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Advance Submission Masters ProCritique™ Program
with Literary Agents, Scouts, Managers, and Publishers 2019

While all participate on speaker panels and most are available by appointment at the open pitch sessions, not all participate in the Advanced Submission Masters ProCritique™ Program. Learn more...Please read each bio carefully to find the best agent/publisher for your work before applying.
Appearances are subject to change without notice for all the ususal reasons.
Additional 1-on-1 meets and pitches are free. There is a reading / consultation fee per each advance MS submission

hsElaine Ash

ELAINE ASH edits and consults to many fiction and nonfiction writers — from established authors to emerging talent. As the former editor-at-large for Beat to a Pulp e-zine, Elaine helped writers develop stories for publication.  Some of those writers went on to fame and fortune such as Hilary Davidson (Tor/Forge), Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur, Delacorte), Chris F. Holm (Angry Robot,, Mulholland), Frank Bill (Farrar Strauss Giroux) Patti Abbott (Polis), Jay Stringer (Thomas and Mercer) and many more. 

With a full complement of top agents and acquiring editors in her contacts, Elaine also works as a literary scout  and helps clients pitch manuscripts and land deals. It all starts with a great manuscript. 

She is an award-winning author herself under the pen-name “Anonymous-9,” and won Best Short Story on the Web 2009 from Spinetingler Magazine, as well as two Readers Choice Awards from the House of Crime and Mystery. Her HARD BITE series is published by Down & Out Books. A true creative “insider,” Elaine appears alongside Margaret Atwood in a literary documentary on the late Canadian novelist Crad Kilodney, currently in production for 2019 release. She is the author of Bestseller Metrics: How to Win the Novel Writing Game, and the inventor of software in development for the publishing industry.

Aspiring writers through all levels are welcome to submit work to Elaine. She will read excerpts of 2500 words or less from ten manuscripts, and offer individual consultations of up to 30 minutes each. Feedback will encompass voice, style, characterization, development and sales potential, including commentary on where your skills have impact and where they could be strengthened. You will come away energized and motivated about your work! A printed copy of your excerpt with Elaine’s handwritten comments is yours to keep. All levels and genres are welcome, fiction and nonfiction. Elaine will appear, but is not accepting any more advanced critiques for this event.

Annie Bomke

Annie Bomke is a literary agent with over a decade of experience in the publishing industry.  She represents a wide range of projects—from hard-nosed business books to otherworldly historical novels.  Annie has loved the publishing industry since internship at Zoetrope: All-Story, a literary magazine founded by Francis Ford Coppola.  Authors have called her the pH test for good writing, and a bedrock for literary quality control.

She is looking for adult and YA fiction and nonfiction, including commercial and literary fiction, upmarket fiction, mysteries (from hilarious cozies to gritty police procedurals and everything in between), historical fiction, magical realism, women’s fiction, psychological thrillers/suspense, literary/psychological horror, self-help, business, health/diet, cookbooks, memoir, relationships, current events, true crime, psychology, prescriptive nonfiction, and narrative nonfiction.  She’s a sucker for locked room mysteries, books set in the Victorian era, books about evil children, and unreliable narrators.  In any genre she is looking for character-driven stories.  She is especially interested in books that feature diverse characters.

Ms. Bomke will take pitch appointments and Advanced Submission Master ProCritiques. Her appointments will be about 10 minutes long.  For the Master ProCritiques, she wants to see the first 10 pages.  She will take up to 30 Master ProCritiques.  She wilI usually make notes in the margins, and then write a short paragraph summarizing her general feedback.

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Whitney Davis for GLAWSWhitney Davis

Whitney is the CEO of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary management firm for novelists and screenwriters. After receiving her BA in literature, she moved to Los Angeles where she started out as a TV writer, getting signed to the William Morris Agency at the age of 26. During the writers strike, Whitney started to do script consulting and developmental story editing for aspiring writers.

Whitney has worked with award winning novelists and screenwriters over the past 8 years. In 2015, Whitney started her own management firm and is actively building her client list. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Dallas. She will also appear on panels and take pitches from authors with polished manuscripts at various times throughout the weekend. Please make an appointment at the ProCritique Desk.

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Claire Gerus is a literary agent, editor, and author, with more than 30 years' experience assessing the publishing potential of fiction and nonfiction writers. Claire has often been involved in creating new lines of books for publishers, including a health imprint for Kensington Books, a new line of romances for Harlequin, and books on spirituality for business publisher, Adams Media. She also consults for new startup independent publishers. 

She is always looking for talented writers with an important message to share, whether via nonfiction or fiction. Her favorite genres are self-help, psychology, true crime, spirituality, short stories, alternative healing, and anything that promises to transform the reader in a positive way.

