Kelly Van Sant (Agent, Red Sofa Literary Agency):
Kelly Van Sant has nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She cut her teeth in New York working at esteemed literary agencies such as Writers House and Harold Ober Associates, where she developed an eye for emotionally resonant stories, honed her editorial skills, and soon grew adept at contract vetting. She quickly gained expertise in subsidiary rights management, with focuses on audio and foreign rights and permissions.
Kelly joined Llewellyn Worldwide as their Contracts Manager and then moved to Quarto Publishing Group USA where she led the contract department. She has worked as a freelance editor with various publishers and is a teaching artist at the Loft Literary Center. She also blogs about writing and the publishing industry at Pub(lishing) Crawl and co-hosts their weekly podcast.
Kelly is now an agent at Red Sofa Literary Agency and is actively building her client list. You can learn more about her and what she's looking for on website Pen & Parsley or on twitter @bookishchick.
Lisa Mangum (Editor, Shadow Mountain, Deseret Book):
Lisa Mangum has worked in the publishing industry since 1997. She is currently the Managing Editor for Shadow Mountain Publishing and has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors, including Ally Condie, Brandon Mull, James Dashner, and Jason F. Wright. While fiction is her first love, she also has experience working with nonfiction projects (memoir, educational, cookbooks, etc.) and some children’s picture books.
Lisa is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello) as well as several short stories and novellas. She has also edited four anthologies about magical creatures. She graduated with honors from the University of Utah, and currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.
Kristy Hunter (Agent, The Knight Agency):
As a graduate of Vanderbilt University and The Columbia Publishing Course, Kristy Hunter began her publishing career in New York City—first as an editorial intern at Bloomsbury Children’s Books and then as a book publicist at Grove/Atlantic and Random House Children’s Books. In 2014, she joined The Knight Agency. As an associate agent, Kristy enjoys being able to bring a unique perspective to her clients thanks to her diverse publishing background.
Currently, Kristy is looking to add new talent to her list. She loves voice-driven stories, strong characters, and being surprised by the unexpected. As a result, she is open to most genres but is specifically looking for strong women’s fiction with book club appeal, literary fiction, historical fiction, romance (and all subgenres of romance), suspense, young adult, and middle grade. Books that feature a diverse cast of characters are always at the top of her list and she’d love to see even more own-voices projects in her inbox.
Kami Hancock (Editor, Covenant Communications):
Experienced in editing and advertorial and web content writing, Kami Hancock collaborated with a select team to launch a veterinary journal publication and online therapeutics database. She then joined Covenant Communications as an editor and loves being immersed in stories.