Spring Fling includes pitch sessions (by appointment) with editors and agents, some of whom may also lead workshops or publisher spotlight sessions. Here are the industry pros we’ve lined up for Spring Fling 2020.
Associate Editor, Berkley Books
Sarah Blumenstock joined Berkley in 2016. Prior to joining Berkley she sold foreign and domestic rights for Penguin Young Readers. Sarah acquires commercial women’s fiction and romance—both historical and contemporary. Some recent and upcoming titles include The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by New York Times bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman, A Touch of Flame by USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman, Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore and Faker by Sarah Smith.
Senior Editor, Sourcebooks Casablanca
Mary Altman discovered Romance in the fourth grade, when her best friend smuggled a copy of A Knight in Shining Armor to the lunchroom, and she’s been a convert ever since. A giant and unrepentant nerd, Mary spends her free time playing video games, watching Critical Role, and reading about fantastical worlds. She started her post-college life studying law before coming to her senses and settling happily in a decade-long editorial career. She has a passion for travel and lives outside of Chicago with her partner and an overflowing TBR pile.
Mara Delgado Sanchez
Acquiring Editorial Assistant, St. Martin’s Press
Originally from Puerto Rico, Mara Delgado Sánchez spends her time creating and cruising through imaginary worlds, and enjoying the verdant parts of New York City. She holds a BA in English, Literature from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and an MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. She is currently looking for romance in all categories, women’s fiction and YA.
LaToya C. Smith
Editor/Agent, LCS Literary Services
Latoya C. Smith started her editorial career as an administrative assistant to New York Times bestselling author Teri Woods at Teri Woods Publishing while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Temple University. She graduated Cum Laude from Temple in August of 2005. She then attained a full-time position at Kensington Publishing in March of 2006. In October 2006, Latoya joined Grand Central Publishing, an imprint at Hachette Book Group. For the span of her eight years there, Latoya acquired a variety of titles from hardcover fiction and nonfiction, to digital romance and erotica. She was featured in Publishers Weekly, Forbes and USA Today, as well as on various author, book conference and book blogger websites. In early 2014, she appeared on CSpan2 where she contributed to a panel discussing the state of book publishing. From August 2014 to February 2016, Latoya was Executive Editor at Samhain Publishing where she acquired short and long-form romance and erotic fiction. She is the winner of the 2012 RWA Golden Apple for Editor of the Year, 2017 Golden Apple for Agent of the Year, and the 2017 Literary Jewels Award for Editor of the Year. Latoya provides editorial services and literary representation through her company, LCS Literary Services.
LaToya is seeking high-concept women’s fiction; high-concept mystery, thriller and horror; romance (contemporary, romantic suspense, cowboys, historical, LGBTQ, paranormal, sweet, romantic comedy), and young adult fiction.
Agent, Spencerhill Associates
Amanda Leuck began her career in media, and has worked on a TV talk show, at a fashion magazine, as a print journalist, and as an on-air traffic reporter. After graduating from New York University, Amanda went on to study literacy and literature at the post-graduate level. It was then that she developed her passion for publishing. Amanda joined Spencerhill Associates as an editorial assistant and was promoted to agent in August 2014.
Amanda is currently seeking strong, character-driven stories with an unforgettable voice. She’s looking for literary and commercial YA, select sci-fi and fantasy, and romance in all genres, including edgy romantic suspense, contemporary, and paranormal with a fresh twist.
Emmanuelle’s clients include New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors, as well as CBC, ALA, and Freeman award winners. She is seeking science fiction and fantasy, contemporary romance and women’s fiction, and historical fiction. She enjoys developing long-term relationships with her clients, working closely with them to build their literary careers.
Film Scout, Franklin & Siegal & Associates
Erin Hennicke started her career in the Subsidiary Rights Department of Viking Penguin before segueing into the film industry as a story editor at Barbra Streisand’s production company, Barwood Films, where she oversaw development and production. In 2000, Erin joined Franklin & Siegal & Associates, the largest literary scouting agency in New York, where for the past nineteen years, she has scouted books & material for Universal Studios, known for their adaptations of The Bourne Identity series by Robert Ludlum, and starring Matt Damon, among others. Since 2014 she has scouted as well for Paramount TV on the series/mini-series side.
Scouting is an exciting and challenging job that allows her to have a foot in both the film and publishing industries and to have daily contact with editors, agents, writers, film & TV executives—all in pursuit of the perfect story for her clients to adapt.
A few of the projects Universal has optioned in recent years have been the New York Magazine article that became American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, directed by Ridley Scott; the Fifty Shades series by E.L. James, and the memoir From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey Stein. On the TV side, she helped her execs find the upcoming Candace Bushnell nonfiction Is There Still Sex in the City?, as well as Susan Orlean’s latest, The Library Book. In addition to her literary pursuits, Erin is also the co-host of a pop culture/media podcast. She is based in New York City.
Erin can’t acquire anything directly from authors (her company doesn’t take anything unsolicited or un-agented), but she can help people navigate this world and how to submit to agents. “When I hear pitches at conferences, I can tell the authors how viable their idea is in the current entertainment climate; where they should focus their efforts; and even recommend agents for them to query, if they don’t have one at the moment.”