Author Archive

Jita Fumich

| May 18th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Jita Fumich first began working with Folio Literary Management in 2006. She has also worked with the editorial department at Berkley Books at Penguin and with Macmillan Publishers at their self-help podcasting website, and is currently the secretary for the AAR’s Digital Rights Committee. She holds a B.A. from New York University and has taken classes at NYU’s Center for Publishing. Jita can’t think of any better industry to be in than publishing.  Her favorite trips as a child were to the bookstore or the library, and she always tried to take home more books than she could carry.  She is excited about being part of the magical process of making an author’s idea end up on bookshelves. As an agent, Jita seeks to work with her authors on all aspects of their career—understanding that being an author today involves more than just writing a great book, and being an

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10-Minutes, 10-Pages Registration List

| April 25th, 2012 | 2 Comments »

Every effort has been made to ensure that this list of “Ten-Minute, Ten Pages” one-on-one editorial critiques sessions booked by conference registrants is accurate, but we’re not perfect. If you we’ve made an error, please contact Karen or Chris as soon as possible so we can correct it. Diane SimmonsSarah Levitt, Rachel Vogel Jane O’Keeffe Katharine Sands, Abby Zidle Kirsten Squires Janet Reid, Jennifer Laughran Casey Nowakowski Katharine Sands, Victoria Marini Ariane Felix Janet Reid, Jennifer Laughran Jacquline Hopson Kristin Nelson, Kristin Nelson, Josh Getzler, Jeff Kleinman, Jennifer Laughran, Victoria Marini Sharon Coogan Janet Reid, Jennifer Laughran Nancy Sales Cash Jeff Kleinman Larissa Kozak Lorenzo Carcaterra Arden Broeking Carrie Pestritto Janet Roberts Kristin Nelson, Katharine Sands Lora Williams Kristin Nelson, Victoria Marini Mimi Rosen Josh Getzler Amy Herlihy Janet Reid, Jeff Kleinman Brandy Baughman Janet Reid, Kristin Nelson Mary Paine Christiana Rodriguez, Kristin Nelson, Jeff Kleinman, Jennifer Laughran Holly Richards Woodward Katharine Sands Martin Halloran

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Liza Dawson

| April 24th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Liza established Liza Dawson Associates following a successful 20-year career in book publishing, including posts as executive editor of Putnam Publishing and executive editor at William Morrow. She received her B.A. in history from Duke University and is a graduate of the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures course. Liza’s clients include: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Their GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY (Dial) has been a New York Times Bestseller for two years now and has been sold into 37 countries. Robyn Carr, whose Virgin River series (Mira) has sold over two million copies and established Carr as a regular on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. Jean Sasson, author of PRINCESS: Life Behind the Veil in Saudia Arabia, the No. 1 international bestseller that inaugurated Sasson as the foremost voice for issues surrounding Middle Eastern women. Jesse Kellerman, whose cerebral thrillers have made his latest novel THE EXECUTOR into an international bestseller.

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Paula Munier

| April 10th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Paula Munier comes to Talcott Notch Literary with broad experience creating and marketing exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as Disney, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, and Quayside. She began her career as a journalist, and along the way added editor, acquisitions specialist, digital content manager, and publishing executive to her repertoire. She most recently served as the Director of Innovation and Acquisitions for Adams Media, a division of F+W Media, where she headed up the acquisitions team responsible for creating, curating, and producing both fiction and nonfiction for print, ebook, eshort, and direct-to-ebook formats. Paula is very involved with the mystery community, having served four terms as President of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America as well as on the MWA board. (She’s currently VP of that organization.) She’s also served as both co-chair and Agents and Editors chair on the New England

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Gina Panettieri

| April 10th, 2012 | No Comments »

