Kate Brauning: (lead blogger for YA Stands)
Where to find Kate: Twitter, Website
Julia Weber: Julia is a cardigan-wearing literary agent with a — sometimes unhealthy — love for books, sports, coffee, cake, romance, and eye candy. She's a right-handed left-handed, hates the sound a pencil makes on paper, always (ALWAYS) has random numbers flying around her head, and her favourite pizza topping is a combo of pineapple and black olives… just in case you were wondering. While based in Germany, Julia's open to international submissions, and is looking for MG, YA, NA, Women's Fiction, Romance, and Thrillers. Julia is always on the look-out for new clients, but also extremely picky, so make sure your query and manuscript are the best they can be before querying."
Where to find Julia: Website, Twitter
River: Nicole is a reader,
writer, failed vegan, and doing her BA in Creative Writing (shocker!) She loves
all kinds of dark, edgy YA, but especially horror and anything with a
speculative bent. She's represented by Rebecca Strauss of DeFiore and Company,
and is currently working on an edgy YA horror WIP.
Amy Giuffrida: By day, Amy is a middle school language arts teacher who has embraced her inner teen by obsessively reading YA and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes. At night, she battles her inner demons by blogging and writing contemporary YA. Although she has nothing published to date, there are stories yet to be told. Where to find Amy: website, Twitter
Dannie Morin: Dannie is an addictions therapist with a writing problem. She fanatically writes YA and NA contemporary and fantasy in between diaper changes and freelance editing. Dannie is a fan of all things Boston and an official unofficial Disney princess. Dannie is represented by the amazing Thao Le of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Where to find Dannie: Blog, Twitter, Facebook
Chanel Cleeton: Chanel writes New Adult contemporary romance and Young Adult thrillers. HerNew adult debut, I SEE LONDON, will be released by Harlequin (HQN) in January 2014, followed by a sequel later in the year. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, Chanel is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband. Chanel loves to travel and is currently living an adventure in South Korea. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Where to find Chanel: Website, Twitter, Facebook
Jolene Haley: An admin intern for Entangled Publishing, Jolene lives and breathes YA literature. She has a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton and black belt in being awesome. If she's not reading or writing, you can find her feeding her coffee addiction, wishing for fall, or impatiently waiting for her Hogwart's acceptance letter. Books: Bump in the Night (currently seeking representation).
Where to find Jolene: website, Twitter
The Book Critic: The Book Critic is a fifteen-year-old anonymous blogger who, although still in school, has been trying to write a book since she was ten. She hasn't published a best seller (yet), but instead has focused on creating a blog that not only encourages young adults to read but tries to help with their confidence too. Where to find The Book Critic: Twitter, Blog
Tonya Kuper: Tonya Kuper is the promotions manager and a literary intern for The Seymour Agency, holds an MS in Reading Education K12, and writes young adult fiction (contemporary & urban fantasy). Books: Haute Mess (status: seeking representation). Where to find Tonya: Website, Twitter, Facebook Agent: Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency
Kristen Jett: By day Kristen works in marketing, often helping indie authors build a brand. By night (often the wee hours!), Kristen writes YA fiction (dystopian and edgy contemporary). Her dystopian series is set to be sent out on submission early 2013. Kristen's first love has always been the Hardy Boys--Joe Hardy is her Mr. Darcy. Where to find Kristen: Website, Twitter
Kiersi Burkhart: Kiersi writes fantasy like other people breathe oxygen, and when she isn't writing she participates in epic video game battle. Her first young adult book, THE DEVIL'S FIRE, comes out this August. She lives in the writer haven of Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend, a prickly cat, and four pet frogs. Where to find Kiersi: Twitter, Website
Eliza Tilton: Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she's not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, she's writing. Her YA stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there's always a hot romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids, and one very snuggly pit bull. Books: Broken Forest (Curiosity Quills Press, May 2013). Where to find Eliza: Twitter, Facebook, web site
Jessica Ward: Jessica is a wordaholic and devours anything writing-based. Lyrics, poems, books--you name it. By day she is a digital marketer, coaching clients through the tangled web of the internets. By night, she furiously scribbles on her latest WIP, which is usually YA or NA (contemporary, urban fantasy and sci-fi). Books: Keep Your Eyes on Me (status: work-in-progress). Where to find Jessica: Website, Twitter, Facebook
Joshua David Bellin: Josh is a college teacher, husband, and dad whose debut, the YA sci-fi Survival Colony Nine, comes out in fall 2014. His agent, Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency, loves his stuff but has to keep reminding him to curb his unfortunate tendency toward the prolix. Josh has a number of short stories floating around out there, many of them published, most of them under his erstwhile pen name of J. David Bell.