism.

Vanessa Aguirre

Vanessa Aguirre is an Assistant Editor at St. Martin's Press. In both YA and adult, Vanessa is looking for sharp, commercial stories that make her laugh, cry, and flinch--especially if on the same page. She has a soft spot for anything SFFH: fantasy, science fiction, horror, speculative, magical realism (especially if it honors its anti-colonialist Latin American roots), and all things in between. She is also actively looking for mysteries, thrillers, and select romances. Regardless of genre, if you have a story with characters who you'd (affectionately) say need therapy, she'll be hooked! If you think your book is a little weird, a little dark, and/or a little twisty, she would love to read it.

Matt Rusin

Matt Rusin is an Assistant Editor at Tor Publishing Group where he has worked for over four years. Building a list in commercial and upmarket science fiction and fantasy, his tastes include climate fiction, contemporary fantasy, light sci-fi, and tragicomedies. Authors he has worked with include Moses Ose Utomi, Seanan McGuire, Ray Nayler, and many more.

Mary Baker

Mary Baker is an assistant editor at Berkley. She joined the editorial team in 2021 after starting her career in Penguin's subsidiary rights contracts department. Mary acquires swoony contemporary romance and romantic comedies, fantasy of both the heart-poundingly romantic and heartwarmingly cozy varieties, fresh book club fiction, and feel-good mysteries. Her upcoming projects include debut romances LOVE AND OTHER CONSPIRACIES by Mallory Marlowe and CROSS THE LINE by Simone Soltani. Mary is originally from St. Louis and a graduate of Emerson College.

Jess Verdi

Senior Editor Jess Verdi joined Alcove Press and Crooked Lane Books in 2022, after well over a decade in commercial fiction and romance editorial, including six years as Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster and a recent turn in the cutting-edge world of mobile storytelling apps. An author herself, Jess has a 360-degree view of the publishing industry, and enjoys working with authors to bring exciting, thought-provoking, and heartstring-tugging stories to the world. For her Alcove list, she's especially drawn to laugh-out-loud and swoony rom-coms, stories exploring gender and sexuality in fresh ways, and novels featuring complex family and/or racial dynamics. For Crooked Lane, she's looking for feminist and progressive thriller, mystery, and suspense-edgy is great but nothing too dark or gory, please.

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.

James Abbate

James Abbate is an Assistant Editor at Kensington Publishing, the largest independent and family-owned publisher in the nation, based in New York. A graduate of SUNY Binghamton and Pace University, he has been working at Kensington for over a decade in both the editorial and sales departments. He actively acquires books in most genres, including the historical fiction, nonfiction (biography, memoir, pop science, music, culture, true crime), suspense, and thriller markets, with a particular emphasis on WWII fiction and nonfiction. Some of his authors include thriller writer Cindy Dees and historical thriller writer Simon Scarrow, and his nonfiction titles include the father-son Holocaust memoirs THE WATCHMAKERS and THE GHOST TATOO, as well as KEITH URBAN, the first biography of the celebrated country music legend; MOST HONORABLE SON, a biography of Japanese-American combat gunner Ben Kuroki; THE EAGLE IN THE MIRROR, a biography of British spy Charles Howard Ellis; DEAR MS. PERKINS, an all-new biography of the first female US Cabinet member Frances Perkins; SISTERS IN THE SHADOWS, an insider's account of the history and role of women in the CIA, and many others.

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.

Susan Breen

Susan Breen's first mystery, MAGGIE DOVE, was published by a digital imprint of Penguin Random House on June 14, 2016. The sequel, MAGGIE DOVE'S DETECTIVE AGENCY, was published on November, 2016. Susan's short stories and essays have been published by a number of magazines, among them Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, American Literary Review and One of her stories was selected for inclusion in Best American Non-required Reading. She is also a proud finalist in the Writer's Policy Academy Golden Donut story competition. Susan's first novel, THE FICTION CLASS, won a Washington Irving Award from the Westchester Library Association, and was discovered and published as a result of the New York Pitch.

Cindy Bullard

Cindy Bullard is a literary agent and president of Birch Literary. As evidenced at Publisher's Marketplace, Birch Literary is one of the most successful boutique agencies. Why? Because unlike the majority of literary agents, Cindy first spent ten years working with editors, agents, and publishers as an author. Cindy later opened Birch Literary Agency to help other writers find their own path to publication. In adult fiction, she is looking for women's fiction, upmarket, traditional mysteries (standard PI, classic detective or cozy), crime, police procedural, thriller, suspense, and romance novels. In children's fiction, she'd like to see middle grade and YA (sweet, quirky, mystery, cozy), no heavy or serious topics. In nonfiction, she favors books about nature (kids and adults), memoirs, self-help, and personal narrative.

