Our Team

Lucinda Blumenfeld

With over fifteen years of experience in corporate and agency publishing, Lucinda lives on both sides of the literary and business worlds. Deeply editorial, but with a specialty in overseeing a strategy for all components of an author’s exposure, from literary representation to publicity to speaking, she is an “all in” marketer and partner in her authors’ careers.

Lucinda began her publishing career in the Publicity Division of HarperCollins, where she assisted on the campaigns of Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt (Freakonomics) among other New York Times bestselling authors. She then went on to work in Scholastic’s Marketing Partnerships Division, where she helped to develop and sell custom publishing programs to a variety of Fortune 500 companies and global nonprofits. She began her literary representation career at Fletcher & Company, where she also acted as a marketing consultant to Gretchen Rubin among others. Today, she represents authors writing in the categories of business, health, lifestyle, popular science, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and upmarket fiction.

Lucinda studied at McGill University in Montreal and the Sorbonne in Paris. She is originally from New York City, where her company is based.

Connor Eck

Connor represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, picture books, memoir, business, sports, and narrative nonfiction. Connor looks for fresh voices, unforgettable characters, tightly constructed plot, and thematic storytelling. In nonfiction, he is drawn to powerful narratives that challenge the status quo or ask big questions, original thinkers, and authors with strong platforms.

A sample of books Connor has represented includes: LIFE IS SHORT & SO AM I, the memoir of a little person’s improbable journey to, through, and beyond WWE (ECW Press); YOU BE MOMMY, a picture book in which a tuckered out mother asks her child to “be mommy” at bedtime (Macmillan); BE STRAIGHT WITH ME, a young adult book-in-verse exploring how the author and her male gay best friend unexpectedly fell in love in college (Andrews McMeel).

Connor has a passion for writing and nurturing literary talent. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Union College. To query Connor directly, email connor@lucindaliterary.com.

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Linda Kaplan

Linda handles foreign rights for Lucinda Literary. She worked ​15 years at the Crown Publishing Group as VP, director of subsidiary rights, and before that at the Walt Disney Company’s start-up publishing group, Hyperion. Linda has nearly thirty years of subsidiary rights experience and has licensed across all categories including children’s books, history, science, cooking, craft, spirituality and self-help as well as literary and commercial fiction. She has negotiated many deals on behalf of, among others, Gillian Flynn, Anthony Marra, Martha Stewart, Andy Weir, Tim Ferriss, Deepak Chopra, Barack Obama, George Bush, Byron Katie and Hayley Pomroy. For questions and inquiries regarding foreign rights, please contact Linda at rights@lucindaliterary.com.

Deirdre Smerillo

Deirdre oversees contracts for Lucinda Literary. She is the principal partner of Smerillo Associates, a consulting firm founded in 2006 and specializing in contract and royalty management for independent publishers, literary agencies, and other industry professionals. Her 32 years’ experience in the book publishing industry includes in-house positions as Director of Contracts for the Hyperion Books division of the Walt Disney Company and Director of Contracts for Random House, Inc. Ms. Smerillo holds a BA from Rutgers College and an MBA from Monmouth University.


Ashley Bernardi 

Ashley, creator of Nardi Media, LLC, brings over a decade of booking and producing experience in the television broadcast industry, including CBS News, Washington Post Live, and Bloomberg. She has helped countless clients achieve their broadcast outreach goals, including securing interviews and placements on NBC’s TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, NPR, Business Insider, and hundreds of other national and local television and radio outlets across the world. Ashley manages the full production of satellite media tours, including television and radio bookings, media strategy, media training, producing and logistics. Throughout her career, she has booked and interviewed Heads of State, celebrities, lawmakers, Presidential candidates, guests for breaking news stories, and more. She is based in Washington, D.C.

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