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2015 One on One Writer Sessions

2015 One-on-One Writer Sessions with Editors and Agents

For an additional fee of $30, you will have the opportunity to meet with an agent or editor for fifteen minutes. During the one-on-one session, the agent or editor will provide verbal (but not written) feedback on your writing and its potential in the current publishing landscape. One-on-one sessions are available only to writers who register for, and are physically present at, the conference.

Registration:

To register for a one-on-one session, please e-mail Nora Comstock at nora.comstock@gmail.com

Choose the right agent or editor!

Read the bios of the agents and editors who are available for one-on-one sessions, visit their agencies or publisher’s websites, and Google their names to get a sense of what they do — and what they don’t do. For example, if you have written a children’s book, you may want to avoid meeting with an agent/editor who handles only books for adults.

Click on a name to see editor/agent bio:
In order to prepare for your one-on-one session, please do the following:
  1. Submit a manuscript:
    • ALL submissions must include a query letter.
    • Writers are encouraged to submit up to the first five (5) pages of their work by Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at midnight. No submissions will be accepted after this date. Please note that if your work is not yet a completed manuscript, you may submit an idea or a sample of your work of up to five (5) pages.
    • For board books and picture books, writers should include a query letter and the full manuscript. Author/illustrators, they should bring samples of their work to the meetings.
    • All submissions received by the deadline will be forwarded to the selected agents and editors for their review; submissions received after the deadline will not be forwarded. Manuscripts must include a query letter. In addition, please format submission pages so they are double-spaced, preferably in Times New Roman, 12 point font, and are either a doc or pdf file.
    • You also may set up a One-on-One with an agent or editor without having submitted any materials beforehand. This will allow only conversation, as the agent/editor will not have seen a sample of your writing.
  2. Have realistic expectations!

    The goal of the session is to receive an honest assessment of your writing. While it is possible that you may secure representation of an agent and land a book deal on the spot, be prepared for the possibility that you may have some work to do before you can reasonably expect publication.

  3. Bring a list of questions

    The fifteen minutes will go by faster than you think, and organizing your thoughts beforehand will help make the most of your time.

Below are the participating editors and agents for the 2015 Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference:


Millicent Bennett

Millicent Bennett
(Completely booked, please make another selection)
Millicent Bennett, Senior Editor, is interested in smart, well-written, and emotionally authentic literary fiction and upmarket commercial fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction including memoir, social and cultural history, science, biography, and women’s issues.

Her Simon & Schuster authors include Will Allison, Susannah Cahalan, Marjorie Celona, Chitra Divakaruni, Jim Gavin, Leslie Jamison, Katie Kitamura, Camilla Lackberg, Eve LaPlante, Philip Lopate, Andrew McCarthy, Scott O’Connor, Anuradha Roy, Liesl Schillinger, Brando Skyhorse, Teddy Wayne, and Elizabeth Winthrop. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, she worked at Knopf, Ecco, Random House, and Free Press.


Anna Bloom

Anna Bloom
Anna Bloom is currently an Associate Editor at Scholastic books. She started her children’s book career in Boston, where she received a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College. She worked at Boston area children’s book store, The Children’s Book Shop, and later at Charlesbridge Publishing.

Anna focuses on chapter books and middle grade fiction at Scholastic. She is especially attracted to books that are contemporary, inclusive, and realistic, as well as fiction in which kids take charge of their own adventures and solve their own mysteries. She has edited Gaby, Lost and Found and Allie, First at Last (Spring 2016) by Angela Cervantes, the Battle Bugs series by Jack Patton, the Rescue Princesses series by Paula Harrison, the Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows, and the Dr. KittyCat series by Jane Clarke (Spring 2016).

When not immersed in the world of children’s books, Anna enjoys traveling, reading, baking, and watching/arguing about television shows. She lives in the New York City area and can be found on Twitter @AnnaKBloom. For more information on books Anna has edited, please visit her web page on Goodreads.

Seeking: Chapter books and middle grade fiction
Not Seeking: Picture books or science fiction


Regina Brooks

Regina Brooks
Regina Brooks is the founder and CEO of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC. Her agency has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature including: three-time National Book Award finalist, Newberry Honor Winner and the Coretta Scott King Honor and the 2006 Michael Printz Honor Award-winning author Marilyn Nelson; winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids author Sundee Frazier; and Stonewall Book Award Winner, Bil Wright.

Her authors have appeared in USA Today, NY Times and the Washington Post as well as on Oprah, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSBNC, TV ONE, BET and a host of others. Writer’s Digest magazine named Serendipity Literary Agency as one of the top 25 literary agencies in 2004. Formerly, she held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill.

