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PNWA Summer Conference 2006 - Editors

Michelle H. Nagler began her publishing career at Scholastic, where she edited all levels of children’s books from preschool novelty formats through young adult.  Her primary focus was on middle-grade paperback series including Goosebumps, Animorphs, and Tony Abbott’s The Secrets of Droon.


Michelle is now the Senior Editor at Simon Pulse, a division of Simon and Schuster. With their fingers on the “pulse” of the teen market, Simon Pulse is one of the leading commercial teen imprints, and the publisher of such classic hit series as Francine Pascal’s Fearless and R.L. Stine’s Fear Street; and newcomers including the Seven Deadly Sins series by Robin Wasserman, Scott Westerfeld’s successful Uglies trilogy, and the bestselling Romantic Comedy line.  Michelle edits both series and single-titles, in a variety of formats.



Paul Taunton (Editor) has been on the editorial staff at the Random House Publishing Group since 2003, working mainly on the Ballantine list.  Prior to that he worked in the Random House sales department for several years serving independent booksellers.  Categories of particular interest include narrative nonfiction, suspense, crime, literary fiction, and journalism.


Colin Fox (Editor) has worked at Warner Books for nearly six years, editing both fiction and nonfiction.  His list of novelists includes such folks as the Pacific Northwest’s very own Robert Dugoni, along with David Baldacci, Brian Haig and Donald E. Westlake.  On the nonfiction side, Colin has edited Billy Crystal, Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Henry Louis Gates, the family of Terri Schiavo, comedian David Cross and country star Gretchen Wilson.  His primary areas of interest include commercial fiction, politics, current events, gambling, narrative nonfiction, pop culture, sports, business and humor.







David Moldawer (Editor)- Unfortunately, Mr. Moldawer is no longer able to attend the conference. 





Liz Scheier (Editor) spent four years at the Bantam Dell Publishing Group, and left in early 2004 to join the New American Library, a division of the Penguin Group USA. She acquires mainly science fiction, fantasy, and horror for the Roc imprint, but is also interested in biography, humor, popular culture, and works of GLBT interest. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she studied English literature and thereby rendered herself blissfully unemployable in any other field.




Liz Gorinsky (Editor) is an Assistant Editor at Tor Books, where she edits a list that includes acclaimed fantasy authors Dave Duncan, Cherie Priest, and Jeff VanderMeer. She also assists editors Ellen Datlow, Jim Frenkel, and Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden.
Liz is primarily interested in acquiring books in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. She tends to prefer works that are dark, weird, literary, or genre-bending, have feminist or GBLT interest, or are some combination of the above; but has been known to surprise herself. As an avid fan of theatre and comic books, she is also open to looking at fantastical works in either of those mediums.
Liz came to Tor after studying English, psychology, and computer science at Columbia College in New York City, but she is much more likely to draw on skills learned during a three year stint as president of the Columbia University Science Fiction Society.  She currently lives in Brooklyn with three roommates.



Raelene Gorlinsky (Editor):

I don’t remember a time when I couldn’t read and didn’t have a book in my hands. I was a shy child, so books were my best friends and provided all the excitement and emotion I could want. Romances, fantasies, and cozy mysteries have been my preferred reading since I was a teenager. My favorites these days are paranormal and futuristic romances with a high sensuality level. I’ve got over 3000 books in my home—there are no more walls available to put bookshelves against. Even my “hobbies” involve books—I collect antique dictionaries, illustrated children’s fantasy books, fantasy art books, and fancy bookmarks.


I spent twenty-five years in the information communication profession, as technical writer, editor and manager. I started editing part time for Ellora’s Cave because it was an interesting variation from my day job in a computer department. It’s a lot more fun to work on “He caressed her body with his eyes” than “Key in the serial number and press Enter.” In January 2004 I moved to Ohio to take on the job of Managing Editor at Ellora’s Cave, allowing me to use my organizational, managerial, and editorial skills on a wide variety of projects. My position is now Publisher, and I supervise fifteen editors, deal with over 200 authors, manage our digital releases, still edit several authors of my own, and am enjoying this job more than any other in my life.



Carrie Obry:  Carrie is the Acquisitions Editor for Llewellyn Worldwide.  Llewellyn is over a century old and is the leading New Age Publisher.  Carrie acquires self-help and alternative health projects.


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