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).

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 high-concept 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.

Jane Cleland

Jane K. Cleland writes both fiction and nonfiction, including the long-running and multiple award-winning JOSIE PRESCOTT ANTIQUES MYSTERY series [St. Martin's and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine] and the Agatha-award winning bestsellers, MASTERING SUSPENSE, STRUCTURE AND PLOT, AND MASTERING PLOT TWISTS [Writer's Digest Books]--all recommended by Dan Brown, David Baldacci, Louise Penny, and Neil Gaiman. She is a member of the fulltime faculty at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York, a contributing editor for Writer's Digest Magazine, and the chair of the Wolfe Pack's Black Orchid Novella Award (BONA) in partnership with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She is a frequent workshop leader and guest author at writing conferences, association meetings, and MFA Residencies. Also, Jane offers free monthly virtual workshops on the craft and business of writing, and Mystery Masterminds, a series of small group virtual workshops. More details available on her website.

Tom Colgan

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

Amy Collins

Amy Collins is an agent with the Talcott Notch Literary Services agency. With 30 years in the publishing industry as a book buyer, Sales Director for large non-fiction publisher and the founder and President of New Shelves Books, one of the largest book sales and marketing companies in the US. She is a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author and has spent her career working with Barnes & Noble, Target, and Books-A-Million, as well as bookstores and libraries. Collins is also a trusted expert, speaker, and recommended publishing consultant for some of the largest book and library retailers and wholesalers in the publishing industry. In her agent role, Collins focuses on non-fiction/ history, historical fiction, fantasy and sci-fi.

Marisa Corvisiero

Marisa A. Corvisiero is the founder and CEO of the Corvisiero Literary Agency. She is a literary consultant, speaker and author, and continues to practice law in New York City and Red Bank, NJ with specialties in publishing, and other areas. She is actively looking for romance and women's fiction, thrillers, adventure, fantasy and science fiction, and any combination thereof. For middle grade and young adult she likes character driven stories with humor or grit, as well as high concepts in any time period and setting with authentic and standout voices and #ownvoices.

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.

Dina Davis

Dina Davis is an Associate Editor for MIRA Books, a Harlequin imprint within HarperCollins. Before joining the team this April, Dina worked at Harlequin's Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense imprints for seven years. Dina enjoys an emotional story that has her immediately connecting with the characters - whether she loves or hates them. She's building her MIRA list, acquiring commercial and upmarket fiction across genres, including thrillers, suspense, light sci-fi and fantasy, historical fiction, women's fiction, horror, and rom-coms.

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 Media, TV and Film at Blackstone Publishing where he works as both an acquiring editor and book-to-film/TV producer. Previously, Deneen was an Executive Editor at Tor/Macmillan for nearly a decade, where he edited dozens of books, including the New York Times-bestselling WALKING DEAD novels. Over the last twenty years, he has sold book projects to nearly every major movie studio, television network, and streaming platform. 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. Deneen is also an author, with over a dozen books published so far, including work for both Marvel and DC Comics; and he is the Founder and CEO of Scout Comics.

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.

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.

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.

Marilyn Kretzer

Currently a senior acquisition editor at Blackstone Publishing, Marilyn Kretzer has over 30 years of experience in the publishing industry. Her roles have ranged from acquisitions and rights sales, including: international, subsidiary rights and editorial acquisitions and contracts. She has a strong network across the industry, including with agents, editors, and rights professionals. Previously, she held key roles at Sterling Publishing as Rights and Editorial Director, and at Scholastic as Acquisitions Manager. On the fiction side, Marilyn is looking for new and original work in the genres of SFF, suspense, and mystery/thriller, as well as any professionally written, high-concept story.

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.

Paula Munier

Literary agent, editor and author Paula Munier is one of the biggest new stars in New York publishing. Her energy is boundless, her network endless, and being a writer herself, as well as a congenial human being, her care and compassion for her writers is legendary. Paula possesses broad experience in a wide variety of genres, and in creating content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as Disney, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, and Quayside. Currently, she has her own three-book deal with St. Martins for the MERCY CARR mystery series, and now on the way to a fourth book. Her last nonfiction book on craft, WRITING WITH QUIET HANDS, reviewed on Amazon - "Paula Munier's Writing with Quiet Hands is the real deal. Munier knows writing and publishing from all the angles and covers them in such a way as to teach, inspire, and encourage. If you want to learn, turn the pages and behold." - Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times best-selling author of Robert B. Parker's THE DEVIL WINS. To date in 2024, Paula has clocked over 150 official deals with major publishers as an agent for Talcott-Notch Literary Agency. To date in 2024, Paula has signed ten authors from the New York Pitch Conference, and all have contracts with major publishers.

