Dee began her career in the editorial and marketing departments of Newsweek Magazine, and in the trading and futures departments of Goldman Sachs. With an offer from the Brazilian government to produce sporting and concert events in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil, Dee launched her own production company and public relations division representing artists from around the globe. A close relationship with several of these artists led to the development of Dee Mura Enterprises, a talent and literary personal management company with a hands-on approach to developing performing artists and writers for film, television, personal appearances, and corporate events. When several of her film and TV writers expressed the desire to write for publication, Dee Mura Literary was born. The company now flourishes under the direction of Dee’s diverse experience in media, marketing, editorial, finance, and personal management, with the goal of contributing quality, innovative literature to the publishing world.
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Mystery, thriller, espionage, action/adventure, military, finance, political, historical, humor, and animals*
FAVORITE BOOKS: Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series, Stieg Larsson’s Milennium series, and anything by Patricia Cornwell, Michael Chabon, Clive Cussler, Dennis Lehane, Vince Flynn, and Tony Horowitz
CAFFEINE OF CHOICE: Columbian roast with almond milk and a touch of cinnamon
WRITERS CAN GET BONUS POINTS BY: Developing strong characters that drive the story
A graduate of Skidmore College and Boston University’s Book Publishing Program, Kimiko worked within Shambhala Publications and Harvard Common Press before becoming a literary agent. She partners with aspiring and published authors alike, enjoys well-worn library books, and is always up for a game of Scrabble. She loves projects that reimagine what’s possible, characters with something (or nothing) to lose, unique viewpoints, trailblazing heroines, and anything with elements of magical realism.
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Contemporary, literary, YA, and Women's fiction, as well as memoir, mind and body, health, and cookbooks*
FAVORITE BOOKS: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, Great House by Nicole Krauss, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby, The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters, and One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
CAFFEINE OF CHOICE: Iced decaf soy latte
WRITERS CAN GET BONUS POINTS BY: Understanding the difference between “showing” versus “telling”
Growing up in The Middle of Nowhere, Ohio, Kaylee’s lifeline to sanity was the local library where she nurtured her love of all things literary. Kaylee received B.A.s in English Literature and Sociology from Miami University, and she is certified in Copyediting from Emerson College. She is drawn to exciting, thought-provoking stories with a fresh perspective that explores what it means to be human. She loves plot twists, genre-bending, unlikely allies, flawed heroes, and stories that are both literally and figuratively out of this world.
SPECIAL INTERESTS: MG, YA, adult, sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, thriller, contemporary, literary, and LGBTQ*
FAVORITE BOOKS: The Ender saga by Orson Scott Card, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and Vicious by V.E. Schwab
CAFFEINE OF CHOICE: French vanilla iced coffee, black
WRITERS CAN GET BONUS POINTS BY: Always using serial commas and never using Courier New
*A full list of the categories DML accepts for submission can be found here.
Like our Facebook page for fun tips, updates, and articles on publishing.