Meredith Hays

Meredith Hays - Editor

New York, NY, USA

A former NYC Literary Agent and Editor, I've over 20 years experience in trade publishing. My secret: I often prefer books to people.

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Overview

For 20+ years I've worked with top publishers and know what's needed to shepherd a book from a draft form to a finished product. I've worked with mainstream publishers and independent houses and appreciate a range of writing and storytelling styles.

I've developed commercial and literary fiction; narrative nonfic; health & wellness; mind, body, spirit; pop culture; and lifestyle titles. For me, a carefully, well-crafted narrative is as important as a gripping, memorable plot.

I respect how hard authors work and admire anyone who creates literature for others to learn from and enjoy. It's a real pleasure to assist in this process.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Inspirational
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
New Adult

Work experience

Literary Agent, Editor

Various Agencies (see below)
September, 1998 – October, 2009 (about 11 years)

2005-2009 Literary Agent/Editor
FinePrint Literary Management, NYC
-Represented authors of fiction & nonfiction
-Developed proposals, edited manuscripts, tracked projects on submission, pitched and sold work to publishers
-Negotiated and executed publishing contracts
-Liaised with authors
-Attended literary conferences, participated as guest panel member

2001-2005 Literary Agent/Editor
Judith Ehrlich Literary Management, NYC
-Represented authors of fiction & nonfiction
-Developed proposals, edited manuscripts, tracked projects on submission, pitched and sold work to publishers
-Negotiated and executed publishing contracts
-Liaised with authors

1998-2001 Literary Associate
Linda Chester & Associates, NYC
-Co-represented fiction and non-fiction projects
-Developed proposals, edited manuscripts, tracked projects on submission, pitched and sold work to publishers
-Attended literary conferences, participated as guest panel member
-Liaised with authors

1994-1998 Jr. Agent/Assistant Subsidiary Rights Manager
Writer House, LLC, NYC
-Represented small publishers' subsidiary rights
-Sold book club, paperback, and first serial rights for fiction and nonfiction titles
-Edited manuscripts, developed proposals, vetted and processed contracts
-Liaised with authors and publishers

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Two Minutes for God: Quick Fixes for the Spirit

Peter Baldwin Panagore

Heartfelt and humorous stories about work, family, loss, and love bring god into everyday life in this unique and quirky devotional. You don't have to pray for hours a day -- all God asks is that you keep the holy spirit in your heart. In three hundred words (or less), Peter B. Panagore can help you build a strong relationship with God, while reminding you of what is truly important in life. F... read more

Heartfelt and humorous stories about work, family, loss, and love bring god into everyday life in this unique and quirky devotional. You don't have to pray for hours a day -- all God asks is that you keep the holy spirit in your heart. In three hundred words (or less), Peter B. Panagore can help you build a strong relationship with God, while reminding you of what is truly important in life. F... read more

Lonesome for Bears: A Woman's Journey In The Tracks Of The Wilderness

Linda Jo Hunter

Linda Hunter was terrified of bears, but she yearned for the solitude of the wilderness. Setting aside her fears, she became an expert tracker and guide and grew to miss the company of the very animals that once kept her from her love of the outdoors. As caretakers and guides at Redoubt Bay Lodge, Hunter and her husband lived side by side with brown bears in Alaska, learning to understand thei... read more

Linda Hunter was terrified of bears, but she yearned for the solitude of the wilderness. Setting aside her fears, she became an expert tracker and guide and grew to miss the company of the very animals that once kept her from her love of the outdoors. As caretakers and guides at Redoubt Bay Lodge, Hunter and her husband lived side by side with brown bears in Alaska, learning to understand thei... read more

Ice Pop Joy: Organic, Healthy, Fresh, Delicious

Anni Daulter

Chill out! You can indulge in deliciously sweet and juicy ice pops without consuming refined sugar and fake sweeteners. What could be better than a sticky-sweet frozen treat to cool you down on a hot summer day? How about a heavenly, fresh and wholesome ice pop that you can feel good about enjoying and giving to your kids? Using fresh, seasonal fruits; sweet, nutritious vegetables; protein-pac... read more

