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Annual LIRW Luncheon

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The LIRW is Pleased to Announce Our

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

We Are Pleased to Announce as Our Keynote Speaker
Leah Hultenschmidt
Editorial Director, Forever & Forever Yours
Grand Central Publishing

Friday, May 6, 2016
Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Fox Hollow
7755 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY, USA 11797
Phone (516) 921-1415
Once again in the beautiful Somerley Room

$65, $55 for LIRW members

Join agents, editors and writers from all over the Tri-State area for an elegant afternoon of networking, informal pitches, and up to the minute market information.
We look forward to seeing you!

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

Agents Guests
Linda Camacho -- Literary Agent | Prospect Agency, LLC
Shira S. Hoffman -- Director of Subsidiary Rights | McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
Jennifer Udden -- Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC
Jim McCarthy -- Vice-President, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
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.


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