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
Kimiko's career started in the publishing houses of Boston where she fostered her talent for sales. At Dee Mura Literary, she found another passion: helping writers build successful careers. Kimiko works with new and emerging writers. She looks for page-turning fiction and non-fiction that leaves people inspired and offers readers a full range of emotions—laughter that slips out while reading in public, tears that splash onto our e-readers, and an aha of connection on the page, reminding us that books are more than something we simply hold in our hands.
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Contemporary fiction, young adult, new adult, women’s lit, romance, upmarket literary, mystery, urban fantasy, satire, memoir, narrative nonfiction, mind and body, cookbooks, spirituality, and health*
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” and spelling her name correctly
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 a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Sociology from Miami University, and she is certified in Copyediting from Emerson College. Recognized for her obsessive-compulsive attention to detail and crazy-fast reading ability, Kaylee joined the team as a professional copyeditor, proofreader, and administrative assistant. She has recently been promoted to Associate Literary Agent.
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, young adult, new adult, steampunk, urban fantasy, social commentary, and counter-culture*
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, Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby, and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
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.