We're very excited to be joined by three fabulous publishing professionals.

Melissa Jeglinski, Agent, The Knight Agency

A graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English with a writing concentration, Melissa began her career as an editor with Harlequin Enterprises. Looking to work with a variety of authors and genres, she joined The Knight Agency in 2008.

With over two decades of experience in the publishing industry, Melissa has fostered her clients to National prominence. Melissa is seeking projects in the following areas: Romance (contemporary, category, inspirational), Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade and Mystery.

Allison Carroll, Editor, Harlequin (HQN)

Allison Carroll is a Montana transplant who once upon a time packed all her belongings in a U-Haul and drove cross-country to NYC. Her introduction to publishing began at Dorchester Publishing in 2009 and continued at Macmillan’s Heroes and Heartbreakers. Allison joined the Harlequin family in 2012 and counts several New York Times bestselling authors among the writers she works with.

She is diverse looking for stories with humor and heart, a fresh take on small-town romance, and anything across all subgenres with an exciting new twist or underrepresented voice. Make me cry, make me laugh, and make me miss my subway stop.

(Note: Unfortunately, Laura Costello will not be joining us for the cruise as she has moved on from Sourcebooks. Deb Werksman will be taking her place.)

Deb Werksman, Editorial Director, Sourcebooks
Deb Werksman is the Editorial Director of romance fiction and acquires single title romance in all sub-genres. Sourcebooks publishes 6-8 romance titles per month, in print and ebook formats simultaneously. We are the country’s largest woman-owned independent publishing house. We are known for our sales and marketing, as well as our focus on building authors’ careers.

Deb is currently looking for: Single title romance in all sub-genres: paranormal, historical, romantic suspense, contemporary, erotic romance with:
  • A protagonist the reader can relate to
  • A love interest she can fall in love with
  • A world into which the reader can escape
  • A hook we can sell in 2-3 sentences
  • A career arc that we can build for the author (in other words, this book begins a series or begins a career that we can build)

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