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Sign up for one-on-one meetings with industry professionals

Welcome to FIYAHCON’s Office Hours! In this segment of our event, we match BIPOC writers with industry professionals for one-on-one virtual meetings the weekend of the convention.

Our Office Hours hosts are industry professionals who have volunteered their time to offer critiques, Q&A’s, and accept pitches. They each have limited availability and registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. For query and/or page critiques, acceptance is based on the advance submission of requested materials. You must follow submission instructions in order to be considered. It won’t do you any good to be the first person to register if you’ve attached an incorrectly formatted set of sample pages.

You do not have to be a registered convention attendee to apply. You do have to be a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color. Registration for Office Hours is FREE, but all participants and hosts are required to adhere to FIYAHCON’s Community Policy (tl;dr – be respectful, don’t embarrass us).

Each meeting is 15-30 minutes long depending on content. Participants will be notified by October 1st whether their requested slot has been denied or confirmed. Confirmation emails will include instructions for logging into your meeting.

As with everything else FIYAHCON, Office Hours is for speculative fiction only. “Speculative Fiction” is an umbrella term for science-fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism, and their related sub-genres. Do not send us your memoir. Do not send us fiction that does not contain fantastical elements. You’ll be wasting your time and ours.

Office Hours registrations will close October 1st or when all time slots are filled, whichever comes first.

Got questions or need an accessible application format? Email officehours[at]theconvention.fiyahlitmag.com.

Need help formatting something? Here are some handy links:

CRITIQUES

alex acks
ROLE:

Trad-Pub Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

 

Alex Acks is an award-winning writer, geologist, and dapper AF. Angry Robot Books has published their novels HUNGER MAKES THE WOLF (winner of the Kitschies Golden Tentacle award) and BLOOD BINDS THE PACK under the pen name Alex Wells. Their award-nominated steampunk collection MURDER ON THE TITANIA AND OTHER STEAM-POWRED ADVENTURES and its sequel are published by Queen of Swords Press. They’ve written scripts for Six to Start and been published in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, Shimmer, and more. Alex lives in Denver, Colorado, USA.

OFFERING

Critique of query letter, 1-2 page synopsis

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday 12:30PM, 4:30PM

Sunday 12:30PM, 4:30PM

Matt Belford
ROLE:

Agent

The Tobias Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Matt is a literary agent with The Tobias Agency. He joined in early 2020 after previously working at the David Black Agency and the Aaron M. Priest Agency. Once he received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, he decided to apply his talents in representing authors, as opposed to writing himself. A lover of all things science fiction and fantasy, Matt accepts his nerd status readily.

Some of his favorite reads include: THE SUMMONER by Gail Z Martin, KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames, TRAIL OF LIGHTNING by Rebecca Roanhorse, and RED RISING by Pierce Brown.

Matt is actively looking for new clients in the genres of graphic memoirs and graphic novels, as well as adult science fiction and fantasy, and some popular nonfiction.

OFFERING

Critique of query letter + 10-15 pages

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday 12:00PM, 12:30PM, 1:00PM

Sunday 12:00PM, 12:30PM, 1:00PM

Ruoxi-Chen
ROLE:

Editor

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Ruoxi Chen edits science fiction and fantasy at Tordotcom Publishing, a division of Macmillan. She prefers her socio-political narratives intersectional, her fantasy post-colonial, and her families found. She’s had the pleasure of debuting authors like Emily Tesh, Kerstin Hall, and Nghi Vo, in addition to working with established voices like Tochi Onyebuchi, Sarah Gailey, and more. Books she’s edited have been finalists for the World Fantasy and New England Book Awards. You can find her on Twitter @jruoxichen.

OFFERING

Critique of query letter + 10-15 pages

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday 3:30PM, 4:00PM, 5:00PM

Kellie Doherty
ROLE:

Editor

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Kellie Doherty is an author and editor with three books published in the queer science fiction and fantasy realm. Her most recent publication is an adult fantasy Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties. (Find out more information about her published work on her website: kelliedoherty.com.) She is also a freelance editor specializing in developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading in both fiction and non-fiction works. The titles she’s edited have gone on to win awards and honorable mentions.

OFFERING

Critique of 1st chapter (10 pages if first chapter is short); or flash fiction or short stories of max 6k words

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 5:00 PM

Sunday: 5:00 PM

Alix Harrow
ROLE:

Traditionally Published Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

A former academic and adjunct, Alix E. Harrow is now a full-time writer living in Kentucky with her husband and their semi-feral toddlers. She is the author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January and Hugo award-winning short fiction. Find her at @AlixEHarrow on Twitter.

OFFERING

Critique of up to 5k of fiction (novel or short story)

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

Andrew Hoe
ROLE:

Editor

Cast of Wonders

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

Andrew K Hoe is assistant editor at Cast of Wonders. His short fiction for younger audiences appears or is forthcoming from Cast of Wonders, Highlights for Children, Diabolical Plots, Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, and elsewhere.

