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Emilia Rhodes, Assistant Editor, Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse. Emilia works on commercial YA fiction at Simon Pulse. She has edited NY Times bestsellers Christopher Pike (Thirst and Remember Me) and Elizabeth Chandler (Kissed by an Angel and Dark Secrets), as well as Dia Reeves, Kelly Keaton, Jason Myers, and Kate Kingsley. Emilia is drawn to dark and twisted stories, both in the paranormal world, and set in reality. She also can’t resist a good romance, and loves new and different voices.
Chris Richman, Agent, Upstart Crow Literary. Chris joined Upstart Crow Literary in July of 2009 after cutting his teeth at Firebrand Literary. Several noteworthy clients include Jacqueline West (The Books of Elsewhere) and Matt Myklusch (Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation). Chris is actively building his list, enjoys working with debut writers, and is primarily interested in MG and YA, with a special interest in books for boys, books with unforgettable characters, and high concept material. He is not looking for paranormal romance, books based around supernatural creature such as fairies, vampires, or werewolves, chick-lit, or PBs.
Anica Mrose Rissi, Executive Editor, Simon Pulse (note: leaving out mailing address, since I can’t accept submissions). Anica looks for edgy, voice-driven fiction; unexpected or dark humor; smart writing; and characters that she can’t get out of her head. She especially enjoys launching and building the careers of debut novelists. Her acquisitions include Swoon by Nina Malkin, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook, Pure and After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy, Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick, Beautiful by Amy Reed, Crash Into Me by Albert Borris, Break by Hannah Moskowitz, Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales, The Hollow by Jessica Verday, and Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. Simon Pulse is an all-YA imprint, and Anica edits only YA projects. She does not acquire PBs, chapter books, MG, or tween.
Holly Root, Literary Agent, Waxman Literary Agency. Holly represents MG and YA fiction. Among her clients are Rachel Hawkins (the Hex Hall series, Disney-Hyperion), Sara Bennett-Wealer (Rival, HarperTeen 2011), Chelsea Campbell (The Rise of Renegade X, Egmont), and Rae Carson (The Princess and the Godstone, Greenwillow 2011. She’s a fan of YA of all stripes—paranormal, realistic contemporary, dystopian, and fantasy (though isn’t the strongest read on issue books or high fantasy). For MG, she loves honest stories with heart and a sense of discovery—and if there’s a dash of magic or a dollop of humor, that’s wonderful too.
Adrienne Rosado, Agent, PMA Literary & Film Management, Inc. In her time with PMA, Adrienne has worked on a bit of everything from PBs to YA, but her primary focus is YA. Most recently she has worked with Caridad Ferrer on her newest YA, When the Stars Go Blue. She is also proud to represent Printz and Edgar Allen Poe award-winning author Carol Plum-Ucci. She loves edgy YA fiction, anything with an off-the-beaten path paranormal slant, and literary coming of age. Adrienne attends the London and Frankfurt Book Fairs annually.
Sara Sargent, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins Children’s Books. At the Balzer * Bray imprint of HarperCollins, Sara works on projects ranging from PBs through YA and has worked with such authors as Candace Bushnell, Mo Williams and Doreen Cronin. While open to books for all age ranges, she is particularly interested in MG and YA fiction in the following categories: dystopian, literary romance, and coming-of-age stories. She has recently added 13 Reasons Why, The Hunger Games and Incarceron to her lists of favorite books. Sara will be open to receiving submissions post-Rutgers.
Emily Seife, Assistant Editor, Schwartz & Wade Books, Random House Children’s Books. Emily is looking to acquire PBs, MG fiction, and literary YA. She is the editor of the upcoming YA novel The Puzzle Box by McCormick Templeman, about the disappearance of three girls from the campus of an exclusive boarding school; and an upcoming PB by Laurel Snyder, a lyrical retelling of the Passover story. She has worked on books by Anne Isaacs, Polly Horvath, Jill McElmurry, Marisabina Russo, and others. Emily is very interested in well-written, character-driven PBs, and is not looking for science fiction of fantasy. Emily is happy to receive submissions after the conference.
Rebecca Short, Editorial Assistant, Random House Children’s Books. Rebecca attended the Columbia Publishing Course in 2008 and began working at Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, immediately afterward. Ms. Short works on MG and YA novels. She has co-edited the upcoming Black Radishes, a suspenseful and poignant MG story of a boy growing up in France during World War II, which will come out in November 2010. She particularly enjoys books with a classic feel and likes MG adventure stories, mysteries, and literary YA. But if the writing is good, she will read anything. Rebecca is happy to receive query letters, synopses, and up to two sample chapters for three months after the conference.