Samhain Publishing

Presented by Editor Christa Soule 8:15 – 8:45 AM

Launched in 2005 with a vision of bringing extraordinary fiction to compulsive readers (who sometimes can’t wait for a book to actually be printed), Samhain Publishing® is an international publisher of ebook and print romance and horror. Dedicated to fans of contemporary, paranormal, historical, GBLT and erotic romance, our authors include such New York Times and USA Today bestsellers as Vivian Arend, Dana Marie Bell, Mari Carr, Phoebe Conn, Lauren Dane, Karen Erickson, Thea Harrison, Marie Harte, Lorelei James, Cherrie Lynn and Jayne Rylon. To learn why at Samhain “it’s all about the story…”, visit us online at

Grand Central Publishing

Presented by Editor Alex Logan 8:45 – 9:15 AM

Grand Central Publishing launched its romance imprint, Forever, in January 2003 and since then has launched the careers of Elizabeth Hoyt, Larissa Ione, and Paula Quinn, all of whom have become New York Times bestsellers. Forever is also home to many established authors including New York Times bestsellers Jill Shalvis and Eileen Dreyer. Forever Yours, our digital-only imprint, is our opportunity to bring you the best and brightest names in romance, delivered effortlessly to your ereader.

Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books) came into existence in 1970. It became part of the Time Warner Book Group in 1998 and in 2006 was acquired by Hachette Livre; it is part of the Hachette Book Group USA. James Patterson, David Baldacci, and Nicholas Sparks are just a few of the New York Times bestselling authors published by Grand Central Publishing.

Avon Impulse

Presented by Editor Amanda Bergeron 10:45 – 11:15 AM

Avon Impulse is a digital-first imprint dedicated to publishing new e-books each week, rapidly delivering the best in romance fiction to today’s e-savvy readers. With a fantastic mix of historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance, our list includes original novels, novellas, and anthologies from exciting new talent and beloved veteran authors alike. With the same expert editorial, publicity, marketing and art teams that have long brought readers Avon books, Avon Impulse has quickly become a stage for rising stars in romance launching the careers of bestselling authors Jennifer Ryan, Candis Terry, Codi Gary, Sophie Barnes and many more. We are so excited about our wonderful authors, and are always seeking amazing new talent. Unagented submissions are welcome!


Presented by Senior Editor Margot Lipschultz  11:15 – 11:45 AM

Harlequin is one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women. The Toronto-based company publishes more than 110 titles a month in 34 languages in 110 international markets on six continents. With half of its books sold overseas and a tremendous 95% outside Canada —it is both the country’s most successful publisher and one of its most international businesses.

Harlequin is unique in the publishing industry, combining highly recognizable imprints—Harlequin, Harlequin MIRA, Harlequin LUNA, Harlequin HQN, Harlequin TEEN, Harlequin Nonfi ction, Kimani Press, Love Inspired, Worldwide Mystery, Gold Eagle and Carina Press; a global reach, a highly successful reader service, innovative website ( and forward-looking technology (eBooks, downloadable audio, mobile phone applications) that not only allows the company to move further and further into the forefront of women’s fiction but continues to position Harlequin for growth.

Ultimately, however, it is the fact that Harlequin creates entertaining and enriching experiences for women to enjoy, to share and return to that drives the company’s success and enables Harlequin to push the boundaries, launching new stories, reaching new readers, offering new formats.

St. Martin’s Press

Presented by Assistant Editor Elizabeth Poteet 1:45 – 2:15 PM

St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books. Our strength is derived from a dedication to solid publishing of many books, while consistently producing the occasional blockbuster.


Presented by Senior Publicity Manager Heather Moore 2:15 – 2:45 PM

Sourcebooks Casablanca is the romance imprint of Sourcebooks and one of the fastest growing romance imprints in the industry. Since 2007, Sourcebooks Casablanca has brought fresh and exciting romance novels to readers of historical, contemporary, paranormal, erotic and romantic suspense. Launching the careers of bestselling authors such as Grace Burrowes, Terry Spear and Julie Ann Walker, as well as a new home for renowned and beloved authors like Georgette  Heyer, Jade Lee, Rebecca York and Katie MacAlister, Sourcebooks Casablanca continues to innovate and grow in the ever-changing publishing world. Driven by thorough sales data, supported by tenacious marketing and publicity efforts, and inspired by our authors, Sourcebooks Casablanca firmly believes that books change lives.