2017 Conference Agent and Editor Profiles

Agents

Jessica RegelJESSICA REGEL
Literary Agent at Foundry Media
WWW.FOUNDRYMEDIA.COM

Jess represents young adult and middle grade books, as well as adult fiction and nonfiction. In the nonfiction space, she represents memoir and pop culture, with an emphasis on female voices, humor, or single-topic narratives that would appeal to a female audience. She also represents children’s nonfiction and YA memoir. In the fiction space, Jess is passionate about discovering projects that are compulsive, contagious, and creative. She’s particularly interested in books that are “conversation starters,” novels that bridge the literary-commercial divide, combining a high-concept plot with beautiful writing, and voice-driven contemporary stories. She’s always looking for diverse characters that tell a story from a unique perspective, and through which we see the world differently. Jess is drawn to coming-of-age stories, ambitious women’s fiction, charming and stylized love stories, atmospheric magical realism, dark and twisty suspense, and genre-bending literary fiction. She is not looking for genre fiction, such as high fantasy, sci-fi, romance, westerns, chick lit, cozy mysteries, etc. Originally from Iowa, Jess was working at her local library when she was offered a job at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and packed up for New York City. She spent eleven years at the Naggar Agency before moving over to Foundry in 2013.

 

Anna Sproul-LatimerANNA SPROUL-LATIMER
Literary Agent at RossYoon
WWW.ROSSYOON.COM

Literary agent Anna Sproul-Latimer has been a part of the Ross Yoon team since 2005. Specializing in nonfiction of all kinds, she particularly loves working with clients who are driven by curiosity: exploring new worlds, uncovering hidden communities, and creating new connections with enthusiasm so infectious that national audiences have already begun to pay attention. She has sold multiple New York Times bestsellers, major book-to-film deals, and foreign translations in more than 50 different languages.

Anna attends book fairs and speaks at writers’ conferences across the country and world. In her spare time, she edits and ghostwrites books and writes for women’s lifestyle media. She earned her BA from Columbia University and her master’s degree from Oxford, both in English literature. She lives with her family in Arlington, VA. 

 

Roseanne WellsROSEANNE WELLS
Literary Agent at Jennifer De Chiara Agency
WWW.JDLIT.COM

Roseanne Wells joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales/editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer's advocate, editor, and partner. She is a member of SCBWI and a volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC. You can find her on Twitter @RivetingRosie. Nonfiction: I'm interested in authors who have a unique story to tell and are dedicated to building their platform and reaching their audience. I like narrative nonfiction, select memoir, science (popular or trade, not academic), history, religion (not inspirational), travel, humor, food/cooking, and similar subjects. I'm also interested in fresh, modern self-improvement that not only inspires but energizes readers to action in this rapidly evolving world. Fiction: I'm looking for strong literary fiction that emphasizes craft and style equally, and doesn't sacrifice plot and character for beautiful sentences; young adult of all genres; very selective middle grade of any genre that connects me to a strong main character; science-fiction and fantasy; con/heist stories, especially featuring art, jewelry, and tech; and smart detective novels (more Sherlock Holmes than cozy mysteries).

 

Maximilian XimenezMAXIMILIAN XIMENEZ
Literary Agent at L. Perkins Agency
WWW.LPERKINSAGENCY.COM

Maximilian Ximenez grew up within the New York publishing industry. Prior to joining the L. Perkins Agency, he worked at Blizzard Entertainment, creators of the popular Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo video game franchises. He is a strong believer in publishing and narrative as a central pillar of franchise and transmedia development. Maximilian is actively pursuing clients for both fiction and nonfiction works. In fiction, he is acquiring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thrillers, particularly cyberpunk and neo-noir as well as books with a uniquely deconstructive bent. For nonfiction, Maximilian is seeking popular science, true crime, and books pertaining to arts and trends in developing fields and cultures.

 


 

Editors

Bruce BortzBRUCE BORTZ
Editor at Bancroft Press
WWW.BRANCROFTPRESS.COM

Bruce Bortz has been the publisher of Bancroft Press since 1992. In the process of paying his publishing dues several times over, he believes he has gained the one intangible that may be the most important qualification of any book editor -- the ability to find and shape good books (I haven't published a bad one yet), to position them properly in the marketplace, and to predict their success. He has a deep passion for books and a restless, inquisitive mind.

 

Jennifer BarnesJENNIFER BARNES
Editor at Raw Dog Screaming Press
WWW.RAWDOGSCREAMING.COM
Jennifer Barnes is a co-founder of Raw Dog Screaming Press and has edited many of RDSP's titles, including a Penn Oakland award winner and three Bram Stoker Award winners. She spent four years as an editor for The Dream People Literary Magazine. Her children's book, Better Haunted Homes and Gardens, illustrated by Kristen Margiotta, is a seasonal favorite. Jennifer graduated from The University of Maryland with a BA in English and a concentration in poetry. She is also an accomplished graphic designer.


 

Austin CamachoAUSTIN CAMACHO
Editor at Intrigue Publsihing
WWW.INTRIGUEPUBLISHING.COM
Austin S. Camacho is the author of six novels about Washington Dc-based private eye Hannibal Jones, five in the Stark and O’Brien international adventure-thriller series, and the detective novel, Beyond Blue. His short stories have been featured in several anthologies including Dying in a Winter Wonderland – an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Top Ten Bestseller for 2008 - and he is featured in the Edgar nominated African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey.

Camacho is also editorial director for Intrigue Publishing, a Maryland small press, and works with their authors to improve their manuscripts. And Camacho is deeply involved with the writing community. He is a past president of the Maryland Writers Association, past Vice President of the Virginia Writers Club, and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.

 

JOHN EDWARD LAWSON
Editor at Raw Dog Screaming Press
WWW.RAWDOGSCREAMING.COM

John Edward Lawson is an author, editor and poet living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. He is the author of 16 books of fiction and poetry, and numerous chapbooks. Over 500 of his poems, stories, and articles have been published in magazines, anthologies, journals, and newspapers worldwide. John won the 2001 Fiction International Emerging Writers Competition; in addition to being a finalist for the Stoker Award and the Wonderland Award for Bizarro Fiction other award nominations include the Dwarf Stars Award, the Elgin Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Rhysling Award. John is also a founding editor of Raw Dog Screaming Press. He spent four years as editor-in-chief of The Dream People online journal of bizarro fiction and poetry. Other editorial projects include seven anthologies and freelance work for companies like National Lampoon and Double Dragon Publishing. He currently serves as vice president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction.