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. Her specialty is in overseeing a strategy for all components of an author’s exposure, from literary representation to publicity and events. She likes to be considered a do-it-all marketer and partner with an understanding that books are just one, vital part of an author’s larger brand and platform.

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 sell and create custom publishing programs for a variety of global nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies. Today, she represents business, health/lifestyle, popular science, and narrative nonfiction, as well as 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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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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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. Originally from Minnesota, Linda graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Montclair, NJ with her husband and twin daughters. For questions and inquiries regarding foreign rights, please contact Linda at rights@lucindaliterary.com.

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.


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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