Latoya Smith

Latoya C. Smith started her editorial career as an administrative assistant to New York Times bestselling author, Teri Woods at Teri Woods Publishing while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Temple University. She graduated Cum Laude from Temple in August of 2005. She then attained a full-time position at Kensington Publishing in March of 2006. In October 2006, Latoya joined Grand Central Publishing, an imprint at Hachette Book Group. For the span of her eight years there, Latoya acquired a variety of titles from Hardcover fiction and non-fiction, to digital romance and erotica. She was featured in Publishers Weekly and USA Today, as well as on various author, book conference, and book blogger websites. In early 2014, she appeared on CSpan2 where she contributed to a panel discussing the state of book publishing. From August 2014 to February 2016, Latoya was Executive Editor at Samhain Publishing where she acquired short and long-form romance and erotic fiction. She is the winner of the 2012 RWA Golden Apple for Editor of the Year, 2017 Golden Apple for Agent of the Year, and the 2017 Literary Jewels Award for Editor of the Year.  Latoya provides editorial services and literary representation through her company, LCS Literary Services.

What I'm Looking For

Fiction: High-concept women’s fiction, Romance (contemporary, romantic suspense, cowboys, LGBTQ, erotic, inspirational, paranormal), High-concept thrillers and horror, Comedy.

Non-Fiction (platform/market-based): Memoir, How-to/Advice, Relationships, Health/Wellness, Politics/Current Events /History

Sample Titles or Authors

Kristin Vayden
Meg Benjamin
Tony Gaskins
Teri Woods

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Erotica, Family Saga, Multi-Cultural, Romance, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Dating/Relationships, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Pop Culture, Self-Help, Women's Concerns


FICTION: Chick Lit, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION:  GLBT, Health & Fitness, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Parenting, Spirituality, True Crimes