2015 Conference Faculty

The planning for the 2015 Pikes Peak Writers Conference is well underway. As you can see, we have a fantastic line-up of Keynote Speakers coming in April. The Agents and Editors are turning out to be just as incredible!

We are doing everything we can to provide you with as much information as possible. Do to the busy schedules of our faculty members, we aren’t always able to get everything right away. We promise… as soon as we have the info, so will you!

Keep checking back for updated faculty information!

Keynote Speakers 

Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews

a.k.a. Kathy Hogan Trochek

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever, Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, as well as Deep Dish, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues. Her next novel, BEACH TOWN, will go on sale May 26, 2015.

She also wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), Trocheck earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1976 (Go Dawgs!). She started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She left journalism after a ten-year stint as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops including Emory University, The University of Georgia’s Harriet Austin Writer’s Workshop, the Tennessee Mountain Writer’s Workshop, and the Antioch Writer’s Workshop.

As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. After a brief hiatus in Raleigh, NC, she and her husband moved back to their old neighborhood in Atlanta, where they live in a restored 1926 Craftsman bungalow. She divides her time between Atlanta and her restored beach cottage on Tybee Island, GA.

Andrew Gross

Andrew Gross

Andrew Gross

Andrew Gross is the author of New York Times bestsellers Reckless, The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, Don’t Look Twice, Eyes Wide Open, 15 Seconds and No Way Back and co-author of five no. 1 bestsellers with James Patterson.  He is an international bestseller, with his novels now published in 25 countries. Gross has degrees from Middlebury College and Columbia University, and lives in Westchester County, NY with his wife Lynn. They have three children.

 

To learn more about him, visit www.andrewgrossbooks.com

Follow him online at FacebookTwitter and MySpace

Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

a.k.a. Mira Grant

Seanan McGuire is a prolific science fiction and fantasy author, averaging three books and multiple pieces of short fiction every year since 2010 (her first book came out in 2009).  She doesn’t sleep very much.  She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2010, and has been nominated for several Hugo Awards, both under her own name and the name “Mira Grant,” who she claims is her own evil twin.  Seanan’s interests include horror movies, horrible things found in swamps, doll collecting, and visiting Disney Parks all around the world, which may also account for some of that missed sleep.  Seanan lives in Northern California and writes wherever she happens to be at the time.  She can be bribed with Diet Dr Pepper, which is thankfully easier to get than many quest items.  She’d love to talk to you.

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine was born in Columbus, Ohio. When Bob was nine, he found an old typewriter up in the attic. That discovery changed his life. He carried it down to his room and started typing stories and little joke books. After graduating from Ohio State University in 1965, Bob headed to New York City to become a writer. He wrote dozens of joke books and humor books for kids. And he created Bananas, a zany humor magazine which he did for ten years. In 1989 he created the Fear Street series, the best-selling young adult book series in history. Goosebumps began in 1992. The book series quickly became a hit around the world. Translated into 32 different languages, it made R.L. a worldwide publishing celebrity. R.L. Stine says he has a great job: “My job is to give kids the CREEPS!” R.L.’s books are read all over the world. So far, he has sold over 350 million books, making him one of the best-selling children’s authors in history.

Agents and Acquiring Editors

Margaret Bail

Margaret Bail

Margaret Bail

Agent

Inklings Literary Agency, LLC.

Margaret Bail has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. With years of experience editing everything from medical documents to manuscripts, as well as teaching university-level English and writing, she looks forward to working closely with new and established authors to help develop their voice and craft.

Her lifelong love of stories and storytelling has her looking for books that transport her into the heart of the story, so much so that she’ll forget where she is and lose track of time while she reads.

Specific genres Margaret represents include the following:

*Note: I am only interested in adult fiction. Please do not query me with YA, MG, or children’s books.

In Fiction: Romance – all subgenres EXCEPT Christian or inspirational (I love the romance genre, so send your stories my way!), Science fiction, Mystery, Thrillers/Action Adventure, Historical fiction, Westerns, Fantasy.

Fiction genres I am NOT interested in: steampunk, Christian/religious literature, chick lit, women’s fiction, literary, poetry, screenplays.

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Stacey Barney

Stacey Barney

Senior Editor

Penguin/Random House 

Senior Editor, Penguin/Putnam Books for Young Readers. Stacey Barney acquires a wide range of middle grade and young adult fiction and select nonfiction and picture books. She has edited 2013 Coretta Scott King Honor-winning, Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Daniel Minter; Kristin Levine’s award-winning The Lions of Little Rock; Tara Sullivan’s Golden Boy, a YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults; Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman, NYT bestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the book that inspired Mean Girls; the NYT bestselling Ask Elizabeth by accomplished actress Elizabeth Berkley; award-winning Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor and most recentlyThe Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer and Firebird by American Ballet Theatre Soloist Misty Copeland and Caldecott Honoree Christopher Myers. Forthcoming titles include The Wrath and the Dawn, a sumptuous YA retelling of Arabian Nights and Unlocking the Truth, the inspiring memoir of Brooklyn-bred, teen heavy metal band Unlocking the Truth. She’s looking for contemporary realistic literary middle grade and literary/commercial YA.

 

Dana Isaacson

Dana Isaacson

Dana Isaacson

Senior Editor

Ballantine Books

Dana Edwin Isaacson is a senior editor at Ballantine Books at Random House in New York City. A veteran of the publishing industry, over the years he has edited non-fiction and fiction books for various publishing houses, as well having worked as a literary agent, an abridger and a co-writer. Presently, he works with authors from Rita Mae Brown to Nancy Thayer to Jonathan Kellerman. He is currently on the lookout for mysteries and thrillers for the eBook line, Alibi.

Sandy Lu

Sandy Lu

Sandy Lu

Agent 

L. Perkins Agency

Sandy Lu has been a literary agent at the L. Perkins Agency since 2009. She holds BAs in psychology and sociology, with minors in music, business, and Japanese. Prior to becoming an agent, she was a Ph.D. candidate in Social and Personality Psychology and worked as a business/operations manager in the theater industry. She is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker.

Sandy is seeking submissions that draw her in with a unique voice and a good yarn that will make her miss her subway stop and keep her up at night. She particularly loves all things historical and anything with a supernatural bent. In fiction, she is looking for dark literary and commercial fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, historical fiction, fantasy, and YA. In non-fiction, she is looking for narrative non-fiction, history, biography, memoir, pop science, psychology, sociology, pop culture (music/theatre/film), and food writing. She does not represent romance, poetry, children’s picture books, how-to/self-help, parenting, religion/spirituality, and sports.

For more information, please visit www.lperkinsagency.com or follow her on Twitter: @sandylunyc

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Tricia Narwani

Tricia Narwani

Editorial Director/Transmedia Producer 

Del Rey/Random House Worlds

Liz Pelletier

Liz Pelletier

Liz Pelletier

Publisher 

Entangled 

Liz Pelletier is first and foremost an entrepreneur. Beginning with the belief that authors who write great books should receive a majority of the profits, she created a new business model that bridged the gap between self and traditional publishing and co-founded Entangled, taking it from start-up to a formidable presence in the industry in just three years. Her out-of-the-box approach garnered a groundbreaking distribution deal with Macmillan, as well as a joint venture with St. Martin’s Press.

Since its inception, Entangled has had 27 USA Today bestsellers, 11 New York Times bestsellers, and has earned myriad awards within the industry. Ms. Pelletier, who was also recently named by Bibliodaze as one of 2014’s Most Influential People in Publishing, alongside John Green, Veronica Roth, Sherman Alexie, and HM Ward, to name a few, also acquired the sixth bestselling book of 2012, The Marriage Bargain. Under her direction, Entangled has become an industry leader, forging a new path as the next generation of publishing.
Find her on Twitter at @Liz_Pelletier.

