We are proud to present...Nalini Akolekar with Spencerhill Associates ltd.
Nalini Akolekar joined Spencerhill Associates after a lengthy editorial career and several years in advertising sales. Agenting has provided the perfect opportunity to combine her editorial instincts with her sales, marketing, and business experience.
Nalini currently represents several bestselling authors and has placed books with a wide range of publishers, from the Big Six to Amazon, Harlequin, indies, and e-first. Nalini specializes in romance and women’s fiction in the adult market, but she also loves a good thriller.
Beth Campbell with Bookends LLC
After an undergraduate career filled with publishing internships, Beth joined BookEnds as a literary assistant in September 2012. In addition to managing the office, she is constantly occupied with building her client list and working with existing BookEnds authors as the company's rights coordinator.
Beth's obsession with books began with a distinct fantasy flavor when she was in elementary school, and she's happily never kicked the genre. Although she has less free time to read now, she still loves to devour fantasy, YA, and sci-fi novels whenever she has a spare moment. Other areas of interest include romantic suspense, women's fiction, and cozy mysteries.
Beth currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and a handful of cats. Outside of reading, her personal hobbies include drawing, cooking, gaming, and spending far too much time on the Internet.
And my current acquiring interests: urban fantasy, soft or dystopian science fiction, YA and NA, suspense, romance (particularly sharp Regencies and smart contemporaries), and women's fiction.
Leah Hultenschmidt with Grand Central Publishing
Leah Hultenschmidt is the Editorial Director of the Forever and Forever Yours romance lines at Grand Central Publishing, overseeing nearly 200 titles a year. Leah has worked with a number of New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, including Jill Shalvis, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Rebecca Donovan, Tiffany Snow, Katie MacAlister, Lauren Dane, Julie Ann Walker, and Jennifer Ashley. She’s currently looking for great storytellers in romantic suspense, contemporary, historical (especially Highlanders), and New Adult. She has a particular fondness for dark TV (Game of Thrones, American Horror Story, Hannibal, Ripper Street) and light ice cream. In 2011, she was named Editor of the Year by New York’s RWA chapter.
Peter Senftleben with Kensington Books
Peter Senftleben is an associate editor at Kensington Books, where he is building his own varied and distinguished list. He joined Kensington in 2006 after sharpening his editorial skills and red pencil while working at literary agencies. A graduate of Tulane University with a degree in chemical engineering and math (yes, math), Peter occasionally indulges the numbers side of his brain with a challenging Sudoku puzzle or by baking, but he can more often be seen watching trashy television shows. You can follow him on Twitter at @gr8thepeter.
Peter is currently acquiring many types of fiction; his interests include: mainstream and women’s fiction, all subgenres of romance, gay fiction, mysteries, thrillers, psychological or domestic suspense, upmarket horror, and “new adult” novels with original themes. Peter is often drawn to quirky, offbeat projects with distinctive voices, stunning writing, realistic characters, and stories that will make him LOL (literally), cry in public, scare the bejeezus out of him, or engage him so deeply that he skips meals. He does not want to see anything with terrorists of any kind.
Deb Werksman with Sourcebooks
Deb Werksman has been Sourcebooks for the past fifteen years, before which she had her own publishing company. She is the editorial director of romance fiction and acquires single title romance in all subgenres, as well as historical and women's fiction. Sourcebooks publishes 8-10 romance titles per month, in print and ebook formats simultaneously. is the country's largest woman-owned independent publishing house. We're known for our sales and marketing, as well as our focus on building authors' careers.
Currently acquiring: Single title romance in all subgenres (paranormal, historical, romantic suspense, erotic romance and contemporary romance)
· 90,000 words
· Prefer multi-book deals
· Editorial criteria:
A heroine the reader can relate to
A hero she can fall in love with
A world gets created
A hook we can sell with in 2-3 sentences
The author is interested in career development and building her brand