JOANNA CÁRDENAS

JOANNA CÁRDENAS

  SARACIEA J. FENNELL

SARACIEA J. FENNELL

 
  NANCY E. MERCADO

NANCY E. MERCADO

Founder

NORA de HOYOS COMSTOCK, Ph.D. is the national and international founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas. She has served as the organization’s President and CEO since it’s founding in 2000. She retired from this role in May 2015 and is now re-inventing herself. She is a key player in the Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club and the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, along with founders, Adriana Dominguez and Marcela Landres.  nora.comstock@gmail.com


Steering Committee

JOANNA CÁRDENAS  is an editor at Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House dedicated to centering stories from the margins. She acquires and edits picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and YA (including graphic novels). Joanna Cárdenas has edited such critically-acclaimed award-winning books as Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Tim Miller; The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez; and The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya. Joanna also is co-founder of the Representation Matters Mentorship Program for aspiring editors of color. Follow her @joannananamc / pinterest.com/jomariecardenas

SARACIEA J. FENNELL is a publicist in the publishing industry. She’s worked with many award winning and New York Times bestselling authors like Daniel José Older, Tui T. Sutherland, Peter Sís, Javaka Steptoe, Jerry Pinkney, Kass Morgan, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Chris Colfer, Deborah Wiles, and many more. She is passionate about books, and devours anything sci-fi/fantasy-related in books, TV and movies. You can find her somewhere in NYC boxing or practicing yoga in the next up and coming studio. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, but will always rep the Bronx. @sj_fennell; Instagram: sj_fennell 

NANCY E. MERCADO is an editorial director at Scholastic Press where she works on chapter books, middle grade, and young adult novels, with an occasional picture book, non-fiction project, or graphic novel thrown into the mix for good measure. Nancy’s had the good fortune of editing books by Paul Acampora, Cecil Castellucci, Veronica Chambers, Tommy Greenwald, Paul Griffin, Caragh O’Brien, Isabel Quintero, Peter Raymundo, Lauren Tarshis, and many, many others. When not editing, Nancy is exploring the Brooklyn playground scene and spending way too much time on Twitter.  @nanmercado

NADXIELI NIETO is an editor, art director, and publishing consultant of Zapotec/Mexican descent. She is the former managing editor of the award-winning literary fiction annual NOON and editor of several illustrated anthologies including, most recently,Gigantic Worlds (Gigantic Books, 2015) and Tiny Crimes: Flash Noir (forthcoming, Black Balloon/Catapult, Spring 2018). She teaches in the Publishing Certificate Program at CCNY, which was founded by Walter Mosley to address the lack of diversity in publishing.  @nadxinieto

MARIA C. FERRER is the Media Relations Coordinator for the Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club, whose mission is to connect Latinos worldwide through literature. Maria has been a Comadre for 10 years, and is thankful to have found a group of strong, like-minded Latina women who come together in sisterhood and friendship and, best of all, are all readers!  She is also the Founder of The Latina Book Club; Past President of the Romance Writers of America / New York City; and a current member of REFORMA. Maria lives in New York City, where she works as a meeting planner. @MariaFerrerNYC, @ReadLatinoLit @latinabookclub   www.latinolit.comwww.latinabookclub.com


Meet Some of Our Members

JULIA ABRANTES is the Literary Relations Coordinator for the Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club. She is also one of the faciltators of the NYC chapter of Las Comadres Para Las Americas. A lover of all genres of literature, she is particularly inspired to promote works by Latinos. By day, she’s a legal secretary, prior to her current job Julia spent several years working in advertising/marketing for Cosmopolitan Magazine, MTV Networks, and E! Entertainment Television. Born and raised in NYC, she is of Puerto Rican heritage and currently resides in NJ.   @julialaindia @ReadLatinoLit

SHELLEY DIAZ is Reviews Manager at School Library Journal, the largest reviewer of children’s and YA books. Primarily the YA and bilingual reviews editor, she’s also the editor of the SLJTeen e-newsletter. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College. She has worked in several areas of children’s publishing from licensing to book scouting. She was the co-editor of Caridad Ferrer’s So She Dances and Gloria Whelan’s The Disappeared. Born and raised in New York, Shelley takes pride in her Dominican heritage. @sdiaz101 sdiaz@mediasourceinc.com

ADRIANA DOMINGUEZ is an agent at Full Circle Literary. She is also a member of the programming committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival, and one of the founders of the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference. Adriana represents children’s authors from picture book through YA, author/illustrators, and select adult nonfiction. Books that she has worked on have been awarded the Pura Belpré Medal, the Coretta Scott King Honor, and been finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the NAACP Award. Her client list includes Michaela and Elaine DePrince, Reyna Grande, Katheryn Russell-Brown, Rafael López, John Parra, and Angela Cervantes.