Follow Regina on Twitter:
Twitter @serendipitylit
Twitter @reginalbrooks

Seeking: Mostly nonfiction, some literary fiction, commercial fiction, and genre romance
Not Seeking: Adult science fiction

LINKS OF INTEREST
“She’s the Boss” Episode 13–Regina Brooks
Storytelling in YA and Memoir–Regina Brooks


Linda Camacho

Linda Camacho
(Completely booked, please make another selection)
Linda Camacho joined Prospect Agency in 2015 after a decade in publishing.

After graduating from Cornell University, Linda interned at Simon & Schuster and Writers House literary agency, and worked at Penguin before happily settling into children’s marketing at Random House before she moving over to the other side. She recently received her MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and enjoys reading a variety of genres, ranging from clean and lighthearted contemporary to edgy and dark fantasy.

For more information on her submission guidelines and Linda’s favorite reads, www.prospectagency.com

Follow Linda on Twitter: @LindaRandom

Seeking: MG, YA, and adult fiction across all genres (romance, horror, fantasy, realistic, light sci-fi, graphic novels). She also seeks select literary fiction (preferably with commercial bent). Diversity of all types welcome (ethnicity, disability, sexuality, etc.).
Not seeking: early readers/chapter books, screenplays, poetry, or short stories/novellas


Joanna Cárdenas

Joanna Cárdenas
Joanna Cárdenas is an associate editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She acquires and edits picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels. Among other projects, Joanna edited Archie the Daredevil Penguin by Andy Rash, Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller, ’Twas Nochebuena written by Roseanne Greenfield and illustrated by Sara Palacios, and The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt. She has also worked on books by Molly Idle, Anna Dewdney, and Sally Warner. Joanna hails from San Diego, California, where she attended University of California San Diego, interned at Writers House, and worked as a bookseller.

Follow Joanna on Twitter @joannananamc and learn more about her taste in books at Pinterest @jomariecardenas.

Seeking: Humorous, clever, and unexpected picture books; unique chapter book protagonists; and funny, plot-driven middle grade with tons of heart
Not Seeking: Young Adult


Pablo de la Vega

Pablo De La Vega | Indent Literary Agency
Pablo joined Indent Literary Agency in 2011. He had previously worked at the Guadalajara International Book Fair for eight years, where he was in charge of the Rights Center and several programs for book industry professionals. He has a B.A. in Law and a Master’s in Cultural Management from the University of Rome. A consummate reader, Pablo has a weakness for children’s books — especially those that cross the borders of conventionalism.
For more information visit www.indentagency.com.

Seeking: Middle grade and young adult literary fiction, and picture books. Submissions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese are accepted.


Adriana Domínguez

Adriana Dominguez
(Completely booked, please make another selection)
Adriana Domínguez has 20 years of experience in publishing. Prior to becoming an agent, she was Executive Editor at HarperCollins, where she managed the children’s division of their Latino imprint, Rayo. Before that, she was Children’s Reviews Editor at Críticas magazine.

Adriana has a long trajectory of publishing diverse authors and illustrators. Books that she has edited or represented have been awarded the Pura Belpré Medal, the Coretta Scott King Honor, the MPIBA’s Reading the West Award among others, and been finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the NAACP Award. Her list includes national and international bestsellers, and titles counted among the “Best of the Year” by Amazon, Kirkus, School Library Journal, The New York Public Library, The Chicago Public Library, Parents.com, Salon.com, and others. Adriana represents children’s books for all ages, and select adult fiction and nonfiction.

For more information, visit: http://www.fullcircleliterary.com

Seeking: Contemporary or historical middle grade and young adult novels written in English. Children’s author/illustrators, and English and bilingual fiction and nonfiction picture book manuscripts. Adult literary or women’s fiction with broad appeal, non-fiction pop culture titles, and memoirs for all ages written by authors with rock-solid platforms and/or unique stories to tell.
Not seeking: Short stories, poetry, romance, thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, or Spanish language only submissions for any age group.


Jessica Echeverria

Jessica Echeverria
Jessica Echeverria is an editor at Lee & Low Books, an independent children’s book publisher focusing on diversity. She started her career at Simon & Schuster, where she oversaw the Spanish-language imprint Libros para niños. Over the past six years, she has worked on a variety of different formats including early readers, bilingual books, Middle grade fiction, and picture books to name a few.

For more information visit www.leeandlow.com

Seeking: English or bilingual fiction picture books with a touch of whimsy, unique girl characters, magical realism, and nonfiction for children ages five to twelve.
Not Seeking: YA, folklore or animal stories, or stories without diversity.


