Best Banter Contest Final Judges

Jennifer Herrington
Literary Agent

Jennifer started her career on the editorial side of publishing with Kensington Books Publishing’s Lyrical Press imprint and an internship with Entangled Publishing. She’s also worked as a freelance editor for independent authors. After an internship at a New York agency, she joined the Harvey Klinger Agency in 2020. Jennifer is currently building her list and is interested in representing picture books, chapter books, middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. She’s especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQ voices in the mentioned categories. Jennifer lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, three sons, and two dogs.

HARVEY KLINGER LITERARY AGENCY represents high-quality writers of adult fiction, nonfiction, young adult, and middle-grade books.



Tara Gelsomino
CEO, One Track Literary Agency, Inc.

Tara Gelsomino is the founder and CEO of One Track Literary Agency, Inc., a boutique, hands-on, editorial agency that helps authors be single-minded for success. She has more than twenty-plus years of publishing and media experience. Previously, she was the executive editor heading up Simon & Schuster’s digital-first imprint Crimson Romance, and prior to that, she held multiple positions at BBC Audiobooks America and Romantic Times Magazine. Tara lives in Rhode Island with her husband and her rescue dog, Yoda. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys watching too much television, seeing Broadway musicals, and buying yarn (and occasionally even knitting it). She’s currently seeking romance, women’s fiction, mystery/thrillers, and young adult fiction, and submission guidelines can be found at her website