Get to Know Editors in Attendance: Erin Calligan Mooney and Laura Van der Veer of Amazon Publishing

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Erin Calligan Mooney is a senior editor with Amazon Publishing — specifically the imprints Little A, and TOPPLE Books.

Erin works with many authors including Ana and Curt Warner, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Jeffrey Gitomer, Natasha Scripture, Kaitlin Ugolik, and Kate Stewart. Erin especially enjoys publishing a spectrum of nonfiction topics and experiences. A Survivor’s Journey: From Victim to Advocate by sexual assault survivor and activist Natasha Alexenko; Chancer: How One Good Boy Saved Another by Donnie Winokur; The Honor Was Mine by military therapist Elizabeth Heaney; and internet running sensation Mirna Valerio’s memoir A Beautiful Work in Progress are just a few of her published titles.

Prior to joining Amazon Publishing in 2015, Erin was an acquisitions editor at Wiley, where she acquired business, lifestyle, education, test prep, and language learning titles for the For Dummies series.

She is seeking: While Erin herself focuses mostly on nonfiction, she will be taking pitches for all of the genres & categories of Little A and TOPPLE Books.

Little A is the literary fiction and nonfiction imprint of Amazon Publishing. From compelling novels to riveting memoirs, Little A publishes thought-provoking titles that challenge and excite.

TOPPLE Books is a new Amazon imprint with Jill Soloway, the writer, filmmaker, and TV creator whose credits include the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Transparent and I Love Dick. Soloway is a prominent activist for LGBTQ representation in the arts as well as one of the founding members of the #TimesUp and #5050by2020 campaigns to eradicate sexual misconduct and gender inequity in the workplace. Building and expanding on that work, TOPPLE Books will spotlight the voices of woman of color, gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer writers.

Screen Shot 2019-04-12 at 5.25.43 PMLaura Van der Veer is an editor for Little A and TOPPLE Books, focusing on narrative nonfiction. She will taking pitches alongside Erin at the conference.

Her titles include Obama: Zoo Nebraska by Carson Vaughan, Undaunted by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, An Oral History by Brian Abrams, You’ve Been So Lucky Already by Alethea Black, as well as the forthcoming titles Prognosis by Sarah Vallance, The Waltham Murders by Susan Zalkind, Eye Wide Open by Peter Gatien, and Exposure by Beth Rodden. Before Little A, she worked for Spiegel & Grau, where she edited Norm Macdonald’s New York Times bestseller Based on a True Story, Abigail Ulman’s Hot Little Hands, and Rob Delaney’s Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.




Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Clelia Gore of Martin Literary Management

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Clelia Gore is a literary agent at Martin Literary Management.

Clelia acquires picture book, middle grade and young adult books. She is particularly interested in developing her nonfiction clientele. With apologies, Clelia is no longer accepting new adult fiction queries at this time.

It was when Clelia first read Charlotte’s Web in the first grade that she got hooked by the magic of books. Her love of children’s books carried through adulthood and she is delighted to dedicate her life to bringing quality books and stories to young (and whimsical adult!) readers.

Clelia is originally from the suburbs of New York City. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Boston College. She received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and practiced law as a corporate litigator in New York City.

In 2011, she decided to dedicate her career to books and reentered graduate school at Emerson College, where she received a master’s degree in Publishing and Writing. While she was studying publishing and taking creative writing courses at Emerson, Clelia gained firsthand experience in the publishing industry working in the children’s book division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and in academic books at Oxford University Press. She also taught academic writing and research courses to freshman students as a graduate student faculty member at Emerson College.

Clelia attends writing and publishing conferences. She also sits on the board of directors for Poetry Northwest magazine. In 2017, she was named one of Publisher’s Weekly Star Watch honorees.


Get to Know an Agent Assistant in Attendance: Rachael Bradley of Speilburg Literary

Screen Shot 2018-11-27 at 10.08.44 PM.pngRachael Bradley is an agent assistant at Speilburg Literary, assisting founding literary agent Alice Speilburg. At the 2019 workshop, Rachael will be attending on Alice’s behalf of hearing pitches for Alice.

Rachael hails from the suburbs of Michigan. She is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received a B.A. in Arts and Humanities and a B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis. Her work with Speilburg Literary Agency has given her an in-depth understanding the publishing world, and she loves getting excited by a new manuscript. She currently lives in Seattle where she reads, writes, and drinks far too much coffee.

About what Alice seeks:

In nonfiction, Alice is looking for authors with established platforms, especially journalists and academics, who are writing cultural narratives, microhistory, and pop science. She’s drawn to nonfiction narratives that weave history and science through memoir, or narratives the focus on the intersection of two – perhaps unlikely – subjects.

In fiction, Alice is looking for character-driven novels that fall under the following genres: historical fiction, mainstream fiction (with elements of fantasy, mystery, and/or horror), fairytale/folklore fantasy, mystery, suspense, and young adult. She loves YA thrillers that weave the teen protagonist’s personal conflict with a mystery, adventure fantasies with fresh and unique magic, and historical fiction that reimagines factual events.


Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Garrett Alwert of Emerald City Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 9.15.19 PM.pngGarrett Alwert is an associate literary agent with Emerald City Literary Agency.

He and the agency represent young adult and middle grade — specifically in the areas of romance, thriller/mystery, magical realism and sci-fi (no kidlit fantasy for him).

Prior to joining Emerald City Literary, Garrett graduated from Washington State University with a degree in business. He played professional baseball and worked as a contractor until he found his true passion in publishing. In 2016 he began interning for Mandy Hubbard then became Agency Assistant before being promoted to Associate Agent. A long-time book lover Garrett can be found reading just about anything he can get his hands on. He is currently co-representing multiple authors alongside co-agent Mandy Hubbard.