Meet Our Guests Agents:
Mark Gottlieb is an agent with Trident Media. After graduating from Emerson College with a degree in writing, literature and publishing, Mark began his career with the Vice President of Berkley Books (Penguin), working with leading editors. At Trident Media, he worked with foreign rights and audio rights before building his own client list.
Looking for: Fiction, nonfiction, young adult, middle grade, children’s books, graphic novels
Not looking for: Poetry, textbooks, novellas, short stories, personal memoir, romance, erotica
Best tip for pitching me: I prefer to hear the 1-2 sentence hook.
Eric Myers has a strong affinity for young adult and middle grade fiction. He joined Dystel and Goderich Literary Management in 2015 after thirteen years at The Spieler Agency. A graduate of UCLA and the Sorbonne, Eric entered publishing as a journalist and author.
Looking for: Middle grade, young adult, adult thriller, adult non-fiction
Not looking for: Picture books, literary fiction, mysteries, memoir without a strong social media platform
Pitching tips: Try to keep your pitch to one page if possible.
Noah Ballard is an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He received his BA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency. Noah has appeared across the country at graduate programs and writing conferences.
Looking for: Upmarket and literary fiction, including thrillers, mysteries, women’s fiction; narrative non-fiction, including history, humor and memoir.
Not looking for: Children’s picture books, middle grade, most YA, romance, dystopian.
Best tip for pitching me: Let’s just sit down and have a conversation. Please don’t monologue at me.
Pitch sessions (limit one) with our agents are available Friday and Saturday on a first-registered, first-assigned basis. Pitch windows are 5 minutes. Writers must have a finished manuscript ready to send but are asked not to bring it to the pitch sessions. Each agent will be presenting a workshop, taking part in a panel, and participating in the read & critique sessions Friday night.
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Meet Our Special Guests:
Friday Dinner Keynote: Jonathan Maberry
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. Two of his books are in development for TV, and another is in development as a series of feature films. www.jonathanmaberry.com
Saturday Lunch Keynote: Kathryn Craft
Kathryn Craft is the author of THE ART OF FALLING and THE FAR END OF HAPPY, a freelance developmental editor, a frequent workshop leader, and a member of a marketing cooperative of women’s fiction writers. www.kathryncraft.com
Published Penns Luncheon Guest Speaker: Cindy Callaghan
Cindy Callaghan is the author of SYDNEY MACKENZIE KNOCKS ‘EM DEAD (2017) and six more books published by Simon & Schuster. Her 2010 release, JUST ADD MAGIC, is now a live-action series on Amazon. www.cindycallaghan.com
“When Your Writing Life Gives You Lemons: A Book to Screen Example”
Networking Lunch Guest Speaker: Stuart Horwitz
Stuart Horwitz is a ghostwriter, independent editor, and founder and principal of Book Architecture. Book Architecture’s clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields. He is the author of three books on writing.
“You Don’t Know If You Don’t Go”
Writers can always come up with reasons to not pursue their writing—and list them—and yet the entire subset of people who “don’t make it” is contained in the subset of people who quit. We don’t know unless we go, in other words. And then we discover ourselves and our world…and sometimes amazing things happen.
Multi-Session Workshop Leader: Jamie Saloff assists authors in a book’s delivery from manuscript to final form, including interior layout and cover design, file prep, copyright filings, ebook creation, market messaging, and much more. She’s the author of 7 Easy Steps to Professionally Self-Publish Your Book.
“Self Publish Your Print Book in 7 Easy Steps: A Three-Part Presentation”
Looking to self-publish? This extended, three-session workshop will show you how to avoid poor quality books and disappointing sales. You can do-it-yourself— even if you are a non-techie or a golden ager—by first gathering a little knowledge and a learning a few trade secrets. (Part 1: Before You Begin Self-Publishing. Part 2: The Details of Self-Publishing on Your Own. Part 3: The Final Mile of Self-Publishing.) The first 20 people who attend all three sessions will receive her book for free.