Chill out! You can indulge in deliciously sweet and juicy ice pops without consuming refined sugar and fake sweeteners. What could be better than a sticky-sweet frozen treat to cool you down on a hot summer day? How about a heavenly, fresh and wholesome ice pop that you can feel good about enjoying and giving to your kids? Using fresh, seasonal fruits; sweet, nutritious vegetables; protein-pac... read more

Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers: A Cookbook

Anni Daulter, Shante Lanay

A cookbook with a conscience, Organically Raised shows parents how to replace bland processed shelf staples with flavorful, pesticide-free meals that babies will love, laying the groundwork for a lifetime of good nutrition and enthusiastic eating.Organically Raised shows families how easy it is to make safe, wholesome food at home and create lasting family mealtime rituals. The simple, seasona... read more

A cookbook with a conscience, Organically Raised shows parents how to replace bland processed shelf staples with flavorful, pesticide-free meals that babies will love, laying the groundwork for a lifetime of good nutrition and enthusiastic eating.Organically Raised shows families how easy it is to make safe, wholesome food at home and create lasting family mealtime rituals. The simple, seasona... read more

The Organic Family Cookbook: growing, greening, and cooking together

Anni Daulter

This inspiring cookbook answers the call for healthy recipes for family-friendly organic meals -- snacks, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and extras. Sidebars and tips throughout promote green living -- organic child- and family-specific gardening ideas and inspiration for community building and sustainable living. Recipes use easily obtainable ingredients from standard grocers, green ... read more

This inspiring cookbook answers the call for healthy recipes for family-friendly organic meals -- snacks, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and extras. Sidebars and tips throughout promote green living -- organic child- and family-specific gardening ideas and inspiration for community building and sustainable living. Recipes use easily obtainable ingredients from standard grocers, green ... read more

Ice Pop Joy: Organic, Healthy, Fresh, Delicious

Anni Daulter

Chill out! You can indulge in deliciously sweet and juicy ice pops without consuming refined sugar and fake sweeteners. What could be better than a sticky-sweet frozen treat to cool you down on a hot summer day? How about a heavenly, fresh and wholesome ice pop that you can feel good about enjoying and giving to your kids? Using fresh, seasonal fruits; sweet, nutritious vegetables; protein-pac... read more

Chill out! You can indulge in deliciously sweet and juicy ice pops without consuming refined sugar and fake sweeteners. What could be better than a sticky-sweet frozen treat to cool you down on a hot summer day? How about a heavenly, fresh and wholesome ice pop that you can feel good about enjoying and giving to your kids? Using fresh, seasonal fruits; sweet, nutritious vegetables; protein-pac... read more

Wild Horses of the West: History and Politics of America's Mustangs

J. Edward de Steiguer

When the Spanish explorers brought horses to North America, the horses were, in a sense, returning home. Beginning with their origins fifty million years ago, the wild horse has been traced from North America through Asia to the plains of Spain’s Andalusia and then back across the Atlantic to the ranges of the American West. When given the chance, these horses simply took up residence in the l... read more

When the Spanish explorers brought horses to North America, the horses were, in a sense, returning home. Beginning with their origins fifty million years ago, the wild horse has been traced from North America through Asia to the plains of Spain’s Andalusia and then back across the Atlantic to the ranges of the American West. When given the chance, these horses simply took up residence in the l... read more

It's How You Play the Game: A Novel

Jimmy Gleacher

With a cinematic wit and some emotional insight (rare from the male perspective), Jimmy Gleacher delivers his debut novel, a clever and heartfelt tale of a twentysomething guy's trip through love and relationships. Jack Wilson's got a few problems. First, there's his ex-girlfriend, Breach -- their relationship was too perfect for any twentysomething guy in his right mind. Unable to commit, he ... read more