Nikki Garcia

Nikki Garcia
Nikki Garcia is an assistant editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers where she works on everything from picture books through YA. While open to projects for all ages, she is particularly interested in a voice-driven literary or commercial middle grade and YA, and is not the best match for fantasy or science fiction. The Lola Levine series is her first acquisition, and with her passion for increasing diversity in children¹s books, she is thrilled to bring a spunky biracial bicultural character to young readers.

Born and raised in New York City, Nikki graduated from St. John¹s University, and thankfully didn¹t have to travel very far to make her dreams come true.


Leticia Gomez

Leticia Gomez
(Completely booked, please make another selection)
Leticia Gomez is a Houston-based publisher, literary agent, acquisition editor and published author. She has worked in the publishing industry since 1993. During this span of time, she has been the co-publisher of a bilingual newspaper, authored and published three books, edited numerous fiction and nonfiction manuscripts written in both English and Spanish that have gone on to publication. She has placed approximately 80 books with independent and mainstream publishers.

As CEO and Founder of Savvy Literary Services–one of the few minority-oriented publishing firms–she has distinguished herself as a literary agent who can communicate effectively with the authors she is representing. Blending her experience as an author, literary agent, publishing consultant and acquisition editor, Leticia is excited to spearhead her own Hispanic book division Café con Leche Books which is an imprint of Virginia-based independent publisher Koehler Books.

Seeking Book proposals and manuscripts written in English or Spanish in the following genres:
Fiction: Suspense Thrillers, Mystery, Women’s Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Humor, Multi-cultural, Paranormal, Romance, Erotica, Young Adult and Middle-grade.
Non-fiction: Advice/Relationship, Biography, Business, Cooking, Diet, Health, History/Politics/Current Affairs, How-to, Humor, Lifestyle, Memoir, Pop Culture, Parenting, Religion/Spirituality, Sports and True Crime.
Not seeking: Children’s Picture Books, Horror, Poetry, Short Story Collections, and Graphic Novels.


Dawn Michelle Hardy

Dawn Michelle Hardy
Dawn Michelle Hardy is an associate agent at Serendipity Literary Agency looking for memoirists who can capture a larger narrative through their personal story, author platform and strong hook; MFA grads penning lyrical, ambitious fiction set between two real geographical locations (i.e. 100 Foot Journey, Americanah, Til the Well Runs Dry). Heavily connected music, sports and pop culture enthusiasts with a hip idea from an untold vantage point. Sharp, witty, humorous self help for millenials. Best-in-class professionals speaking to society at large (The New Jim Crow; Daring Greatly)

Some of her work includes a previously self published memoir that garnered SyFy Channel docu-series fame (Forgotten Burial: A Restless Spirit’s Plea from Beyond the Grave by Jodi Foster); the highly publicized biography on NBA 16-time Allstar Allen Iverson written by Washington Post sports journalist and a insiders narrative on the Seattle Seahawks winners of the 2013-14 NFL Superbowl.
Follow her on Twitter @serendipitylit and @dawnmichellepr


Sophia Jimenez

Sophia Jimenez
(Completely booked, please make another selection)
Sophia Jimenez is currently an editor for Simon451, Simon & Schuster’s newest speculative fiction imprint, and an editorial assistant for the flagship imprint, seeking to build a list on both fronts. She was previously an assistant at the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, working with award-winning authors and translators of both fiction and nonfiction, and she interned at Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She grew up in Austin, TX and studied literature and music at Sarah Lawrence College. She is interested in anything smart, quirky, and hilarious, be it fiction or nonfiction, and has a soft spot for books that champion minority voices.

Seeking: Fantasy and science fiction of most stripes (particularly anything with an emphasis on worldbuilding), potential YA crossover speculative fiction. Humor, memoir, upmarket commercial fiction (especially if it’s character-driven and somewhat offbeat), little-known history or biography, pop science.
Not Seeking: Picture books or middle-grade, paranormal or other romance, horror, other nonfiction.


Nancy Mercado

Nancy Mercado began her career in the Scholastic Book Clubs, where she worked for several years, which led her to Dial Books for Young Readers, where she worked as an editor and a senior editor for several more years, which led to her Roaring Brook Press where she was an executive editor at Roaring Brook Press. Now back at her old stomping grounds, Nancy is currently the editorial director at Scholastic Press. She mostly gravitates towards contemporary, realistic middle-grade and young-adult novels, with an occasional picture book, non-fiction project and graphic novel thrown into the mix for good measure.

