All workshops and events will take place at the conference hotel, the Wyndham Irvine, located at 17941 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614. Workshops summaries can be found on the Workshops and Events page, and within the working Schedule (when it becomes available).
Staffers conducting optional Advance Submission Critique, followed by one-on-one consultation, are indicated beneath their respective bio. The deadline to submit material is August 20, 2019. (Reader selection will open once the majority have been confirmed.)
Special Guest Speakers
LIZ FENTON & LISA STEINKE are the authors of The Two Lila Bennetts, out July from Lake Union Publishing. The writing team’s third psychological suspense, following 2017’s Amazon Charts bestseller The Good Widow and 2018’s Girls’ Night Out, Publishers Weekly declares it, “Intriguing … Chapters headed ‘captured’ and ‘free’ alternate, each describing a parallel reality … Along with two perfect endings, this satisfying thriller offers food for thought. Flawless pacing will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” Remaining the best of friend for 30 years, Liz and Lisa have also published three women’s fiction titles with Simon & Schuster/Atria Books. Your Perfect Life is a hilarious and heartwarming story of two childhood best friends who switch bodies at their twenty-year high school reunion. The Status of All Things is a cautionary tale of a woman who realizes she can change the course of her entire life by what she writes in her Facebook status. And The Year We Turned Forty follows three women who get the chance to relive the year they turned forty, a year they each made decisions that altered the course of their lives.
AUGUST NORMAN is the pen name of Norm Thoeming, author of Come and Get Me, his debut thriller from Crooked Lane Books in a two-book deal. In it, an intrepid journalist confronts a college town’s dark secrets while attempting to solve the mystery of a student’s disappearance. Publishers Weekly proclaims it, “Chilling … The skillfully rendered plot is full of page-turning action.” Booklist hails, “Norman’s debut is a solid purchase for mystery collections [and] a good recommendation for fans of strong female leads.” A champion of crime fiction, Norm is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, and the Sisters in Crime. He has written for and/or appeared in movies, television, stage productions, web series, and even, commercial advertising.
JONATHAN YANEZ is the author of nearly four dozen novels spanning a variety of fantasy and science fiction series. His latest, Dropship: A Near Future Thriller, introduces readers to a new one that delves into the world of galactic cyberpunk. Following the release of his fifth traditionally published book, Jonathan elected to become an independent author, forming Archimedes Books with his wife Jynafer. His established sci-fi series include the Gateway to the Galaxy, New Arilion Knights, and Pandora Experiment sci-fi series, as well The Elite, Archangel Wars, and Vampire Project fantasy series. He’s the winner of a Jack London Award for his contributions to literacy, and two of his series have been optioned for film. His latest work is currently under development being adapted into a mobile game.
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Authors & Industry Experts
AS OF 5/17/19 (MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED)
WES ALBERS is Director of the Southern California Writers’ Conference. For more than a decade he has helped to facilitate over $4 million worth of first time book and movie deals for emerging authors through the SCWC and his personal contacts. His own writing draws from over twenty years in the San Diego Police Department, first as a patrolman, then sergeant. He now serves as Detective Sergeant in charge of Border Investigations, as well as Staff Sergeant supervising the Emergency Negotiations Team, a hybrid team of hostage negotiators from the SDPD, the FBI, and NCIS. Of his debut novel, Black and White, New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds (The Book of Spies) hails, “Gritty and rewarding … A top-notch cop novel. Watch out, Joseph Wambaugh!”
- SESSIONS: “How to Make the Most of the Conference,” No-Host Mixer, Introductions
GRETA BORIS is the author of a domestic suspense series based on the 7 Deadly Sins, which is being published by Fawkes Press in a rare seven-book deal. The first three titles, A Margin of Lust, The Scent of Wrath , and The Sanctity of Sloth are now out. Greta also authored the Amazon Kindle bestseller The Wine and Chocolate Workout, and has written articles on culture, health and entertainment for a variety of national magazines, including Victorian Homes, Zombies, 50 Scariest Movies, Exodus, and Women of the Bible. She is the Director of O.C. Writers, a community of published and aspiring authors in Orange County, California.
- SESSIONS: TBA
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Thriller, mystery, suspense; first 10 pages (or multiple columns up to 15 pages), cover letter
MICHAEL STEVEN GREGORY, Executive Director of the Southern California Writers’ Conference, is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter. He has scripted network series, directed television and features, and been involved as a writer, producer or director in over 150 short films. His longform projects include the doculogues We, The Writer and We, The Screenwriter, the romantic-comedy A Valentine Carol, and groundbreaking Don King Presents: Prizefighter, for 2K Games. His books include Disc Golf: All You Need to Know about the Game You Want to Play, which remains a bestseller over a decade after publication. Michael is also the owner of AuthorEdge, a transmedia content producer for publishers. He was recognized as Man of the Year from San Diego Writer’s Monthly, and is a recipient of the Odin Award for Lifetime Achievement from the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild.