OFFERING

Critique of short story up to 6k words

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 2:30 PM

ROLE:

Literary Agent

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Pete Knapp is a literary agent at Park & Fine Literary and Media, where he represents middle grade and young adult fiction and graphic novels across all genres. Before joining Park & Fine, he was at Floren Shieh Productions, a literary consultancy working with film studios and production companies to help bring book adaptations to the big screen. A graduate of New York University, Pete now lives in Brooklyn with his husband

OFFERING

Agent query or critique of first 10 pages

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

Sunday: 4:00 PM

J. H. Lawless
ROLE:

Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

J.R.H. Lawless is a bestselling SF author from Atlantic Canada who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on their experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, their short fiction has been published in professional venues, including foreign sales. They are also a craft article contributor to the SFWA blog, the SFWA Bulletin, and Tor.com. Their debut novel, ALWAYS GREENER, is out now from Uproar Books, and the sequel, THE RUDE EYE OF REBELLION, is currently on pre-sale before its Fall 2020 release. Both books are also Tantor Media audiobooks. They are represented by Marisa Corvisiero.

OFFERING

Critique of query letter + 10 pages.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 12:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm

Kayla Lightner
ROLE:

Agent

Ayesha Pande Literary

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult SFF

Prior to joining Ayesha Pande Literary, Kayla worked as an assistant at Liza Dawson Associates. A Georgia native, she earned her B.A. in English from Vassar College. Before finding her way to publishing, she held various positions including a fashion market assistant at Harper’s Bazaar and a freelance writer at Creative Loafing Atlanta. An adventurous reader, Kayla loves stories—across commercial fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction—that masterfully straddle the line between story-telling and teaching her something new. She’s particularly enamored with speculative fiction that centers black voices, humorous essay collections, and compelling family sagas. When Kayla’s not reading, she can be found writing, performing stand-up, and reminiscing on her rugby days. You can find her on Twitter @LightnerKayla

OFFERING

Critique of query letter + 10 pages.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 5:30pm

Sunday: 5:30pm

Michael Mammay
ROLE:

Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Michael Mammay is a science fiction writer. He is a retired army officer and a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has a master’s degree in military history, and has recently taught American literature. He is a veteran of Desert Storm, Somalia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His debut novel, Planetside (Harper Voyager) came out in July, 2018, and was selected as a Library Journal best book of 2018. The audio book, narrated by RC Bray, was nominated for an Audie award. The sequel, Spaceside, hit the shelves on August 27th, 2019 and received a starred review from Library Journal. His next book, Colonyside, comes out December 29th, 2020. Michael lives with his wife in Georgia.

OFFERING

Critique of queries and/or first chapters. Mammay is also offering answers to general publication questions.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 3:30pm

Jim McCarthy
ROLE:

Agent

Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret LLC

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

 

Jim McCarthy is a Vice-President and Literary Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret where he started his publishing career over two decades ago. His list is heavily focused on middle grade and young adult fiction and includes New York Times bestsellers Richelle Mead, Morgan Rhodes, Victoria Laurie, Robin Talley, Livia Blackburne, and Michael Arceneaux along with critically celebrated and award-winning authors such as Tehlor Kay Mejia, Joy McCullough, Fonda Lee, Remy Lai, and many more.

OFFERING

Critique of query letter + 10-15 pages

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday 12:00PM-1:30PM

Sunday 12:00PM-1:30PM

Patricia Nelson
ROLE:

Agent

Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Patricia Nelson has been a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency since 2014, representing all genres of young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as women’s fiction and romance. Her clients include bestselling and award-winning authors, and recent sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster, among others. Patricia holds master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California and has previously taught literature and writing at the college level.

OFFERING

Critique of query letter + 5 pages

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm

Kiana Nguyen
ROLE:

Agent

Donald Maass Literary Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

YA

Kiana Nguyen joined Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2016, where she assisted several agents, and is now building her own client list. She is seeking YA fiction across genres, particularly those with POC and queer voices. She is also interested in Adult romance, women’s fiction, and domestic suspense thrillers (think SHARP OBJECTS, THE MURDER CLUB).

OFFERING

Critique of queries and first 10 pages.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm

Sunda: 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm

r_J6Zy06
ROLE:

Agent

KT Literary Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Jas Perry is a freelance editor and Manhattan-based Associate Agent with KT Literary. She attended New York University in Florence and London before graduating with a degree in English from CUNY Hunter College. She was awarded the We Need Diverse Books Internship Grant and held several editorial intern positions with Levine Querido and Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, where she assisted on titles by Kelly Yang, Varian Johnson, Daniel José Older, Eric Gansworth, A.S. King, Francisco X Stork, and Cherie Priest, among others. Jas is Black American/Japanese and interested in representing a diverse range of strong voices — especially by disabled and/or QTPOC creators. She particularly enjoys dark contemporary fiction, offbeat humor, (Alondra Nelson-defined) Afrofuturism, and bold SFF that makes her think. Find her on Twitter @TakahashiPerry.

OFFERING

Critique of queries and first chapters. General publishing questions also welcome.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 3:30pm, 4:30pm

Lydia Rogue
ROLE

Editor

Microcosm Publishing

 

AGE CATEGORIES

Adult

Lydia Rogue is a writer and poet living in Portland, Oregon. They write stories and nonfiction that centers trans people, when they’re not writing sappy love poems for their spouse or wrangling their pet rats. They currently work as an editor and publicist at Microcosm Publishing, a non-fiction focused publisher and distributor. Their second book, Trans-Galactic Bike Ride, is a speculative fiction anthology about trans people on bikes in space. It’s due out in late 2020 through Microcosm Publishing. You can find them online at lydiarogue.com and on Twitter @LydiaRogue

OFFERING

Critique of query letter + 15 pages

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Sunday 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Bridget Smith
ROLE:

Agent

JABberwocky Literary Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

“Bridget Smith joined JABberwocky Literary Agency as an agent in May 2019. She represents middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, with special interest in contemporary YA, historical fiction, and SFF for all ages.

Bridget grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Brown University with a BA in anthropology in 2010. After graduation, she interned at Don Congdon Associates, worked at a secondhand bookstore, and read submissions for Tor.com. In 2011, she started as an assistant at Dunham Literary, and she remained there as an agent for nearly eight years. In her spare time, she runs, plays Irish fiddle, and co-hosts the podcast Shipping & Handling with fellow agent Jennifer Udden of New Leaf Literary .”

OFFERING

Critique of query letter

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 5:30pm

Eric Smith
ROLE:

Agent

PS Literary Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

Eric Smith is an author and literary agent from Philadelphia. An agent with P.S. Literary, he’s worked on New York Times bestselling and award-winning books. In his author life, his latest book, Don’t Read the Comments, published with Inkyard Press.

OFFERING

Critique of query letter.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 5:00pm

Sunday: 2:30pm

Saba Sulaiman
ROLE:

Agent

Talcott Notch Literary Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Saba Sulaiman holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MA from the University of Chicago, where she studied modern Persian literature. She is looking primarily to build her children’s list, and is particularly interested in contemporary realistic stories. She’s also open to adult literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction, romance, tightly plotted, character-driven psychological thrillers, cozy mysteries à la Agatha Christie, and memoir. Being an immigrant who is constantly negotiating her own identity and sense of belonging in a place she now calls “home,” she is committed to highlighting more diverse voices with compelling stories to tell; stories that demonstrate the true range of perspectives that exist in this world, and address urgent and often underexplored issues in both fiction and non-fiction with veracity and heart. Twitter: @agentsaba. Website: sabasulaiman.com

OFFERING

Critique of query letter + 10 pages

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm

Eva 2019
ROLE:

Agent

Speilburg Literary Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

“Eva Scalzo was born in New Jersey, but has lived in Houston, Buenos Aires, San Juan, and Boston before settling down outside of Binghamton, New York. She has been reading romance since the fifth grade when she discovered the Sweet Valley High series. On inheriting her grandmother’s collection of vintage Harlequin Romances, she set a goal to someday finish reading them all on top of her already massive TBR.

Eva has a B.A. in the Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. Since graduating in 2002, she has spent her career in scholarly publishing, working for Houghton Mifflin, Blackwell Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, and Cornell University in a variety of roles. She has been with Speilburg Literary since 2013, and started accepting clients in 2017. Eva is a member of RWA and SCBWI.

In Adult Fiction, Eva represents Romance (all subgenres but inspirational) and Science Fiction/Fantasy. She also represents all subgenres of Young Adult Fiction. Before you hit submit on any queries please verify her #MSWL page and check out the agency’s Writing Tips. “

OFFERING

Critique of queries and first chapters, or first ten pages if the first chapter is short.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 4:00pm, 4:30pm

Sunday: 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm,

Tiffany Shelton
ROLE:

Editor

St. Martin’s Publishing Group

AGE CATEGORIES:

YA

Tiffany Shelton—a native of Florida—is an Associate Editor at St. Martin’s Publishing Group, an part of Macmillan Publishers. She acquires young adult fiction for the Wednesday Books imprint as well as adult fiction for the groups various imprints. She doesn’t know exactly when or where her love of reading began, but she does remember the afternoons she would spend hours in the school library waiting for her mom to finish her job in the office. She’s been lucky enough to have amazing people in her life who have helped to cultivate and share in this love with her. Her passion for books, and more specifically words, led her to move 3,000 miles to Portland Oregon to pursue a master’s degree in Book Publishing. She then moved another 3,000 miles to New York City where she began working at St. Martin’s Publishing Group in 2016.

OFFERING

Critique of query and first chapter

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

Jennifer Udden
ROLE:

Agent

New Leaf Literary Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

“Jennifer Udden joined the industry in 2010 as an intern at the Donald Maass Literary Agency, and within a year was representing her first clients. After the Donald Maass agency she worked at the Barry Goldblatt agency. She joined New Leaf Literary in the fall of 2019. Her list spans a wide variety of genres and age categories, from middle grade to adult, from science fiction to grounded contemporary stories.

On the adult side, she is looking for science fiction and fantasy of all stripes, especially stories with page-turning momentum and characters to die for. She’s also looking for literary thrillers (like client Chelsea G. Summers’ novel A CERTAIN HUNGER) and crime novels with a classic feel.

On the children’s side, she’s looking for middle-grade novels with a sense of intrigue (and a sense of humor), with strong characters and convincing worlds, as well as YA novels with strong world building and compelling storytelling.