BYRON ROBERTO ECHEVERRIA is the Director of Academic Marketing at Macmillan Publishers, which includes the publishers Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Picador, Henry Holt & Co., Flatiron Books and St. Martin’s Press. The son of a Guatemalan father and a Salvadorean mother, he resides in New Jersey with his family. 

MIA GARCÍA was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She moved to New York where she studied creative writing at The New School, worked in publishing, and now lives under a pile of to-be-read books. Her debut novel, Even If the Sky Falls, from Katherine Tegen books (an imprint of HarperCollins) is out now. @MGarciaWrites

SOPHIA JIMENEZ is part of the editorial team at the Junior Library Guild, which recommends the best children’s books coming out each month to libraries and schools across the country. She was previously in editorial at Simon & Schuster for two years and, before that, worked at the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. She interned at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and got her start in publishing with an internship for Badgerdog Publishing in Austin, Texas, her hometown. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Denver Publishing Institute.  @SophiaElena42

TONI KIRKPATRICK is a freelance editor. She worked in editorial at St. Martin’s Press for over ten years. Under her maiden name Toni Margarita Plummer she published the story collection The Bolero of Andi Rowe. A graduate of the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC, she is a winner of the Miguel Mármol Prize, a Mariposa Award finalist, and a member of Macondo, the group of socially engaged writers founded by Sandra Cisneros. Toni lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and son. You can visit her website at www.ToniKirkpatrick.com..  @tmargaritaplum

STEPHANIE JIMENEZ is a Queens-based writer and former Fulbright recipient who previously worked at Penguin/Riverhead Books. She is Chair of the AAP-affiliated Young to Publishing Writers Committee and cofounder of the women of color editorial group Jasper Collective. Her work has appeared in Xenith Magazine, Label Me Latino/a, and Latina Voices, and she is currently at work on her debut novel. To get in touch with Stephanie and learn more about the YPG Writers committee and opportunities for emerging NYC-based writers, visit ypgwriters.wordpress.com.  @estefsays; @youngtopub

MARCELA LANDRES  is the author of the e-book How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You. She publishes the award-winning e-zine Latinidad and is an Editorial Consultant who helps writers get published by editing their work and advising them on how to manage their writing careers. A co-founder of the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, she has acted as a judge for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and was formerly an editor with Simon & Schuster. For more information, visit https://marcelalandres.com.  FOCUS: Novels (literary, mainstream, commercial, adult, young adult, chick lit, street lit, women’s, romance, historical, mystery, thriller, suspense), short story collections, memoirs, self-help, inspiration, pop culture, and New Age

SARA ORTIZ is the communications and marketing specialist at the Texas Library Association and assistant editor of the Texas Library Journal. She reviews children’s, middle grade, and YA books for Kirkus Reviews. Before moving back to Austin, she worked in New York for some of the largest children’s book publishers including Scholastic, Penguin Random House, and Disney-Hyperion. There, she worked with many award-winning and NYT bestselling authors including Mac Barnett, Oliver Jeffers, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Dan Santat, Don Tate, Raina Telgemeier, Mo Willems, and Jacqueline Woodson.  @chikitlinski 

NORMA PEREZ-HERNANDEZ is an acquiring editorial assistant at Kensington Publishing Corp. She has worked on a variety of projects, including fiction, romance, mysteries, thrillers, and non-fiction. A New York City native, Norma studied English literature at the Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York and is a graduate of the Publishing Certificate Program at City College. She is thrilled to build a list with diverse authors and books.  @normajeanesays

AURORA ANAYA-CERDA is the founder of La Casa Azul Bookstore. From 2012 to 2015, La Casa Azul provided a space in East Harlem for Latinx writers and artists to gather and meet readers and lovers of art. The bookstore is undergoing a transition into a social enterprise and currently operates online. You can find out more information here: www.lacasaazulbookstore.com.

