We're delighted to announce that New York book editor Laura Tisdel will be joining our roster of agents and editors available for publishing consultations at the conference with participants. We now have two agents available--Kit Ward and Emma Sweeney--as well as three editors: Laura, along with Lee Byrd and Bobby Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press. Here's some background on Laura--we can't wait to see her, and all of you, in a few weeks!
Laura Tisdel is an Associate Editor for Viking, Penguin, and Plume Books. She seeks to acquire up-market women’s fiction titles, and is drawn to especially spirited and tough female heroines and novels with a strong sense of place and cultural rooting. She’s also on the look out for playful literary novels that bend the boundaries of genre, incorporate magical twists, or hinge on original or conceptual plotting—without sacrificing the authenticity or heart of the characters. She is proud to have contributed to the publication of Ron Currie Jr’s fiction as well as City of Thieves by David Benioff. Her projects include The Sea Captain’s Wife by award-winning Canadian author Beth Powning, the forthcoming debut Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea by Maine native Morgan Callan Rogers, and The Magician King by Lev Grossman, the sequel to his bestselling novel The Magicians, which Viking published in 2009. She lives in Brooklyn and is a graduate of Michigan State University.