Joe Monti is an 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).

Lauren Jackson  Publicity Manager

Lauren Jackson (also known as LJ) is the marketing and publicity manager at Saga Press and the first of her name. During her nine years in publishing, she has held positions at Tor Books, William Morrow, and Penguin Random House, and has enjoyed working with an array of authors,  from punk music legends to Michelin-starred chefs to cat whisperers. She is a huge fan of Star Trek, horror, cyberpunk, making spreadsheets, and meandering conversations about the intersection of religion and technology. A proud born-and-bred Brooklynite, she still resides in that borough, and serves two cats named Jaime and Cersei.

Madison Penico  Editorial Assistant

Madison joined Saga in 2019 with a lifetime of product testing (i.e. reading) experience, a variety of internships, and a M.S. in Publishing from NYU. Originally from New Orleans, she moved to New York to dive into the industry and has interned at Writers House, Maria Carvainis Agency, and Peter Lang Publishing. The youngest of a family of nerds and bookworms, Madison has an abiding love for all things science fiction and fantasy (and the occasional horror) with a particular interest in female-driven narratives.

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