Before working in publishing, Jennifer worked for a theater company as a fundraiser. She grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated from Mount Holyoke College, where she did her thesis work on class and anxiety in Golden Age detective fiction. “

OFFERING

Critique of query + 5 pages.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 5:30pm

Sunday: 5:30pm

Michael R Underwood
ROLE:

Publisher

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

“Michael R. Underwood is the author of over twelve books, including Annihilation Aria, Born to the Blade (an epic fantasy serial), the Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and Genrenauts, a series of novellas (a finalist for the r/Fantasy “Stabby” Award.)

Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. He holds a B.A. in Creative Mythology and in East Asian Studies from Indiana University and a M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon.

In years past, he danced Argentine Tango and was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and studying historical martial arts. Mike has been a hobby game store clerk, a student archivist, a webmaster, a web design teacher, a bear-builder, a bookseller, an independent publishers’ representative, and the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his wife, their dog Oreo, and an ever-growing library. He also loves geeking out with video & role-playing games, studying historical martial arts, and making pizzas from scratch. He is also a co-host on the actual play show Speculate! and a guest host on Hugo Award-finalist The Skiffy and Fanty Show.”

OFFERING

Critique of query letter and synopsis

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm

Deeba Zargarpur
ROLE:

Editor

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Deeba Zargarpur enthusiastically joined the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Salaam Reads editorial team in March 2020. A graduate of Drexel University, Deeba began her editorial career at Disney-Hyperion and Freeform, imprints at Disney Publishing Worldwide, where she worked on both middle grade and young adult titles. Then, she took a detour into book packaging, where she created and edited a wide range of children’s and adult literature. Her aim is to acquire commercial books that empower young people from diverse backgrounds. As a self-taught polyglot, Deeba’s love of literature across various languages stemmed from the tales spun throughout her childhood. She is always on the hunt for stories that inspire a sense of magic and wonder, plot lines that challenge traditional assumptions about morality, and strong character arcs that redefine what it means to be the hero of your own story. Deeba is also the founder of Writers of Afghan Heritage, an initiative that advocates, supports and mentors diverse Afghan voices in mainstream publishing, due to launch in late 2020. Follow Deeba on Twitter and Instagram at @deebazargarpur.

OFFERING

Critique of query + 5 pages.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm

Q+A

Rasha Adbulhadi
ROLE:

Editor

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Rasha is a queer Palestinian Southerner who grew up between Damascus, Syria and rural Georgia and cut their teeth organizing on the southsides of Atlanta and Chicago. They are a member of Alternate ROOTS, Southerners on New Ground, Justice for Muslims Healing Collective, and the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI). Rasha’s work has appeared in Mizna, Room, Lambda Literary, and Plume, and is anthologized in Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler and Halal if You Hear Me. As a community technologist, urban farmer, and once and future beekeeper, Rasha is a geek for science both fiction and fact. You can find them tweeting @rashaabdulhadi

OFFERING

General Q&A about writing, revising, or submitting fiction or poetry.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 12:30 PM; 4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Kurestin Armada
ROLE:

Literary Agent

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Kurestin Armada spent time as an assistant at The Lotts Agency before becoming a literary agent at P.S. Literary in 2015. She then joined Root Literary in 2020, where she partners with storytellers who combine artistry with the drive to build a lasting body of work. Kurestin is based in New York City and spends most of her time in the city’s thriving indie bookstores. She reads widely across genres and has a particular affection for science fiction and fantasy, especially books that recognize and subvert typical tropes of genre fiction; some of her recent titles include Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh and The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood.

OFFERING

General Q&A

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 2:00 PM

Jordan Brown
ROLE:

Editor

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Jordan Brown is an executive editor with Walden Pond Press and Balzer + Bray, two imprints within HarperCollins Children’s Books. Over the course of his sixteen years in children’s publishing, he has been lucky enough to work with such esteemed authors as Laura Ruby, Elana K. Arnold, Justina Ireland, John David Anderson, Anne Ursu, Sara Zarr, Laurel Snyder, Magdalene Visaggio, Anna Meriano, Rebecca Podos, Kevin Emerson, and more; among their books are a Printz Medalist and Honor, National Book Award finalists, New York Times bestsellers, ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections, Nebula Award nominees, and many more accolades.

OFFERING

Q+A on general questions about querying and publishing

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM

Martin Cahill
ROLE:

Employer

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Martin has been involved in the speculative fiction community for over seven years, and has worn many hats: slush pile reader, literary agent freelancer, publicity and marketing specialist, fiction writer, consistent advocate and cheerleader in the writing community, and more. With years in SEO, publicity, and marketing in other fields, Martin is thrilled to put these skills and histories to good use for Erewhon Books, and the wonderful titles, stories, and authors we champion.

OFFERING

Q&A on querying and publishing

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 3:00 PM

Melanie Castillo
ROLE:

Agent

Root Literary

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

Melanie Castillo is a literary agent at Root Literary. She represents middle grade, YA, and adult fiction along with select nonfiction titles. What she loves most about the job is the balance of creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating with a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University, she worked as an editorial project manager at Quarto and then as a freelance editor for several years before joining the agency in 2018. Melanie was born and raised in Southern California in a multicultural, blended family, so she has a soft spot for books that shine a spotlight on the nuances of relationships and identity. She currently lives in Long Beach and can be found on Twitter at @wellmelsbells.