Multi-Session Workshop Leader: Susan Meier is the author of 60+ books for Harlequin, Entangled, and Guideposts’ Grace Chapel Inn and has won numerous publishing awards. She loves to teach as much as she loves to write and is a popular speaker at RWA chapter conferences.
“Writing the Modern-Day Romance: A Three-Part Presentation”
Romance novels hit the bestseller lists every day—and you want to be part of that! How do you know what works? What keeps readers coming back? What about story structure? Join Susan as she answers these questions and more in a three-part series. (Part 1: Writing to Your Audience. Part 2: Increasing the Conflict. Part 3: Plotting with the W Plot.)
Registration is now open at http://bit.ly/1Q909IX
Meet Our Workshop Presenters:
Annette Dashofy is the best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series. Her first novel CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE, was a finalist for both the Agatha Award and the David Award. Annette is vice president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime and Pennwriters. www.annettedashofy.com
Cathy Jordan is the author of horror novels SEEKING SAMIEL and THE BOOKSELLER’S SECRET and contributes to magazines, anthologies, and online publications. She judged for the Bram Stoker Award and the ITW Young Adult Award. www.catherinejordan.com
Connie Scharon credits a trip to the British Isles with setting her successful self-publishing career in motion. Books in her HIGHLAND LEGEND series made the Amazon Scottish Historical Romance and Medieval Romance Best Seller’s Lists.
Don Helin published his first thriller, THY KINGDOM COME, in 2009. His most recent novel, SECRET ASSAULT, won best suspense/thriller at the 2015 Indie Book Awards and a gold medal at the Military Writers Society of America Conference. www.donhelin.com
Donna Galanti authored the paranormal thrillers in THE ELEMENT TRILOGY and the middle grade series, JOSHUA AND THE LIGHTNING ROAD. She is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers’ The Big Thrill magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem. www.donnagalanti.com
Hana Haatainen Caye runs SPEECHLESS, a business focused on writing, editing, and voice-overs, and the author of GREEN GRANDMA’S VINEGAR FRIDAYS and 90+ children’s books for iStorybooks. She teaches writing at Carnegie Mellon University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. www.wordsinyourmouth.com
Jack Hillman is a journalist, novelist, playwright, and medical underwriter. In addition to five novels and a novella, his published short fiction has appeared in multiple magazines, both online and print. He is a member of SFWA and HWA. www.jackhillman.com
Jean Jenkins, professional librarian, teaches the “secrets” of successful research. She has conducted research across the US and in Europe, including several projects undertaken while on fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Jon Sprunk is the author of THE BOOK OF THE BLACK EARTH epic fantasy series as well as the SHADOW SAGA trilogy. His first book was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award and nominated for the David Gemmell Award for Best Debut Novel and Best Fantasy Novel. www.jonsprunk.com
Laurie J. Edwards, a former senior editor for YA and publisher of Leap Books, now focuses on her own writing, freelancing, and illustration career. She has more than 2,200 articles and 20 books in print. She also writes as Erin Johnson and Rachel J. Good. www.lauriejedwards.com
Lori M. Myers writes creative nonfiction, fiction, essays, and plays. She teaches is an adjunct professor of writing at Dominican College in New York and senior interviews editor for Hippocampus Magazine. www.lorimmyers.com
Maria V. Snyder has written more than a dozen novels and has been on the New York Times bestseller list, has won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her master’s degree in writing from Seton Hill University where she’s now part of the MFA faculty. www.MariaVSnyder.com
Michelle Markey Butler teaches at University of Maryland College Park. She is the author of fantasy novel, HOMEGOING, and co-author of THE LAST ABBOT OF LINN DUACHAILL. www.michellemarkeybutler.com
Ramona DeFelice Long is an author, editor, and writing instructor. Her short fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir have appeared in regional and literary publications. She has received multiple fellowships in fiction and creative nonfiction. www.ramonadef.com
Tamara Girardi is an assistant professor of English at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. She studied fiction at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and writes young adult fantasy and contemporary works.
Vickie Fisher is an inspirational author and photographer who lives on 19 acres in Westminster, MD. She works for Amtrak as a chief entitlement clerk. www.vickiefisher.comShare this: