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Editors, Officers, Experts, and The Psy Ops

Bad advice is like acid rain in this business and our job is to tell the writer what works, what doesn't, and what needs to be developed further before an agent or publisher shuts the door in their face.

Ken Atchity

Ken Atchity's passion is finding great storytellers and turning them into successful screenwriters and bestselling authors. As well as being a famed literary agent at AEI, he has produced over two dozen films, including "Joe Somebody" (Tim Allen; Fox), "Life or Something Like It" (Angelina Jolie; Fox), "Henry's List of Wrongs" (New Line), and Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not (starring Jim Carrey; Paramount-- approaching production). He has also written 14 books on the art and craft of writing.

Caitlin Alexander

Caitlin Alexander is a fiction and nonfiction editorial consultant. As a senior editor at Random House Publishing Group she acquired and edited a variety of projects including New York Times bestsellers Michelle Richmond (THE YEAR OF FOG), David Gibbins (THE LOST TOMB), Andy McDermott (THE HUNT FOR ATLANTIS), and Gwen Cooper (HOMER'S ODYSSEY); Angela Davis-Gardner (PLUM WINE), and International Thriller Writers Award winner Tom Piccirilli (SHADOW SEASON).

Penny Warner

Penny is the author of The Connor Westphal Mystery Series. Over 50 of her books have been published, both fiction and non-fiction. Her books have won national awards, garnered excellent reviews, and have been printed in 14 countries, including Russia, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Australia, India, and more. She has appeared on national television programs including the "Later Today" show, "HGTV," "People Are Talking," "Mornings on 2," and dozens of others.

Charlotte Vale-Allen

Charlotte's autobiography, the acclaimed DADDY'S GIRL, was actually the first book she wrote but it wasn't until 1980, after she'd gained success as a novelist, that the groundbreaking book was finally published. One of Canada's most successful novelists, with over seven million copies sold of her 39 books, Ms. Vale-Allen's work has been published in all English-speaking countries, in Braille, and has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Carla Jablonski

Carla Jablonski is the author and editor of dozens of best-selling books for middle-grade and young adult readers. Two of her books for teens, THICKER THAN WATER and SILENT ECHOES, were selected for the prestigious NYPL "Books for the Teen Age" list. She is the author of the six-book series, THE BOOKS OF MAGIC, based on Neil Gaiman's comic classic of the same name.

Kari Pilgrim

Kari has been writing literary fiction for many years, and her stories have appeared in such national literary journals as The Literary Review, Brooklyn Review, and Del Sol Review. She is recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship in Fiction and received her MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College, and also a Phd in English. She is currently a professor of creative writing and fiction at SUNY/Empire State College. Her novel, HALF OF NO, is in progress and looking brilliant.

Elise Capron

Elise assists Sandra Dijkstra and is a Literary Agent at SDLA. She is most interested in serious upmarket/literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She seeks out writers who are published regularly in magazines and who have a realistic sense of the market. Some of her recent and soon-to-be-published books include Jonathon Keats' THE BOOK OF THE UNKNOWN (Random House), Ali Liebegott's THE IHOP PAPERS (Carroll & Graf), and Whitney Lyles' FIRST COMES LOVE (Berkley).

Michael Neff

New York Pitch and Algonkian Writer Conferences director, Michael Neff, now an associate with AEI Films and Books in Los Angeles, is on the search for high-concept SF/F, mystery/thrillers, historicals, and generally darn good fiction, upmarket or otherwise. His own work has appeared in such classic literary publications as The Literary Review, North American Review, Quarterly West, and Conjunctions, and his political novel, YEAR OF THE RHINOCEROS, was published in 2009 by Red Hen Press. He is also a contributing editor to Author Salon.

Gordon Warnock

Senior Agent at Andrea Hurst Literary Management, Gordon is looking for upmarket and general fiction with an edge as well as YA, memoir and other nonfiction. He frequently participates in conferences and workshops. He is an honors graduate with a BA in Creative and Professional Writing, possesses eclectic taste, and in no particular order loves THE GLASS CASTLE, SUPER SAID TRUE LOVE STORY, THE GARDEN OF EDEN, and WORLD WAR Z.

Bruce Baldwin

Bruce has spent 25 years practicing law in Philadelphia. He writes legal articles for business publications, and for the last six years has worked on his current novel, THE FLOOD DANCER, that concerns the wreckage which Hurricane Agnes heaped upon Pennsylvania in 1972, flowing back into the life of the main character 34 years later with the discovery of a dark secret within his childhood home.

Rachel Walsh

Rachel is an artist and inspirational writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest. She is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters and President of The Butterfly Project, an organization founded on the principle that every human being is precious and deserves the support and encouragement to find their wings. She is currently working on her breakout novel, THE LAST SCRIBE, a story about a young woman who has the power to write the future with a stroke of her pen.

Wendy Eckel

Wendy is a published author and licensed psychotherapist. Her current novel on the verge, KILLER ON THE WALL, was an award winner in the Maryland Writer’s Association mystery novel contest. Her upmarket novel, LIAM, was a semifinalist in the Amazon next breakthrough novel award, and her EDUCATING TIGERS was published by Erica House in 2001 and noted as recommended reading by syndicated columnist Marguerite Kelly in her Washington Post column, “Family Almanac.”

Melissa Ridley Elmes

Teaching middle and high school for fifteen years has kept Melissa abreast of what her students like to read, and while training in medieval studies, Romance languages, English, and mythology at both MA and PHD levels, she considers herself a scholar by trade and inclination, but a storyteller at heart. She sees nothing contradictory in this for she believes the best teachers are often master storytellers.

Kevin Jackson

By day, Kevin is a professional IT consultant in southwest Ohio. By night, when not relaxing with his Genius Wife or playing with his five young children, he is writing an epic fantasy series called The Tome of Greystone. The books describe a land where common people are chosen to represent ultimate good and evil in a cataclysmic event called The Proving, and how a group of young men and women handle their calling.

Christine Stewart

Chris Stewart is Program Director for Literary Arts with her state arts council. A writer of fiction and poetry, she helps writers live a passionate creative life through mentoring and editing services at The Real Writer ( Her novel, This End Up, is based on the summer she spent helping her father clean out her grandparents’ cluttered home after their dementia-related deaths and the resulting disturbing discoveries.


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