Advance Submission Masters
with Literary Agents and Publishers
The following literary agents and publishers will appear at the conference. 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. Please read each bio carefully to find the best agent/publisher for your work before applying. (There is a reading / consultation fee per submission)
Lisa Abellera joined the prestigious Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She has studied creative writing, design and business, earning her B.A. in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco.
Lisa had a successful career in the corporate world before joining the world of publishing. After editorial internships with an independent press and Kimberley Cameron & Associates, she now follows her true passion for books and writing. She leverages her business and marketing expertise to help authors navigate the complexities of publishing. She is excited to develop talented authors and help advance their careers.
Ms. Abellera is actively building her client list with both debut and established authors. She is looking to form long-term, collaborative relationships with writers who are committed to putting forth their best work.
of Interest for Masters ProCritiques: She is seeking upmarket fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, speculative or science thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, NA, YA and middle grade.
Ms. Abellera 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.
Whitney Davis 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.
Toni Robino is an award-winning collaborator, content creator and writing coach. She’s produced more than a dozen books for major publishers and has titles on the New York Times bestseller list. Over the course of her career she’s discovered and created methods and practices that empower writers to produce their best work by freeing the imaginative mind, silencing the inner critics, incorporating movement into writing sessions and stimulating the six senses. Her blend of neuroscience and whimsical playfulness entices the muses to come out and play. Her clients include new and established authors, celebrities and leading experts.
Highlighted 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 Discovery; Spiritual Pregnancy: Develop, Nurture & Embrace the Journey to Motherhood, by Shawn A. Tassone, M.D., and Kathryn M. Landherr, M.D.
Megan Close Zavala is an associate agent at Keller Media, an agency responsible for over 1,200 rights deals worldwide, including 16 New York Times best sellers and 9 international best sellers. Her passion lies not only in getting great books published, but in working closely with the authors who write them. Nothing is more exciting than a great new idea or story!
A bibliophile for as long as she can remember, Megan has found her dream job working in the world of publishing. Prior to her agenting career, Megan read, reviewed, edited, rejected and selected thousands of book and script projects for agencies, film companies and publishing companies. She uses her background in entertainment and legal affairs in negotiating the best deals for her clients and helping them think outside of the box.
Megan is interested in working with both debut and previously published authors and enjoys forming long-lasting, partnerships with them.
She looks forward to meeting talented writers who are offering something new and exciting and/or fresh takes on pre-existing subject matter. While she represents books in all genres, she is currently most interested in the following genres: Self-Help, Relationships, Pop Culture, Pop Psychology, Parenting, Management, Career, Entrepreneurship, Business, Personal Finance, and Fiction (especially Crime, Mystery/Suspense, and Literary).
Katharine Sands has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books. Highlights include Spiritual Pregnancy: Nine Months that Change Your Life Before You Give Birth by Dr. Shawn Tassone and Dr. Kathryn Landherr; Talk to Strangers: How Everyday Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, Income and Life by David Topus; The New Rules of Attraction: How to Get Him, Keep Him and Make Him Beg for More by Arden Leigh; Stand Up for Yourself: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards by Donna Ballman; Making Healthy EZ with Dr. Oz guest, Dr. Julie Chen; Dating the Devil (producer: Vast Entertainment) by Lia Romeo; XTC: SongStories; Chasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, MD by Barbara Barnett of Let’s Talk TV; CityTripping: a Guide for Foodies, Fashionistas and the Generally Style-Obsessed; Writers on Directors; Ford model Helen Lee’s The Tao of Beauty; Elvis and You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan; New York: Songs of the City; Taxpertise: Dirty Little Secrets the IRS Doesn’t Want You to Know; The SAT Word Slam, Divorce After 50; Trust Your Gut; Make Up, Don’t Break Up with Oprah guest Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil to name a few.
She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. Recently contributed “Grey is the New Black” to Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, a nonfiction look at the cultural phenom of the bestselling novel.
Actively building her client list, she likes books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture.
When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir and femoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.
Paul S. Levine
has over 1,600 editors in his database to whom he has sold over 150 fiction and Nonfiction
books. As an entertainment lawyer, Levine 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, Levine 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
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
10 - 20 pages with a synopsis of the story or concept.
He will meet with you at the conference and discuss his
review during a personal meeting.
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