THE NEW YORK TIMES
MICHAEL SLACKMAN was named assistant managing editor for International in 2019 and is in charge of the international news report across the newsroom, overseeing Times bureaus around the globe. He was deputy foreign editor from 2011 to 2014, helping oversee all global coverage, with an emphasis on coordinating the Middle East report. Before returning to New York, in May 2011, Michael was a foreign correspondent for The Times for six years. As a correspondent, he most recently was the Berlin bureau chief, a posting that lasted a year. Previously,
he spent eight years based in Egypt, three for The Los Angeles Times and five for The New York Times. During that period he reported from every country in the region, from Morocco to Iran. He covered Iraq before and after the 2003 invasion, and as both a reporter and an editor, he has helped document the tremendous changes sweeping the Arab world. Before going to the Middle East, Michael was the Moscow bureau chief for Newsday for three years, covering the economy and social chaos of post-Soviet Russia and the leadership transition from Yeltsin to Putin (1998-2001). As International Editor, he has overseen teams that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 2017 and in 2020. He was part of the Newsday team that won the Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting in 1997. He is a graduate of Northeastern University.
JULIA MARKUS is the author of five novels including UNCLE which won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Award and four biographies including “Dared and Done. The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning” and her latest “Lady Byron and her Daughters,” shortlisted for the Elma Dangerfield Prize. She is currently working on a Speculative Biography, set in a 19th-century expatriate community in Florence: “The Medium.” She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and two National Endowment for the Humanities
grants and till recently directed the Creative Writing Program at Hofstra University. Her website is juliamarkuswrites.com.
MADELYN BURT joined Stonesong in 2015. She earned her M.A. in Medieval Studies from Fordham University before realizing that her love of stories was what actually drew her to history and deciding she wanted to work in books, not academia. She joined Stonesong shortly after as an assistant and has worked on a variety of projects ranging from adult and children’s fiction to cookbooks, lifestyle, and more. She is now actively building her own list, and looks forward to establishing long-lasting, collaborative relationships with her authors.
Madelyn is currently focused on adult mysteries, crime, and thrillers, although she is interested in both adult and children’s fiction. She is drawn to character-driven stories that feature tight-knit groups and strong friendships, quests and heists, and unique voices. She is also particularly interested in fiction and select nonfiction that is able to make a historical person or period accessible to the modern reader.
LAURIE WALLMARK, award-winning author, writes picture book biographies of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Her books have earned multiple starred trade reviews, been chosen as Junior Library Guild Selections, and received awards such as Outstanding Science Trade Book, Best STEM Book, Crystal Kite Award, Cook Prize Honor, and Parents’ Choice Gold Medal. Her titles published until now are--Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code, Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life, Numbers in Motion, Code
Breaker, Spy Hunter--with others under contract. Laurie has an MFA in Writing from VCFA and is a former software engineer and computer science professor. You can find Laurie on the Web at and @lauriewallmark
CAROL VAN DEN HENDE
AUTHOR AND SPEAKER
CAROL VAN DEN HENDE is the award-winning author of Goodbye, Orchid, a public speaker, and MBA with 20+ years’ experience in marketing, strategy and insights. Plus, she works in chocolate (there’s no ‘sweeter’ job!) Carol is passionate about simplifying marketing concepts into actionable steps that authors need for publishing success. She’s keynoted and presented at conferences like Writer’s Digest, NJ-SCBWI, NJRW, Rutgers Writers’ Conference, Sisters-in-Crime and Women Who Write. Attendees have said about Carol: “clear, articulate, organized speaker
who is both an expert in field and excellent speaker,” “you can feel the love and passion for what you do as much as how knowledgeable you are. I walked away confirming I was on the right path and excited to apply all you have shared and inspired. Thank you so much!” “wish it was all day. Can never get enough of you,” “You inspire me and fire me up every time. I can’t wait to market my book and my why!”
AMY M. READE
AMY M. READE is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Gothic, historical, and cozy mysteries. A former practicing attorney, Amy discovered a passion for fiction writing and has never looked back. She has so far penned thirteen novels, including three standalone Gothic mysteries, the Malice series of Gothic novels, the Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery series, and the Cape May Historical Mystery collection. In addition to writing, she loves to read, cook and travel. You can find out more about Amy on her website at www.amymreade.com.
DORIS PARMETT is an award-winning, national best-selling American author. Her work includes contemporary and romance novels, mysteries, short stories, magazine articles, literary journals, and poetry. Her play, The Scam, a Cautionary Tale was table-read by the Somerset Valley Players in Hillsborough, NJ. She holds a Masters Degree in Science from the University of Southern California. She began her teaching career in Los Angeles, where her students were the first to have their writing displayed at the Los Angeles Airport. She holds five
teaching certifications in the state of New Jersey and has been honored by the New Jersey State Department of Education. As a reading specialist, she served on the Somerset County Executive Board of the International Reading Association. In that capacity, she was instrumental in introducing the Young Author’s Program to this state. She also served on Romance Writers of America, Somerset County Executive Board. Awards include: Holt Medallion, Three awards from the New Jersey Writers Conference, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, and LIES was nominated for Book of the Year. She has also reviewed books for Publishers Weekly. Doris credits her love of reading with her becoming a writer and an educator. “Trouble always seems to find my characters. I must admit they often keep me up at night, but finally knocking some sense into their heads is a lot of fun .”
AGENT, GALLT & ZACKER LITERARY
LINDA CAMACHO is an agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary. She moved over to agenting after holding various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon and Schuster, and Writers House. Linda is looking for MG, YA, and adult fiction across all genres (especially upmarket, women’s fiction/romance, and literary horror). She also has an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a short story in the Bloomsbury anthology Every Body Shines by Cassandra Newbould.
POET AND TEACHER
MARY BRANCACCIO is a poet and a teacher. Her poetry has been published in Edison Literary review, Minerva Rising, Naugatuck River Review, Adanna, Chest and other journals. She has been included in two international anthologies. Her chapbook, Mistress of Buttons and Keys was a finalist in Minerva Rising's "Dare to Be" poetry chapbook contest. Her first book-length collection of poetry, Fierce Geometry, is forthcoming from Get Fresh Books. Her poem, "A Door Ajar" has been selected for the 2021 Moving Words poetry collaboration project with Arts By the People and will be released later this year as an animated short film.
ASSISTANT EDITOR, SCHOLASTIC
JESS HAROLD is an assistant editor at Scholastic where she edits books in a multitude of formats that speak to the vibrant world we live in. She has had the opportunity to work with creators like Kacen Callender, Sonia Manzano, Sharon Flake, and Diane Dillon. A Baltimore native now in Brooklyn, Jess believes deeply in the power of stories to open the world to anyone willing to find it. Find her on Twitter at @jessharold.
EDITOR, HARLEQUIN SPECIAL EDITION
SUSAN LITMAN came to Harlequin in 2002 after spending several years working in film development in New York. She acquires short contemporary romance as an editor for Harlequin Special Edition, also acquiring for other series lines including Romantic Suspense. She also helped launch Harlequin’s suspense serials, Tough Justice and Tough Justice: Countdown, as well as their first sexy serial, Secrets of the A-List. Susan is proud to work with a variety of authors including New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York, award-winning
Brenda Harlen, USA TODAY bestselling author Judy Duarte, and exciting new voices including Mona Shroff, Christy Jeffries and Jennifer D. Bokal, among others. She has a B.A. in Film Studies and Theater and a minor in Developmental Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College and has a cookbook collection that is outgrowing her shelves at an alarming pace. Follow her on Instagram at @NYC_Editor_Life and on Twitter at @susan_litman.