With a cinematic wit and some emotional insight (rare from the male perspective), Jimmy Gleacher delivers his debut novel, a clever and heartfelt tale of a twentysomething guy's trip through love and relationships. Jack Wilson's got a few problems. First, there's his ex-girlfriend, Breach -- their relationship was too perfect for any twentysomething guy in his right mind. Unable to commit, he ... read more

Living Canvas

Karen Hudson

Tattoos. Given their permanence, why is it that we sometimes put more thought into what we’ll wear next Saturday night, or our next haircut? As a tattoo specialist and writer for About.com, Karen L. Hudson has talked to far too many people who regret their tattoos. After years of fielding questions and concerns about tattoo health, she realized the need for a book that would cover all the base... read more

Tattoos. Given their permanence, why is it that we sometimes put more thought into what we’ll wear next Saturday night, or our next haircut? As a tattoo specialist and writer for About.com, Karen L. Hudson has talked to far too many people who regret their tattoos. After years of fielding questions and concerns about tattoo health, she realized the need for a book that would cover all the base... read more

The Good Cat Spell Book

Gillian Kemp

An interactive guide to working with your cat to cast spells that promote health, wealth, and romance.A bewitching spell-casting book that focuses on cats as "familiars" (that is, creatures who aid in magickal works), THE GOOD CAT SPELL BOOK presents spells and incantations to influence and enhance one's career, well-being, relationships, and more--all performed in partnership with one's felin... read more

An interactive guide to working with your cat to cast spells that promote health, wealth, and romance.A bewitching spell-casting book that focuses on cats as "familiars" (that is, creatures who aid in magickal works), THE GOOD CAT SPELL BOOK presents spells and incantations to influence and enhance one's career, well-being, relationships, and more--all performed in partnership with one's felin... read more

The Portable Spell Book: Quick and Simple Magick You Can Do Anywhere, Anytime

Ashleen O'Gaea

You don?t need a witch?s cauldron to do magick. With this book, casting spells, creating charms, and brewing potions are as easy as wrinkling your nose. Designed for spellcasters on the go who want to practice informal magick without calling attention to themselves, this guide offers quick fixes for everyday problems, such as:Charms to find a soul mateChants to stay in control during stressful... read more

You don?t need a witch?s cauldron to do magick. With this book, casting spells, creating charms, and brewing potions are as easy as wrinkling your nose. Designed for spellcasters on the go who want to practice informal magick without calling attention to themselves, this guide offers quick fixes for everyday problems, such as:Charms to find a soul mateChants to stay in control during stressful... read more

Rollergirl: Totally True Tales from the Track

Melissa Joulwan

The 1950s phenomenon of Roller Derby is back in full force, and it's definitely not your grandma's game anymore. With leagues in more than one hundred cities across the country, a national tournament, and major sponsors, the new wave of the sport has gone mainstream. No one is better qualified to tell the story of Flat Track Derby's astronomic rise than Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan. As a foundi... read more

The 1950s phenomenon of Roller Derby is back in full force, and it's definitely not your grandma's game anymore. With leagues in more than one hundred cities across the country, a national tournament, and major sponsors, the new wave of the sport has gone mainstream. No one is better qualified to tell the story of Flat Track Derby's astronomic rise than Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan. As a foundi... read more

Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide To Eating Local On A Budget

Leda Meredith

These days, nearly everyone wants to eat green and local, but tight schedules and even tighter budgets can make it seem like an unattainable goal. The Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local on a Budget is here to help, as author Leda Meredith guides readers to incorporate locally grown foods into their own meals with practical, down-to-earth advice.

These days, nearly everyone wants to eat green and local, but tight schedules and even tighter budgets can make it seem like an unattainable goal. The Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local on a Budget is here to help, as author Leda Meredith guides readers to incorporate locally grown foods into their own meals with practical, down-to-earth advice.

They Made Their Mark: An Illustrated History of The Society of Woman Geographers

Jane Eppinga

They Made Their Mark covers the wide spectrum of women's curiosity in the fields of art, science and culture and chronicles the history of the Society of Woman Geographers--from the first meeting in 1925 to today.

