Our Team

Lucinda Blumenfeld

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With over a decade of experience in corporate and agency publishing, Lucinda lives on both sides of the literary and business worlds. She founded Lucinda Literary in 2011, which offers publicity and online marketing expertise alongside traditional literary representation. More recently, Lucinda Literary has expanded to include an authors speakers bureau.

Lucinda began her publishing career in publicity at HarperCollins, later worked in Scholastic’s Marketing Partnerships Division, and joined Fletcher & Company as a literary agent and marketing consultant in 2009, where she helped market bestselling authors such as Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project). Today, she represents trade business, psychology, lifestyle and narrative nonfiction, and literary and upmarket fiction. She has worked with all the major publishers and various independents. She does not represent genre fiction or graphic novels.

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

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Ashley Bernardi

Lucinda Literary is proud to announce a new alliance with veteran news booker and producer Ashley Bernardi, creator of Nardi Media, LLC. Ashley 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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Connor Eck

img_2654Connor Eck joined Lucinda Literary in 2016. He brings a multifaceted literary skill-set, having experience in both the editorial and marketing spheres—for GOLF Magazine, CBS Television Studios, and The Weinstein Company, among others. Connor graduated with a B.A. in English from Union College in Schenectady, NY, where he was quarterback and captain of the football team. His thesis, a feature-length screenplay, was selected in 2016 as a finalist for the 25th Woods Hole Film Festival. Connor has a passion for writing, nurturing literary talent, and for bolstering the careers of fellow writers. He most enjoys reading fiction, for all age ranges. To query Connor directly, email connor@lucindaliterary.com

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Deirdre Smerillo

Deirdre Smerillo 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.  Smerillo Associates’ clients include small literary publishers and agencies. Deirdre operates out of Point Pleasant Beach, NJ with her husband and business partner, Gary Smerillo.

 

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