- SESSIONS: No-Host Mixer, Introductions
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Screenplays, TV and short-form scripts; first 15 pages in proper format, cover letter
ARA GRIGORIAN is the international award-winning author of Game of Love (2015), and Ten Year Dance (2017), his critically-acclaimed second novel. Ara is a technology executive in the entertainment industry. True to the Hollywood life, Ara wrote for a children’s television pilot that could have made him rich (but didn’t) and nearly sold a video game to a major publisher (who closed shop days later). Fascinated by the human species, Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories. He is a public speaker and a workshop leader for the Southern California Writers’ Conference, Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and others. Ara is represented by Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy Literary Group.
- SESSIONS: TBA
MEGAN HASKELL is the award-winning author of the dark fantasy adventure series, The Sanyare Chronicles, co-author of Aspiring to Author: A Guide for Your Publishing Career, and Program Director of O.C. Writers, a community of published and aspiring authors in Orange County, California. Called “a must read” by bestselling YA author, Sherry Ficklin, Sanyare: The Last Descendant (Book 1) received a Readers’ Favorite Bronze award and was an IAN Book of the Year Award Finalist in Adventure Fiction. Megan lives in Orange County, California with her husband, two young daughters, and one ridiculously energetic dog. You can find her online at www.MeganHaskell.com, OCWriters.Network, and Facebook.
- SESSIONS: TBA
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Science fiction, fantasy, commercial fiction; first 10 pages double-spaced, cover letter
MELANIE HOOKS started out spinning tales on playgrounds as the perennial ‘new kid’ as an Army brat. These days she’s found new audiences in podcasts (Classic Movie Recall), journalism (Pasadena’s ColoradoBoulevard.net), TV writing (Quarterfinalist for NBC Universal’s ‘Writers on the Verge’) and screenwriting (‘Queen of Wishful Thinking’). She loves classic film, comedy, sci-fi/fantasy and historical fiction. Someday she will figure out how to merge Room with a View with Galaxy Quest … and it will blow your mind!
- SESSIONS: “Read, Critique & Live to Write Another Day” (with Laura Perkins) and Rogue Read & Critique: SciFi/Fantasy (with Laura Perkins)
LACEY IMPELLIZERI is Project Manager & Marketing Director of Acorn Publishing, a collective of award-winning, best-selling authors. She assists Acorn authors in the process of publishing their books, and helps them with 854 other things from designing websites to setting up social media accounts. Lacey has been writing since she was eight. In fourth grade, author Sarah Pennypacker spoke to her class. She told little Lacey if she wrote every day then she could be an author just like her, so Lacey picked up a pencil eleven years ago and hasn’t stopped since. She is working on completing her first novel and attends Grossmont Community College in San Diego.
- SESSIONS: “The Publisher Is In: Your Post-Conference Publishing Plan” one-on-one consultation (with Holly Kammiers); advance sign-up required; details
TOM JORDAN is a audiobook narrator who entered the world of professional voice acting in 1994. He has worked for dozens of clients in a broad variety of voiceover genres from commercials to E-learning, and everything in between. With years of corporate narration and podcast storytelling experience, Tom steered his talents toward audiobook narration and has found his true calling with this creative and infinitely-rewarding endeavor. He has dozens of audiobooks in Audible, with more coming every month, and is a 2019 Independent Audiobook Award nominee for his performance of Gutter Medicine: Twenty-six Years as a Firefighter Paramedic, by Roger Huder.
- SESSIONS: TBA
JEFFREY J. MICHAELS is a Gemini. As such he is deeply involved in whatever interests him at the moment. He is currently polishing a sweeping fantasy series of interconnected tales collectively known as “The Mystical Histories.” He describes his writing as “metaphyictional,” combining fantasy and humor with metaphysical elements, offering the reader new ways of looking at themselves and their world. In his real life, he conducts motivational workshops and offers personal consultations assisting clients to tap into their own inner wisdom to make positive life and creative choices. Jeff’s published works include: A Day at the Beach and Other Brief Diversions, a collection of metaphyfictional short stories, and Tasa’s Path, Book One in his fantasy trilogy. Over the past decade Jeff has been a monthly columnist for the magazine Sedona Journal of Emergence. Six collections of his inspirational articles are available in trade paperback and on Kindle.
- SESSIONS: TBA
MATTHEW J. PALLAMARY has a dozen books in print, with many having been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, French, and German. His historical novel of first contact between shamans and Jesuits in 18th century South America, Land Without Evil, was adapted as a full-length stage and light show, the PBS-broadcasted making-of which garnered an Emmy nomination. His distillation of 25 years of teaching experience, Phantastic Fiction: A Shamanic Approach to Story, earned an International Book Award. And Matt’s memoir Spirit Matters, detailing his journeys to the jungles of Peru, took top honors in the San Diego Book Awards Spiritual Book Category, along with being named a finalist in the National Best Book Awards. His latest title of speculative fiction, n0thing, delves into the subject of computer generated dreaming.
