Jami has interned for Entangled publishing, Bree Ogden (while at D4EO), and The Bent Agency. She has experience handling extensive amounts of slush and evaluating hundreds of manuscripts in reports. Her love of books led her to a BA in English. She adores stories with a strong voice no matter the genre, and routinely reads all forms of speculative fiction, romance and erotica, thrillers, mysteries, contemporary (especially dark ones), and pretty much any random novel that transports her to another world. She’s followed the publishing industry for over a decade, though only had the courage to risk a professional move when she upended her life to move cross-country from Texas to Philadelphia in 2012.
Before she started working in publishing, she regularly managed to read 150 books a year. If you count the manuscripts she edits, she probably still does! #Pitchwars adult mentor and #Pitchmadness industry advisor and first reader. Also a giant food nerd, and general geek.
Emmie was a 2015 PitchWars mentor for adult SFF. An avid reader of fantasy and science fiction since they discovered The Chronicles of Prydain, Emmie enjoys reading the whole gamut of SFF/speculative fiction and is a sucker for powerful voices, bittersweet endings, and moral grey areas. They also love reading sex-positive erotica and romance to get her HEA fix. Emmie is an active SFWA member and the author of the Shrike series and the Ayala Storme series. They are still flailing due to Amber Benson (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) being the Ayala Storme audiobook narrator. Emmie has read everything from the Babysitter’s Club to Nabakov’s Invitation to a Beheading. They have also read Pride and Prejudice in Polish.
Emmie Mears writes the books they always needed to read about characters they wish they could be. Emmie is multilingual, autistic, agender, and a bad pescetarian.
Emmie makes their home with two cats in Glasgow, Scotland and hopes to keep it that way. They also tweet under their legal name (Evan Matyas) and write in Gaelic under the name Maighea Eòghann MacGriogair. They have written over fifteen novels, many more short stories, and their fiction and non-fiction can be found on Writer’s Digest, Terrible Minds, and soon, Tor.com. Their screenwriting and acting debut will happen in 2019 with the short Gaelic and Welsh film, Ach ‘s e drochaid a th’ ann an cànan, so it’s safe to say they keep busy.
KT Hanna has such a love for words, a single one can spark entire worlds.
Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically designed to kill you.
KT creates science-fiction, fantasy, and LitRPG like it’s going out of style, with a dash of horror for fun! She freelance edits for Chimera Editing, plays computer games, and chases her daughter, husband, corgis, cats, and snake.
No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, Chipotle, and sarcasm.
Note: She is still searching for her Tardis.
Kaelan Rhywiol was born and raised in the Adirondack mountains of Upstate NY, US. Xie went to university to be an English teacher, but ended up with a degree in Bioanthropology and Forensics Chemistry, and minors in English Literature and Creative Writing. Xie worked as a crime scene tech before going back to school to get a Master’s in Education and World History. Xie currently lives in Southern Ontario, Canada with xyr partner of 20 years, their two kids, three cats and a grumpy chinchilla. Xie is an authenticity/sensitivity reader for autism, rape survival, mixed-race rep, polyamory, kink, chronic pain, and mental illness among other things.
Kaelan works as a freelance editor for both small, independent presses and private clients in association with Chimera Edits. When xie isn’t working, xyr hobbies include spinning fiber on a spinning wheel, gaming, cooking/baking, and making handmade jewelry.