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

The following are scheduled to 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. Most will take free pitches and consultations during the event. Please read each bio carefully to find the best person for your work before applying. Learn more...(There is a reading / consultation fee per submission)


Leticia Gomez

Leticia has been working in the publishing industry since 1993. She is a Publisher/Acquisition Editor/Literary Agent/ and Published Author. During this span of time, she has published her own newspaper, authored and published three books, edited numerous fiction and nonfiction manuscripts written in both English and Spanish that have gone on to publication. Thus far in her career she has placed 80± books and counting with independent and mainstream publishers.

 As CEO and Founder of Savvy Literary Services, one of the few minority-oriented publishing firms, Gomez has distinguished herself as a literary agent who can communicate effectively with the authors she is representing. Recently, Gomez partnered with Ascendant Group  to offer an even greater level of support to aspiring authors. As Director of Ascendant Publishing, she serves as the company’s in-house publishing consultant and literary agent. Blending her experience as an author, literary agent, publishing consultant and acquisition editor, Gomez is now truly excited to spearhead her very own Hispanic book division Café con Leche Books, which is an imprint of Virginia-based independent publisher Koehler Books.

For Masters ProCritiques, she will read the submissions of up to 15 authors of up to 20 pages. She is looking for both Latino and Mainstream Authors in the following genres:

Fiction: Suspense Thrillers, Mystery, Women’s Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Humor, Multi-cultural, Paranormal, Romance, Erotica, Young Adult and Middle-grade.

Non-fiction: Advice/Relationship, Biography, Business, Cooking, Diet, Health, History/Politics/Current Affairs, How-to, Humor, Lifestyle, Memoir, Pop Culture, Parenting, Religion/Spirituality, Sports and True Crime.

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hsSteven Hutson

Steven Hutson is 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.)

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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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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Helga Schier

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 Cliffhangers,  Painting 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 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.

Open to all registered conference attendees.


Toni Robino

Toni Robino is a talent scout, connecting writers with established literary agents who are good matches for their nonfiction projects. She also teaches writers how to craft 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 Age Later: Health Span, Life Span, and the New Science of Longevity, The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think; and100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species. As a literary scout, Toni is currently developing authors and nonfiction book

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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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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