They Made Their Mark covers the wide spectrum of women's curiosity in the fields of art, science and culture and chronicles the history of the Society of Woman Geographers--from the first meeting in 1925 to today.

The Untouchable Tree: An Illustrated Guide to Earthly Wisdom & Arboreal Delights

Peter C. Stone

An artist shares his love of trees with his brilliant paintings and thoughtful words. According to Peter Stone, "any book about trees can't help but be a book about people," and so his book is about our connection to the magnificence, the transcendence, and the essential nature of trees. Throughout human history, they have served as shelter and as symbol. And today, more than ever, our destiny... read more

An artist shares his love of trees with his brilliant paintings and thoughtful words. According to Peter Stone, "any book about trees can't help but be a book about people," and so his book is about our connection to the magnificence, the transcendence, and the essential nature of trees. Throughout human history, they have served as shelter and as symbol. And today, more than ever, our destiny... read more

The Monet Cookbook: Recipes from Giverny

Florence Gentner

This beautiful book presents 60 of Claude Monet’s original recipes alongside glorious reproductions of his paintings, scenes from his life in Giverny, and stunning photographs of the dishes. It’s well known that Claude Monet was a gourmand as well as an artistic genius. His culinary journals are filled with detailed recipes and notes about what he ate and with whom he shared his meals. Now, si... read more

This beautiful book presents 60 of Claude Monet’s original recipes alongside glorious reproductions of his paintings, scenes from his life in Giverny, and stunning photographs of the dishes. It’s well known that Claude Monet was a gourmand as well as an artistic genius. His culinary journals are filled with detailed recipes and notes about what he ate and with whom he shared his meals. Now, si... read more

The Designer's Cookbook: 12 Colors, 12 Menus

Tatjana Reimann, Caro Mantke, Tim Schober

This unique and beautifully produced cookbook presents an innovative take on menu design for the home cook as well as the practiced gourmet. Looking for something new to try in the kitchen? How about a delicious dinner in which each course―from appetizer to dessert―is the same color? It may sound impossible, but as this cookbook proves, color-coded cooking is not only possible but also delecta... read more

This unique and beautifully produced cookbook presents an innovative take on menu design for the home cook as well as the practiced gourmet. Looking for something new to try in the kitchen? How about a delicious dinner in which each course―from appetizer to dessert―is the same color? It may sound impossible, but as this cookbook proves, color-coded cooking is not only possible but also delecta... read more

Green Box: Tim Malzer's Green Cuisine

Tim Malzer

One of Europe's top chefs brings his popular and easy to prepare recipes to America, featuring delicious vegetarian dishes for all tastes. Cooking with fresh vegetables has never been more fun. With this new cookbook, Tim Malzer shows the surprising wealth of vegetarian cuisine. His book Green Box features simple and tasty recipes that will inspire every cook. Vegetables and spices are the sta... read more

One of Europe's top chefs brings his popular and easy to prepare recipes to America, featuring delicious vegetarian dishes for all tastes. Cooking with fresh vegetables has never been more fun. With this new cookbook, Tim Malzer shows the surprising wealth of vegetarian cuisine. His book Green Box features simple and tasty recipes that will inspire every cook. Vegetables and spices are the sta... read more

Let the Baby Drive: Navigating the Road of New Motherhood

Lu Hanessian

A parenting book about the rewards of listening to--and following--your own instincts and taking the clues from your baby.

A parenting book about the rewards of listening to--and following--your own instincts and taking the clues from your baby.

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Communication & Punctuality

Jill Heiderich
As a first time author, Meredith's expertise and knowledge was key in helping me finalize my manuscript. She played an instrumental role in organizing, proofreading and editing for content. In addition, her communication style is very friendly and casual and I appreciated that her suggestions were worded in a positive tone. I would highly recommend her for your job!

Jill Heiderich, May 2020

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