Liz Pelletier, Publisher
Liz Pelletier is co-founder and managing partner of Savvy Media Services, which owns Savvy Authors and Savvy Readers. In addition to running a successful online writing community, Liz teaches courses on editing, query writing, and contract negotiations. She has also held board positions for various writing associations, managed and organized several writing conferences, and hosted a variety of free educational workshops for aspiring and established authors. Although she served part-time for twenty years as the editor for a broadly-circulated, weekly industry newspaper, she ran her own successful freelance consulting business for more than twenty years, often hired to leverage technological advances and more efficient workflow designs to increase profit margins. She uses these same skills to oversee all aspects of book production and distribution at Entangled. Liz also maintains her own stable of authors whom she either personally edits or works with an Associate Editor as a guiding influence and mentor. Find her on Twitter at @Liz_Pelletier.
Stacy C. Abrams, Executive Editorial Director of Entangled Teen, digiTeen, and Bliss
Stacy Abrams started in the publishing industry in 2002, most recently leaving a seven-year stint at Bloomsbury Publishing’s children’s division to join the Entangled team. Stacy has edited such award-winning and high-caliber YA authors as Jessica Warman, Tracy Deebs, Alex Scarrow, and Michelle Rowen, among many others, and her books have earned starred reviews from all the major review journals. In addition to editing, she has been a freelance copy editor for several major New York publishing houses. She earned her Bachelor’s in English at Northwestern University and currently resides in New York City with her husband and too-cute puppy. Find her on Twitter at @StacyAbramsEdit.
Heather Howland, Editorial Director of Brazen
Heather Howland began editing in the legal, industrial, and technical sectors nine years ago while working as a Production Manager. Before joining the Entangled family, she worked as a freelance editor and as the acquisitions editor of a small romance publisher. She now edits popular authors such as NYT bestsellers Katee Robert and Laura Kaye, USA Today bestseller Cari Quinn, and Amy Andrews, as well as up-and-coming authors Tonya Burrows, Samanthe Beck, and Tessa Bailey. In her spare time, Heather creates book covers for Entangled and Brazen, hosts craft chats and teaches editing workshops for various organizations, and mentors YA authors through the editing process at Savvy U. She holds a BS in creative writing and psychology, which she channels into her love of dark and sexy romantic fiction. Find her on Twitter at @HeatherHowland.
Melissa “Misa” Bourbon Ramirez, Executive publicity and marketing director of Covet, Flirt, Ever After, and Brazen
Misa started her career in the publishing industry as an author more than twelve years ago, has two best selling mystery series, and runs a vibrant author marketing website. She teaches creative writing with Southern Methodist University’s CAPE program, as well as online, and is the marketing director for Entangled Publishing where she directs publicity and marketing for the Covet, Flirt, Ever After, and Brazen lines. Misa loves working behind the scenes to help other authors build their platforms and find great success with their novels. She believes in a strong partnership between authors and their publishers and fully embraces the Entangled philosophy of ‘no book being left behind’. Find her on Twitter at @MisaRamirez
Melanie Smith, Financial Director, Managing Editor Flaunt, Flirt, and Ever After
Melanie Smith brings fifteen years of experience in the corporate world to her role as Financial Director. A Program Manager with Hewlett Packard, Melanie holds a MS in mathematics, a MA in education, and is an MBA candidate. With her PMP Certification and ten years experience managing million-dollar revenue-generating software projects, she is uniquely qualified to leverage her skillset across the complex landscape of copyright and royalty management. She also serves as Entangled’s contract manager and liaison between attorneys, authors, and agents.
Anita Orr, Executive Assistant to the Publisher, Contracts Manager
Anita Orr is the Executive Assistant to the Publisher, Entangled’s Contract Manager, and also supports HR and Administration. Before joining Entangled in 2013, Anita led operations and finance for a boutique technology consulting firm. She has also held administrative, technical and financial positions with various organizations. Anita has extensive experience in the fields of administration, management, human resources, web programming, marketing, information technology, and client services. She is an accomplished, self-taught cook and photographer with a passion for outdoor life, travel, and business. Anita likes to use her free time to explore culinary diversity through cooking, grow delicious edible gardens, and participate in non-profit organizations.
Alethea Spiridon-Hopson, Editorial Director of Indulgence
Alethea Spiridon Hopson was an editor for Harlequin Books in Toronto for almost seven years, working with writers such as Bobby Hutchinson, Roberta Gellis, Lori Foster, Cathy Yardley, Lori Wilde, Jill Shalvis, Anne Stuart, and Pamela Morsi to name a few. She worked on anthologies, continuities, special projects, and some series. She enjoys a fresh, fun, flirty voice, and anything that can make her laugh and see the lighter side of life. That being said, she’s also drawn to contemporary alpha male stories. Jane Porter, Sherryl Woods, Rachel Gibson, Heather Webber, Julie James, Cindi Myers, Sarah Mayberry, and Vicki Lewis Thompson are some authors she enjoys reading. For the past five years, Alethea has been a freelance editor and writer and has edited everything from historical romance to paranormal romance, non-fiction titles, plays, and even some poetry. She runs creative writing workshops for teens, and has plans to pursue her MFA in creative writing. Find her on Twitter at @aletheaspiridon.
Gwen Hayes, Editorial Director of Entangled Scandalous
Gwen Hayes began her publishing career editing for a small publisher in 2007. She went on to write and publish kissing books for adult and young adult readers while continuing to freelance as a content editor before joining the Entangled team in 2013.
Gwen lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero, their almost grown children, and the pets that own them. In her spare time, Gwen likes to pretend she actually has spare time. She firmly believes she is saving the world one love story at a time and she loves to talk romance and shenanigans on Twitter @gwenhayes.
Gwen loves all historical eras, but has a special passion for Gothic romance and books set in the early 1900s through WWII (hint hint.) She also believes that the modern historical romance reader is ready for more multi-cultural protagonists and unusual settings–but that Dukes are still totally hot. She’s looking for submissions with a strong voice and new twists on favorite tropes.
Karen Grove, Editorial Director of Entangled New Adult
Karen Grove has been an editor for 28 years, working with authors at Harcourt and then Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, concentrating in young adult fiction. She has worked with such prestigious authors as Han Nolan, Carol Plum-Ucci, L. A. Meyer, Ann Rinaldi, Adele Geras, Kathryn Reiss, Gary Paulsen, and New York Times bestselling author Susan Beth Pfeffer. The majority of her books have earned starred reviews from major review journals and such prestigious awards as the National Book Award, Michael L. Printz Honor, multiple Edgar Allan Poe Awards (Mystery Writers of America), and a RITA Award (Romance Writers of America). In addition to her editing, she owned and operated a local business newspaper for 10 years. When she is not reading or editing, she can be found scrapbooking, wine tasting, or cheering at a hockey game. She resides in Southern California with her husband and college-age son.
Candace Havens, Editorial Director of Covet, Edge, Select
Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. And she is the Editorial Director for the Covet, Edge and Select lines at Entangled Publishing. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye & Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association. Find her on Twitter at @candacehavens