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Andrea Walker is a senior editor at The Penguin Press, acquiring fiction and narrative nonfiction. Previously she worked as an editor at Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown, and for five years in The New Yorker magazine’s Books department. During her time at Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown she acquired the debut novels The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, and The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. Both books were New York Times Bestsellers, Barnes and Noble Discover picks, Waterstones 11 selections, and both had rights sold in over 20 countries. She also acquired the story collection The Book of Life by Stuart Nadler, who was chosen as an NBA 5 Under 35 Writer. Her acquisitions since joining the Penguin Press include a story collection by the writer Phil Klay; debut novels from writers Elliott Holt, Patrick Ness, Fatima Bhutto, and Celeste Ng; and memoirs from the writers Emily Rapp and Betty Halbreich.
Allison Lorentzen is a Senior Editor at Viking Penguin, where she edits literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Her recent and upcoming titles include the debut novels The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian, A Map of Tulsa by Benjamin Lytal, and Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain. She is proud to publish Orange Prize finalist Monique Roffey, whose latest novel is Archipelago. Before coming to Viking Penguin, Allison worked at HarperCollins. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and a founding editor of n+1 magazine.
As an Assistant Editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, Sara Sargent acquires picture books through YA and works with seasoned New York Times bestselling authors Candace Bushnell, Mo Willems, and Doreen Cronin as well as exciting debut authors Sangu Mandanna and Rosamund Hodge. Before joining Harper, Sara worked at the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency, Disney/Hyperion, and Miramax Books. She is particularly interested in middle grade and YA fiction in the following genres: contemporary realism, fantasy, fairy-tale reimagining, and psychological thriller. Her favorite books include 13 Reasons Why, The Summer I Turned Pretty, and Before I Fall. You can find Sara on Twitter @Sara_Sargent.
Mark Hummel's fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals including The Bloomsbury Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Talking River Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, and Zone 3. He spent twenty years teaching fiction and essay writing in college classrooms, directing writing programs, and administrating a writers’ conference. Hummel is the editor of the online nonfiction magazine bioStories (www.biostories.com). An adjunct faculty member at Journeys School in Jackson, WY, his current writing is focused on novel length fiction.
Sheree Bykofsky, through Sheree Bykofsky Associates Inc., represents over 100 book authors in all areas of adult non-fiction as well as literary and commercial fiction. Among Sheree's non-fiction clients are Taro Gold, Jane Eldershaw, Bill Walsh, Margo Perin, Albert Ellis, John Carpenter (first millionaire on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"), Bill Baker (President of Channel 13, PBS in NYC), Supermodel Roshumba, and Richard Roeper (of Ebert and Roeper). In the area of fiction, Sheree's clients include Donna Anders and Leslie Rule. She is also the author, co-author, and editor of more than twenty books. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, now in its fifth edition, continues to get rave reviews from readers everywhere.