In MBPR’s March webinar, Agents: Unclassified, panelists Eric Smith, Mari Kesselring, and Jennie Goloboy draw back the curtain on the publisher-agent relationship.
Eric Smith is a literary agent and Young Adult author from Elizabeth, New Jersey. As an agent with P.S. Literary, he’s worked on New York Times bestselling and award-winning books. His recent novels include the YALSA Best Books for Young Readers selection Don’t Read the Comments (Inkyard Press, 2020), You Can Go Your Own Way (Inkyard Press, 2021), and the anthology Battle of the Bands (Candlewick, 2021), co-edited with award-winning author Lauren Gibaldi. His latest book, Jagged Little Pill: The Novel, was written with Alanis Morissette, Academy award-winner Diablo Cody, and Glen Ballard, and is an adaptation of the Grammy and Tony award winning musical. A lifelong lover of writing and books, he holds a Bachelor of Arts from Kean University in English, and a Master’s in English from Arcadia University, where he currently mentors MFA students. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son, and enjoys video games, pop punk, and crying over every movie.
Mari Kesselring has more than a decade of experience in publishing. She started her career editing educational books for young people and guidebooks for early childhood educators. From 2016 to 2021, she managed the Flux and Jolly Fish Press imprints for independent publisher North Star Editions, acquiring and editing young adult and middle grade fiction. Mari has edited several award-winning books, including Before We Were Blue, Surrender Your Sons, and The Art of Running Away. Currently, Mari works for Girl Friday Productions, helping authors achieve their dream of publication.
Jennie Goloboy is a literary agent at the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in science fiction and fantasy, and history for a popular audience. She’s also a writer, and her most recent book, Obviously, Aliens, was published by local press Queen of Swords.