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Carin Siegfried was an editor at Thomas Dunne Books at St. Martin’s Press (MacMillan). One of her acquisitions was a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection and another became New York Times bestseller.  

In 2009 Carin founded the Charlotte chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. She is currently the WNBA National Vice-President/President-Elect. She is excited to return to her first love—editing.

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Betsy Thorpe worked as an editor at many of the top publishing houses in New York, including Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and John Wiley & Sons, as an acquisitions and developmental editor. Since leaving New York, she has co-written four books, three of which have been featured in the New York Times. She edits and consults for those interested in pursuing either traditional or self-publishing.

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Emily Smith Pearce is the author of a middle grade novel, Isabel and the Miracle Baby, and an early reader, Slowpoke, both published by Boyds Mills Press. She holds an M.F. A. in Writing for Children from Vermont College.

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Lisa Williams Kline is the author of eight novels for young people, including Eleanor Hill, winner of the NC Juvenile Literature Award, Write Before Your Eyes, from Delacorte Press, and the Sisters in All Seasons series from Zondervan.

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Linda Vigen Phillips is the author of a YA novel in verse, coming from William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company in 2014. She is represented by Julia Kenny at the Markson Thoma Agency.

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Quinlan Lee brings to Adams Literary her experience as a published author of numerous books for young readers. She has been a part of the Adams Literary team since 2008, representing clients in all genres from picture books to YA. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a founding board member of the Charlotte Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA).

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