Through tenures at Amazon Publishing, Guideposts Books, and Penguin/Signet, Lindsay Guzzardo acquired and edited numerous bestselling titles to fantastic customer and trade reviews, particularly in commercial fiction, women's fiction, and romance. She edited Guideposts Books’ first New York Times-bestseller, "A Sweethaven Summer," and was one of the original editors brought onboard at Amazon Publishing, where she was pivotal in launching Montlake Romance. At Amazon, she acquired debut romantic suspense author Kendra Elliot, whose titles have sold eight million+ copies, and Marina Adair's bestselling Vineyard Series, which was turned into a hit movie trilogy for the Hallmark Channel. She was also nominated for three RITA Awards, the romance industry’s highest honor.
Now a Literary Manager of adult fiction, Lindsay applies her comprehensive market knowledge and keen editorial instinct to identify and nurture exciting new talent for MLM.
She will consider any adult fiction with a clear, marketable, compelling hook, and strong voice. Her personal tastes align with the following wish list, but she would never shut herself off to The Next Big Thing!
Lindsay is also interested in working with proven genre writers (i.e. previously published, award-winning/nominated, placement in contests, strong platform, etc.) from the elevator pitch onward. Bring her your pitches and she will help direct you which one to pursue, or she can provide you with one to flesh out into a proposal.
She has an immediate need for:
*Fiction that elevates diverse/marginalized voices
*Retellings of classic stories (either modern retellings or classic stories told from a different character’s perspective)
*Fiction exploring family dynamics and relationships (particularly mothers/daughters and sisters)
*Cozy, charming, small-town romance/fiction
She also loves:
*Rich, evocative historical fiction
*Fiction featuring historical figures
*European-set fiction, any era and tone
*Dark psychological and domestic suspense
*Family dramas that interweave past and present
*Gorgeous, lyrical literary fiction
*Wholesome, clean fiction and romance