Nancy’s had the good fortune of editing such books as the Charlie Joe Jackson series by Tommy Greenwald, the Birthmarked trilogy by Caragh O’Brien, I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora, Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell, Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer, Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis, and many, many others. When not editing, Nancy is exploring the Brooklyn playground scene with her husband and two young children and spending way too much time on Twitter — follow Nancy @nanmercado.

For more information, about the books Nancy has edited, visit her web page on Goodreads.

Seeking: Exceptional middle grade and young adult fiction, particularly humorous, contemporary, and/or realistic novels.
Not Seeking: Picture books


Jeff Ourvan

Jeff Ourvan, an attorney, published author and writing instructor, is a literary agent with the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. His interests are varied: he represents historical narrative nonfiction, biographies, science, sports and cookbooks, as well as children’s/young adult fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers and literary fiction.

Prior to his career as an agent, Jeff was a litigator for many years at two large New York-based corporate law firms and a communications consultant working in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Jeff’s most recent work, The Star Spangled Buddhist, was published by Skyhorse in June 2013. He is also the founder of The WriteWorkshopNYC, a writing workshop in Manhattan.

For more information, visit Jennifer Lyons Literacy Agency and The Write Workshop NYC.

Seeking: Non-fiction, histories, biographies, international current events, finance, science and sports; fiction, particularly in the young adult and thriller categories.


Norma Perez-Hernandez

Norma Perez-Hernandez

Norma Perez-Hernandez is an acquiring editorial assistant at Kensington Publishing Corp. She has worked on a variety of projects,including fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and non-fiction. A New York City native, Norma studied English literature at the Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York and is a graduate of the Publishing Certificate Program at City College. She is thrilled to build a list with diverse authors and books.

Seeking: Fiction (historical romance, contemporary romance, multicultural romance, women’s fiction, historical fiction, traditional and cozy mysteries, suspense, new adult, select young adult).
Not seeking: Children’s books, poetry, short story collections, science fiction.


Diane Stockwell

Diane Stockwell

Diane Stockwell is the principal agent at Globo Libros Literary Management, a literary agency representing a wide range of nonfiction authors in both English and Spanish. Recent sales include Slaves for Peanuts by Senegal-based journalist Jori Lewis (The New Press, 2016) and Fearless Mind: a Five-Year Conversation with Noam Chomsky by Boris Muñoz (Metropolitan, 2016); featured titles include Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation’s Fight for their American Dream by Eileen Truax (Beacon 2015), and international bestseller Salvando vidas by Jose Fernandez (Penguin). She has also translated a range of commercial fiction and non-fiction books from Spanish into English.

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Stockwell began her publishing career in the editorial department of Warner Books, acquiring their first books by Hispanic personalities published in Spanish, and was the editor of Encanto, the critically acclaimed, first-ever line of bilingual romance novels. She lives with her husband and son in New York City. For more information, visit Globo Libros.

Seeking: Narrative non-fiction, biography, memoir, history, practical non-fiction (self-help, finance, cookbooks)
Not Seeking: Children’s


Stacy Whitman

Stacy Whitman

Stacy Whitman

Stacy Whitman is the founder and publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books that publishes diverse middle grade and young adult fiction. Books she has edited include American Indian Youth Literature YA Award and Top Ten Quick Picks title Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac, and Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, which received a starred review from School Library Journal and has been placed on numerous lists, including the Amelia Bloomer Project, School Library Journal’s Best of 2012 List, and the Lone Star Reading List.

She also founded the New Visions Award, which honors a new unpublished writer of color. The first New Visions Award winner will be published in Spring 2015, Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetani. Stacy holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College.

Seeking: Young adult and middle grade fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy, that stars characters of color. All fictional genres welcome. Looking in particular for literary voice with high-concept audience appeal.
Not seeking: Picture books or nonfiction.


Phoebe Yeh

Phoebe Yeh

Phoebe Yeh

Phoebe Yeh joined Random House Children’s Books as VP and Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers where she is publishing children’s books for all ages with a focus on middle-grade fiction and narrative nonfiction. Prior to joining HC in 1996, Yeh was a senior editor at Scholastic Press, where she edited the Magic School Bus books and was an editor of the SeeSaw Book Club.

As Editorial Director at Harper Collins she acquired the New York Times best-sellers Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce and School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. Recent Crown acquisitions include a middle grade anthology with We Need Diverse Books; Wizard’s Dog by Eric Kahn Gale; Dear Martin by debut teen novelist Nic Stone and the teen thriller, Reeve’s End by Kelley Armstrong.


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