Featured Editors at

the 2018 Agents & Editors Conference

(check back regularly for updates)

 

The 2018 A&E Conference will include editors from a notable list of reputable publishers, large and independent.

 

John Byrd, Cinco Puntos Press

Casey Kittrell, University of Texas Press

Vivian Lee, Little A, Amazon Publishing

James Melia, Flatiron Books

 

 

John Byrd, Cinco Puntos Press

John Byrd is the managing editor of Cinco Puntos Press, which publishes wonderful books from its offices at the center of the universe. (El Paso, Texas, in case your map is out of date.) He lives nearby with his wife and family. Cinco Puntos Press focuses on the U.S. / Mexico border region, the Southwest and Mexico but also ranges out, exploring different possibilities. Notable authors include fiction writers Dagoberto Gilb, Benjamin Alire Saenz, and Rene Perez; nonfiction authors include Gary Cartwright and Beto O'Rourke, and picture book authors/illustrators include Xelena González and Keith D. Shepherd.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Women's, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Graphic Novels

Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography, Memoir

Children's: YA Fiction, YA Nonfiction, MG Fiction, MG Nonfiction, Picture Book, Early Reader

 

Casey Kittrell, University of Texas Press

Casey Kittrell is an editor at the University of Texas Press. He acquires books about food, music, Texas, anthropology, and archaeology for the University of Texas Press. He is co-editor of the anthology Down Time: Great Writers on Diving.

Casey will accept unagented submissions.

 

Actively Seeking

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle

 

 

 

 

Vivian Lee, Little A, Amazon Publishing

Vivian Lee is an editor at Little A, Amazon Publishing's literary fiction and narrative nonfiction imprint. Her list includes Matthew Salesses' The Hundred-Year Flood, Viet Dinh's After Disasters (PEN/Faulkner Finalist), Harold Schechter's Hell's Princess, and Naima Coster's Halsey Street. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in Literary Journalism and from the New School University in New York with a MFA in Creative Writing (Non-Fiction). For Little A, she is interested in language and character-driven literary fiction dealing with relationships and identity. For nonfiction, she is looking for personal memoirs, investigative journalism, and anything in popular science. In both genres, she is interested in the intersection of race/class/gender/ethnicity (etc).

Vivian is accepting unagented submissions only in nonfiction (not memoir). All other submissions will need to be sent through an agent.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays

 

James Melia, Flatiron Books

James Melia previously worked at Doubleday before joining Flatiron Books, where he edits and acquires upmarket commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, and pop culture. Notable books he has edited include The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder (an Entertainment Weekly Summer Must-Read), James Rebanks’s The Shepherd’s Life (which was named one of the top ten books of the year by Michiko Kakutani), and Marc Maron’s Waiting for the Punch. In 2018, James will publish Ron Stallworth’s memoir Black Klansman, the basis for the forthcoming film produced by Jordan Peele and directed by Spike Lee.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays