Myra Fiacco – Owner/Editorial Director
Myra disagrees with the phrase “Work smarter, not harder.” She thinks it’s bologna, and instead prefers to work hard at being smarter, and then work really hard. With a background that includes management in performing arts, administration at Wizard Academy Press, a long stint as a tattoo artist, children’s book illustrator, writer of fiction and nonfiction, and even real estate investing, Myra is well-acquainted with Emilie Wapnick’s term “Multipotentialite.” She is currently being mentored by the lovely Christine Holbert, owner of Lost Horse Press in Sandpoint, ID, a small press of poetry since 1998. With her broad range and peppered career history, Myra brings an artistic savvy and broad ingenuity to the craft of publishing.
Her favorite books include F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Chris Cleave’s Little Bee, and Erika Robuck’s Call me Zelda. Additionally, she enjoys anything written by David Sedaris, Marian Keyes, Magnus Flyte, Aimee Bender, Tim Dorsey, and Christopher Moore. Her favorite movies include Practical Magic, Midnight in Paris, and Penelope. In her free time, Myra devours TED talks, leads and encourages women in her community, and spends time with her three kids in the beautiful resort town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Myra is looking for nonfiction in all genres, with particular interest in Inspirational (think Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass or Gary John Bishop’s Unfu*k Yourself), Memoir (think Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl), Business and Entrepreneurial, Cultural (with specific interest in #ownvoices writers, #LGBT writers, and #Diversebooks), and Essay (as she loves David Sedaris, Sloan Crosley, Augusten Burroughs, and Mindy Kaling). She is also interested in adult fiction (NA or YA, if crossover) in all genres except SFF, Western, and Erotica. Myra likes anything weird, romantic, eccentric, strange, historical, magical, and uncomfortable. If your manuscript has a circus, an automaton, the theater, the 1920s or 1930s, music, or the ability to make her laugh and cry, she’s interested!
To submit to Myra, you can send your query and first chapter to the FVP inbox with “ATTN: MYRA” in the subject line. Further details can be found on the SUBMISSIONS page. Follow her on Twitter to learn more @MyraFiacco
C.L. Rose – Acquisitions Editor
C.L. Rose joined Filles Vertes Publishing as an Acquisitions Editor shortly after its opening, and she couldn’t have made a better decision! C.L., more commonly referred to as Courtney or Court by her friends and clients, has been a professional writer since 2011 and a professional editor since 2012. She has worked with clients from all walks of the publishing world including self-published, small press published, and traditionally published authors, including some who have won various writing awards for their work. She is also a former intern at Inklings Literary Agency. Though C.L. does not do freelance editing anymore, she is happy to take those skills to FVP.
Courtney has a degree in Psychology with a minor in English Literature, and is currently working toward a second degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Creative Writing. She’s a mother of five and enjoys spending time with her family and doing anything that involves being near the water. Some of her favorite authors include Herman Melville, Charles Dickens, Lora Leigh, J.K. Rowling, and Stephen King. Her all-time favorite children’s book is “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, and she loves coloring in her spare time. She also loves watching anything on NatGeo and the Food Network, and her favorite shows include HBO’s The Newsroom, True Blood, and Game of Thrones, and CBS’ Criminal Minds.
As for what Court is looking for in her FVP submission inbox, she’s interested in both fiction and nonfiction. On the nonfiction side, she loves uncommon memoirs and humorous cookbooks. Honestly, she loves any type of cookbook because she’s not the best in the kitchen! As for fiction, there isn’t any genre that she doesn’t enjoy. From erotica to historical, she likes it all, and she’s looking for work within the Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult categories.
To submit to C.L., you can send your query and first chapter to the FVP inbox with “ATTN: C.L.” in the subject line. Further details can be found on the SUBMISSIONS page. Follow her on Twitter to learn more @clrose1990
Melissa Thiringer – Acquisitions Editor
Melissa Thiringer has been freelance editing since 2014, and is thrilled to be checking plot consistency and mending split infinitives (did you know that there are split infinitives that can’t and shouldn’t be fixed?) for Filles Vertes Publishing now. Melissa has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Gonzaga University, and many years before that she earned her Bachelor’s in I-couldn’t-decide (Interdisciplinary) Studies. She lives in a little house on a North Idaho prairie with her husband and two sons, and has a baby girl on the way very soon.
Melissa believes that sometimes your heart is smarter than your brain, so she wears that heart on her sleeve and invites the people around her to connect on a personal level. That’s probably why she particularly loves books with a character focus, especially those that admit that human beings are universally both flawed and beautiful. Some favorites include Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, and on a more analytic front, the philosophy books of Jean Paul Sartre. She also enjoys books that ask Big Questions, such as The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, and pretty much anything by Anne Lamott or the (sadly) late Kurt Vonnegut.
With her experience as a legal assistant, a fair amount of training in computer science, and credentials in symbolic logic, Melissa brings to FVP an incomparable eye for detail. She pledges allegiance to Jesus Christ, coffee, and the Oxford comma every morning at 5:47 a.m.
For non-fiction, Melissa is interested in psychological/mental health memoirs and books with a strong social justice component presented from a personal-experience point of view, as well as lyrical essays. For fiction, she is interested in manuscripts with a non-traditional structure; stories with not-necessarily-happy, or uncertain endings; and of course anything that challenges our assumptions about the human condition, the status-quo, or philosophical or rational “givens.”
Melissa is not currently looking for genre fiction, or smut for smut’s sake (please be sure sexual content has a reason for being there). She is also not currently looking for LGBTQA+ focused manuscripts, although that can definitely be a component. (Although the social justice issues encountered by this community are very real and valid, there are other FVP editors who are a better fit.)
To submit to Melissa, you can send your query and first chapter to the FVP inbox with “ATTN: MELISSA” in the subject line. Further details can be found on the SUBMISSIONS page. Melissa is closed to submissions until January 2018. Follow her on Twitter to learn more @melissarevolted
Andrea Hintz – Junior Editor
Andrea Hintz started her editorial career for kicks. As it turned out, she wasn’t half bad at it, and people liked what she was doing. She officially put out her shingle as The Manuscript Detective in 2016, catering to authors in the indie community. She joined the team here at FVP as an editorial intern in March and never left. Or perhaps, they couldn’t convince her to leave. Either way, Andrea is thrilled to be with FVP as a Junior Editor, working under the mentorship of C.L. & Myra.
Five fun facts about Andrea: she has an Associate’s degree in Laboratory Science, she was in the Army for 6 years, she enjoys all things steampunk, she is an amateur birdwatcher (the tufted titmouse is her favorite right now), and she collects female superhero Funko Pops.
Some of her favorite fiction authors are Jane Austen, Jaqueline Carey, Gail Carriger, Deborah Harkness, & William Shakespeare. Her favorite nonfiction authors are Amy Stewart, Sam Kean, Bill Wasik, & Mary Roach
Andrea is looking for speculative fiction, historical fiction, paranormal, and urban fantasy. She wants strong world building, epic stories, and fantastic, unpredictable plot lines. For nonfiction, she wants well-researched books about any history pre-WWII, and forensic science.
She does NOT want sweet romance, anything MG, or young YA.
To submit to Andrea, you can send your query and first chapter to the FVP inbox with “ATTN: ANDREA” in the subject line. Further details can be found on the SUBMISSIONS page. Follow her on Twitter to learn more @andrea_hintz
Jerrica Reed – Acquisitions & Editorial Assistant
Jerrica is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in English literature and has loved every minute of it, which is probably why it has taken her so long to graduate! She has reached her senior year and first joined the FVP team as an Editorial Intern. She is excited to be a part of this growing company to gain the experience that she needs to become an editor herself eventually, and also to gain the credits she needs to FINALLY finish school. Besides being a total bookworm, she also likes to venture outdoors occasionally (wearing lots of sunscreen as the sun does not agree with her skin type), usually to the beach or camping in the woods somewhere. No matter where she may travel there are two things that she keeps in her purse at all times: a book and a bottle of hot sauce.
Speaking of books, historical fiction is her absolute favorite, and right after that it’s fantasy. Additionally, she loves all books (especially fiction)! Some of her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, Fadia Faqir, and Amy Tan.
Huston Green – Director of Marketing
A graduate of the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Pre-ministerial studies and a Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology, Huston has served as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church for thirty-four years; serving churches both large and small. He is well-versed in the humanities, in particular philosophy, psychology, history, and leadership.
Before ministry, he worked in middle management at two premier hotels in Nevada and Southern California.
Huston is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing and backpacks every summer. His hobbies include restoring and restomodding old cars and building model train layouts. He is a lifelong San Fransisco Giants fan and a huge Disney enthusiast.
Huston reads mostly work related books, is an avid reader of history, and considers himself an amateur historian. His two favorite novelists are John Irving and Diana Gabaldon.
Mary Terra-Berns – Sales and Client Relations & Editorial Team Member
Mary graduated from Texas A&M University with a Master of Science degree in Fish and Wildlife Sciences. Following graduation, she spent many years working across the country, from Washington to Maine, on various wildlife research and management projects. Often she was stationed in remote, isolated areas without television or internet, and communicated with the outside world via satellite phone. Her downtime was spent reading. She would bring a small library of fiction and nonfiction titles with her, and if she made her way through the library before her “civilization break,” she would read whatever was available at the station. Mary would rather chew barbed wire than read a romance novel, but when faced with nothing else to choose from she put aside her biases and read into the wee hours of the night.
Mary eventually came in out of the woods when she was hired as an environmental staff biologist for a state fish and wildlife agency. Of course, she continued to read, but now the titles mostly consisted of technical documents. After years of technical jargon, even romance novels were a welcome break. In 2015, Mary moved on from a regimen of technical reading, writing, and editing and ventured into the world of freelance writing and editing. She has authored numerous articles for several magazines, developed resumes for federal/state firefighters, edited a variety of documents, and in 2017, had the good fortune to edit an FVP title and be added to the FVP team.
There are so many great books and great authors it is hard to pick just a few – James Michener, Isak Denesen, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dan Brown, Timothy Egan, Walter Isaacson, Janell Cannon…
**For more information on submitting to the FVP team, please visit our SUBMISSIONS page. If you do not wish to submit directly to one of our editors, you may submit your work to the team as a whole by addressing it “Dear FVP Team,” and we will evaluate it as a company.**