For Masters ProCritiques, she will read the submissions of up to 15 authors of up to 20 pages. She will focus on readability, the writer's intention behind the proposed book, and (of course) grammar, style, theme, and its relevance to readers' lives. Authors will receive an edited copy of the submitted material, along with a verbal overview of her findings.

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hsSteven Hutson

A literary agent and publishing consultant for WordWise Media Services. He’s a native of Los Angeles, and a storyteller almost from birth: poems, articles, business letters, and advertising copy. But like most writers he kept a day job, waiting for his big break. He majored in business at Los Angeles City College, and had two books published.

One thing led to another; Steve established his editing business in 2005, handling hundreds of books on every subject from Bible study to yoga to credit repair. He managed a writers’ conference for several years, and mentored hundreds of aspiring authors. Finally, in early 2011, he branched out as a literary agent. He has placed his clients’ works with Dutton, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Potomac, David C. Cook, Praeger, Writer’s Digest Books, and others. Several clients have won prestigious awards for their works.

Today he’s in demand as a speaker for writers’ events. Swimming, gardening, and cooking keep his hands busy in-between. He lives in sunny Southern California with his wife Ruth and son Bradley.

Steve is interested in representing a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults. (But no erotica, horror, poetry, short stories, picture books, or screenplays.)

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Alyssa Roat

A literary agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite and an editor with Sherpa Editing Services. More than a hundred of her works of fiction and nonfiction have been featured in various publications, and she has worked for several publishing companies, newspapers, and literary agencies. She is well-veresed on editing, the writing craft, and the publishing industry and industry trends in both the ABA and CBA.

As an agent, she specializes in Children's, Middle Grade, and YA, but she considers other genres as well, including Science Fiction, Romance (Classic), Thrillers, Suspense, Mysteries, (Fantasy/Paranormal), Young Adult & Children Mainstream & Realistic Fiction, Chick Lit, Religion, Historical Fiction. She is active on social media @alyssawrote.

She is specifically interested in Children's, MG, YA, and fantasy.
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Toni Robino is a talent scout, connecting writers with established literary agents who are good matches for their projects. She also teaches writers how to craft compelling synopses and powerful pitch packages, increasing their likelihood of representation. In the literary marketplace, Toni's company Windword Literary, brings books to fruition by working with major publishing houses and independent publishers. Credits include New York Times bestsellers and groundbreaking titles such as The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think, by Louanne Brizendine, MD; 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species, by Jeff Corwin of Animal Planet, MSNBC and the Discovery Channel; and Higher Love: Skiing the Seven Summits, by Kit DesLauriers.

As a literary scout, Toni is currently developing authors and book projects for the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.

For Master ProCritiques, she will provide an annotated developmental edit (using the Microsoft Word tracking tool), where she will address content, clarity, rhythm, flow, description, dialogue. She will also provide examples of how to rework finer details of sentence structure to make writing more active and engaging. She does not offer line editing, but will comment on everything the writer does as well.

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Paul S. Levine

Paul has over 1,600 editors in his database to whom he has sold over 150 fiction and Nonfiction books. As an entertainment lawyer, he has written the legal contracts for several books adapted as movies-for-television. With over a quarter of a century of experience in the entertainment and book industries, he is one of the few lawyers on the West coast who also understands the world of book publishing; as such, he is able to act as both literary agent and publishing attorney for his clients.

Highly aware of market trends and editors’ preferences, Mr. Levine limits himself to representing projects that he believes in and feels certain he can sell.

For Masters ProCritiques, Mr. Levine will read and critique: General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Reference, Biography, Computers / Technology, Business/investing/finance, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Sports, African-American, Science, Memoirs, Autobiographies, Narrative Nonfiction.

Please submit the first chapter of 20± pages (appx. 2500 words) with a synopsis of the story or concept. He will meet with you to discuss his review at the conference during a personal meeting.

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hsKen Sherman

Ken's literary Agency (Ken Sherman & Associates) was established in 1989 in Beverly Hills. He handles book, film, and television writers and often sells film and TV rights to books.

Ken is looking for passionate storytellers who understand the importance of submitting quality, ready-to-be-published work to publishers, studios, or production companies. He'll talk to you about how to professionally prepare your manuscript or screenplay no matter how rough your work is at this point.

He's looking for fiction and non fiction books of all types for potential book publication, as well as those projects that have the potential to become feature films, television movies, or television series. Originality and passion are key- -there's nothing like finding a diamond in the rough and helping shape a new career. And it has nothing to do with age.

For the Master's Pro Critique, Ken will be accepting up to 20 submissions. Please submit your query letter along with the first 15 pages of your book or screenplay, and he will review your work as he does any work coming into his agency. He'll discuss with you face-to-face what works and what doesn't, and hopefully work with you to find a way to help move your work to a higher professional level.

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