Publishing Trendsetter is a production of Market Partners International and Publishing Trends.


Publishing Trendsetter is where young book professionals (those who started their careers 10 years ago or less) can gather guidance and share knowledge and ideas. But just as importantly, it’s a place for veterans to engage with the industry’s most creative and gifted up-and-comers.


Kimberly Lew is a writer/blogger/bookseller who graduated from NYU.  She was previously the Publications Associate at Playscripts, Inc. and currently serves as Editorial Manager for Publishing Trends. She has been an occasional contributor with Publishing Trendsetter since its launch and now serves as Managing Editor. She has two one-act plays published by Playscripts, Inc., and other plays have been read around New York and semi-finalists for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and Ashland New Plays Festival. She manages the blog Emerging Musical Theatre, which profiles up-and-coming writers in the musical theatre community, and she also contributes to arts/humor blog Crazytown. Email all thoughts on publishing, young people, and young people in publishing to


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Sam Howard started her career in publishing at W.W. Norton and Company, as an editorial intern, and then worked for two years on the literary agency side of things at the Joy Harris Literary Agency and then the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. A graduate of Grand Valley State University with degrees in English & Women and Gender Studies, Sam is also a crafter, hiker, and lover of the Midwest. She is an Editor and Social Media Manager at Publishing Trendsetter and Associate at Market Partners International. Send her emails about thoughts on being a young person in the publishing industry or that book you just can’t put down at


jimageJen Donovan is an Editorial Assistant at Publishing Trendsetter and the Office Manager at Market Partners International. While completing her degrees in English and Journalism at NYU, Jen began her publishing career by interning at Penguin Group (USA) and Folio Literary Management.  When she’s  not reading, Jen can be found making extensive lists or checking up on Philadelphia sports news.  Send her emails about trendy publishing things at



Carly Crookston lives and works in the fascinating publishing world of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is also a freelance writer, and a featured writer for Venture Magazine. Carly loves traveling, reading nonfiction and YA lit, and exploring the local scenes downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.



Siobhan Gallagher is a Canadian freelance graphic designer and illustrator. She is a former Penguin design intern and current cheese enthusiast with an eye for colour, an obsession with book design, and a fondness for the Oxford comma. She studied design at NSCAD University in Halifax and University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has had the privilege to do design work for Penguin Group, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, McDonald’s, and Word on the Street.


Lindsey Huckabee is an Author Advocate for Infinity Publishing. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, where she studied English and Advertising.  In her free time, she can be found reading, needlepointing, or crafting.



Liz Janetschek was the fall 2012 editorial intern at Publishing Trendsetter, Publishing Trends, and Market Partners International.
Formerly an editorial intern at Bellevue Literary Press, Liz is a senior at Hofstra University, where she is completing her Bachelors in publishing studies and psychology. Email her at




Shannon Kobran is an Editorial Assistant at Pearson Education, 2010 graduate of Dickinson College and the Denver Publishing Institute, and creator of FrontMatterNY, a Facebook networking community that aims to help new and aspiring publishing professionals adapt to life in New York. During working hours, she edits those tabbed handbooks you all had to buy in college. After work you can find her reading on the A-train, eating Indian food in the East Village, or watching Downton Abbey on her laptop.


Laura Laffoon is an Editorial Assistant at a Big Six publishing house. She graduated from AsburyUniversity with a double major in journalism and English before heading to  NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute and confirming her desire to turn manuscripts into masterpieces.  She writes about books, Broadway, and random adventures on her blog, This is Keeping Fingers Crossed.




Kate McKenzie

Kate McKenzie is a graduate student at the University of Melbourne and is currently completing a Masters of Publishing and Communications. She blogs about writing, editing, libraries and language at, and is editor of a zine called Lasso. She works at the local library and also at the Emerging Writers Festival. Her other talents include looking at cat pictures. Follow her on twitter @katemac4.


Rachel Stark has spent three years in publishing as an Editorial Assistant, intern, freelancer, unicorn-wrangler and, most recently, Bancroft PressMarketing & Publicity Associate. She studied writing and literature at Goucher College in Baltimore and at Roehampton University in London. There, she decided to pursue a career in children’s publishing (and, for a little extra income, patrolled the streets in search of criminal adverb-usage). By day she blogs about the publishing industry at Trac Changes.



Lisa Vanterpool began her publishing career in London where she studied for her M.A. in Publishing at Kingston me
. While completing her studies she interned at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency which quickly led to a full-time work contract.  After obtaining her degree, and gallivanting around the UK and Europe, she relocated to New York where she joined the Inkwell Team in 2013 as the Public Relations and Social Media Strategist. Prior to her career in publishing, she earned her B.A. in Communications from Old Dominion University and worked in event coordination and management in her hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia. She loves books, travelling and amazing meals with good friends.


Elisabeth Watson

Elisabeth Watson, founder and former Managing Editor of Publishing Trendsetter, was also Research and Editorial Associate for Market Partners International and Publishing Trends. With a beginning in rare and out-of-print bookselling, her resume also includes trade and scholarly publishing. She holds a Bachelors in the Philosophy of Religion from Vassar College and takes an inexhaustible supply of questions wherever she goes.




DSC_0016 Thomas Collins is the Spring 2013 intern at Market Partners/Publishing Trends/Publishing Trendsetter. He has previously worked at The Fader and on literary journals at NYU, where he is currently pursuing a BA. His academic interests include literature, creative writing, and media studies. Email him at


Eshani Medha Agrawal is the Fall 2013 intern at Market Partners/Publishing Trends/Publishing Trendsetter, and has previously worked in other realms of publishing through the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and various literary magazines. Eshani has also pursued interests in the field of academia, and spends time writing poetry and fiction. Her main focus is completing her BA at NYU in English and creative writing. On a side note, Eshani loves really inky pens, duvets, and sea salt chocolate. Email her at


74864_10151152932208221_1504069167_nLena Morris was the summer 2013 editorial intern at Publishing Trendetter, Publishing Trends and Market Partners International. She’s a senior at Indiana University getting a bachelor’s in Journalism and a freelance social media marketing consultant. You can email her at or follow her on Twitter @LenaHMorris

Sarah Boyle, is a recent graduate of Emory University with a degree in English. An Atlanta native, Shakespeare enthusiast, and amateur embroiderer.
 Email: sarah.boyle[at]yahoo[dot]com



Livia Nelson, is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, double majoring in English and German Literature. She was born and raised in Ridgefield, Connecticut. She is the creator and maintainer of a creative writing community blog, Yeah Write!. Email:




Julia Nollen was a graduate of NYU’s Summer Publishing Course, where she studied design and marketing for both magazines and books. Born in Newark, Delaware, Ms. Nollen graduated from the University of Delaware last year with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Film, and Interactive Media Design.  Feel free to email her at



505c74e23dd7fa94e678e1678b5401ecMarnise Tucker was the spring 2013 editorial intern at Publishing Trendsetter, Publishing Trends, and Market Partners International. Marnise also works as an Associate Publicist at Entangled Publishing, LLC. Marnise is a senior at Post University, where she is completing her Bachelors in Marketing. Email her at





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