Laura Bradford (Bradford Literary)
Laura Bradford established the Bradford Literary Agency in 2001. She considers herself an editorial-focused agent and takes a hands-on approach to developing proposals and manuscripts with her authors for the most appropriate markets. The mission of Bradford Literary Agency is to form true partnerships with their clients and build long-term relationships that extend from writing the first draft through the length of the author’s career. Her recent sales include books placed with Berkley, Grand Central, Harlequin, Kensington, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Sourcebooks, Hyperion, Flux, Macmillan, Adams Media, Egmont USA, John Wiley and Sons and Mira Books. She continues to actively build her client list and is currently seeking work in the following genres: Romance (historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, category, contemporary, erotic), urban fantasy, women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers and young adult as well as some select non-fiction. She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and she is an RWA-recognized agent. www.bradfordlit.com Twitter: @bradfordlit
Suzie Townsend (New Leaf Literary)
After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, she represents adult and children’s fiction. She is actively looking to build her list. In adult, she’s specifically looking for romance (historical and paranormal), and fantasy (urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy). In Childrens’ she loves YA (all subgenres) and is dying to find great Middle Grade projects (especially something akin to the recent movie SUPER 8). She’s an active member of AAR, RWA, and SCBWI. She drinks too much diet orange soda, has a Starbucks problem (those soy chai lattes are addictive), and lives in New York with two dogs who know that chewing on shoes is okay but chewing on books is not. More information on Suzie can be found on publisher’s marketplace (http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/sztownsend81/). She also keeps a blog at http://confessionsofawanderingheart.blogspot.com and tweets @sztownsend81.
Nalini Akolekar (Spencerhill Associates)
When Nalini Akolekar was growing up her mother would frequently ask her in exasperation, “What are you going to do with your life? All you ever do is read romance novels!” Little did she know, her daughter was building a career for herself—one captivating page at a time. Nalini joined Spencerhill Associates after a lengthy editorial career and several years in advertising sales. Agenting provided the perfect opportunity for combining her editorial instincts with her sales, marketing, and business experience. Nalini specializes in romance and women’s fiction in the adult market, but she also loves thrillers. Many of the new authors she’s worked with have gone on to sell multiple books to major publishers.
Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency)
Nicole has been listed by Publisher’s Marketplace as a top dealmaker in the country, and named ACFW’s 2012 Agent of the Year. She loves discovering new talent and helping established authors to take their career to the next level. Do you have the next project to feed her book addiction? A smart, tight read she won’t be able to put down? A signature voice she’ll fight to represent? HEA’s are a must for romance. Mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, YA. MG and inspirational novels are welcome. A consummate science geek and card-carrying Mensa member, Nicole would like to find the next great science fiction/fantasy novel or action/adventure masterpiece. She is particularly interested in acquiring strong romance authors, contemporary YA and character-driven MG. Nicole is a member of AAR, ACFW, RWA, and Mensa. She holds degrees in biology, psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Nicole taught in the public school system and has worn many hats before heeding her calling to become a literary agent. “I have the best job in the world. I read for a living and make author’s dreams come true.”
Melissa Jeglinski (The Knight Agency)
Melissa Jeglinski joined The Knight Agency in September of 2008 after 17 years as an editor with Harlequin Enterprises. A graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, she majored in English with a writing concentration and is thrilled to have a career where she can work hands-on with writers. Melissa represents fiction only and is actively seeking the following genres: Romance (contemporary, historical, category, inspirational, suspense), Young Adult, Middle Grade and Mystery. She is a member of RWA and AAR and currently resides in North Carolina.
Christa Soule (Samhain Publishing)
Christa graduated from Grinnell College after spending four years immersed in Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O’Neil. A lover of theater and English, Christa spent her first few years after college working at a series of creative jobs (including copywriting ads for feminine hygiene products and stage managing community theater productions). She also has been a long-time rape victim activist and volunteered with rape victims for over ten years in hospital ERs. She’s always been a voracious reader and stumbled on her first romance book when she was fourteen (shh..don’t tell). She developed a passion for editing after interning at a start-up romance publisher and hasn’t looked back since.
Christa loves multi-cultural romances and has been a fierce advocate for diversity in books. One of her first Samhain acquisitions was a historical interracial romance that received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.
When Christa isn’t reading, writing, or editing, she spends time running, geocaching with her small children, wrangling her dog, and volunteering.
Alex Logan (Grand Central Publishing)
Alex Logan acquires women’s fiction of all kinds. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern, attended the University of Chicago Publishing Program, and worked at Borders and Random House before joining Grand Central Publishing. She is the editor for bestselling contemporary romance authors Jill Shalvis, Hope Ramsay, and Katie Lane and loves editing a good historical (Margaret Mallory), paranormal (Kristen Callihan), or romantic suspense (Dee Davis). She is also the editor for upcoming women’s fiction from Lisa Verge Higgins and Suzanne Redfearn.
Elizabeth Poteet (St. Martin’s Press)
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Elizabeth Poteet attended Colby College where she majored in English and Religious Studies. While studying at St. Andrews, she realized that though she enjoyed Shakespeare and the Dead Sea Scrolls, she preferred romance novels. Lizzie now works at St. Martin’s Press and is always looking for a good love story. She’s actively seeking historical and contemporary romances and loves spunky heroines and Alpha men.
Amanda Bergeron (Avon Impulse)
Editor Amanda Bergeron joined Avon in 2008. She works with New York Times bestselling authors such as Laura Kaye, Cora Carmack, and Jay Crownover. Amanda oversees Avon’s digital-first imprint Avon Impulse, and she is extremely excited about the great, high concepts, and fantastic new voices coming out of this program. She acquires contemporary romance, New Adult, historical fiction, and commercial women’s fiction for Avon and William Morrow.
Margo Lipschultz (Harlequin)
Margo Lipschultz is a Senior Editor for HQN and LUNA who also acquires for Harlequin TEEN. She is thrilled to be editing a wide array of contemporary, paranormal and historical romance authors, including several New York Times bestsellers, along with young adult and New Adult titles. Prior to joining HQN, she spent four years at Random House, where she worked on literary fiction.