Agents & Editors
AGENTS TAKING PITCHES AT NECRWA18
Name: Nalini Akolekar
Agency: Spencerhill Associates
Bio: Nalini Akolekar joined Spencerhill Associates after a lengthy editorial career and several years in advertising sales. Agenting has provided the perfect opportunity to combine her editorial
instincts with her sales, marketing, and business experience. Nalini currently represents several bestselling authors, and has placed books with a wide range of publishers, from the Big Five to Amazon, Harlequin, indies and e-first. Nalini specializes in romance and women’s fiction in the adult market, but she also loves thrillers.
What you're currently seeking: I'm interested in women's fiction with a suspense element and all of the romance sub-genres except for YA and Inspirational. I'd also be happy to see some thrillers or true crime.
Name: Lane Heymont
Agency: The Tobias Agency
Bio: As Literary Assistant at the Seymour Agency, Lane led the marketing efforts for their authors and enjoyed connecting clients with readers. As a lover of literature since childhood, and at the prodding of his mentor Nicole Resciniti, he decided to pursue his passion as a literary agent. He went on to help found The Tobias Literary Agency. He strives to bring incredible and thought-provoking books to the masses, culminating in reaching the number one spot on Publishers Marketplace for agents representing horror, and the Top Ten for women's fiction and romance.
He is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and the Association of Authors' Representatives. He believes what John Gregory Dunne said: “Writing is manual labor of the mind.”
What you rep: A broad range of commercial fiction including romance and all its sub-genres, fantasy, science fiction, horror, celebrity/memoirs, pop culture, serious nonfiction, and true crime
What you're currently seeking: All of the above!
Name: Courtney Miller-Callihan
Agency: Handspun Literary Agency
Bio: Courtney Miller-Callihan founded Handspun Literary Agency in 2016, after more than ten years with Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She is a hands-on editorial agent whose eclectic list includes historical fiction, women’s fiction, romance, mysteries, YA novels, humor, and practical nonfiction. Her website is www.handspunlit.com and her Twitter username is @millercallihan.
A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., Literature), and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., English), she lives in San Diego with her family, and travels frequently for meetings and conferences. She is always looking for stories she can’t stop reading.
What you rep: Romance (all genres except inspirational), women's fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery novels, YA novels, nonfiction
What you're currently seeking:
- romance (all subgenres except inspirational)
- women's fiction
- young adult novels
- mystery novels
- diverse casts of characters (including ethnicity, LGBTQ+, differently abled people, mental illness)
- feminist sensibilities
I like books that are a little bit weird: things that work within their genre, but maybe push up against the edges of it a bit.
EDITORS TAKING PITCHES AT NECRWA18
Name: Kerri Buckley
Publisher: Carina Press
Publisher bio: Carina Press is Harlequin’s digital-first adult fiction imprint, publishing first in digital, with releases in audio and print as well. Our mission is to connect readers with authors who write the stories they want to read, and the stories they want to talk about and recommend. Carina Press publishes books from talented authors in all subgenres of romance, including contemporary, paranormal, LGBTQ, science fiction, fantasy, and more. We also publish mysteries of all flavors—from cozies to thrillers—both with and without romantic elements.
Personal bio: Kerri Buckley, Senior Editor at Carina Press, spent eight years at the Bantam Dell imprint of Random House, editing books by Danielle Steel, Luanne Rice, Dean Koontz, Diana Peterfreund, Eve Ensler, Anne Kreamer, and Kurt and Mark Vonnegut, among many others.
Some of Kerri’s recent and upcoming Carina Press projects include Perfect Day by Sally Malcolm, Pierced Ink and Madd Ink by Dani René, and One Match Fire by Lissa Linden. Kerri’s titles have twice been nominated for a RITA and she was the 2016 RWANYC Golden Apple Editor of the Year.
What you're currently seeking: Since joining Carina Press in 2013, Kerri has been actively acquiring across all subgenres of romance and mystery but has focused her list primarily in contemporary romance, erotic romance, romantic suspense, male/male romance, and cozies/amateur sleuths.
Name: Cat Clyne
Publisher bio: Sourcebooks, Inc. is an independent book publisher outside of Chicago that publishes fiction, romance, children's books, college guides, history, business books, and more. Sourcebooks publishes authors in countless subjects and styles, and in formats both classically physical and dynamically digital. The eclectic and exciting breadth of its list—nonfiction in most categories, commercial and historical fiction, romance novels, gift books, college-bound materials, calendars, children’s books and more—is unmatched anywhere. Its future is guided by its continuing commitment to reaching readers with books that will illuminate, inspire and enlighten their lives. Sourcebooks’ mission is to reach as many people as possible with books that will enlighten their lives.
Personal bio: Cat Clyne has been helping writers hone their craft for most of her adult life. She worked in academia and magazine publishing before joining Sourcebooks in 2010. Cat acquires single title
romance in all subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotic romance, Highlanders and historicals. Born in Germany to diplomat parents, Cat has a Master’s degree from New York University and lives in Brooklyn. Learn more at www.sourcebooks.com.
What you're currently seeking: I’m looking for projects and writers that simply rock my world, in all romance subgenres: paranormal romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, erotic romance, and historicals, especially Highlanders. I love real and diverse characters I can root for and am looking for diverse stories with a slam-dunk hook, curl-my-toes romance, and out-of-the-box thinking (surprise me!). I have a fondness for damaged heroes and a well-written band of brothers bond. One wish: an own voices Fantasy romance, with cool world-building, unforgettable characters, and riveting romance.
Name: Tiffany Shelton
Publisher: St. Martin's/SMP Swerve
Publisher bio: St. Martin's Press is one of the United States' largest publishers releasing over 800 titles a year under various imprints, which include St. Martin's Press (mainstream fiction, non-fiction bestseller books), St. Martin's Griffin (mainstream paperback books, including young adult, science fiction and romance), Minotaur (mystery, suspense, and thrillers) and Thomas Dunne Books (suspense and mainstream fiction and non-fiction). St. Martin’s Press was founded in the UK in 1952 and has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. The company is the largest division of Macmillan and is dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books. The publisher's strength is derived from a dedication to solid publishing of many books, while consistently producing blockbusters.
SMP Swerve is the digital first romance imprint at St. Martin’s Press. St. Martin’s Press has been publishing quality e-originals since 2011. We look at e-originals as a unique format with a dedicated audience of passionate readers—just like us! We are always on the lookout for fresh voices and hard working authors. Our bestselling e-original authors include New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Kylie Scott, Sara Fawkes and Donna Grant.
Personal bio: Tiffany is an avid dreamer, a closet writer, a former dancer, a football fan. But the greatest thing she is—besides a daughter—is a devourer of stories. She doesn't know exactly when or where her love of reading began, but she does know she's had amazing people in her life who have helped to cultivate and share in it with her. In 2013, Tiffany graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Criminology and a BA in English: Editing, Writing, and Media. Her passion for books, and more specifically words, led her to pursue a MS in Book Publishing which she completed June 2015. In May 2016, she joined St. Martin’s Press where she works on projects across several of its imprints including Wednesday Books, SMP Swerve, St. Martin’s Griffin, and Minotaur.
What you're currently seeking: I have a soft spot for stories featuring diverse characters and cultures, and strong female protagonists. In adult, I’m interested in contemporary romance especially romantic comedies, magical realism, and women’s fiction geared towards women in their 20s and 30s. In YA, I’m interested in contemporary in the vain of Nina LaCour, Kasie West, Jenny Han, and Gayle Forman, historical, fantasy, and magical realism. I'm not currently looking for romantic suspense, paranormal, ménage, or historical.