Barth is the
Associate Editor for Harlequin's World Wide Library Mystery and Suspense
program. Laura loves fast-paced stories with flawed but likeable characters and
enough twists and turns to keep her guessing till the very end. After starting
at Harlequin in 2005 as a proofreader, Laura was promoted to Editorial
Assistant in 2006 and worked her way up through the ranks to her current
position. She first came to the Mystery and Suspense program in the spring of
2012, and has been developing an appreciation for and understanding of the WWL
product and the industry ever since. Laura is excited about growing with the
WWL program, expanding her knowledge of the mystery and suspense genres and
meeting authors and other industry professionals. A fair-weather hiker, cyclist
and balcony gardener, Laura loves spending time in nature and can often be seen
zipping about on her shiny red bicycle, terrorizing Toronto pedestrians. Follow
her on Twitter at @LauraBarth2011.
is the Marketing Director of Intrigue Publishing. She came to Intrigue with
over 5 years of experience in marketing. As a published author of 2 novels and
currently working on a mystery, Sandra has shown that she has what it takes to
bring authors along in the world that she calls "Author ville." She
actively participates in local events that encourage young people to use their
creative minds to weave a story.
Austin Camacho is a mystery/thriller author and, in 2012, launched Intrigue Publishing with the objective of publishing at least four books each year. Intrigue strives to publish books, by authors who have a unique perspective and compelling authority. These will be works that intrigue the reader, that is, arouse the reader’s curiosity with their unusual, new, fascinating and compelling qualities. We will achieve success in the publishing industry and earn for ourselves and our authors by producing books that appeal to the reader’s curiosity, fancy and interest. We will nurture authors who can create quality works that will appeal to the reader’s interest. We will mentor authors who produce writing that cannot be ignored. We believe that talented authors deserve attention not only from publishers, but from readers as well. To sell the book is only the beginning of our mission. We will work to build avid audiences of readers who are enriched by the books we produce and are eager for future publications.
Dietz, Senior Editor, Five Star Mysteries, hass been in the
publishing business for over 20 years. She wants to feel a sense of joy and
discovery when she reads a non–clichéd, well–written, character–driven novel.
She says she wants to BE THERE, in the scene. Deni’s authors include
Edgar-nominated Al Lamanda, ITW winner Richard Helms, and best-selling authors
Ellen Larson, Kate Flora, Jonnie Jacobs, Trey Barker, and James Patrick Hunt.
Under the pen name Mary Ellen Dennis, Deni is the author of Heaven’s Thunder
– a Colorado Saga – with an emphasis on Colorado’s silent film industry.
Also, The Landlord’s Black-eyed Daughter, a paranormal
history-mystery-romance, chosen as one of Booklist’s 10 Best Books of the Year
and nominated for an RT Award. Deni will also be taking pitches for Five Star’s
new historical line: Frontier Fiction (all sub-genres up to and including the
1930s). Deni is often asked what she likes best: writing or editing? The
answer, of course, is both. But here in this brief bio, she confesses that she
likes working with new authors best.
Elizabeth Evans is an agent at the Jean V.
Naggar Literary Agency, where she represents a wide range of nonfiction,
including memoir, travel/adventure, journalism, sports, popular science,
history, psychology, biography, humor, cookbooks, and art/illustrated titles.
She is always on the lookout for stories of adventure and books that aspire to
foster knowledge and understanding. Her favorite books combine a lively
narrative with in-depth investigative research. She is especially interested in
food writing, books that explore feats of adventure or unlikely quests, and war
narratives that illuminate unique perspectives. She works closely with her
authors throughout all stages of the editorial process. Before joining JVNLA in 2010, Elizabeth worked
for six years in the San Francisco Bay Area with Kimberley Cameron &
Associates. She holds an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco.
Her recent titles include Columbia University Professor Ruth DeFries's The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the
Face of Natural Crisis, former Vogue editor and founder of OAfrica Lisa
Lovatt-Smith's Who Knows Tomorrow: A Memoir of Finding Family
Among the Lost Children of Africa, and
author/illustrator Ella Frances Sanders's Lost in Translation: An Illustrated
Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World.
Molly Foltyn is the Assistant to the Agents at Browne & Miller Literary Associates, Chicago’s premier literary agency specializing in full-service representation of a select clientele. She joined the team in 2013 after receiving her BA in English Literature from UCLA and a masters in the humanities from the University of Chicago. When she isn't reading fiction, Molly enjoys writing it—she is the recipient of the University of Chicago’s 2013 Emerging Writers Prize. A lover of all books, Molly has a soft spot for mysteries, coming of age stories, and novels with a strong sense of place. She also loves crossword puzzles, horrible reality TV, and coffee.
Hinds has promoted some exciting talent from her days at Arista
Records, with a roster that looked after Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklyn,
The FourTops and Whitney Houston. She has worked in the fields of theatre,
music theatre, country music, classical, literary and mainstream music. She has
promoted artists in Europe and is now focusing on the U.S., where her Anne
Perry DVD Put Your Heart On The Page: An Introduction To Writing is
licensed to Dreamscape. Her current clients include, among others, the
international and New York Times best-selling writer and 2015 LIM
Featured Author Anne Perry. Diane is a guest lecturer teaching first year PR
& Advertising students at the University of Westminster on their Introduction
to PR and Campaigning modules and has been a guest visitor on the
UCLA’s Personal Writing essay course, discussing the role of a PR. She
is a film producer, a mother of two teenagers, is currently studying for her
MA: Film & TV and lives with Sickle Cell Disease. She can be contacted at email@example.com
or at www.quidnunc.biz.
