Stacey Barney (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

An Executive Editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR, Stacey has edited the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, Firebird by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers, as well as Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter. She has also edited award-winning authors Kristin Levine, Tara Sullivan, as well as New York Times bestsellers The Reader by Traci Chee and Happy by Pharrell Williams.

LOOKING FOR:  literary-commercial Middle Grade and Young Adult and select picture books and nonfiction. Not currently acquiring science fiction.

Faith Black Ross (Crooked Lane Books)

Senior Editor Faith Black Ross has been with Crooked Lane Books for the past year and a half after more than a decade in publishing. Previously she handled mysteries and historical fiction for the Berkley Publishing Group (Penguin Random House). She’s looking for traditional mysteries and cozies of all shapes and sizes, historical and international mysteries, amateur and female sleuths, as well as thrillers, particularly those of a psychological, suspenseful, and/or historical variety. She is particularly interested in mystery projects with strong voices, precocious protagonists, and a touch of humor–dark humor included.


Rachel Diebel (St. Martin’s Press)

Rachel Diebel (St. Martin’s Press) is an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she works on bestselling authors like Kristin Hannah and the Instagram poet Atticus, and acquires young adult and women’s fiction. She holds a Masters in Publishing from Pace University. Rachel is originally from the Pacific Northwest and now lives in Brooklyn.

I am interested in acquiring young adult novels across most genres, but I have a particular love for contemporary stories with a compelling hook and an emphasis on queer and own voices narratives, friendships, and found families. I also love historical fiction and fantasy (particularly contemporary fantasy/magical realism) that stands out from the crowd. I’m drawn to unique voices, character-driven narratives, and badass women in any genre.

In adult fiction, I am interested in upmarket women’s fiction, contemporary or historical, featuring compelling female leads and, again, diverse voices. I am also on the lookout for smart, funny trade paperback original romantic comedies in the vein of THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne or ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by Josie Silver. Writing/voice and character are always key for me!

Tom Hoeler (Del Rey)

Tom is an associate editor at Del Rey Books, a science-fiction/fantasy imprint of Penguin Random House. Since 2014, Tom has worked across a wide spectrum of projects and authors within the genre. Currently, he focuses on a variety of pop culture brands on licensed book programs from Star Wars, Blizzard Entertainment, Stranger Things, Wizards of the Coast, and more. He’s an avid reader of science fiction, space opera, and all facets of fantasy publishing.

LOOKING FOR: Vibrant new voices to the SF/F.