CRISTINA ARREOLA is the Books Editor at Bustle, a lifestyle website for millennial women. She is the former Associate Editor at Latina.com and Latinamagazine, and a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.   c_arreola

LINDA CAMACHO joined Prospect Agency in 2015 after a decade in publishing. After graduating from Cornell University, Linda interned at Simon & Schuster and Writers House literary agency, and worked at Penguin and Random House before making the leap to agenting. She has an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. @LindaRandom

NATALIA REMIS is an Assistant Editor at Scholastic Press and the Blue Sky Press, imprints of Scholastic Inc. She has assisted editors working on the How Do Dinosaurs series by Jane Yolen and the nonfiction Sunlight series by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm. In addition to that, Natalia has worked on books by authors David Shannon, Jon J Muth, Barbara McClintock and Rodman Philbrick. Natalia is originally from Miami, Florida, and misses Cuban pastelitos dreadfully. 

JENNIFER ROFÉ is a senior agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, where she represents picture books, middle grade, YA, and illustration. Some of her clients include Meg Medina, author of the Pura Belpré Award winning novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and the Pura Belpré Honor picture book Mango, Abuela, and Me; Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of the action-packed middle grade Moving Target and its sequel, Return Fire; and Crystal Allen, author of The Maginificent Mya Tibbs series and How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy.  @jenrofe

BIANCA SALVANT is the client services assistant at Greater Talent Network, assisting agents with speaking engagements for bestselling authors, entertainers and politicians. In addition to GTN, Bianca is a freelance writer for VIBE Viva and is the founder of Books for the Soul book club. You can reach her at writing@biancacsalvant.com. @_mixedbaby | Instagram: @_mixxedbaby @booksforthesoul | www.biancacsalvant.com

DAVID UNGER is a Guatemalan-born writer and translator. He has published five novels, the latest being The Mastermind(New York: Akashic, 2016) and has translated 15 books from Spanish to English. He is the director of the Publishing Certificate Program at CCNY, which increases diversity in the publishing industry. In 2014 he was bestowed Guatemala’s Miguel Angel Asturias National Literature Prize for lifetime achievement. Translated 8 children’s books into English. 

DANIEL VAZQUEZ  is a Queens, New York native of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent currently residing in Washington Heights. He works as an Assistant Editor at HarperCollins and is the self-appointed editorial director of the Queenscapes project. His literary interests include modern to contemporary Latin American, African and American adult fiction and non-fiction. Daniel is a graduate of the City College of New York with a B.A. in English.  @iamdanski

PABLO DE LA VEGA is in charge of the children’s and young adult lists at Indent Literary Agency, where he specializes in literature from Latin America. He also represents U.S. publishers for the Spanish-language market. Pablo was born in Mexico, where he worked at the Guadalajara International Book Fair for eight years. There, he was in charge of the Rights Center and several programs for book industry professionals. Among his clients: Ana Maria Machado (Hans Christian Andersen Prize), Ruth Rocha (Brazil’s Charge to Cultural Merit), Ivar Da Coll (SM Ibero American Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature). 

MARIETTA B. ZACKER  is a partner at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, born in Puerto Rico to a Panamanian mother and Cuban father. Her Abuelo connected her to the wonders of storytelling at a very young age and she has made a career out of doing the same for others. She looks for visual and narrative stories that reflect the world we live in, not the bubbles in which we put ourselves. Diversity must be inherent and authentic, not trendy. She is thrilled to champion soulful, insightful, well-crafted, literary or commercial projects aimed at any age group. @AgentZacker

STEFANIE SANCHEZ VON BORSTEL co-founded Full Circle Literary with the mission to represent diverse authors and illustrators who create books to inform, inspire and empower readers. Prior to agenting, she worked in editorial, publicity and trade marketing at Harcourt and Penguin. She is honored to represent award-winning authors and illustrators, including Monica Brown, Carmen Tafolla, Diana López, Celia C. Pérez, René Colato Laínez, John Parra, Rafael López, Alexander Vidal and Juana Martinez-Neal, to name a few.  A proud Tejana from San Antonio, Stefanie is now based in San Diego, California.  Visit her at www.fullcircleliterary.com or @fullcirclelit.