Elizabeth Lacks is an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she has worked for four years. She works primarily on crime fiction and narrative nonfiction. Upcoming books include Ausma Zehanat Khan’s debut mystery THE UNQUIET DEAD and Eunsun Kim’s haunting memoir of growing up in and escaping North Korea, A THOUSAND MILES TO FREEDOM: MY ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA.
Linda McFall has worked in publishing for over 20
years at Picador, St. Martin's Press, Viking/Penguin, and Harlequin/Mira, with
best-selling authors like Heather Graham, Alex Kava, Gail Tsukiyama, and J.T.
Ellison. She is currently a freelance editor specializing in thrillers,
romantic suspense, and commercial fiction.
Miller aka the Literary Lion, President
and CEO of Global Lion Intellectual Property Management, Inc. will
give a one-hour presentation on the Metamorphosis of a Book into a Film.
His lecture will focus on stories about many of the 150 film and
television deals he has made and the now eighteen films that have been produced
based on books that he has managed and or he has produced. His decades of
experience and representation of authors around the world combined with his
countless contacts and relationships with Film Producers, Directors,
Screenwriters, Motion Picture Studios, Distributors, Financiers, Cable and
Television Companies make this a special presentation. Miller brings to the
conference vast experience on every level of the motion picture and television
industries as well as how Hollywood relies on Books to make great film and
television and cable productions. His literary management work in
the film and publishing worlds is on the pulse of the enormous sea changes that
are taking place in the entertainment and publishing worlds. As a special
gift to every attendee of the conference he is offering a digital pdf file of
his book Author! Screenwriter! He suggests that you have a chance
to read it before you attend his lecture because it will make the experience
extremely more valuable. Click to watch Peter Miller's
"A Literary Lion's Tale" on YouTube.
Mitchard is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books
for adults and five for teenagers, and is now editor of an imprint she helped
to create, Merit Press. Merit Press is actively acquiring realistic,
contemporary Young Adult fiction - suspenseful, mysterious, some-times with
historical subjects or a twist of magical realism. Merit Press has twice been
featured in Publishers Weekly as an up-and-coming new publisher, under the
aegis of the media giant F&W Media. Mitchard, who comes from Chicago, now
lives on Cape Cod with her family. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call her at 608-576-5568, and visit her website, www.jackiemitchard.com
Posner has spent a lifetime in books. She started out with a brief
stint as a librarian, but found it a bit too staid, so moved on to publishing.
Her first job was at Pinnacle Books where as assistant to the President she was
given a book to edit the third week of my employment. She then moved on to
Rodale Press and then Salem House where she helped bring British books to the
US, finally moving up the publishing ladder to Pantheon’s Associate Publisher,
where she worked with some of the major cultural icons of our time, including
Noam Chomsky, Studs Terkel, Matt Groening and Art Spiegelman. After fifteen
years on the editorial side of the business, she made the jump to agenting –
spending twelve years as at the William Morris Agency as an agent and as Vice President
and Director of Foreign Rights; five years as president of her own agency; five
years at Sterling Lord Literistic as an agent and Director of Foreign Rights;
and now – and very happy – at Folio. Her clients include Newbery Honor winner
and New York Times bestseller Jacqueline Kelly, other New York Times
bestsellers, Sheri Reynolds and Jill Barnett, along with Kristi Cook,
Christopher Grant, Georgia.
Abby Saul is the Associate Agent at Browne & Miller Literary Associates, coming on in 2013 after spending five years on the production and digital publishing side of the industry, first at John Wiley & Sons and then at Sourcebooks. A zealous reader who loves her iPad and recognizes that ebooks are the future, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. She’s looking for great and engrossing writing, no matter what the genre, and is actively exploring new digital possibilities for books. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband. Find her @BookySaul on Twitter.
Emily Clark Victorson is the owner/publisher of Allium Press of Chicago.
Prior to starting the press she worked as a librarian, historian, and book
designer. Allium was founded in 2009 as a small, independent press and publishes
literary fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and young adult
fiction, all with a Chicago connection. Recent releases include Tim Chapman’s
thriller Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold; the fourth book in Frances
McNamara's Emily Cabot Mysteries series, Death at Woods Hole; Libby
Fischer Hellmann's thriller, A Bitter Veil; and David J. Walker’s
thriller, Company Orders. All Allium Press books are published both in
print and as ebooks.
CHRISTINE WITTHOHN is a literary agent and the founder of Book Cents Literary Agency (established in 2006), and the U.S. Sales and Licensing Agent for leading French publisher, Bragelonne (Paris, France); German publisher, Egmont-Lyx (Cologne, Germany); and Spanish publisher, Grupo Edebé (Barcelona, Spain). She is a sponsor of the International Women’s Fiction Festival held annually in Matera, Italy and she teaches brainstorming, branding, and social media classes in various cities around the U.S., U.K., and Italy (adding France and Germany next year!). She is member of AAR, RWA, MWA. She is open to thrillers (particularly eco or psychological), mysteries, romance (no inspy or erotica), women's fiction, new adult and young adult. A few of her top 2013 titles: Grapes of Death (Joni Sauer-Folger), Damocles (S.G. Redling), Kicking The Habit (Kari Lee Townsend), Passions Prey (A.C. Arthur), Chicken Caccia Killer (Liz Lipperman), Fury of Desire (Coreene Callahan), and Fountain of Secrets (Anita Clenney).
Melissa Ann Singer, Senior Editor at Tom Doherty Associates, LLC (Forge, Tor, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen) has edited practically every fiction genre there is, though at the moment she’s concentrating on mystery, suspense, and thriller; horror and urban fantasy; and contemporary and historical women’s fiction. She is interested in non-traditional settings and characters and is looking for under-represented voices (note: no YA, please). A native of NYC, she lives in a small apartment with a large cat and has a daughter at university.