October 13-15, 2017, Westin Hotel, Bellevue, WA
Editors and Agents
Tera Cuskaden, Editorial Director of Select Otherworld at Entangled
Tera Cuskaden started working in publishing in 2005 as a reviewer and proofreader. She began working at Samhain Publishing in 2007 as an acquiring content editor and was promoted to Senior Editor of the Romance and Horror lines, also serving as the Art Department Coordinator. She has worked with many New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors, including Megan Hart, Shelli Stevens, Dana Marie Bell, and Cathryn Fox. Tera was also the first editor to hit the New York Times bestsellers list with a digital-only title.
Seeking: Paranormal, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, YA, NA, Romantic Suspense. Engaging stories that utilize proven tropes, with relatable heroines and sexy heroes and unique meet cutes. I’m looking for a voice and a storyteller I just can’t put down.
Sue Grimshaw, Editor at Large, Penguin Random House Publishing Group
Sue Grimshaw, for the last six years has been employed as, Editor at Large for Penguin Random House Publishing Group, Ballantine Bantam Dell, Loveswept and Flirt imprints. Over the years, Sue has been honored with several distinguished awards including the Vivian Stephens Industry Award from the Romance Writers of America; Melinda Helfer Award from Romantic Times; Romcon Champion Award recipient; as well as many other RWA chapter group recognitions. Previously a buyer for Borders for more than a decade she now helps authors editorially find their stories and get them published. With multiple New York Times and USA Today bestsellers on her author list Sue continues to search the market for the next bestseller.
Sue is actively seeking character driven romance books delivered with a tight, current, strong author voice with a storytelling that propels you through the pages.
Sue loves to travel and given the opportunity will attend not only the Romance Writers of America and Romantic Times national conferences, but also in 2017, Romance Writers of New Zealand in Rotorua this August. She is hoping to add more travels to her schedule.
Find Sue at one of these online locations:
Holly Ingraham, Editor, St. Martin’s Press
I fell irrevocably in love the moment I held my first book. Decades later I cannot believe how lucky I am to work in the field of my passion. Since starting at St. Martin’s Press in 2008, I have had the pleasure of working with so many fantastic writers, from debut to bestselling and award-winning authors, all of whom making coming to work an absolute joy. I am actively looking for all areas of romance (especially for our digital imprint, SMP Swerve), cozy mystery, thrillers, and strong, emotionally-gripping commercial women’s fiction. I love a strong narrative voice, vibrant, jump-off-the-page characters, smart, funny heroines, and of course, stories that make me cry.
My authors include Valerie Bowman, Diane Kelly, Jessica Strawser, Melissa Cutler, Manda Collins, Soraya Lane, Chelsea M. Cameron, Auralee Wallace, Maggie McGinnis, Addison Fox, Kimberly Raye, Rebecca Drake and Janna MacGregor.
Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary Agency
Courtney Miller-Callihan founded Handspun Literary Agency in 2016, after more than ten years with Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She is a hands-on editorial agent whose eclectic list includes historical fiction, women’s fiction, romance, mysteries, YA novels, humor, and practical nonfiction.
A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., Literature), and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., English), she lives in San Diego with her family, and travels frequently for meetings and conferences.
She is always looking for stories she can’t stop reading.
Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency
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 and inspirational novels are welcome. A consummate science geek and card-carrying Mensa member, Nicole would love to find the next great science fiction/fantasy novel or action/adventure masterpiece.
Currently on her wish list: high concept middle grade, any kind of romance, and really fresh voices in YA.
Nicole is a member of AAR, ACFW, RWA, and Mensa. She holds degrees in biology, psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Like Mary Sue, Nicole taught in the public school system and has worn many hats before heeding her calling to become a literary agent–for which she will forever be indebted to Mary Sue Seymour.
“I have the best job in the world. I read for a living and make author’s dreams come true.”
Erin Hennicke, Franklin & Siegel & 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 seventeen 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; as well as Paramount TV on the series/mini-series side, since 2014. Scouting is an exciting and challenging job that allows her to have a foot in both the film and publishing industries and in 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, and Seabiscuit, starring Tobey Maguire, directed by Gary Ross, and based on Lauren Hillenbrand’s book. Some upcoming novels that are in development include the thriller The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney for Universal/Imagine Films, and the YA series Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard for Universal/Benderspink/Brownstone Films; and on the TV side, All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister and the upcoming Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory. She is based in New York City.