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Meet the Editors: Kerry Vail

Kerry Vail

Entangled Publishing

Kerry holds a BA in English: Writing and Editing with a minor in Classical Studies from NC State University. She has extensive freelance editing experience, and teaches various fiction writing classes at a local college. She is an Associate Editor with Entangled Publishing. In addition to editing, Kerry writes science fiction, romantic fantasy, and paranormal romance.


Meet the Editors: Deb Werksman

Deb Werksman


Deb Werksman, Editorial Manager, acquires single title romance fiction in all subgenres, for Sourcebooks. She has been wildly successful with Jane Austen fiction as well as innovative women’s fiction (give her a fresh new premise!), international authors and historical fiction.  She’s looking for a heroine the reader can relate to, a hero to fall in love with, a world created, and a “hook” that allows her to sell the book in 2-3 sentences.  

Meet the Editors: Wanda Ottewell

Wanda Ottewell


Wanda Ottewell has been with Harlequin Enterprises for more than eleven years. During that time she has acquired for many of the company’s series programs. Now as Senior Editor for Harlequin Superromance she focuses her attention on finding those emotional, heartwarming stories readers want.

Meet the Editors: Latoya Smith

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing the editors, agents, and key speakers for the Moonlight & Magnolias conference. Let’s get this pre-party started!

Latoya Smith

Grand Central Publishing

Associate Editor at Grand Central Publishing, Latoya Smith discovered her passion for book publishing early in her career, while working as an assistant to a NYT bestselling author. Latoya looks for a unique plot, characters she can become enthralled with, great and natural sounding dialogue, and a world—whether contemporary or paranormal—that will suck her in from page one through to the end. Ultimately, she looks for a satisfying reading experience. Latoya is currently acquiring romance of all genres, 8,000 words and up, general fiction, erotica, and women’s fiction.