Featured Speakers for

the 2017 Agents & Editors Conference

We'll kick off our day on Saturday with a general session (9:00am to 10:00am) open to all conference registrants and featuring a conversation with Carrie Thornton, Editorial Director of Dey Street Books, who has over twenty years of experience in the industry. Carrie will be in conversation with WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver.

If you're attending the conference and would like to submit a question for Carrie ahead of this conversation, please send it via email to becka@writersleague.org with "A Question for Carrie" in the subject line. While we can't promise we'll be able to ask all of the questions we receive ahead of time, we'll do our best to get to as many of your burning questions as we can. Carrie is an industry executive with more than twenty years of experience - she's got an abundance of knowledge to share and we look forward to a lively and informative discussion.



Carrie Thornton, Editorial Director, Dey Street Books

Carrie Thornton joined Dey Street Books in 2011. Prior to joining Dey Street, Carrie was Executive Editor at Dutton Books. She also worked for nearly a decade in various editorial roles at the Crown Publishing Group where she oversaw the Three Rivers Press list and acquired across several imprints. While she currently focuses only on media driven non-fiction publishing, she has edited a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and illustrated books in her career. She has a keen interest in the areas of humor, music and memoir.

Some of her titles include the #1 New York Times bestseller Yes Please by Amy Poehler, the New York Times bestsellers Girl in a Band by artist and Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon, Not My Father’s Son by actor and activist Alan Cumming, My Drunk Kitchen by Youtube personality Hannah Hart, Fast Girl by Suzy Favor Hamilton, Pretty Happy by actress and entrepreneur Kate Hudson, Bare Bones by radio personality Bobby Bones, Rejected Princesses by Pixar effects specialist Jason Porath and Every Little Step by Bobby Brown. Some of her upcoming projects include Pretty Fun by Kate Hudson, We’re Going to Need More Wine by actress and activist Gabrielle Union, Meet Me in the Bathroom by journalist Lizzy Goodman, A New Model by supermodel Ashley Graham, Mean Dads for a Better America by comedian and Fox News Network host Tom Shillue, Being a Dad is Weird by actor and filmmaker Ben Falcone and Sister of Darkness by exorcist Rachel Stavis. Carrie is also the longtime editor of beloved Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield, and has worked with a wide array of talented authors including urban fantasy powerhouse Kelley Armstrong, the editors of The Onion, comedian Jeff Dunham, Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson and bestselling author and podcast superstar Adam Carolla. Carrie is originally from Norfolk, Virginia and is a graduate of The College of William and Mary.