Mary Sue Seymour

Mary Sue Seymour

Mary Sue Seymour

Agent/Founder 

The Seymour Agency

Web Site: http://www.theseymouragency.com/

Mary Sue Seymour, nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Agent of the Year, has been agenting for over 20 years, and is listed as a top deal-maker for inspirational fiction on Publisher’s Marketplace. She has sold New York Times selling projects such as The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and Shelley Shepard Gray’s Missing. She has also sold multi-book deals to Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Harvest House, Bethany House, Cook, Harper One, Abingdon Press, B&H, Guideposts, Summerside, Kensington and others. She travels the country and world presenting writing workshops, mentoring writers, and doing appointments with them. She has been a guest agent at The Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, has attended the London Book Fair, and has traveled to almost every American city for writing conferences, and she’d loved every minute of it. If you’d like to see current sales, conference pictures or recent covers of books she’s sold, please visit her web site. Mary Sue and her co-agent, Nicole, are writing a book titled The Smart Guide to Getting Published which will be released in 2015. Julie Gwinn is another new agent with The Seymour Agency.

Mary Sue represents several best selling Christian authors such as New York Times best selling author Shelley Shepard Gray, Mary Ellis, Vannetta Chapman, Ruth Reid, Don Reid of the Statler Brothers and others; her writers have won numerous publishing industry awards and have been the subject of articles and starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and other publications.

Mary Sue likes to keep busy since her sons, Matt and Luke, have grown up. She ran the Disney Half Narathon, The Princess Half Marathon at Disney and the Lake Placid Half Marathon. She teaches art on cruise ships in exchange for a complimentary cruise for two [which has made her exceedingly popular with her friends!].

Andrea Somberg

Andrea Somberg

Andrea Somberg

Agent 

Harvey Klinger Inc.

A literary agent for close to fifteen years, Andrea Somberg represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including projects for adult, young adult and middle grade audiences.  Previously an agent at the Donald Maass Agency and Vigliano Associates, she joined Harvey Klinger Inc. in the spring of 2005.  Her client list is quite full, however she is always actively looking to take on new authors who write in the following categories:  Fiction; literary, commercial, womens fiction, romance, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, new adult, middle grade. Nonfiction: memoir, narrative, popular science,  pop-culture, humor, how-to, parenting, self-help, lifestyle, travel, interior design, crafts, cookbooks, business, sports, health & fitness.  Andrea has also been a MediaBistro instructor, teaching courses on writing nonfiction and memoir book proposals, and a Writers Digest seminar instructor, teaching courses on mysteries and thrillers and fantasy and science fiction.

Jennifer Udden

Jennifer Udden

Jennifer Udden

Agent 

Donald Maas Agency

Jennifer Udden joined the DMLA in 2010. She represents speculative fiction (both science fiction and fantasy), urban fantasy, and mysteries, as well as historical, erotic, contemporary, and paranormal romance. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and previously worked in nonprofit arts fundraising. She is actively seeking diversity in projects and in authors, including (but not limited to) diversity of gender, sexuality, ability, background, and race. She is not currently seeking middle grade, children’s books, or nonfiction projects.

Authors & Specialists

Bree Ervin

Bree Ervin

Bree Ervin

Bree Ervin is an editor, book reviewer and tall tale teller. She is passionate about helping  writers discover new ways to look at their writing and expand their craft. She is forever looking for stories and characters that challenge her world view. When she’s not running away from home, she can be found traveling through a good book, or at her desk unraveling a fresh story.

 

PPWC At a Glance

When: April 24-26, 2015

Where: Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
(719) 260-1800

Back By Popular Demand! Due to the positive feedback, we are continuing the payment plan option for the 2015 PPWC.

Thursday Programming: Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Thursday Prequel on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Faculty (Editors, Agents, Authors, Etc.): In 2014 we brought in a stellar selection of publishing professionals, including featured authors Chuck Wendig, Gail Carriger, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Jim C. Hines. Add to this a wide assortment of editors and agents doing query 1-on-1 meetings and authors offering workshops covering every aspect of writing. Learn more about our fantastic faculty lineup here.

Ride and Room Sharing: If you're in need of a shared ride or room, or if you have something to share, please check out our Ride and Room Sharing page.

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