Melissa Ann Singer is a Senior Editor at Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, publisher of Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen. As an “editor of all work,” she edits nearly every kind of genre fiction Tor/Forge publishes, from mystery/suspense and thriller to urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and horror, from women’s fiction (both contemporary and historical) to the occasional work of epic fantasy, all for the adult reader. Books she’s edited have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, including the hurricane thriller, Category 7 and To Light a Candle, a fantasy novel. Melissa considers herself a structuralist, which means plotting is important to her, though that doesn’t mean she doesn’t pay attention to characterization. In mystery, she prefers procedurals to cozies but sees nothing wrong with amateur sleuths. In thriller, she tends to like disaster thrillers, whether the disaster is man-made or natural, or adventure thrillers where people are searching for lost secrets or treasures, rather than spy thrillers or financial thrillers.
Marsha Zinberg celebrates her 30th year with Harlequin. She joined Harlequin Books as an Assistant Editor in 1983 and moved up the ranks to Senior Editor of the Superromance line, a position she held from 1986 to 1993. Currently, as Executive Editor of Feature and Custom Publishing, she is responsible for various programs under the Harlequin series imprint. She also manages the Worldwide Library suspense and mystery programs, the Gold Eagle imprint, all Direct-to-Consumer-Only projects, and the new Heartwarming four-book original series.
Laura Barth, Associate Editor for Harlequin's World Wide Library Mystery and Suspense program, as well as American Romance and Blaze, will attend Love Is Murder 2014 in place of Marsha Zinberg. 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 commissioning editor for Exhibit A Books, the new crime fiction imprint from Angry RobotBooks. He has over a decade of publishing experience that includes work with traditional stalwarts, such as Random House, as well as more cutting-edge operations like Harlequin's digital-first imprint Carina Press. Bryon has also worked as a freelance editor for New York Times bestselling authors and published the award-winning crime zine Demolition for four years. Exhibit A was launched in Spring of 2003 by the award-winning folks behind Angry Robot Books and is looking for mystery and crime novels with cinematic ambition and a pulp spiri
t. Exhibit A books are distributed by Random House in the US and by Faber in the UK.2013
Susan Crawford is head of the Crawford Literary Agency,
with offices in Florida and New Hampshire. She represents commercial Fiction and Non-Fiction, including many award-winning writers. Susan is always looking for exciting new material that can stand out on crowded book shelves! Intriguing mysteries and thrillers are always in demand in today's ever-changing marketplace, as is narrative non-fiction about high-stakes action and adventure, true-crime stories, "how-to" books and "prescriptive non-fiction". Memoirs are hot today, including celebrity autobiographies. Crawford Literary Agency has sold Kelsey Grammer's, Muhammad Ali's spiritual memoir, "Spiderman" creator Stan Lee's 'bio-autography' (his word), John Travolta's memoir, and that of legendary entertainers Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, whose careers spanned half a century. The audio of their book won the Grammy Award for 'Best Spoken Word' Audio.
Denise Camacho is the president of Intrigue Publishing. With over 10 years in the publishing realm, she brings her knowledge and expertise to those wanting to branch out and become published authors. Denise has to review new submissions and make recommendations to the acquisitions team that are worthy of becoming properties under the Intrigue Publishing banner.
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 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). For a complete list of her 2013 published titles and sales, visit Publisher's Marketplace at: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/BookCents/
Kristina Smith joined Book Cents Literary Agency in 2013. She has an MBA and a BS in business management, with a minor in English Literature. She brings a unique skill set from her background in marketing, advertising and sales. Currently, Kristina serves as Book Cents' business manager. She is also responsible for audio rights and is actively building her client list. Kristina would love to find a great thriller or two, romance (no inspy or erotica), women's fiction and a contemporary fantasy.
Marlene Stringer founded Stringer Literary Agency in December 2008 after spending almost seven years with the Barbara Bova Literary Agency. As a full-service
literary agency based in Naples, Florida, Marlene represents a wide
range of commercial fiction in romance, mystery, thriller, fantasy,
women’s fiction, YA and MG, historical and earth-based science fiction. Among her clients are authors Alex Bledsoe (the Eddie LaCrosse series), Memphis series, (Tufas -The Hum and the Shiver, Wisp of a Thing); Alyxandra Harvey (The Drake Chronicles, Haunting Violet, and Stolen Away); YA author Shari Maurer (Change of Heart); Liane Merciel (The Ithalas Series); Geoffrey Wilson(The Land of Hope and Glory series); MG authors Jen K Blom (Possum Summer), and Randi Barrow (Finding Zasha, Saving Zasha); some select nonfiction; and many other authors.
Peter 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.
Acquiring Editor Gale Borger, Echelon Press has been involved in law enforcement for over 20 years. This gives her an endless source of background material for her books. Growing up in a screwball household also gives her a sense for the zany and the bizarre. Gale writes what she knows, and she knows bad guys and funny stuff—but not necessarily in that order! Gale lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with her husband and daughter, a Dogue de Bordeaux, two cats, about 1500 tropical fish, an African Horned Toad, a side-neck turtle, two dwarf hamsters, and a leopard gecko. When Gale is not writing, she and her husband breed and swap tropical fish. Gale is also a Master Gardener and after work can usually be found in a flower bed up to her ears in weeds, or volunteering at a local gardening event.
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.
Deni Dietz: Senior Editor, Five Star Mysteries has 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.
Marcy 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.
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.