OFFERING

General Q&A regarding publishing / working with an agent

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 12:00pm, 12:30pm

Pablo Defendini
ROLE:

Publisher

Fireside Fiction

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Pablo Defendini is the Publisher and Art Director of Fireside Magazine. He is also a designer and developer for hire, with a focus on editorial design for digital media. He helped launch Tor.com, before moving on to work for companies that sit in the overlap between publishing and technology, like Open Road Media and O’Reilly. Pablo was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, lives in New York City, and works with people all over the world.

OFFERING

General Q&A about writing and publishing short fiction.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Lucienne Diver
ROLE:

Agent

The Knight Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Lucienne Diver joined The Knight Agency in 2008, after spending fifteen years with Spectrum Literary Agency in New York. Over the course of her dynamic career she has sold over a thousand titles to every major publisher, and has built a client list of more than forty authors spanning the commercial fiction genres, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, women’s fiction, romance, suspense, and young adult fiction. Her authors have been honored with the Hugo and Nebula Awards, National Readers’ Choice, Romantic Times, and Colorado Book Awards, among others, and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Clients include such bestsellers as N.K. Jemisin, Rachel Caine, Alyssa Cole, Faith Hunter, Christina Henry, Genevieve Cogman, Ramez Naam and others.

OFFERING

Q&A about writing, publishing, or submissions process

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday 2:00PM

Sunday 12:30PM, 1:00PM

Kellie Doherty
ROLE:

Editor

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Kellie Doherty is an author and editor with three books published in the queer science fiction and fantasy realm. Her most recent publication is an adult fantasy Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties. (Find out more information about her published work on her website: kelliedoherty.com.) She is also a freelance editor specializing in developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading in both fiction and non-fiction works. The titles she’s edited have gone on to win awards and honorable mentions.

OFFERING

Q&A about writing and publishing; editing, revising and/or craft .

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM

Sunday: 5:30 PM

Brian Geffen
ROLE:

Editor

Henry Hold BFYR

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA + MG)

Brian Geffen is an editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. He has worked with wonderful authors such as Julie C. Dao, Gregory Zuckerman, John Flanagan, Heather Kassner, Remy Lai, Katy Rose Pool, Rocky Callen, Christian McKay Heidicker, Oliver Jeffers, Loren Long, Lorna Scobie, and Andrew Maraniss, among others. Brian acquires a wide variety of young adult and middle-grade fiction, particularly fantasy, realistic contemporary, and action/adventure, as well as graphic novels and humorous picture books. Born and raised in Queens, NY, Brian is a fan of traveling, eating, rap, and learning foreign languages.

OFFERING

General Q&A about writing and publishing

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM

Liz Gorinsky
ROLE:

Editor

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Liz Gorinsky (she/they) is a speculative fiction editor. Liz began working in publishing at Tor Books, editing a list that included popular and acclaimed speculative fiction authors Felix Gilman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Liu Cixin, George Mann, Annalee Newitz, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Cherie Priest, Lev Rosen, Nisi Shawl, Brian Francis Slattery, Catherynne M. Valente, and Jeff VanderMeer; and anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow, David Hartwell, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Ken Liu, and Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Liz won the 2016 Alfie Award, designed and presented by George R. R. Martin, and 2017 Hugo Award for Best Editor, Long Form, and has been nominated seven times in that category. Liz was part of the team that founded Tor.com, and acquired and edited short fiction and comics for that site for many years, and acted as the reprint editor of Queers Destroy Fantasy. In 2018, Liz founded Erewhon Books, a new independent speculative fiction publishing company, and acts as the President, Publisher, and lead editor. Recreationally, Liz designs and plays analog games (mostly indie RPGs, Nordic larp, and Eurogames) and watches a ton of theatre, and rides bikes. Liz lives in the Lower East Side of New York City.

OFFERING

General Q&A including questions about self-publishing, getting your books into libraries, starting a YouTube channel and/or publishing.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 4:30 P.M. – 5:30 PM

Alix Harrow
ROLE:

Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

A former academic and adjunct, Alix E. Harrow is now a full-time writer living in Kentucky with her husband and their semi-feral toddlers. She is the author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January and Hugo award-winning short fiction. Find her at @AlixEHarrow on Twitter.

OFFERING

General Q&A

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Vylar Kaftan
ROLE:

Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Vylar Kaftan has published about 50 short stories in places such as Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed. She won a Nebula for her alternate history, “The Weight of the Sunrise.” Her latest novella, “Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water,” is available from Tor.com.

OFFERING

General Q&A including publishing processes and contract negotiations

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Molly Ker Hawn
ROLE:

Literary Agent

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Molly joined the Bent Agency in 2011 and leads its UK office, where she works with authors from all over the world, selling directly to publishers in the US, the UK and Australia. She grew up in Northern California, lived for a time in the West Country, read English at Cambridge University, spent many years in New York City, and now lives in London. Since she became an agent, she’s represented New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers and books that have won or been shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, and more.

She’s looking for middle grade and young adult fiction that’s inventive, well-crafted, and rich with emotion. She’s also interested in non-fiction for readers ages 8-18. She also represents select non-fiction projects for adults and is interested in intersectional feminism, popular culture, and accessible modern history.

Molly is particularly interested in hearing writers from underrepresented communities.

