|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.
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.
Jennifer Azantian began her agenting career, first as an intern and then
as an assistant and associate, at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary
Agency. In 2014, after working with senior
agent and entertainment lawyer Paul Levine, Jennifer opened
her own agency specializing in speculative fiction.
brings to her clients a passion for literature born of a
writer’s heart and an editorial eye honed from reviewing
thousands of projects both for herself and as submissions
manager at the Dijkstra Agency. This, coupled with the guidance
and superior contracts knowledge of Paul Levine, empowers
the Azantian Literary Agency to confidently commit to negotiating
the very best terms for its talented authors as it guides
their careers to success.
Areas of Interest:
She is actively acquiring only science fiction and fantasy (including all of their sub-genres) as well as smart, psychological
horror for middle grade, YA, NA, and adult readers.
of Interest for Masters ProCritiques: Young
adult science-fiction and fantasy (including
all of their sub-genres) as well as smart, psychological horror.
Amy Sterling Casil is engaged in a new publishing company for the 21st century, Chameleon Publishing. Inspired by a lifelong love of nature, endless curiosity, and a belief in wonderful things, Amy was a 2002 Nebula Award nominee and recipient of other awards and recognition for her short science fiction and fantasy, which has appeared in publications ranging from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction to Zoetrope.
She is the author of 26 nonfiction books, over a hundred short stories, primarily science fiction and fantasy, two fiction and poetry collections, and three novels.
Amy is the founder of Pacific Human Capital, a founding member and treasurer of Book View Café author cooperative and former treasurer of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and teaches writing and composition at Saddleback College, after receiving her MFA from Chapman University in 1999.
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.
Literary Agent Charlotte Gusay’s love of the literary has deep roots. She has come to be known as the “Diane Keaton” of agents - eclectic, quality, and very selective in choosing projects to represent. Founded on the basis of her hands-on experience in the book business (as a bookseller for many years,) Charlotte Gusay (founder-owner of The Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency) represents both fiction and nonfiction books, entertainment rights, books to film, selected screenplays and screenwriters and she often partners with WGA film agents.
The Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency is looking for those books – both fiction and nonfiction that are both quality and commercial. For example, the Agency is particularly interested in innovative, unusual, eclectic, literary, historical, humorous books and those on any issues or topics, timely or socially important. Selection always comes down to the writing. The writing must be superb; the voice, seductive.
Some Areas of Interest:
Adventure, Contemporary Fiction, Feminist Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humorous Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mainstream Fiction, Military/War Fiction, Multicultural Fiction, Mystery, Regional Fiction, Suspense, Agriculture/Horticulture, Alternative Lifestyles, Anthropology/Archaelogy, Art/Architecture, Biography, Communications, Cooking/Foods/Nutrition, Ethnic, Feminism, Film/Cinema/Stage, Gardening, Gay/Lesbian Nonfiction, General Nonfiction, Gift Book, Government/Politics, Health/Medicine, History, House and Home, Humanities, Humorous Nonfiction, Language and Literature, Literary Criticism, Multicultural Nonfiction, Music and Dance, Nature and Environment, Philosophy, Popular Science, Psychology, Reference, Regional Nonfiction, Religion, Sports, Travel.
A few of her favorite titles sold include: The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation (Pegasus/W.W.Norton); Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone (St. Martins Press); Jacky’s Diary by Yellow Submarine co-author and venerable cartoonist Jack Mendelsohn (Yoe Books/IDW.); The Reputation Economy by Michael Fertik and David C. Thompson (Crown Business); Outrageous Fortune: Growing Up at Leeds Castle by Anthony Russell. (St. Martin’s Press); US (a.) A Collection of Poems by Saul Williams (Published by Gallery/Simon & Schuster.) Dancing in the Baron’s Shadow (Unnamed Press.) And many others including Beachglass, a novel by Wendy Blackburn (St. Martin’s Press); Forty-One Seconds from Terror to Freedom (Random House) by Peruvian Vice President Luis Giampietri; Other Sorrows, Other Joys: The Marriage of Catherine Sophia Boucher and William Blake (St. Martin’s Press) by novelist Janet Warner; The Dead Emcee Scrolls (MTV/Simon & Schuster) by poet Saul Williams; Rio L.A.: Tales from the Los Angeles River by Los Angeles Times journalist Patt Morrison (Angel City Press); A Place Called Waco: A Survivor’s Story by David Thibodeau and Leon Whiteson (Film rights to Dowdle Bros/The Weinstein Co/SpikeTV); Bye Bye (won the New York University Press Prize For Fiction; Pocket Books) by novelist Jane Ransom; Love, Groucho: Letters from Groucho Marx to His Daughter Miriam (DaCapo Press); Mark Twain for Dog Lovers (Lyons Press); Mark Twain for Cat Lovers (Lyons Press.) A few titles in development: A Rod Serling biography by Nick Parisi; Steve Sharpe/Mary Kerr’s Teatime with Peacocks, A Memoir of India at the end of the Raj. Along Comes The Association, the story of the beloved 60s rock band (forthcoming from Rare Bird Books.) And much more.
The Agency welcomes queries from any writer about any project, by email or snail mail.
PDF of Agency's Submission Guidelines »
Please use West Coast Writers Conferences in the subject line.
| Steven Hutson
Steve’s agency (WordWise Media Services)
was established in 2011. He is a native of Los Angeles, a child of the sixties, and a storyteller almost from birth. In the course of his career he has coached and mentored hundreds of aspiring writers. He’s always open to new authors who are willing to treat their work like the business it is, and participate in their own success.
After several years of freelance editing and directing a writers’ conference, he branched out as a literary agent. He has placed his clients’ works with Dutton, Thomas Nelson, Praeger, Tyndale, Potomac, David C. Cook, Writer’s Digest Books, and others.
Several clients have won prestigious awards for their works, including a RITA award (Romance Writers of America). He speaks frequently at writers’ events, writes an eclectic blog, and serves on the Board of Trustees for his local public library.
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. Send the first 20 pages of your manuscript, a one-paragraph synopsis, and an email address in case he needs to contact you. With this, he can 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.
| 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
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.
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.
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.
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