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Masters ProCritique™ by Literary Agents and Publishers

The following is a partial list of literary agents and publishers who will participate in our Advanced Submission Masters ProCritique™ Program. While all attending faculty appear on speaker panels and are available by appointment at the open pitch sessions, not all participate in this program.

Please read their bios carefully before applying to determine their areas of interest, which will guide you in finding the best match for your manuscript . While the open pitch sessions are free, there is a reading / consultation fee for each Learn more...Advanced Submission Masters ProCritique.


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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.

She is seeking to represent upmarket fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, speculative or science thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, NA, YA and middle grade.

Ms. Abellera will 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 in Campus Center, Monarch Hall.

hs Steven Hutson ’s agency (WordWise Media Services) was established in 2011 in the suburbs of Los Angeles. He’s always open to new writers who are willing to treat their work like the business it is, and participate in their own success.

For the Masters Pro Critique, Steve can handle a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children. Spiritual themes are a favorite.

Steve will accept up to 20 submissions. Please download the agency query at www.wordwisemedia.com and send it with the first 20 pages of your manuscript. He might or might not offer representation, but in any event he will evaluate your work both for its literary merit and its market potential. Bring your questions and your tough skin, and Steve can point you in the right direction.


hs 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 his clients.

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.

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.


hs Toni Lopopolo a former executive editor at Macmillan, and St Martin's Press. She started the Toni Lopopolo Literary Agency in 1991. Toni will read and edit up to ten (10) writers of fiction and nonfiction, including memoirs.

Please submit the first chapter up to 10 pages with a short description of the story or concept. She will meet with you at the conference and discuss her review during a personal meeting.

Toni represents most genres of fiction, narrative Nonfiction, and memoir. She enjoys reading adult fiction, especially crime, mystery, thrillers, some YA, and biographies.


hs Ken Sherman's literary Agency (Ken Sherman & Associates) was established in 1989 in Beverly Hills. He handles just about every topic in nonfiction, fiction and scripts. He also often sells film and television rights to books and life-rights. He handles book, film, and television writers and often sells film and TV rights to books.

Mr. Sherman currently handles approximately 35 clients, making contact with most of his new writers through referrals and writers conferences. He 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 age has nothing to do with it.

For the Master's Pro Critique, Ken will accept 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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