2024 WWW Conference Editors & Agents

Editors

Bridget Barry

Bridget Barry is Editor in Chief at the University of Nebraska Press (UNP). She holds an MA in history from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and has worked in the acquisitions department at UNP since 2005. Bridget’s acquiring areas include the history and culture of the American West for both trade and scholarly audiences. Her academic work has focused on environmental history and the American West. 

Casey W. Cowan

President & Chief Executive Officer, Oghma Communications
Creative Director, Roan & Weatherford Publishing Associates
Co-Founder & Art Director, Saddlebag Dispatches Magazine

Casey W. Cowan has worked in the journalism and literary fields for nearly thirty years as a graphic designer, reporter, and publisher. In 2013, he co-founded Oghma Communications, which, through its subsidiary, Roan & Weatherford Publishing Associates, has become a mid-sized independent publisher of genre fiction and nonfiction. The following year, in partnership with the late Dusty Richards, he also co-founded Saddlebag Dispatches, an award-winning magazine featuring original fiction, poetry, history, interviews, and articles dedicated to the American West. When he’s not working, Casey enjoys reading, writing, travel, music, catching up with his six adult children, indulging his five young grandchildren, and sharing his crazy life with his always-supportive wife, Amy.

Jade Hui

Jade Hui is an assistant editor at Atria Books, acquiring literary and upmarket book club fiction. She is drawn to stories with strong messages, featuring vibrant characters and atmospheric writing styles. Some of her authors include Emily Austin (Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead and Interesting Facts About Space), C. Michelle Lindley (The Nude), Harold Rogers (Tropicàlia), Warona Jay (The Grand Scheme of Things). She has also worked on the bestselling novels Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle, None of This is True by Lisa Jewell, The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry, The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, and The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford. Jade previously worked at WME and Vice Media, and holds a BA in English and Sociology from Connecticut College. 

Liv Turner

Olivia Turner (Liv) is an Assistant Editor at Sourcebooks who is actively acquiring adult fiction and nonfiction for the imprints Landmark, Poisoned Pen Press, and Sourcebooks Nonfiction. Before going into publishing, Liv was a Barnes and Noble Bookseller, and earned her Master’s in English at Loyola University Chicago. When she isn’t reading, she’s most likely hiking or snuggling with her pug, Mr. Bean. Though her interests are broad, she’s looking for commercial and upmarket fiction that blends lush prose and intricate character work with a gripping plot. She has a keen interest in commercial fantasy and horror, coming-of-age, literary suspense, and genre bending fiction. For nonfiction, she is looking for narrative nonfiction in the “big ideas” category – and is particularly drawn to works about climate, environment, and wildlife. She is not currently looking for children’s or YA, poetry, high sci-fi/fantasy, memoir, or romance. 

Agents

Chelsey Emmelhainz

Chelsey Emmelhainz joined Copps Literary Services in 2021 after a decade as a trade publishing editor in NYC. With a background in genres ranging from erotica to political science, she’s now focused on building a highly selective list of pacey, voice-driven adult fiction and nonfiction. As an editorial agent, she enjoys helping authors elevate their work through a collaborative revision process designed to best position their books for success. While lucky enough to have worked with authors at all stages of their careers, Chelsey has a special affinity for those just starting out and seeks to create a lasting partnership in service of helping authors achieve their career goals. She is seeking upmarket mystery, suspense, horror, and commercial fiction, and nonfiction exploring unknown history, social sciences, linguistics, gender and sexuality, and more. Regardless of genre, she is always looking for authentic storytelling and the opportunity to elevate diverse voices.

Becky LeJeune

Becky LeJeune is an agent at Bond Literary Agency, a Denver-based agency run by Sandra Bond. Prior to joining the agency, Becky spent time working as a bookseller, a freelance cookbook editor, and an acquisitions editor for a small, regional press. She is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute. Becky is interested in cookbooks and YA and adult submissions in the following genres: horror, mystery/suspense/thriller, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and general fiction. She enjoys plot driven narratives with unique settings, strong world building, and well-developed characters.  

Elisa Saphier

Elisa Saphier is an agent with MacGregor & Luedeke Literary, based in Portland, OR. Having gotten hooked on Nancy Drew books in the third grade, she thought maybe she’d be a writer (and tried with some pretty bad poetry), but she also knew that no matter what, she wanted to be around books, words, and writing. She has worked in four bookstores, and owned one, Another Read Through, where she quickly became known as a champion of local writers and local small publishers, and as a community builder. She believes that books and writers have important things to say, and she wants to help writers get their work out there, and for readers to find them. As a reader and as an agent, she is partial to character-heavy stories that tell her something about herself or the world around her. She is hoping specifically to represent marginalized writers and their stories, doing her small part toward equalizing the publishing playing field. She is almost never interested in religious or experimental writing, but is otherwise open to being won over by just about any piece of excellent writing. 

Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli

Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli began her career in the contracts department of New American Library in 1971 and became an agent in November, 1973. In 1975, she and then-husband Jim Trupin founded JET Literary Associates, Inc. in New York. As of 2002, their offices relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Vienna, Austria. JET has had great success in the suspense market, most recently with Anne Hillerman’s continuation of her father’s mystery series and the development of Dark Winds, AMC TV’s series based on that body of work. Liz is also actively looking for commercial and literary adult fiction and non-fiction. She does not handle sci-fi/fantasy, poetry, how-to books, memoir or material for the children’s or YA markets.