OFFERING

General Q&A

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 2:00 PM

ROLE:

Literary Agent

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA + MG)

Pete Knapp is a literary agent at Park & Fine Literary and Media, where he represents middle grade and young adult fiction and graphic novels across all genres. Before joining Park & Fine, he was at Floren Shieh Productions, a literary consultancy working with film studios and production companies to help bring book adaptations to the big screen. A graduate of New York University, Pete now lives in Brooklyn with his husband

OFFERING

Q&A about industry/career; craft; querying and/or working with an agent.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Vicki Lame
ROLE:

Editor

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

YA

VICKI LAME is a senior editor at St. Martin’s Publishing Group and Wednesday Books and has edited New York Times bestsellers Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, among many other books. She is always on the hunt for compelling adult and teen stories across genres that reflect the world we live in and are full of flawed, complicated characters and big feelings. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her very grumpy but affectionate cat, Troy.

OFFERING

General Q&A

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

J. H. Lawless
ROLE:

Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

J.R.H. Lawless is a bestselling SF author from Atlantic Canada who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on their experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, their short fiction has been published in professional venues, including foreign sales. They are also a craft article contributor to the SFWA blog, the SFWA Bulletin, and Tor.com. Their debut novel, ALWAYS GREENER, is out now from Uproar Books, and the sequel, THE RUDE EYE OF REBELLION, is currently on pre-sale before its Fall 2020 release. Both books are also Tantor Media audiobooks. They are represented by Marisa Corvisiero.

OFFERING

General Q&A. Bring questions about career and craft writing.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 12:30pm

Sunday: 12:30pm

Alvina Ling
ROLE:

EIC

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Alvina Ling is VP and Editor-in-Chief at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (a division of Hachette Book Group) where she has worked since 1999. She edits children’s books for all ages, from picture books to young adult. She has edited such books as A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin; Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier; Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld; Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown, Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes, The Candymakers by Wendy Mass, The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. She Tweets with the handle @planetalvina and is on Instagram @alvinaling. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her cat, Venus.

OFFERING

General Q&A regarding the publishing industry, editing process, etc.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm

Kelly Maher
ROLE:

Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

“Kelly Maher is the author of contemporary romances that feature smart heroines, witty heroes, and settings that make you feel like you’re living there. A city girl at heart, Kelly currently lives in DC where she works as a librarian when not writing.

Kelly is happy to talk about her self-publishing experiences, working with libraries, switching genres and identities (she’s in the process of moving to historical fiction), juggling identities (she still confuses people in the romance industry with her dual author and librarian identities), launching a YouTube channel, and anything else you think she can provide insight on.”

OFFERING

General Q&A session. Feel free to ask about self publishing, getting your books into libraries, starting a book YouTube, and more!

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 5:30pm

Sunday: 5:30pm

Mary C. Moore
ROLE:

Agent

Kimberly Cameron and Associates

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

“Always a passionate reader, Mary C. Moore graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing and English in 2011 from Mills College, Oakland. She started an internship with with Kimberley Cameron & Associates in 2012, became Kimberley’s assistant in 2013 and was officially promoted to a full literary agent in 2015. Find out more about her at marycmoore.com and follow her on Twitter @Mary_C_Moore.

She is seeking adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction. She is especially hungry for upmarket genre fiction a la Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones or Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke.

She does not represent non-fiction (including memoir), picture books, or self-published projects.”

OFFERING

General Q&A regarding querying and publishing.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm

Sydnee Monday
Sydnee Monday.
ROLE:

Editor

PYR/Kolika

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Assistant Editor Sydnee Monday was born on a Monday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She wants to read about what it feels like to live in your skin, disillusionment with crumbling facades, and how we move towards utopia. A graduate of Howard University, she mentors young people with Read Ahead and the Governor’s Committee on Scholastic Achievement. She also serves on the board for the POC at PRH employee resource group and the Communications & Events Committee for People of Color in Publishing. Follow her on Twitter: @sydneemonday.

OFFERING

General Q&A. Will look over queries.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 1:00pm

Sunday: 1:00pm

Sarah Peed
ROLE:

Editor

Del Rey Books / Penguin Random House

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Sarah Peed is a Senior Editor at Del Rey Books, a SFF/horror imprint of Penguin Random House. Recent books she’s worked on include The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez, Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie, Devolution by Max Brooks, and The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson. Sarah also edits Del Rey’s Minecraft fiction line, working with authors Max Brooks, Tracey Baptiste, Mur Lafferty, Catherynne M. Valente, Jason Fry, and C. B. Lee.

OFFERING

Critique of first chapters and project summaries. Also answering general publishing and writing questions.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 3:00pm

Emilia Rhodes
ROLE:

Editor

HMH Books for Young Readers, Editorial Director

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

“Emilia Rhodes is Editorial Director of HMH Books for Young Readers and Etch where she edits and oversees young adult and middle grade fiction and non-fiction as well as graphic novels. She has previously been an editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Alloy Entertainment, and Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster. Her list over the years has included New York Times bestsellers The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, Ruined by Amy Tintera, The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith, Thirst by Christopher Pike, and Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler, as well as National Book Award finalist Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos, Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid, The Merciless by Danielle Vega, Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd, The Other Side of Summer by Emily Gale, the Queen of Hearts series by Colleen Oakes, and the American Dog series by Jennifer Li Shotz. Her upcoming titles include Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron and The Ravens by Danielle Paige and Kass Morgan.
She lives in Brooklyn, NY with a rotating cast of foster dogs. “

OFFERING

General Q&A. Questions about the industry, careers, craft, or revisions, etc.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 2:00pm, 2:30pm

Eva 2019
ROLE:

Agent

Speilburg Literary

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

“Eva Scalzo was born in New Jersey, but has lived in Houston, Buenos Aires, San Juan, and Boston before settling down outside of Binghamton, New York. She has been reading romance since the fifth grade when she discovered the Sweet Valley High series. On inheriting her grandmother’s collection of vintage Harlequin Romances, she set a goal to someday finish reading them all on top of her already massive TBR.

