Liz Stein is editor of Mira, where she acquires literary and commercial fiction. Prior to joining Harlequin/HarperCollins in 2015, Liz worked for seven years at Penguin Random House, serving there most recently as Associate Editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, where she published fiction and nonfiction titles. Previously, Liz worked alongside Amy Einhorn at her eponymous imprint with such New York Times-bestselling authors as Kathryn Stockett, Sarah Blake, Liane Moriarty, Jenny Lawson, Neil Pasricha, David Gillham, and MO Walsh. Liz seeks novels that are beautifully written with a strong narrative voice and have interesting, memorable characters. She enjoys both contemporary and historical settings, and has a soft spot for unreliable narrators, stories with a multicultural appeal, quirky characters, domestic drama, coming-of-age tales, stories about the immigrant experience, and high concept fiction that will resonate with book clubs. Mira, an imprint of the Harlequin/HarperCollins group, publishes an exclusive list of upmarket fiction and has a unique strength in breaking out debut authors as well as building and branding established authors.
Kat Brzozowski is an editor at Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin’s Press. She started her publishing career interning at Foundry Literary + Media, Writers House, and the Maria Carvainis Agency. She is interested in adult fiction in the areas of mystery and non-fiction (lifestyle, pop culture, and memoir are her favorites, and she’s particularly looking for non-fiction for women 20-40), and she’s looking to build her women’s fiction list as well. She’s interested in suspenseful women’s fiction in the vein of Jodi Picoult, as well as lighter fare we used to call “chick lit”J. In addition, Kat is eager to acquire young adult fiction across a wide range of genres, especially contemporary, realistic YA with a strong hook; dark, contemporary fiction (that’s not too issues-y), mysteries, suspense, and thrillers; horror; and sci-fi that’s mostly rooted in this world.
Peter Hubbard is Executive Editor at William Morrow/HarperCollins in New York. He publishes serious nonfiction, including history, science, memoir, philosophy, and sports. Peter acquired and edited Chris Kyle’s American Sniper, which has sold five million copies and became the source of the top-grossing war movie of all time, Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award-winner starring Bradley Cooper. He has worked on more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers, and oversees such backlist classics as Brave New World, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and The Gulag Archipelago. A native of Washington, DC, and graduate of the University of Chicago, Peter lives in Manhattan.
Mark Hummel is a novelist, essayist, editor, and writing teacher. His work has regularly appeared in a variety of literary journals including The Bloomsbury Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Talking River Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, and Zone 3. He is the author of the novel In the Chameleon’s Shadow and the story collection Lost and Found and is the editor of the nonfiction magazine bioStories. He lives in Montana’s Flathead Valley.