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EDITORS AND AGENTS Agents Samantha Bremekamp (Corvisiero Literary Agency) has a background in English literature, communications, and Spanish, and is currently working on her Master's Degree in MLIS. She started her career in publishing in 2008, but quickly realized that she preferred working directly with authors from the other side of the industry. She loves books for all ages, specifically, diverse books with multicultural characters (especially those who have mixed backgrounds) in several genres: mysteries, romantic thrillers, action-adventure, quirky romance (sports, cowboys, strong characters with heart and wit). She also handles YA and graphic novels. Originality is key! Kerry D’Agostino started working at Curtis Brown, Ltd. in 2011 as assistant to Tim Knowlton and Holly Frederick in the Film and Television Department. Before Curtis Brown, she received her certificate in publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course, her masters in Art in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her bachelors from Bowdoin College. Kerry currently assists Peter Ginsberg, handles audio rights for Peter and Katherine Fausset, and is actively seeking literary fiction and upmarket commercial fiction that is voice-driven, accessible, and authentic. Above all, she is drawn to work that either introduces her to something new or makes her see something old in a new way. Before becoming an agent, Shannon Hassan was the Acquisitions Editor at Fulcrum Publishing, and prior to that, a corporate attorney at Arnold & Porter in New York, having received her JD from Harvard and her BA from George Washington University. Now at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (www.marsallyonliteraryagency.com) Shannon brings a depth of business and editorial experience to her role as agent. She represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction, and select nonfiction. With respect to fiction, she is drawn to fresh voices, compelling characters, and crisp prose, and enjoys both contemporary and historical settings. For nonfiction, she is interested in exceptional narratives from authors with strong platforms. Based in Boulder, Colorado, she is also eager to hear from authors with a unique perspective on the New West. Prior to founding her literary agency in 1994, Angela Rinaldi (Rinaldi Literary) held editorial and management positions at NAL, Bantam Books and Pocket Books. She also started the book publishing program for The Los Angeles Times. She has been a member of the Literature Panel for the California Arts Council in addition to the board for PEN and the membership committee for AAR. She is actively seeking novelists writing literary fiction that can cross over into the commercial arena, commercial fiction and up-market women's fiction. In the non-fiction category she is looking for authors who have platforms and marketing savvy who are writing in the areas of narrative non-fiction, memoir, business, health, lifestyle, parenting, cooking, food and travel narratives, psychology and and relationship. She does not represent screenplays, poetry, westerns, fantasy, horror, science fiction, techno or spy thrillers, self-published books, or books on politics or religion. For further information go to www.rinaldiliterary.com. Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli has been involved in publishing for forty-five years, beginning in the contracts department of New American Library. That was followed by a brief stint as an editor at Fawcett’s school division, Premier Books. In 1975, she and thenhusband Jim Trupin founded JET Literary Associates, Inc. in New York. As of 2002, their offices have relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Vienna, Austria. JET has had great success with mystery writers, including Edgar-award-winning Robert Campbell, Harry Whittington, Charles Willeford and RWA award-winners for romantic suspense, Beverly Bird and Gennita Low. In addition to suspense, Liz is looking for historical and literary fiction as well as strong narrative non-fiction. She does not handle sci-fi/fantasy, poetry, how-to books or material for the children’s or YA markets. Most recent bestseller: ROCK WITH WINGS by Anne Hillerman. Editors Joanna Hill has been involved in publishing for over forty years. She started as a production assistant at the University of North Carolina Press and from there went on to become the Production/Design Manager of the University of Texas Press and then Louisiana State University Press. After a few years as a freelance designer, Joanna moved into marketing and acquisitions, and then served as Executive Director of Templeton Press and of the Swedenborg Foundation, where she oversaw the publishing division. Design awards have been bestowed on her work by various organizations, such as the Association of American University Presses, Type Directors Club, Chicago Book Clinic, to name just a few. Joanna is also the co-author of three books and author of one. Now a resident of Santa Fe, she is the Marketing Director of Terra Nova Books and is doing general consulting work in the publishing industry. (Please note that Ms. Hill is the Marketing Director for Terra Nova and is taking pitches on behalf of its editor, who was unable to attend.) Elise McHugh is the humanities acquisitions editor at the University of New Mexico Press. She acquires in several fields, including poetry, fiction, memoir, pop culture, cultural and literary criticism, and art, photography, and architecture. She is a native New Mexican and holds a BA in English and a MA in poetry. Elise has served as managing editor of Blue Mesa Review and taught poetry workshops. Her work in publishing includes university press and nonprofit literary publishing as well as literary and scholarly journals. Elise is particularly interested in work that focuses on the larger American West and the U.S.-Mexico border and is actively seeking fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction (including memoirs and essay collections), and popular nonfiction for a general audience. In addition, she is actively seeking scholarly work in the fields mentioned above. She is not currently seeking children’s book projects. Anna Michels is an Editor at Sourcebooks, an independent publisher located outside of Chicago. Over the course of the four+ years she has been at Sourcebooks she has worked on a wide variety of projects, most recently focusing on acquiring adult fiction and nonfiction. She is looking for commercial literary fiction with interesting settings and a strong narrative voice; mystery (particularly historical and crossover literary—think Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger), literary thriller, and psychological suspense; and memoir by writers who connect the events of their lives to readers through incredible storytelling, as well as a wide variety of prescriptive nonfiction, gift books, and history. Tiffany Schofield joined Five Star Publishing in 1999. She is Senior Editor for Five Star Publishing, Thorndike Press and Wheeler Publishing, which are all imprints of Gale/Cengage Learning, overseeing the acquisition of forty-eight unpublished Western and Frontier Fiction manuscripts annually for Five Star, as well as acquiring the large-print reprint rights for eighty Western novels and forty-eight crime/thriller novels. She enjoys working with writers, agents and other industry professionals in her pursuit to discover exciting new voices in fiction publishing for the library market. Under Tiffany’s editorial leadership, several Five Star Publishing novels have been selected as award finalists and winners. In 2013, Five Star Publishing was awarded the Western Writers of America® Lariat Award, which is given to companies and/or individuals who have achieved distinction in their support of Western Writers of America and the literature of the West. Five Star has also received the honor of being named Best Western History Book Publisher (2015) by True West Magazine. Five Star Publishing is looking for traditional Western stories as well as various Frontier Fiction subgenres that are set in the pre-1920s American West (examples: frontier thriller, historical fiction, frontier romance, pioneering, fictionalized biographies, etc.). Also of interest are coming-of-age stories with strong YA crossover potential. Jennifer Urban-Brown is an editor at Shambhala Publications, an independent publisher of books on Buddhism, psychology, and self-help. On the Shambhala side of the list, Jennifer primarily acquires books that focus on creativity, including art therapy and creative writing, as well as literary memoirs that provide insights into universal experiences. Her main role is to acquire titles under the Roost Books imprint, a lifestyle imprint that features uplifting books that point to ways we can live our lives more positively and with greater intention. The books on the Roost list represent cookbooks and food writing, crafts and creativity, home and garden, parenting and family activities, and nature writing—each title offering activities and ideas for deepening our lives by engaging with the natural world, making things with our hands, and connecting with ourselves, our families, and community. Shambhala just moved back to Boulder after spending the last thirty years in Boston. We are delighted to be joining the community of Western writers and publishing professionals.