Wondering which books this agent fell in love with recently and sold? CLICK HERE to find out! Gina Panettieri, President of Talcott Notch Literary, has expertise in every aspect of writing and publishing and has helped thousands of writers achieve their goals. She has successfully placed hundreds of books with such well-known publishers as Berkley, St. Martin’s Press, Adams Media, Palgrave-Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons and many others. In more than twenty years in the publishing industry, Gina has appeared as a speaker at scores of national and regional conferences, leading workshops on a range of subjects ranging from characterization, dialogue and query letters, to the changing publishing market, publicity and new trends in fiction. Gina is currently looking for mystery, thrillers, suspense, horror, science fiction, romance, mainstream, action-adventure; nonfiction – memoir, true crime, history, career, cookbooks, medicine and fitness, travel, parenting, self-help, humor, test prep and study guides, coffee table books,

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Abby Zidle

| March 12th, 2012 | 2 Comments »

Abby Zidle is a senior editor at Gallery and Pocket Books acquiring commercial fiction and nonfiction, including romance, suspense, women’s fiction, memoir, and popular culture titles. Her authors at Pocket include everything from New York Times bestsellers to debut novelists.  Prior to working at Pocket, she was an editor for Harlequin’s HQN line. She began her career in publishing at Bantam Dell, after abandoning the glamorous life of a Ph.D. student (the only job that pays worse than editorial assistant). share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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Sarah Levitt

| March 5th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Sarah Levitt joined The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency in 2010.  She is interested in the space between fiction and non-fiction; fiction so informed that it reads like non-fiction, non-fiction so enthralling and far-reaching that it feels like novel. For non-fiction, she is looking for biography, cultural history, memoir, science, “ideas” books, and narrative non-fiction.  For fiction, she is looking for imaginative, voice-driven narrative that demands a reaction (that does something) or fiction so well crafted that the doing is done in each sentence (think: Michel Houellebecq, Jamal Mahjoub, Geoff Dyer, and Jennifer Egan). The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency is a boutique literary agency with a particular focus on literary fiction and serious non-fiction. Their US clients include Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, author of the prize-winning WHEN SKATEBOARDS WILL BE FREE, Tom Vanderbilt, author of NYT bestseller TRAFFIC, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Wayne Biddle; historians Louis P. Masur and Alice Kessler-Harris; novelists Rosie Dastgir, Alice Mattison, and Dirk Wittenborn; and narrative non-fiction writers Tom Folsom, Brendan I. Koerner,

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Sarah LaPolla

| February 28th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Wondering which books this agent fell in love with recently and sold? CLICK HERE to find out! Sarah LaPolla began at Curtis Brown Ltd in 2008, working with Dave Barbor and Peter Ginsberg. Sarah is interested in literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, science fiction, literary horror, and young adult fiction. She loves complex characters, coming-of-age stories, and strong narrators. Sarah graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Writing and English, and went on to receive her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She is always on the lookout for debut authors and welcomes email submissions at sl@cbltd.com. share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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Victoria Marini

| February 28th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Wondering which books this agent fell in love with recently and sold? CLICK HERE to find out! Victoria Marini is the newest member of the Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency. She began taking on clients in 2010, and she has begun to build her own client list which includes literary fiction, commercial fiction, pop-culture non-fiction, and young adult. She is very interested in acquiring engaging Literary fiction and mysteries / suspense, commercial women’s fiction (romantic suspense, sci-fi, fantasy), and Young Adult (contemporary, sci-fi/fantasy, thriller and horror ). Above all, she is looking for anything with an engaging voice, compelling narrative and authentic characters. She is unafraid of debut authors. Victoria can be found on twitter and online at Rapid-Progressive. share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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Carrie Pestritto

| February 9th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Carrie Pestritto joined the Prospect Agency in 2011 after working as an assistant at Writers House. With a B.A. in English from Amherst College, she has experienced all sides of the publishing industry, having worked as a ghostwriter, freelance writer, and in the editorial acquisitions department of the Greenwood Publishing Group. As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts. For Carrie, extraordinary fiction and non-fiction share the abilty to transport readers to new and exciting places. As a history and mythology buff, she is intrigued by books that introduce her to another culture or time period. She is looking for description and detail that will make her feel like she is inside the story and interest her in a subject she never thought she would want to read about or, conversely, introduce her to

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