Meet the Agents and Editors for Pitch-O-Rama 2017! These impressive publishing professionals bring years of experience and will provide advice, direction, and next steps for your literary project! More to come…!
Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. Lisa responds to well-crafted prose with strong hooks and high personal stakes, to idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, to a tangible sense of place, to multicultural aspects and international settings, to page-turning twists, and to emotionally immersive fiction that explores the human condition, especially within family and close relationships. She seeks to represent upmarket fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense/thrillers (especially if it has a dose of science or the supernatural), science fiction, fantasy, most speculative fiction except for paranormal fantasy (no demons, angels, vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc.), romance if it’s an element or part of another genre, NA, YA and middle grade.
Becca Anderson is an acquiring editor for both fiction and nonfiction specializing in books by, for and about women. She is also a writer, gardener and teacher living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally from Ohio, Becca’s background in sustainability and landscaping inspired her to become a part of the seed-saving and seed-sharing community with chapters across the US and Canada. Becca Anderson credits her first grade teacher as a great inspiration and runs several popular classes and workshops including “How to Put Your Passion on Paper.” Anderson and is currently at work on a book about the healing power of gardening. https://mangopublishinggroup.com/
Peter Beren, Literary Agent and Publishing Consultant, is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). He has more than thirty years experience in the publishing industry and has held such posts as Publisher, Sierra Club Books, Founding Publisher, VIA Books, V.P. for Publishing at the Palace Press Group and Acquiring Editor for Jeremy Tarcher. As a Literary Agent, he specializes in nonfiction with an emphasis on illustrated (art and photography) books. His clients include: Art Wolfe (The New Art of Nature Photography), Jack Katz (The First Kingdom) and Laurence Boldt (Zen and the Art of Making a Living). An author himself, he has published 7 books, including The Golden Gate: San Francisco’s Celebrated Bridge, The Writers Legal Companion and California the Beautiful. He started his career as one of the founding staff members of the Boston Phoenix, an alternative newsweekly.
Lee Douglass is the editorial director of Carnation Books, a Silicon Valley-based ebook publisher, founded in 2016. We work with fanfiction writers to bring queer genre fiction to a wide audience, and are also accepting original work submitted directly by independent authors–no agent required. Carnation Books is actively soliciting manuscripts containing LGBTQIA+ romance with a focus on genre fiction (romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, historical, horror, western, and beyond). Additionally, we are actively involved in charity work, and are currently accepting stories for a charity anthology to benefit Trans Lifeline, a suicide prevention hotline for transgender and gender non-conforming people.
Nancy Fish is the Marketing Director of Parallax Press, the premier publisher of books on mindfulness and daily life. Nancy Fish works with Rachel Neumann who is the primary editor for Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the author of Not Quite Nirvana: A Skeptic’s Journey to Mindfulness (Parallax, 2012). Fish writes for various magazines, including Shambhala Sun, AlterNet, and others and specializes in acquiring adult nonfiction and children’s picture books.
Georgia Hughes is editorial director at New World Library, publisher of the Joseph Campbell Library and The Power of Now. She acquires and edits nonfiction books in the areas of spirituality, sustainability, animals, business, women’s issues, and personal growth. Recent acquisitions include Spiritual Envy by Michael Krasny, Dreaming the Soul Back Home by Robert Moss, Dogs and the Women Who Love Them by Allen and Linda Anderson, Right-Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee, and The Practicing Mind by Thomas Sterner.
Michael Larsen cofounded Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents in 1972. Over four decades, the agency sold hundreds of books to more than 100 publishers and imprints. The agency has stopped accepting new writers, but Mike loves helping writers. He gives talks about writing and publishing, and does author coaching. He wrote How to Write a Book Proposal and How to Get a Literary Agent, and coauthored Guerrilla Marketing for Writers. Mike is co-director of the San Francisco Writers Conference and the San Francisco Writing for Change Conference. An update is at http://www.larsenpomada.com/.
Rachel Neumann, as a leader at Parallax Press (a non-profit publishing house founded and inspired by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh), Rachel Neumann publishes books on mindfulness in daily life and is committed to making these teachings accessible to readers of every persuasion, while preserving them for future generations. Her paradigm-changing approach makes her someone who respects the boundaries of establishment thinking, but at the end of the day, she’s essentially a rule breaker. She walks the talk when she says the mission is to ”alleviate suffering and contribute to a more just and joyful world.”
