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Ellen Goodson Coughtrey The Gernert Company Women's literary and bookclub fiction, historical fiction (preferably from the 18th century forward), smart thrillers, suspense and mysteries, narrative and investigative nonfiction that teaches me something new, and well-written southern gothic anything. Original voices and new perspectives especially welcome!
Mark Gottlieb, Trident Media Group, attended Emerson College and was President of its Publishing Club, establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature & publishing, he began his career with Penguin’s VP. Mark’s first position at Publishers Marketplace’s #1-ranked literary agency, Trident Media Group, was in foreign rights.
Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Literary Agency, specializes in adult and new adult romance (contemporary and historical), women's fiction, gay fiction, fantasy, paranormal, thriller, suspense, and adventure; and all categories of children’s books, from picture and chapter books to middle grade and young adult fiction, with a keen interest in fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, romance (YA only), and chick and lad lit. She loves genre combinations.
Lauren Bieker, Fineprint Literary, is looking for commercial and upmarket women’s fiction and some well-crafted and differentiated YA novels. She is also open to select dystopian science fiction, as well as high concept and literary fiction works. While she is primarily interested in fiction, she will consider non-fiction proposals that are having to do with the world of fashion.
John Bowers The Bent Agency For fiction, I’m looking for Southern Gothic and Southern-influenced literary fiction along the lines of Ron Rash, Cormac McCarthy and anything in the tradition of titans like Flannery O’Connor. I would also love to see idea-driven science fiction such as Ursula K. Le Guin's THE DISPOSSESSED, dystopian fiction such as Nick Harkaway's THE GONE-AWAY WORLD and stories that make the world feel dystopian, like Kurt Vonnegut's classic, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-5.
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
A graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine is the author of six bestsellers which have been translated into numerous languages. HIDDEN was also a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital Bookworld bestseller for five weeks. SMOKE was named a Best Book of October by Goodreads, one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by Amazon, and was a #1 Amazon bestseller.
Amy Sue Nathan is the author of three novels, The Glass Wives, The Good Neighbor, and Left to Chance (November 2017), all published by St. Martin’s Griffin. She is the founder and editor of The Women’s Fiction Writer’s Blog (WomensFictionWriters.com) named one of WD’s Best Websites for Writers 2016 and 2015. She is a proud member of Tall Poppy Writers, blogs for the Tall Poppy Book Club, and serves as a host for Bloom, Tall Poppy Writer's online fiction, fun, and philanthropy group.
Chuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and the Heartland YA series, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the co-writer of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds.com, and his books about writing. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.
Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Pink Carnation series and several stand alone works of historical fiction, including The Ashford Affair, That Summer, The Other Daughter, and the collaborative novel, The Forgotten Room. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction.
JENNI L. WALSH has spent the past decade enticing readers as an award-winning advertising copywriter. Her passion lies in transporting readers to another world, be it in historical or contemporary settings. She is a proud graduate of Villanova University, and lives in the Philly 'burbs with her husband, daughter, son, and goldendoodle. She is part of the team behind the popular Debutante Ball blog (http://www.thedebutanteball.com/), where five debut novelists share their in-depth experiences on
Julie Pennell is a full-time freelance writer. She is regular contributor to TODAY.com and other publications which have included Teen Vogue, InStyle, Refinery29, and The Nest. Her editorial career officially began over 10 years ago when she scored her dream job at Seventeen magazine right out of college. Since then, she has worked as a digital specialist for various brands at an agency and as an online editor for Alloy Entertainment at Warner Bros.
Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, was released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for www.BookClubB
Lauren B. Davis is the author of Against a Darkening Sky, as well as The Empty Room, named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by The National Post, and the Winnipeg Free Press, Amazon.ca and The Coast; and Our Daily Bread, long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named as one of the “Best Books of the Year” by The Globe & Mail and The Boston Globe. Her other books include the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, The Radiant City, a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Pr
Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV, winning 33 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. The bestselling author of nine mysteries, Ryan's also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and Mary Higgins Clark Award. Critics call her “a superb and gifted story-teller.” Her WHAT YOU SEE is an Agatha and Anthony nominee and Library Journal Best of 2015. Ryan’s newest novel is SAY NO MORE — a Library
Steven James is the critically acclaimed author of thirteen novels. He serves as a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest magazine, hosts the biweekly podcast The Story Blender, and has a master’s degree in storytelling. Publishers Weekly calls him “[a] master storyteller at the peak of his game.” Steven’s groundbreaking book Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules won a Storytelling World award as one of the best resources for storytellers in 2015. When
Fauzia Burke is the founder and president of FSB Associates, an online publicity and marketing firm specializing in creating awareness for books and authors. She’s also the author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, April 2016). Fauzia worked for Wiley and Henry Holt before starting FSB, and has promoted the books of authors such as Alan Alda, Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra, Melissa Francis, S. C. Gwynne, Mika Brzezinski, Charles Spencer and many more. For online
Benjamin Sobieck is the author of The Writer’s Guide to Weapons: A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction. He serves as an online editor and product manager for a number of popular magazines, including Gun Digest, BLADE, Living Ready, Tactical Gear, Deer & Deer Hunting and others. In addition to writing thrillers and crime fiction, he blogs about weapons in fiction on his popular website, CrimeFictionBook.com. WritersGuidetoWeapons
Jessica Strawser is the editorial director of Writer's Digest magazine, where she's been chief editor since 2008. Her diverse career in publishing spans more than 15 years and includes stints in book editing, marketing and public relations, and freelance writing. She counts her New York Times Modern Love essay and her WD cover interviews with Alice Walker and David Sedaris among the highlights. Her debut novel, ALMOST MISSED YOU, is forthcoming in March 2017 from St. Martin's Press, with another