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Annual LIRW Luncheon

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Attending Editor and Agent Guests HERE

Thanks to Everyone Who Helped Make the

19th Annual
"Shining the Light on Romance"
Agent/Editor Luncheon

A Success!

Special Thanks to Our Keynote Speaker
Leah Hultenschmidt
Editorial Director, Forever & Forever Yours
Grand Central Publishing

Leah Hultenschmidt
Leah Hultenschmidt

Leah Hultenschmidt started her publishing career at age four
at her local library,where she insisted on "helping organize"
the children’s section…by color.

She's currently the Editorial Director of Grand Central Publishing's
Forever and Forever Yours romance lines. Leah works with a number of
New York Times bestselling authors including Jill Shalvis, Jodi Ellen Malpas,
Meredith Wild, Lauren Dane, Katie MacAlister and Carolyn Brown.

Before joining the Hachette family, she worked at Dorchester Publishing
and Sourcebooks. Leah has a particular fondness for dark TV
(Game of Thrones, X-Files, Blacklist, Dr. Who) and light ice cream.
In 2011, she was named Editor of the Year by New York City's RWA chapter.

The Long Island Romance Writers luncheon was her very first conference
many moons ago, and Dawn Thompson and Bertrice Small
will always hold a special place in her heart,
so she's especially thrilled and honored at the invitation
to be the 2016 keynote speaker.


Editor Guests
Tara Gavin -- Executive Editor, Kensington Publishing Corporation
Wendy McCurdy -- Editorial Director, Kensington Publishing Corporation
Carly Silver -- Assistant Editor, Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Elizabeth May -- Editorial Assistant, Kensington Publishing Corp
Deb Werksman -- Sourcebooks
Treva Harte -- EiC, Loose Id
Bette-Lee Fox -- Managing Editor, Library Journal
Lori Perkins -- Publisher, Riverdale Ave Books
Marla Daniels -- Assistant Editor|Gallery Books|Pocket Books|Pocket Star Books
Cat Clyne -- Associate Editor | Sourcebooks, Inc.
Jess Verdi -- Senior Editor | Crimson Romance
Megan Broderick -- Editorial Assistant | Series Editorial, Harlequin

Agents Guests
Shira S. Hoffman -- Director of Subsidiary Rights | McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
Jennifer Udden -- Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC
Louise Fury -- The Bent Agency
Eric W. Ruben, Esq. -- The Ruben Agency
Rebecca Strauss -- DeFiore and Co.
Kate McKean -- Vice-President & Literary Agent | Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc.
Nikki Terpilowski -- Literary Agent | Holloway Literary
Elise Erickson -- Harold Ober Associates Incorporated
Stephany Evans -- President | FinePrint Literary Management


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• Full Refund - request received by April 8, 2016
• Half Refund - request received by April 22, 2016
• No Refund on requests received after April 22, 2016



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