Andy Ross opened his literary agency in January 2008. Prior to that, he was the owner for 30 years of the legendary Cody’s Books in Berkeley. The agency represents books in a wide range of subjects including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, religion, children’s books, young adult, middle grade, literary and commercial fiction, and cooking. However, he is eager to represent projects in most genres as long as the subject or its treatment is smart, original, and will appeal to a wide readership. In non-fiction he looks for writing with a strong voice and robust narrative arc by authors with the authority to write about their subject. For literary, commercial, and children’s fiction, he has only one requirement– simple, but ineffable–that the writing reveal the terrain of that vast and unexplored country, the human heart.
Jennifer March Soloway is an Associate Agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, an agency that specializes in children’s literature. She enjoys all genres and categories of children’s literature, such as laugh-out-loud picture books and middle-grade adventures, but her sweet spot is young adult. Although she mostly represents children’s literature, she is also open to adult fiction. Jennifer adores action-packed thrillers and mysteries or conspiracy plots. But her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary people, especially those focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. Prior to joining ABLA, Jennifer worked in marketing and public relations. With an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, she was a fellow at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto in 2012. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, their two sons, and an English bulldog.
Jennifer Chen Tran is an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary acquiring both fiction (general, literary/upmarket, and genre) and non-fiction. Prior to joining Fuse Literary, Jennifer was principal and owner of Penumbra Literary LLC. She served as Of Counsel at The New Press and interned at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth literary agency. Jennifer obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law in Boston, MA, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washington University. Jennifer believes in building fulfilling and life-long writing careers and is honored to work with her client-writers.
Brooke Warner is founder and publisher of She Writes Press, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of What’s Your Book? and How to Sell Your Memoir. She Writes Press publishes fiction and memoir for women authors and readers. Brooke’s expertise is in traditional and new publishing, and she is an equal advocate for publishing with a traditional house and self-publishing. She sits on the board of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and the National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW). Her website was selected by The Write Life as one of the Top 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014. She lives and works in Berkeley, California.
Carlie Webber, founder of CK Webber Associates, refused to major in English in college because no one would let her read Stephen King or R.L. Stine for class. She took her love of YA and commercial fiction to the University of Pittsburgh, where she obtained a Master of Library and Information Science. For ten years, she worked as a public librarian serving teens and adults. Wishing to pursue her interest in the business side of books, she then enrolled in the Columbia Publishing Course and worked for various New York literary agencies. Her ongoing wishlist includes, but is not limited to, stories about sisters, psychological suspense, and things that go bump in the night. CK Webber Associates is a literary agency open to commercial fiction, YA and adult.
From Page to Screen: Turn Your Novel into a Film
In this special session, the professional screenplay-writing team Mackey-De Palma will teach you the basic information you need to know to turn your novel or short story into a film including how to protect your rights. Don’t miss this special session!
Renée de Palma, an award-winning screenwriter/director/producer and President of OneMotionPictures in Los Angeles, has numerous films to her credit. She is presently preparing to shoot a live action short entitled Time Piece.
Mary Mackey, Bay Area novelist/screenwriter and member of the Writers Guild of America West, has feature film credits and has sold scripts to Warner Brothers. Mackey’s screen writing courses at Cal State Sacramento have produced writer/directors like Ryan Coogler whose film Creed won Sylvester Stallone an Oscar nomination.
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder MS, MFT, is an award-winning author, a licensed psychotherapist, and a communications trainer. She has coached the reluctant and the phobic in public speaking in Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States and abroad, helping even the most introverted to be comfortable, engaging, and inspiring to their listeners. She coaches presenters to conquer stage fears and connect to listeners. Her favorite clients are writers and artists.
Amanda McTigue enrolled in the fourth class of women at Yale University in 1973, and she intended to become a professional singer and actress. But the story of her life offered a surprise ending. Although McTigue has served as a stage director throughout her career, her true calling turned out to be writing and storytelling, for both the stage and the page. Her first novel, Going to Solace, has become a book club favorite.