Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She has been interviewed and featured by NPR, PBS, CBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club and many other outlets.
In addition to being a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com. In 2017, in partnership with The Authors Guild, she helped produce The Authors Guild Guide to E-Publishing and is currently presenting an educational series on The Digital Age author.
Agents and Editors
Danielle Burby. Based in New York City, Danielle became an agent at Nelson Literary Agency (NLA) in January 2017. Previously, she was an agent at a NYC-based firm where she managed foreign rights in addition to building her client roster. She also interned at several top agencies and publishers before graduating from Hamilton College with a dual degree in creative writing and women’s studies. Danielle represents all genres of YA and MG along with select passion projects on the adult side in women’s fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and mystery. She particularly enjoys complex female characters, quirky adventures, narratives that ask readers to think deeply, girls with swords, and seaside novels. Danielle also looks for a strong narrative voice and characters she wants to spend time with. For more information about her wishlist, check out NLA’s Submission Guidelines page. You can find details about her recent sales on Publishers Marketplace
Mary C. Moore has been with Kimberley Cameron since 2012. In her previous life she was a field biologist then zookeeper, but her love of books veered her to a MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, Oakland. She first joined KC&A as an intern to learn more about publishing as a writer, but soon fell in love with agenting. She is seeking commercial and upmarket fiction in all genres, both adult and young adult. Find out more at marycmoore.com and kimberleycameron.com.
Michael Strother: Michael started in publishing in 2011 at Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, where he acquired and edited young adult fiction from authors such as Shaun David Hutchinson, Simon Curtis, Lisa Maxwell, and Cindy Pon. At Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, he worked with middle grade fiction from debut authors Monica Tesler, Peter Vegas, and Robert Imfeld. In 2016, Michael joined Harlequin Teen where he acquired books by Alex R. Kahler and Alisa Kwitney, and edited works by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Katie McGarry. Now at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette, he is actively building a list in young adult and middle grade fiction and nonfiction, and select picture books. You can find him on Twitter @CupcakeAndy where he’s always happy to talk about cupcakes, Shondaland (and other TV shows), and his dog, Griffin.
Grace Menary-Winefield has been with Sourcebooks since 2015. Previously, she was with Little, Brown Book Group’s editorial team after interning at both Pan Macmillan and Palgrave Macmillan in London. In her current role as Associate Editor she concentrates primarily on nonfiction, and enjoys narrative history, personal development, self-help, science, and gift titles (both illustrated and text—only). She acquires very few fiction projects, but loves to champion new mainstream directions in science-fiction and fantasy. She believes wholeheartedly in her publisher’s motto: “Books change lives.”
Paul Stevens joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2016. Before joining DMLA, he was a science fiction, fantasy, and mystery editor for 15 years, primarily at Tor Books, working with authors such as Alex Bledsoe, Marie Brennan, Adam Christopher, and A. Lee Martinez. Paul is looking for science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, suspense, and humorous fiction. Paul is not looking for young adult or middle grade books at this time. He is on Twitter as @pstevens1824 and on the web at http://maassagency.com/paul-stevens/.
Rhonda Penders is President and Editor-in-Chief of The Wild Rose Press. She and her business partner, RJ Morris, opened the company back in 2006. TWRP, as it is affectionately known, is home to authors worldwide and currently has over 3000 active titles. Although started as a romance only publisher, they opened their garden gate to adult mainstream fiction (including historical fiction, science fiction, erotica, thrillers, etc.) in 2013. They also publish YA but do not currently work with children’s books or poetry. They publish in ebook format as well as print and audio.
Rhonda lives in Upstate New York in a tiny hamlet nestled along the Erie Canal. She and her husband, Scott, have been married 32 years and have three adult sons, two cats and an annoying spoiled Siberian Husky. She enjoys writing, boating, cooking and baking and is never happier then when all her sons are home and around her table.
Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author who has published over 40 books. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated critiques. Cheree works as a fulltime author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, riding motorcycles, playing the bass for the band Alien Landslide, spending time with her wonderful children, and going on family adventures while planning her next book.
Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out in their garage band, enjoy the outdoors, plan great quests, and never stop dreaming.
Richard Rieman. After a career of telling news stories into the RKO Radio Network and Chicago, New York, and Washington DC radio microphones, Richard Rieman started giving a voice to the words of some wonderful authors. In just four years, Richard is a top Audible narrator and has produced over 100 audiobooks. He won three 2016 EVVY audiobook awards from CIPA, the Colorado Independent Publishers Assn., and he used his reporting background to interview top audiobook narrators for his book, “The Author’s Guide to Audiobook Creation,” 2016 Gold Medal Winner in Writing/Publishing in the Global eBook Awards.
Richard credits reading to his children in his “wizard” and “monster” voices for putting him on the path to audiobook success.
CHRISTINE FAIRCHILD is a writer and editor with 25 years experience. Originally trained as a journalist in high school and college , she was working as a professional copyeditor by the age of 18 and as a copyeditor for Hitachi at 19.
She’s written and edited for publications (XFiles, SciFiMall.com), software companies (Microsoft, PowerData), and corporations (Airborne Express/DHL, Hitachi). Now focused on fiction and teaching. she has published two writing/editing ebooks,
(The Editor Devil’s Guide to CHARACTERS and to DIALOGUE), both available on Amazon for Kindle . Learn more at her blog: Editor Devil.
Amy Collins is the President of New Shelves Books, one of the best-known book sales and marketing agencies in the US. Amy is a trusted expert, speaker, and recommended sales consultant for some of the largest book and library retailers and wholesalers in the publishing industry.
In the last 20 years, Amy and her team have sold over 40 Million books into the bookstore, library, and Chain store market for small and midsized publishers.
She is on the national advisory board for IngramSpark, is a board member of Author U, a featured columnist for THEBOOKDESIGNER, BookWorks, IBPA, and a trusted teacher in the world of small press publishers.
Faculty subject to change without notice.