Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Ali Herring of Spencerhill Associates

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Ali Herring is an assistant literary agent with Spencerhill Associates.

A former magazine associate editor, Ali has a diverse background in communications and editing. She graduated valedictorian of her class at Berry College in 2001, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Ali is excited to find new voices and build great relationships within the writing community.

She is seeking commercial young adult and middle grade (espescially sci-fi, fantasy and adventure), romance, Southern women’s fiction, and Christian/inspirational fiction – all with a marketable hook, captivating voice, fantastical world building and inventive plots.

For middle grade: commercial MG with a humorous/witty voice, likable protags and awesome sidekicks; meaningful, realistic situations built around great plots (think Wonder); and uplifting, relatable, empowering stories for girls.

She’s a voracious reader of sci-fi, but not a huge fan of superheroes, vampires (except for Edward), witches, erotica or anything overtly dark.

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Tessa Emily Hall of Hartline Literary

Screen Shot 2018-01-24 at 12.51.11 PM.pngTessa Emily Hall is a literary agent with Hartline Literary working alongside agent Cyle Young.

She is searching for young adult and middle grade (specifically contemporary, issue-driven fiction, YA romance, historical, and speculative fiction). She especially enjoys stories in these genres that have a compelling premise and authentic teen/tween voice.

Other genres she considers include Christian Living, devotional, children’s picture books, fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, literary fiction, new adult, and contemporary Christian/inspirational women’s fiction.

She will not represent the following genres: horror, thrillers, mystery/crime, erotica, memoir.

Tessa writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show teens they’re not alone. Her passion led her to a career as an agent at Hartline Literary Agency, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of PursueMagazine.net. Tessa’s first teen devotional, COFFEE SHOP DEVOS, will release with Bethany House in 2018. She’s guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, decorating her insulin pump, and acting in Christian films.

 

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Mike Parker of WordCrafts Press

Screen Shot 2017-01-07 at 10.15.56 PM.pngMike Parker is the publisher and acquiring editor for WordCrafts Press.

An award-winning freelance writer, actor, director, novelist, playwright & screenwriter, Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Philosophy, served as an officer with the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets), and pursued a career as a stock broker during the great bull market of the 1980s before launching into the uncertain world of music, television, theatre, film and publishing. He previously served as managing editor for Grassroots Music Magazine and TrueTunes Magazine before founding WordCrafts Press and its sister companies, WordCrafts Theatrical Press and Rule 14 Pictures.

WordCrafts publishes fiction, nonfiction and stage plays for both the Christian and general markets.

Mike is actively seeking adult and young adult fiction in the following genres:

  • Contemporary
  • Literary
  • Historical
  • Biblical
  • Fantasy
  • Paranormal
  • Horror
  • Sweet Romance
  • Mystery/Thriller

Mike is actively seeking nonfiction titles in the following categories:

  • Pop Culture
  • Technology
  • Sports
  • Memoir
  • History
  • Inspirational

Mike is actively seeking stage plays in any genre, but is particularly interested in scripts offering strong roles for females.

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

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Lauren 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 Editor in Attendance: Tiffany Shelton of St. Martin’s Press

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Tiffany Shelton is an editorial assistant for St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books, and St. Martin’s Press Romance.

She graduated from Florida State University with two degrees–a bachelors in Criminology and a bachelors in English: Editing, Writing, and Media. Her passion for books, and more specifically words, led her to pursue a masters degree in book publishing from Portland State University, graduating in June 2015.

“I’m looking for voice-driven narratives with dynamic storytelling, immersive worlds, and characters to love (or love to hate). 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), women’s fiction geared towards women in their 20s and 30s, literary fiction, upmarket and commercial fiction, historical fiction, magical realism, thriller, and select nonfiction (memoir, humor, and social issues). Favorites include The Painted Girls, Tell Me Your Dreams, The Underground Railroad, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, Homegoing, Virgin, and Isle of Youth.

“In YA, I’m interested in contemporary (in the vain of Nina LaCour, Kasie West, Jenny Han, and Gayle Forman), historical, fantasy, horror/thriller, and magical realism. Favorites include The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, The Star-Touched Queen, The Diviners, A Mad Wicked Folly, Maid of Secrets, Welcome to the Dark House, and Afterworlds.”