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Please note: Editors rarely take un-agented fiction authors. These meetings are meant to be opportunities for invaluable feedback that hopefully lead to future success.

Thomas Dunne Books

Anne is passionate about crime fiction, from classic mysteries to suspense and thrillers, which she acquires and edits for Thomas Dunne Books/Minotaur Books.  Her recent acquisitions include hardboiled page-turner Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder, and the forthcoming gothic suspense novel Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster.  Anne also loves finding quirky, original, and unputdownable YA tales, whether paranormal or just regular teen “normal.”  She is especially enthusiastic about projects with fast-paced plotting, a strong narrative voice, and vibrant, jump-off-the-page characters, no matter the genre.  Anne graduated from Harvard College, where she worked as an editor and managing editor for the Let’s Go travel guide series.


Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing

Brian Hades is the publisher/owner of Canada's largest publishing house dedicated to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

Hades' books have been nominated for Canadian, US and Australian literary awards such as the Sunburst, Aurora, Aurealis, ForeWord and Ben Franklin Awards.

Hades is the first Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy genre publisher to have sold publishing rights to The Science Fiction Book Club of New York. Other co-publishing and licensing deals include the release of various USA hardback and paperback editions, the translation and publication of French, Italian and Australian editions, as well as the optioning of television/movie production rights and the co-production of an animated short movie based on the poems in i-ROBOT Poetry by Jason Christie.


Peter Lynch is the Editorial Manager, Trade at Sourcebooks, Inc., one of the country’s largest and most innovative independent publishers, where he has worked for the past nine years. He acquires and develops 20–30 books per year, across a variety of categories. Peter’s nonfiction interests include, but are not limited to, books on parenting, history, memoir, self-help, reference, humor, and college/study aids. He is also interested in historical fiction and commercial women’s fiction. Peter is always interested in hearing from authors who are self-motivated and willing to publicize their books in innovative ways. In addition to development and oversight of the Fiske, Gruber and US News study aid lines, recent books from his list include The Four Corners of the Sky (fiction), Healing the Addicted Brain (self-help), and The Autism & ADHD Diet (parenting). Peter will accept poetry appointments from attendees, however, these appointments are ONLY for consultation purposes and no submission requests will occur.

Skyhorse Publishing

Julie Matysik grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English. After graduation, Julie spent one year teaching high school English in Yamanashi, Japan, and then moved back to Madison to teach an after-school program at a local preschool. In 2008, Julie moved to New York City where she worked part-time at the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency until she was hired at Skyhorse Publishing. As editor at Skyhorse, Julie has acquired more than a dozen titles for the company’s adult lists, has edited more than 50 books in a variety of nonfiction categories, and is now helping to launch Skyhorse’s first children’s imprint, Sky Pony Press, which aims to publish exciting new fiction, nonfiction, picture books and mid-grade novels, as well as reintroduce old classics. Julie and her husband, Matthew, live in Astoria, New York.


Aubrey Poole is an Assistant Editor with Sourcebooks, Inc. She acquires young adult and romance titles for Sourcebooks’ Fire and Casablanca imprints. Whether it’s for teens or adults, she loves heroines that kick butt and hot heroes with a sense of humor. This is her first PNWA conference, so please introduce yourself!


Behler Publications

Along with being the editorial director for Behler Publications, Lynn Price is the award-winning author of Donovan’s Paradigm and The Writer’s Essential Tackle Box. Behler Publications is a trade publisher specializing in fiction and nonfiction personal journeys with social relevance.

Twelve of Behler’s titles are award-winners, including the Ben Franklin Gold Medal winner East Fifth Bliss, which is being made into a movie starring Dexter’s Michael C. Hall. Many of Behler Publications’ books have received enthusiastic reviews from Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Bloomsbury Review. Behler’s title, KTLA’s News At Ten: Sixty Years With Stan Chambers, is an LA Times Bestseller, and Adam Eisengberg’s A Different Shade of Blue has spent the last four weeks on the bestseller list at Elliott Bay Books.

Lynn also assumes a lighthearted and somewhat irreverent tone with the many issues facing today’s writers on the Behler Publications blog, and speaks to authors around the country about the issues that most impact them.

St. Martin’s Press

Michelle Richter joined St. Martin’s Press in 2006 as an editorial assistant and has worked with executive editor Elizabeth Beier on fiction (commercial and literary) and nonfiction, including memoir/biography, pop culture, humor, animals, relationships, diets, and cookbooks. She has worked with bestselling authors including Tom Perrotta, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Gene Wilder, Ian K. Smith, and with authors well-known in other media.

Michelle’s list is primarily nonfiction, though she is also seeking commercial fiction, mysteries and thrillers. She is especially interested in pop culture (music and television), memoir with a relatable story that resonates with readers, biography, humor, relationships, food writing, pop science, economics and health/medicine. Fish-out-of-water stories and anything set in Boston or Ireland hold particular appeal for her, as do stories set in India or Russia.

Michelle has a Masters of Science in Publishing from Pace University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with a minor in Russian, from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.


Chuck Sambuchino is an editor for Writer’s Digest Books (an imprint of F+W Media). He is the editor of Guide to Literary Agents as well as Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market. He also recently helmed the third edition of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript (a WD trade book).

He is the author of the humor book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, due out in Sept. 2010 (Ten Speed Press / Random House).

Chuck is a former staffer of several newspapers and magazines—most notably Writer’s Digest. During his tenure as a newspaper reporter, he won awards from both the Kentucky Press Association and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.

He is a produced playwright with both original and commissioned works. His work has appeared in national and regional magazines, with recent articles in Watercolor Artist, Pennsylvania Magazine, The Pastel Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Romance Writers Report and New Mexico Magazine. During the past decade, more than 600 of his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and books.

Champagne Books

Starting out as an author, J. Ellen Smith of Champagne Books developed an interest in the publishing end of things and soon worked her way through several positions, apprenticing at a small local press before venturing out with her own company. With practical experience combined with a strong business sense, she is proud of the accomplishments made by Champagne Books, its staff and authors.
A native Calgarian, Ellen loves all kinds of mystery/suspense TV programs as well as the occasional sci fi flick. What she enjoys most, though, is getting out and meeting with writers (both published and unpublished). Just don't pitch your book to her while she's in a bathroom stall, please—it's hard to take notes on those little squares of paper!

Variance Publishing

At Variance, Shane works with a great team of editors who are committed to bringing out (and, when necessary, dragging out, kicking and screaming) the best their authors have to offer, while striving to capitalize on the advantages of running a small publishing house, i.e., adapting to an ever-evolving, ever-changing industry; working up-close-and-personal on each project; involving writers in every aspect of the production process; etc.

Like other publishing houses, Variance is looking for sharp, charming, cooperative authors with new angles on old tales. But they are also building a culture of entrepreneurship in which publisher and writer consult together, bringing to bear their respective resources to create, produce and sell great books. This combination of intimate attention and good business sense has contributed to surprising success in Variance’s forays into the realm of e-book publishing. But don’t be fooled, the editorial process is every bit as rigorous and exacting as any hardcover edition.

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