Eva has a B.A. in the Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. Since graduating in 2002, she has spent her career in scholarly publishing, working for Houghton Mifflin, Blackwell Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, and Cornell University in a variety of roles. She has been with Speilburg Literary since 2013, and started accepting clients in 2017. Eva is a member of RWA and SCBWI.

In Adult Fiction, Eva represents Romance (all subgenres but inspirational) and Science Fiction/Fantasy. She also represents all subgenres of Young Adult Fiction. Before you hit submit on any queries please verify her #MSWL page and check out the agency’s Writing Tips. “

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm

Sunday: 2:00pm

Stephanie Stein
ROLE:

Editor

Harper Collins Children’s Books

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Stephanie Stein is a senior editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she acquires middle grade and YA titles for the Harper and HarperTeen imprints. In her eight years at Harper, she has worked with authors including Anna Bright, Rena Barron, Temre Beltz, Rin Chupeco, Mark Oshiro, Misa Sugiura, Cynthia Hand, and Kiera Cass. She also edits the #1 bestselling Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Stephanie is always looking for genre-savvy fiction with a fresh premise, a clever sense of humor, or an irresistibly immersive world, and loves books that can break your heart—and then put it back together again. You can find her on Twitter @stephlystein.

OFFERING

General Q&A. Bring questions about publishing, craft, careers, etc.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 4:00pm, 4:30pm

Cecilia Tan
ROLE:

Hybrid Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Cecilia Tan (she/her/hers or they/theirs) is “simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature,” (Susie Bright) for pioneering the combination of erotica and science fiction, and her works have racked up a number of awards. She is founder of Circlet Press, publishers of erotic sf/fantasy, and author of many books, including the ground-breaking erotic sf/f short story collections Black Feathers (HarperCollins) and White Flames (Running Press), and the Magic University series (Riverdale Avenue Books) and short stories in Ms. Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Absolute Magnitude, Strange Horizons. Although she is known for her pioneering self-publishing experiments in crowdfunding, serialization, and digital publishing, her next series, The Vanished Chronicles, will be published by Tor Books. Bisexual, bigender, hapa, poly, kinky, queer.

OFFERING

Q&A session. Bring questions about publishing, self-publishing, editing, or fiction craft.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm

Michi Trota
ROLE:

Editor

SFWA

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Michi Trota is a five-time Hugo Award winner, British Fantasy Award winner, and the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award. Michi is Editor-in-Chief of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and Senior Editor of Prism. She is also co-editor of the WisCon Chronicles Vol. 12 with Isabel Schechter (Aqueduct Press), has written for Chicago Magazine, and was the exhibit text writer for Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA. She’s been featured in publications like the 2016 Chicago Reader People Issue, Chicago Tribune and The Guardian, and has spoken at the Adler Planetarium, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and on NPR. Michi is a firespinner with the Raks Geek Fire+Bellydance troupe, past president of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers, and lives with her spouse and their two cats in Chicago.

OFFERING

General Q&A regarding editing as a process, career paths as editors, and also nonfiction essay/article writing and publishing

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 2:00pm

Sunday: 1:00pm

Jennifer Udden
ROLE:

Agent

New Leaf Literary Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

“Jennifer Udden joined the industry in 2010 as an intern at the Donald Maass Literary Agency, and within a year was representing her first clients. After the Donald Maass agency she worked at the Barry Goldblatt agency. She joined New Leaf Literary in the fall of 2019. Her list spans a wide variety of genres and age categories, from middle grade to adult, from science fiction to grounded contemporary stories.

On the adult side, she is looking for science fiction and fantasy of all stripes, especially stories with page-turning momentum and characters to die for. She’s also looking for literary thrillers (like client Chelsea G. Summers’ novel A CERTAIN HUNGER) and crime novels with a classic feel.

On the children’s side, she’s looking for middle-grade novels with a sense of intrigue (and a sense of humor), with strong characters and convincing worlds, as well as YA novels with strong world building and compelling storytelling.

Before working in publishing, Jennifer worked for a theater company as a fundraiser. She grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated from Mount Holyoke College, where she did her thesis work on class and anxiety in Golden Age detective fiction. “

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A, happy to focus on contractual questions.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 5:00pm

Sunday: 3:30 pm

Yilin Wang
ROLE:

Writer, Editor, Translator

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

“Yilin Wang (she/they) is a writer, editor, and Chinese-English translator who lives on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Her recent work engages with topics such as ancient folktales, fantasy fiction, martial arts literature (wuxia), diaspora identities, gender expectations, migration, and cultural reclamation.

