Meet the Agents Coming to Push to Publish


Whether you are an established writer or just getting started, this one-day workshop will provide valuable resources you can use to get your work in print and online. Meet the agents joining us for the 2014 Push to Publish conference on October 11, 2014:

Lucinda Blumfeld: Lucinda started her own agency, Lucinda Literary, in 2011. Her specialty is forming and overseeing a strategy for all components of an author’s exposure, from online marketing and social media to publicity and events. Lucinda’s preferred specialties are: nonfiction (business, psychology, law, cultural studies) and commercial women’s fiction.

Danielle Burby: Before finding her home at HSG, Danielle interned at Writers House, Clarion Books, Faye Bender Literary Agency, Dunow Carlson and Lerner, John Wiley and Sons, and SquareOne Publishers. Her passion lies in YA, Women’s Fiction, and mysteries.

Sheree Bykofsky, AAR, represents over 100 book authors in all areas of adult nonfiction as well as literary and commercial fiction. Her nonfiction specialties include popular reference, business, health, psychology, poker, spirituality, self-help, humor, cookbooks, pop culture, biography, women’s issues, decorating & crafts, music, and more.

Adriana Dominguez works at Full Circle Literary Agency and has over 15 years of experience in publishing, most recently as Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she managed the children’s division of the Latino imprint, Rayo. Adriana is interested in children’s picture books, middle grade novels, and literary young adult novels. On the adult side, she is looking for literary and women’s works of fiction. In the area of nonfiction, she seeks pop culture, and how-to titles geared toward women of all ages, written by authors with rock-solid platforms.

Leigh Huffine joined Regal Literary in 2011 where, in addition to building her client list, she handles the agency’s audio rights and marketing and publicity. Her main interests are literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and engaging non-fiction about culture, science, history, travel, and the arts. She is drawn to magical realism, dark and surrealist fiction, multiculturalism, family sagas, stories with a strong sense of place, and tales of adventure and exploration.

Marie Lamba is an Associate Literary Agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She has worked as an editor, an award-winning public relations writer, and a book publicist, and belongs to The Liars Club. Marie is currently looking for young adult and middle grade fiction, along with general and women’s fiction and some memoir. She is also open to submissions from picture book authors or illustrators who are already established, or whose work she has requested through conferences.  Overall, books that are moving and/or hilarious are especially welcome.

Gina Panettieri is President of Talcott Notch Literary Services, a 5-member boutique agency representing a full range of fiction and nonfiction for adults and children. A 25-year veteran of the publishing industry, she’s placed hundreds of books with publishers such as Berkley, McGraw-Hill, Wiley, Macmillan, and Adams Media. Gina is seeking edgy, darker Young Adult and adventurous or humorous middle grade fiction, as well as all genres of adult fiction. In nonfiction, Gina will consider business/career/investing, cookbooks, crafts, self-help, memoir, travel, popular science, history, true crime and gift books.

Peter Rubie is a British expatriate, former BBC Radio and Fleet Street journalist. He is CEO of FinePrint Literary Management, where as a literary agent he represents a broad range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction. Peter specializes in narrative non-fiction such as memoirs, biographies, books on business, history, popular science and technology, parenting, music, food, health, and self-help. Fiction interests include literary fiction, crime, thrillers, SF and fantasy, middle grade and Young Adult fiction.

Katherine Sands: As a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katherine has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books. Actively building her client list, she likes books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in the categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks. When reading fiction, she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling and hooked by characters. For memoir and femoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.

Kae Tienstra: A literary publicist since 1979, Kae launched her literary agency with her husband Jon in 2007. Kae’s publicity firm, KT Public Relations, has been operating since 1993. The firm specializes in publicity and marketing campaigns for book and magazine publishers, authors, and other businesses. Kae is interested in women’s fiction, mysteries (especially cozy mysteries), nonfiction health, medical, and psychology and nature books.

For tips on how to make the most of your speed date with an editor or agent, click HERE.


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