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Literary Agents, Literary Management, Aquisition Editors, and Publishers 2021

An updated list is posted weekly until the event. 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 for your work before applying.

Learn more...Appearances are subject to change without notice for all the ususal reasons. 1-on-1 meets and pitches are free. There is a reading / consultation fee only for the advance MS submission

Faculty HeadshotSue Arroyo is the founder of CamCat Publishing. which under Sue’s leadership, is doing things differently. Her efforts in finding the best authors mean that readers will be able to find books that they truly want to live in.

CamCat Publishing was launched in 2019 as a publisher of quality genre fiction. We’re always looking for that next good read, for what we call Books to Live in: the book to curl up with on the sofa, the book that takes you to another place and time, the book that stays with you beyond the last page. 

CamCat Books focuses on genre fiction in the following areas: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Romance (but we’re looking really hard at a couple of Westerns, too). Looking for polished, edited, and properly formatted manuscripts.

We publish adult, novel-length genre fiction. We’ll look at any good tale, but what we want to see most urgently revolves around these genres:

  • Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Historical
  • Paranormal
  • Horror

Ms. Arroyo does not perform advance read/critique MS, but she will take free pitches by appointment at the conference. Register at the 1-on-1 Desk or by calling our studio 3110.379.2650

hs 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.

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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.

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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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mikeAndy Ross

Mr. Ross founded the Andy Ross Agency in 2008. Prior to that he was the owner of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley for 30 years.

He will read Nonfiction genres including: narrative Nonfiction, science, journalism, history, and current events. He will read literary, commercial, and YA fiction. He prefers realistic writing. No paranormal or fantasy.

For Masters ProCritiques, Andy will be accepting up to 15 submissions. For fiction please include a draft query letter and the first 10 pages(double spaced) in a Word file. He will focus on style and readability. For Nonfiction, please provide a draft book proposal and query letter. Andy will comment on the format and whether the material will be convincing to a Nonfiction acquisition editor. An2dy will provide an edited copy of the material with track changes as well as a personal meeting.

Helga Schier, Ph.D., is the Editorial Director at CamCat Publishing, a publisher of genre fiction actively looking for suspense/mystery/thrillers, sci-fi/adventure/fantasy as well as romance.

The CamCat brand stands for Books to Live In.Stories that make you read on beyond bedtime, past due dates and carpool duties. Stories that resonate beyond the last word to echo in your mind and heart and soul. Yes, books are products to sell, but they are something else, too. They are the expression of an author’s creativity and the touchstone for a reader’s imagination. When the two meet, something extraordinary happens. We walk in other people’s shoes and see the world anew.

Come pitch to Helga to see if your manuscript is ready for CamCat Books.

A former Big Five Editor, Helga is also the founder and owner of, an independent editorial services firm. With over 25 years of experience in the book publishing industry, Helga guides authors through the development and revision process, preparing your work for publication.

Helga has published articles on contemporary English and American fiction, and has translated several screenplays, memoirs, and a novel series. She is also a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences with successful lectures on topics such as Top Ten Mistakes Writers Make, and Twelve Steps to Successful Revision, Beyond CliffhangersPainting a Scene With Dialogue and Narration, and The Three Secrets to Successful Indie Publishing.

Helga will read and edit (discussing content as well as style and language flow) up to 2500 words of up to ten manuscripts, and offer individual consultations of up to 20 minutes each. In addition, Helga will be available for follow-up questions at her company’s table ( throughout the conference. Helga will read all types of fiction, memoir, and narrative Nonfiction.
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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