Julia Kardon was born and raised in New York City. Her first job in publishing, while still in high school, was shelving fiction at the fabled Strand Bookstore. After receiving degrees in Comparative Literature, as well as in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Chicago, she moved to Prague to teach English for a year. Julia then returned to New York to restart her career in publishing. After interning at The Wylie Agency and then working at Sterling Lord Literistic, she joined Mary Evans Inc. to handle foreign rights and build her own client list. She is interested primarily in literary and upmarket fiction, narrative nonfiction, journalism, and history.
Tom Mackay grew up in London, England, spending his summers working down the road from his school at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. After graduating high school, Tom went on to earn his degree in English Literature at New York University. Tom’s interest in the publishing world led him to Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, where he assisted in the scouting department, evaluating manuscripts’ translation potential for their international clients. He is passionate about nonfiction that uses sport as a platform to explore other issues and playful literary fiction.
Leslie Meredith worked for many years as a book editor, most recently for fifteen years at imprints of Simon & Schuster. She began in publishing with an internship at The University of Pittsburgh Press and worked as a senior editor at McGraw-Hill, Bantam, and Ballantine, and as editorial director at Harmony/Crown.
Growing up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, she spent time reading in the beautiful Carnegie Library of Homestead and exploring the Pennsylvania woods. She shared a love of birds, Daphne du Maurier, Rachel Carson, and Lewis Thomas with her mother, an epidemiologist, and a love of history and John Le Carré with her father, an academic dean of military academies and retired Commander in the Naval Reserves.
After graduating from The Winchester-Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Leslie studied piano at The Peabody Conservatory of Music, before finishing her education at Swarthmore College, graduating with a BA in English Literature.
Over her decades as a book editor, Leslie edited bestsellers by Sy Montgomery, Lawrence Krauss, Jean Twenge, Ben Mezrich, Stacey O’Brien, Mark Obmascik, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Patricia McConnell, Stephen Jay Gould, Christiane Northrup, Caroline Myss, Jack Kornfield, and Thich Nhat Hanh. She is interested in new voices in memoir; in science, psychology, health, nature, and animals; and in spirituality and mind-body-spirit practices.