William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence, and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, the Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine, and a sought-after speaker and teacher. In addition to his books, he’s been published in The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, Edible Seattle, Parent Map, Tifferet Journal, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post and The Good Men Project.
His video interviews with hundreds of writers from Nora Ephron, to Amy Tan, to William Gibson are widely considered the best of their kind on the Internet. He also hosts the podcast Author2Author where every week he and a different guest discuss the books we write and the lives we lead. To learn more about William, go to williamkenower.com.
Marketing Director, Smashwords
Jim Azevedo is the marketing director at Smashwords, the largest distributor of self-published ebooks. Since 2008, Smashwords has helped more than 146,000 authors, publishers and literary agents around the world release over 526,00 titles and distribute their work globally to top ebook retailers, subscription services and public libraries. Jim, a convert from Silicon Valley's tech industry, earned his “indie cred” from 18+ years of drumming, recording and touring with an indie rock band. In his spare time, Jim is a certified nutrition coach. Follow Jim on Twitter: @Smashwords or @jazzervedo.
Agent, Book Wyrm Literary Agency
Born and raised in Taiwan, Sandy’s family moved to New York in her teens, so she understands the struggles of immigrants and those who straddle two cultures all too well. She holds BAs in psychology and sociology from Queens College, with minors in music, business, and Japanese. Prior to becoming an agent, she attended the Ph.D. Program in Social and Personality Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center and worked as a business/operations manager in the theater industry.
Sandy’s areas of study and work experience greatly inform her interest in submissions. She is seeking stories that will draw her in with a unique voice, make her miss her subway stop with a thrilling plot, and characters that will stay with her long after she turns the last page. Bonus points if you can make her laugh out loud or unable to hold back tears in public. Sandy especially loves historical fiction and anything dark, twisted, or with a supernatural bent.
Agent, the Bent Agency
Louise represents adult, young adult and middle-grade fiction and nonfiction, as well as novels with a graphic element or illustrations. A South African who lives in New York City, Louise travels to Cape Town every year, where she spends time working with local writers and meeting with international publishers. Before agenting, she worked in marketing and advertising for both the consumer markets and publishing. Louise represents numerous New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors and is a huge advocate of utilizing secondary rights—she has also sold film/TV, audio, gaming and foreign rights for her clients. She believes in staying ahead of the pack by embracing change, not just adapting to it.
Louise loves experimental/unique structure, language, verse and formats. For YA and MG, she’d love modern retellings, STEM stories, heartfelt and/or funny contemporary novels and all types of middle grade fantasy. She's always looking for books with well-developed secondary characters, writers with a unique voice, and an unforgettable and interesting story.
Agent, Britt Siess Creative Management
Britt began her publishing career at the Taryn Fagerness Agency working with foreign rights, before moving on to Wales Literary Agency. She then went on to the sales division of The Quarto Group’s becker&mayer! imprint, where she specialized in licenses and in selling both domestic and foreign rights. In 2018 she joined Martin Literary & Media Management as an Associate Literary Manager focusing on graphic novels and science fiction and fantasy, and was quickly promoted to Literary Manager, having secured book deals for her clients with each of the Big 5 publishers within her first year.
At this time, Britt is keen to grow her Graphic Novel list. She’s particularly fond of stories with fantastic or supernatural elements, but is also on the lookout for heart wrenching contemporary. Learn more at www.BrittSiessCreative.com
Agent, The Prospect Agency
Charlotte Wenger is a literary agent in the Boston area with Prospect Agency. Prior to joining Prospect, she was an associate editor at Page Street Kids. She has her Master of Arts in Children’s Literature from Simmons College (now University) and serves on the national advisory board of the Mazza Museum, the world’s largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators.
Charlotte is drawn to children's literature and art for all ages—board books through YA, but especially picture books. You can find her on Twitter at @WilbursBF_Char.
Dante Medema is an author of books for young readers. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband, four daughters, and room full of alien memorabilia—and books, of course. When she’s not writing, she dabbles in baking, decorating, painting, and reading up on enneagram personality types or playing with her boston terrier. Her debut novel, THE TRUTH PROJECT, is out on October 13th with Harper Collins / Quill Tree Books—about a girl who finds out via an online ancestry kit that she is the product of an affair. She is agented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency.