Planning Committees

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New York Planning Committee

hannah campbell Hannah Campbell (@thishannah) is an Associate Production Editor at Henry Holt & Company. She received a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU in 2010, with a focus in literature, creative writing, and semantics. She then earned an MS in education from St. John’s University and taught high school English before starting her career in publishing in 2014. Hannah’s favorite pastime (aside from reading, of course) is singing—with her choir, at karaoke, or just for fun. She also enjoys board games, cooking, making candles, and running (sometimes). She is originally from Michigan and would rather swim in the Great Lakes than the ocean any day.
Headshot - CF Cassandra Fernandez is a Corporate Communications Assistant at Simon & Schuster. A born and bred New Yorker from Washington Heights, Cassandra graduated with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Literature from The New School in 2013. When not organizing books by color at the office, she’s strolling through city streets with her headphones blaring, enduring the subway system with a book at hand, and/or thinking about her next travel destination.
YPG photo Erin Flaaen is a Corporate Marketing Assistant at Simon & Schuster, working on titles from across all of the adult imprints. She also serves on the editorial board for the backlist book recommendation website, Off the Shelf. Originally from Arizona, she took a leap in 2014 and transferred to Binghamton University, the State University of New York, to complete her BA in English, concentrating in creative writing. When not reading or writing, she can be found baking, eating as many varying cuisines as one can find in North Jersey, and trying to take pictures of her cat with books.
Headshot Andrew Gibeley is an Assistant Publicist at William Morrow and Dey Street Books, imprints of HarperCollins.  He graduated cum laude from Hamilton College in 2016 with honors in Creative Writing and a minor in Theatre. After graduation, he attended the NYU Summer Publishing Institute, which led to his previous role in the Special Markets department at HarperCollins. In his spare time, he enjoys Netflixing, book clubbing, short story writing and editing, and volunteering with the Anti-Violence Project (AVP) in support of LGBTQ safety and awareness.
heather Heather Job (@heather_job) is an Associate Publicist at Penguin Random House Audio, working on audiobooks across all adult and children’s imprints. Prior to working at PRH, Heather worked in publicity at Macmillan Children’s, interned at Writers House and Pippin Properties literary agencies, and peddled children’s books at Books of Wonder. Now she runs the DIYPG arts and crafts event series, sometimes runs as a physical activity (provided that there’s an audiobook loaded on her phone), and constantly runs her mouth about Tuck Everlasting (NOT a love story) and Harry Potter (#SeverusSnapeHateBrigade.)
danielle Danielle Kolodkin (@danielle__aimee) is an Associate at the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau, where she negotiates and manages paid speaking engagements for HarperCollins authors. She was previously in special markets sales at HarperCollins. Danielle graduated from Syracuse University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a minor in English and Textual Studies.
loan le photo Loan Le (@loanloan) is an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books and Keywords Press imprints. Prior to this, she worked at S&S’s Gallery Books and Scout Press imprints. She graduated in 2014 from Fairfield University with a bachelor’s degree in English, concentrating in journalism and creative writing. She is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction writing at Fairfield. She has interned at Folio Literary Management and S&S’s Touchstone imprint. She runs Young to Publishing’s Writing Group and its blog. In her free time Loan likes to eat too much of everything, write in the mornings, binge on psychologically dark Netflix shows, and spend time with her friends.
 Raskin Rebecca Raskin (@RJ_Raskin) is an editorial assistant at Harper Wave and Harper Business. Before that, she was an editorial assistant at Kensington Publishing. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in English Language and Literature in 2016. When not reading, she can often be found learning new tricks on the aerial hoop or listening to podcasts.
viking-suit-photo Josh Redlich (@JoshuaRedlich) is the Chair of the YPG Planning Committee and a Publicist at Random House Children’s Books, where he works on everything from picture books to YA, with a focus on sci-fi/fantasy. Prior to joining RHCB, he was at Sterling Publishing as an Administrative Assistant and then Marketing & Publicity Coordinator, and he held internships at The Association of American Publishers (AAP), The Overlook Press, Publishers Weekly, and Lippincott Massie McQuilkin Literary Agents. He has served on the YPG Planning Committee since 2014, and as Chair since April 2017. When not hoarding free books at the office, Josh can be found taking full advantage of New York City (which includes, but is not limited to, sneaking into red carpet premieres and working as a background extra on local TV and film), traveling (usually somewhere with castles), and geeking out over Harry Potter.
Sharon Watson is a Copyright Assistant at Penguin Random House, where she handles both Adult and Young Reader imprints. Previously, she was a Subsidiary Rights and Permissions Assistant at Taylor & Francis Group. Her outlook on life is “What would Tess McGill do?”

Bay Area Planning Committee

Kate Bolen is a project editor and proofreader who works with Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before entering the publishing world, she received her English degree from the University of San Francisco, dabbled in design school at California College of the Arts, and finally succumbed to her first passion with a certificate from the Professional Editing Sequence at UC Berkeley Extension. When not editing books, she loves reading them, preferably with a cat in her lap and a mug of coffee in her hand. She is a Gryffindor.
Claire Cornell is an Associate Marketing Manager at University of California Press in Oakland. Prior to that, she worked as a Publicist for Counterpoint and Soft Skull Press in Berkeley, after having graduated summa cum laude from University of California, Davis with a degree in English. In her spare time, you can find her cooking her way through countless cookbooks, or camping in the great outdoors (invariably with a book in her backpack).
Molly Stewart is Associate Editor at Weldon Owen/Bonnier Publishing USA in San Francisco. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Literature (concentrating in Creative Writing), she completed the Professional Sequence in Editing certificate program at UC Berkeley Extension, started a writers’ workshop, and completed a Managing Editorial internship at Chronicle Books. Her early involvement in YPG Bay Area was invaluable in launching her career, and it inspired her to join the planning committee in 2017. Learn more at Molly’s LinkedIn page.
Natalie Nicolson (@natpublicist) manages PR and Communications at Lonely Planet. Prior to that, ​she was Publicity Manager for Insight Editions (​where she got to work on a Game of Thrones pop-up book) and Associate Publicist ​for Seal Press and Avalon Travel.​ She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Literature and ​co-founded the YPG Bay Area chapter in 2013. ​

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