Her speculative and literary fiction and poetry have appeared in various journals, including Clarkesworld, The Malahat Review, Grain, Contemporary Verse 2, Arc Poetry Magazine, and LooseLeaf, as well as been anthologized in The Best of Abyss & Apex Vol. 2. Yilin has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the 2020 class of the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

Her translations of speculative fiction and poetry have appeared in Samovar, Pathlight: New Chinese Writing, and is upcoming in a to-be-announced anthology. She is also at work on translating a novella from a HK-based fantasy author and co-translating a book-length poetry collection. She has completed translations and related consultation work for Canadian writers, artists, and filmmakers, as well as Canada Council for the Arts, Storycom, WePress, and other organizations.

OFFERING

General Q&A regarding writing, editing, and translation.

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 12:00pm

Miriam Weinberg
ROLE:

Senior Editor

Tor Books

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Miriam Weinberg is a Senior Editor at Tor Books, where she acquires books across the speculative fiction field with a focus on underrepresented voices, compelling storytelling, evocative world-building, and vivid characters. She is a three-time Hugo nominee for Best Editor (Long Form). Weinberg has worked with a number of phenomenal and award-winning authors, including the New York Times bestselling novelist Victoria/V.E. Schwab, national bestselling authors including Sarah Gailey and Charlie Jane Anders, and award-winning writers like Alaya Dawn Johnson–as well as the young adult novels of rising star Mark Oshiro. She lives in Brooklyn.

OFFERING

Accepting pitches

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday 2:30pm-3:00pm

PITCHES

Mary C. Moore
ROLE:

Agent

Kimberly Cameron and Associates

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

“Always a passionate reader, Mary C. Moore graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing and English in 2011 from Mills College, Oakland. She started an internship with with Kimberley Cameron & Associates in 2012, became Kimberley’s assistant in 2013 and was officially promoted to a full literary agent in 2015. Find out more about her at marycmoore.com and follow her on Twitter @Mary_C_Moore.

She is seeking adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction. She is especially hungry for upmarket genre fiction a la Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones or Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke.

She does not represent non-fiction (including memoir), picture books, or self-published projects.”

OFFERING

Accepting pitches

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday: 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:15pm

Eva 2019
ROLE:

Agent

Speilburg Literary

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

“Eva Scalzo was born in New Jersey, but has lived in Houston, Buenos Aires, San Juan, and Boston before settling down outside of Binghamton, New York. She has been reading romance since the fifth grade when she discovered the Sweet Valley High series. On inheriting her grandmother’s collection of vintage Harlequin Romances, she set a goal to someday finish reading them all on top of her already massive TBR.

Eva has a B.A. in the Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. Since graduating in 2002, she has spent her career in scholarly publishing, working for Houghton Mifflin, Blackwell Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, and Cornell University in a variety of roles. She has been with Speilburg Literary since 2013, and started accepting clients in 2017. Eva is a member of RWA and SCBWI.

In Adult Fiction, Eva represents Romance (all subgenres but inspirational) and Science Fiction/Fantasy. She also represents all subgenres of Young Adult Fiction. Before you hit submit on any queries please verify her #MSWL page and check out the agency’s Writing Tips. “

OFFERING

Accepting pitches

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 1:00pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:15pm

David Pomerico
ROLE:

Editorial Director

Harper Voyager

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

David Pomerico is the Editorial Director of Harper Voyager, the science fiction and fantasy imprint at HarperCollins. Previously he was an editor at 47North and Del Rey. He’s interested in fast-paced, action-packed, plot-driven adult sci-fi and fantasy (and sometimes horror!), and is particularly drawn to epic fantasy, historical fantasy, and space opera, but is open to all the sub-genres.

OFFERING

Accepting pitches

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Saturday: 12:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Miriam Weinberg
ROLE:

Senior Editor

Tor Books

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Miriam Weinberg is a Senior Editor at Tor Books, where she acquires books across the speculative fiction field with a focus on underrepresented voices, compelling storytelling, evocative world-building, and vivid characters. She is a three-time Hugo nominee for Best Editor (Long Form). Weinberg has worked with a number of phenomenal and award-winning authors, including the New York Times bestselling novelist Victoria/V.E. Schwab, national bestselling authors including Sarah Gailey and Charlie Jane Anders, and award-winning writers like Alaya Dawn Johnson–as well as the young adult novels of rising star Mark Oshiro. She lives in Brooklyn.

OFFERING

Accepting pitches

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Miriam Weinberg
ROLE:

Senior Editor

Tor Books

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Miriam Weinberg is a Senior Editor at Tor Books, where she acquires books across the speculative fiction field with a focus on underrepresented voices, compelling storytelling, evocative world-building, and vivid characters. She is a three-time Hugo nominee for Best Editor (Long Form). Weinberg has worked with a number of phenomenal and award-winning authors, including the New York Times bestselling novelist Victoria/V.E. Schwab, national bestselling authors including Sarah Gailey and Charlie Jane Anders, and award-winning writers like Alaya Dawn Johnson–as well as the young adult novels of rising star Mark Oshiro. She lives in Brooklyn.

OFFERING

Accepting pitches

AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS (all times eastern)

Sunday 1:00pm – 2:00pm