Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Raela Schoenherr of Bethany House Publishers

Screen Shot 2017-12-04 at 11.15.33 PM.pngRaela Schoenherr is an acquisitions editor at Bethany House Publishers.

She represents Christian/inspirational fiction.

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Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Lauren Jablonski is an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press, part of Macmillan

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 2.56.59 PM.pngLauren Jablonski is an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press, part of Macmillan.

Lauren is interested in acquiring commercial fiction and nonfiction for both young adult and adult. She enjoys contemporary, historical, fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, romance, thrillers and anything with a unique voice — especially works that promote strong female characters, inclusion, and diversity.

In nonfiction, she is interested in quirky, gifty, and celebrity projects as well as memoir, pop-science, business, and projects about strong women. She loves being sucked into worlds she knows nothing about. The magic is in the details.

She works with authors including Anita Hughes, Meghan Masterson, Jonathan Maberry, Lev Grossman, Martine Rothblatt, Doug the Pug, and Ron Darling among many others.

She was a Literature major at CNU before doing NYU’s post-grad certificate program in publishing at the Summer Publishing Institute. She moved to New York City from Virginia (which everyone should go visit) and has been at Macmillan for the past five years.

Get to Know an Agency Assistant in Attendance: Lynnette Novak of The Seymour Agency

Screen Shot 2017-11-29 at 11.43.46 AM.pngLynnette Novak is an agent assistant at The Seymour Agency and is actively building her list.

She’s seeking fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, romance (contemporary, SF/F romance, romantic comedy), mysteries (traditional, cozy, amateur sleuth), and YA.

(Previously, another Seymour Agency assistant, Lesley Sabga, was attending the workshop to take pitches on behalf of the whole agency. Lynnette is taking her place.)

She will also be taking pitches on behalf of all acquiring agents at The Seymour Agency. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Lizzie Poteet — looking for all romance from inspirational to erotic

Jennifer Wills — all children’s literature, including picture books

Tina Wainscott — self-help, nonfiction, prescriptive, spiritual

Julie Gwinn — all romance, mysteries, thrillers, inspirational

Nicole Resciniti — romance, YA, MG, SF/F, thrillers, mysteries, cozies, history, cookbooks, women’s fiction

Lesley Sabga — adult/YA: SF/F, suspense/thriller and romance

Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced writers, as well as New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Lynnette earned a bachelor of education degree from the University of Manitoba, where she specialized in English and French. She excelled in Advanced Creative Writing in university and studied writing for children and teens through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2015 and 2016. Both her mentees acquired an agent. Lynnette has since closed her editing business and is excited to bring her passion for the written word to agenting as she builds her client list.

Although Lynnette was born and raised Manitoba, Canada, she now lives in Minnesota with her husband, twin girls, and many pets. Her personal interests include reading, writing, exercising at the gym (okay, that’s a love/hate relationship), working on an assortment of crafts, all things having to do with animals (if she could own a farm, zoo, and animal shelter, she would), and enjoying time with family and friends.

She loves dark and suspenseful, mysterious twists, unique worlds, light and funny, a good love story, and lots of voice.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Erik Hane of Red Sofa Literary

Screen Shot 2016-10-16 at 2.18.12 PM.pngErik Hane is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary.

Erik is a writing major from Knox College, and attended the Denver Publishing Institute after graduation. His first publishing job came soon after, as an editorial assistant and then assistant editor at Oxford University Press. He then moved to The Overlook Press as an acquiring editor, working on primarily upmarket nonfiction (history, biography, pop science), but was lucky enough to work on some novels as well.

He is seeking: For fiction, he only seeks literary fiction. For nonfiction, he seeks popular science, sports writing, popular culture/modern life, essays, and history. In nonfiction, he loves seeing complex subjects written about in an engaging way for the non-expert, or energetic, incisive looks at topics not usually treated that way (looking at you, sports writing).

He wants to see literary novels that also place importance on story; no use writing beautifully if nothing’s going on.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 12.11.25 AM.pngMichelle Grajkowski is a literary agent with 3 Seas Literary.

From the moment Michelle first opened the doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000, she has been living her dream. (What could be better than surrounding yourself with amazing authors and their exciting and imaginative books?) Since then, her agency has sold almost 700 books to all the major publishing houses, and has grown from one agent to three!

Michelle’s client list includes New York Times best-selling Authors Katie MacAlister, Cathy McDavid, Kerrelyn Sparks and C.L. Wilson.

She primarily represents romance, women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction along with select nonfiction projects with a terrific message. She is currently looking for fantastic writers with a voice of their own.

When not curled up with a great manuscript, Michelle loves to spend time with her husband, children and her two crazy puppies, who refuse to grow up.

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Mari Kesselring of Flux and Jolly Fish Press

Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 10.23.14 PM.pngMari Kesselring is an editor with Flux and Jolly Fish Press.

Mari has nearly a decade of experience working on fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. She holds a BA in English and creative writing from Hamline University. Some fiction books she’s edited have earned the following honors: YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Junior Library Guild Selection, and ALA Rainbow List. Mari is also the author of several books, including the middle-grade series, Bridget Gadget.

Mari is seeking: young adult fiction and middle grade fiction only. In young adult, she’s looking for thrillers, contemporary, sci-fi, fantasy, and historical fiction. In middle grade, she’s seeking fantasy, contemporary, action/adventure, humor, mystery, sci-fi, and historical fiction. She’s especially interested in strong narrative voices, fast-paced storytelling, #ownvoices stories, engaging characters, and strong female protagonists.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Mary Cummings of Betsy Amster Literary

Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 9.10.51 AM.pngMary Cummings is a literary agent at Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises.

Mary represents fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry for children and teens, from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels, including contemporary and historical, humor, mystery, fantasy, and multicultural. She is particularly seeking middle grade novels as well as picture books with strong story arcs, a spunky central character, and warmth, humor, or quirky charm. In literary nonfiction, her areas of interest include lyrically written science, arts, nature, mindfulness, and social awareness issues.

Houses she’s sold books to include, among others: Little, Brown; Knopf; Abrams; F,S,G; Henry Holt; Holiday House; Imprint; and Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster.

Learn more about her: cummingskidlit.com and amsterlit.com