Joe Monti is the award-nominated editorial director of Saga Press, working with bestselling and esteemed authors Charlaine Harris, Stephen Graham Jones, Rebecca Roanhorse, and Ken Liu, to name a few. He fell in love with the literature of fantasy and science fiction at an early age and never let go. After all, as Ursula K. Le Guin counsels, “People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.” Before joining Saga Press in 2013, Joe worked in the industry for eighteen years as a literary agent, an editor, a buyer, and a sales rep.

Editorial Interests: A broad range from commercial to high concept literary genre; innovative novels from marginalized voices, and horror fiction (editor’s note: I firmly believe horror fiction is the genre to address the issues of today with class, culture, and race).

Amara Hoshijo

Amara Hoshijo is an editor at Saga Press. Originally from Honolulu and a graduate of the University of Southern California, she left warmer climates for New York City nearly a decade ago. Prior to joining Saga Press, she was an editor at Soho Press, where she specialized in international crime fiction, debut literary fiction, and speculative fiction for more than eight years. She also managed the company’s subrights initiative and is a former Frankfurt Fellow.

Amara is looking for ambitious, culturally driven projects in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Titles she acquired at Soho include Chana Porter’s The Seep, Clarissa Goenawan’s Rainbirds, Ilaria Tuti’s Flowers Over the Inferno, and Andromeda Romano-Lax’s Annie and the Wolves.

Kayleigh WebB
Senior Publicist and Marketer

Kayleigh Webb joined Gallery Books in May 2021, stepping into the role of Senior Publicist and Marketer for Saga Press. She brings with her six years of experience in genre publicity and has had the joy of working with bestselling SFF authors S. A. Chakraborty, R. F. Kuang, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Beth Durst, and Chloe Neill, as well as many bestselling romance authors. Prior to joining the Saga team, she was a member of the publicity and branding team at Avon Books and Harper Voyager.

Jéla Lewter

Jéla Lewter joined Saga Press in 2021, bringing with her a love of all things speculative fiction. Originally from North Carolina, Jéla knew she was meant for the city life and left her small town to attend American University in Washington, D.C. After graduating, she began pursuing an education in the publishing industry through New York University’s 2020 Summer Publishing Institute and their publishing master’s program while interning at Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and eventually joining Hachette Book Group in their inaugural Associate Program. Her passionate interest in sci-fi, fantasy, horror and the unique ways in which each critiques society brought her to Saga.

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