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.

Gina Panettieri

Gina is the founder of Talcott Notch Literary Services, a full-service literary agency representing the freshest voices in fiction and nonfiction for both adults and children. Gina is particularly interested in mysteries, suspense and thrillers, women's fiction, YA and MG fiction, and nonfiction. Some of her latest projects are DARK ANGEL by Andrews & Wilson, THE WEDDING PLOT by Paula Munier, HITMEN by Scott Deitche, and BLUE LIKE ME by Aaron Philip Clark.

Hadley Ramsay

Hadley is co-director of the Film/TV Department at Maria B. Campbell Associates. Maria B. Campbell Associates (MBCA) is a New York and London-based literary scouting company that advises clients about American and international books for translation and publication in their markets, as well as for adaptation into television and film. MBCA's past clients include Amblin Entertainment, Warner Bros, and Netflix. They've since transitioned to a nonexclusive model, and scout for a handful of competitive production companies. Hadley graduated from the University of St Andrews, where she majored in English and Management. Interview with Hadley by Mark Stevens on Youtube.

Michelle Richter

MICHELLE RICHTER is a senior 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 mystery 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, and Silver Falchion. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and has a Master's degree in Publishing from Pace University.

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.

Katharine Sands

Katharine has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books including fiction, memoir, and non-fiction. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. Among the books she represents are THE APOTHECARY'S CURSE, nominated for the Bram Stoker Award 2017 in the First Novel category by Barbara Barnett; and GIRL WALKS OUT OF A BAR, a memoir by Lisa Smith that was featured by People Magazine as Notable Nonfiction. For memoir, femoir, and himoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed. Katharine also likes books that have a clear benefit for readers' lives in the categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, life challenges and popular culture.

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.

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 numerous New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Amy is now actively building her list at Wolfson Literary, with an interest in women's fiction, mystery, suspense, upmarket book club fiction, historical fiction, mature young adult, upper middle grade, and select narrative nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to a high concept commercial hook, as well as polished, well-paced prose, immersive settings, and smart, multidimensional characters. As an editorial agent, she enjoys working hand-in-hand with authors to take their work to the next level. Find her online at WolfsonLiterary.Com.

Elizabeth Trout

Elizabeth Trout is an associate 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 with romance crossover, historical fiction, gothic fiction, mysteries that are not fully cozy but not procedural, and general fiction with a paranormal or magical realism tilt, but grounded in our world. Recent and upcoming books on her list include IN THE EVENT OF LOVE by Courtney Kae, A HALF-BAKED MURDER by Emily George, THE FIRST DATE PROPHECY by Kate & Danny Tamberelli, and HER LITTLE FLOWERS by Shannon Morgan.

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

As the founder of STORRE PICTURES, Scott is currently in production on a feature documentary in collaboration with Mark Wahlberg's UNREALISTIC IDEAS ON THE RISE AND FALL OF MOVIEPASS for HBO, as well as a true-crime feature with Jessica Biel's Iron Ocean, and a Thai set pop-culture infused murder mystery. Doc projects are in the works with Participant Media, Oscar winning director Ross Kaufman, and Oscar nominated and Emmy winning director Jed Rothstein. On the scripted side he has projects in development with Universal Content Productions, Netflix, MGM, Apatow Productions, Augenschein Filmproduktion Germany, and Universal Intl. Studios. Storre's first original novel, EXIT BLACK, was published by Blackstone in February 2024. Previously Scott was a partner at Assemble Media where he Executive Produced John Michael McDonagh's THE FORGIVEN (TIFF 2021) starring Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, Caleb Landry Jones, Abbey Lee and Christopher Abbott and Gia Coppola's MAINSTREAM (Venice 2020) starring Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Alexa Demie and Jason Schwartzman. Prior to Assemble, Veltri was Head of Worldwide Sales at Magnolia Pictures where he handled the international launch on over 30 independent films including Sean Baker's TANGERINE, Crystal Moselle's THE WOLFPACK, Werner Herzog's LO AND BEHOLD, Steve James' LIFE ITSELF, Albert Maysles' IRIS, Morgan Neville's BEST OF ENEMIES, and LUCKY starring Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch.

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.

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