Mike Braff is an editor at Del Rey Books, a science fiction and fantasy imprint of the world’s largest English-language trade book publisher, Penguin Random House. Perhaps best known for his work on Pierce Brown’s #1 New York Times Bestselling Red Rising Trilogy, Mike has edited and published critically acclaimed works by Jason M. Hough, Indra Das, Sylvain Neuvel, Alan Smale, Ted Kosmatka, and Matthew Stover. Raised on a steady diet of Tolkien, Crichton, King, Miéville, and Star Wars, he is searching for commercial science fiction and fantasy that appeals both to casual and core genre readers. Born and raised in the New York metro area and educated in Montréal (McGill University, B.A. 2007), Mike now spends his days in Brooklyn, NY with his rescued pit bull Ruby–photos of whom will be provided in abundance upon request.
Kate is a senior acquiring editor at Entangled Publishing and an author of young adult fiction (How We Fall, Merit Press). Kate acquires YA, NA, and adult fiction across Entangled’s imprints. She’s especially interested in funny/charming or dark YA, and high-concept stories with literary writing, regardless of genre. In adult fiction, she’s looking for small-town or community-driven romances with clever or hilarious meet-cutes, and romance-driven women’s fiction. Authors Kate has worked with include Lydia Kang, Ingrid Paulson, Julie Hammerle, Tristina Wright, Erica Cameron, MK Meredith, and Golden Heart finalist Kimberly Bell.
In her spare time, she makes three-tier cakes, hunts down new music, and reads just about everything. Kate can be found on Twitter (@KateBrauning) and runs the group publishing blog Publishing Hub.
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Cheryl Klein is the editorial director at Lee & Low Books. She spent the first sixteen years of her career at Scholastic, where she edited and published books for children, teenagers, and discerning adults. She is also the author of The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults (W. W. Norton) and Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults (self-published). She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and cat, and can be found online here and as @chavelaque.
Esi Sogah joined Kensington Publishing in January 2013 as a Senior Editor, working with such authors as Sally MacKenzie, Jennifer Dawson, Christine d’Abo, and Dana Bate. She is looking to acquire mainly romance, mystery, and commercial fiction. Prior to Kensington, Esi worked at William Morrow & Avon, helping to launch the Avon Impulse digital-first imprint. When not reading or editing, you can find her on Twitter at @esisogah, usually dissecting a Broadway show, or at @Kensingtonbooks. You can also find her on facebook.com/kensingtonpublishing, Instagram.com/esogah or Instagram.com/kensingtonbooks