- SESSIONS: TBA and Rogue Read & Critique (All-Genre)
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Horror, fantasy, transformative fiction; memoir, biography; first 10 pages double-spaced
LAURA PERKINS has penned five young adult fantasy novels and serves as a freelance editor and writing coach. She has an extensive background in facilitating groups as well as conducting personal feedback sessions, assisting clients with motivation issues, goal setting and strength assessment. She brings first-hand knowledge and experience in many areas writers often use as their story worlds, including the Criminal Justice Department, probation, psychiatric facilities, wilderness programs, adventure sports, middle schools and high schools – internationally and in the states. She has lived in Europe and South America and traveled extensively internationally and domestically. While her passion is fantasy, young adult, character driven fiction and sci-fi, she works with many different genres and loves the offbeat and out of the ordinary. Under the pen name Mercy Hollow, she is the author of the dark, gritty fantasy novels Scythe – Legions of the Claimed and the second book in the series Grim – Legions of the Claimed.
- SESSIONS: “Read, Critique & Live to Write Another Day” and Rogue Read & Critique: SciFi/Fantasy (both with Melanie Hooks)
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Fantasy, young adult, sci-fi, fiction; first 10 pages (or multiple columns up to 10 pages), cover letter
DAVID PUTNAM‘s debut thriller, The Disposables, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as, “a fast-paced tale of idealism and corruption.” Michael Connely proclaimed, “It’s raw, powerful and eloquent … a gritty street poem recited by a voice unalterably committed to redemption and doing the right thing in a wrong world.” The continuing saga of ex-cop/ex-con Bruno Johnson’s violent life is further explored in The Replacements, The Vanquished, The Squandered, The Innocents, and latest installment, The Reckless, which New York Times best-selling author Lee Goldberg calls, “[A] police procedural that dazzles with authenticity, sharply-drawn characters, crackling dialogue, and insider details that only a real cop could bring to the page. Putnam can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Joseph Wambaugh and Michael Connelly.”
- SESSIONS: TBA
INDY QUILLEN‘s debut thriller, Tracker, introduced readers to Native American survivalist and expert tracker Fox Walker. “Rich characterization, brisk pacing, graceful writing, and an in-depth knowledge of Native American spirituality and survival skills hallmark this novel,” raved 6-Time Romantic Times Award Winner and 2-Time MAGGIE Award Winner Laura Taylor. Judy Reeves (A Writer’s Book of Days) called its follow-up, Pursuit, “Compelling and complex. Just the way we like our thrillers.” The third book in the series, Duplicity, is out June, 2019. When not writing, Indy manages Media Fastlanes, which she founded, a company specializing in the creation, building and maintenance of clients’ online presence.
- SESSIONS: “Before the Book: Creating Your Online Persona”
- Advance Submission Critique: Thriller, mystery, adventure, general fiction; up to 10 pages double-spaced, cover letter
DARLENE QUINN authors the popular Web series, which draws upon real events in the ever changing world of high-fashion of the mid-80’s to present day. As part of a seven-member corporate management team of Bullocks Wilshire, Darlene saw first-hand how greed became a major factor in the demise of our regional department stores. But while the series is brimming with intrigue and haunting nostalgia, she never allows the hard facts to get in the way of page-turning suspense. Each title has garnered national and international awards. Unpredictable Webs won the International Readers Favorite Gold Medal for General Fiction, as well the President’s Choice top prize at the Beverly Hills Book Awards. Conflicting Webs won the International Beverly Hills Award for excellence in General Fiction and Readers Favorite Silver Medal for General Fiction. The series finale, Webs of Perception, is now out.
- SESSIONS: TBA
JUDY REEVES is a writer and teacher who has published four books on writing including the award-winning A Writer’s Book of Days, and, most recently, Wild Women, Wild Voices. Her work has appeared in the San Diego Reader; The Frozen Moment; Connotations Press; Serving House Journal; Waymark; Expressive Writing, Classroom and Community, and other journals and anthologies. She is also an editor for manuscripts, journals, and chapbooks. She has been leading writing groups and teaching creative writing for 25 years at writing conferences internationally and at San Diego Writers, Ink, a nonprofit literary center she cofounded. Judyreeveswriter.com.
- SESSIONS: “Turning Moments into Memoir” and “Writing the Micro Memoir: Life in a Flash”
- Advance Submission Critique: Memoirs, narrative non-fiction, women’s fiction; up to 10 pages double-spaced
JANIS THOMAS is the author of such domestic suspense novels as All That’s Left of Me and What Remains True, and three critically acclaimed humorous works of women’s fiction—Something New, Sweet Nothings, and Say Never—as well as the mystery Murder in A-Minor. She has written more than fifty songs and two children’s books, which she created with her dad, is a passionate writing advocate, a popular workshop leader and speaker, and editor.
- SESSIONS: TBA
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Commercial and women’s fiction, romance, first 10 pages double-spaced; cover letter
MARY VENSEL WHITE‘s debut novel, The Qualities of Wood, was published by HarperCollins. Called “quite simply, truly beautiful” by Caroline Smailes (The Drowning of Arthur Braxton), the book was the first published by the company’s digital imprint, Authonomy, only a year prior to hardcopy. Its success set the stage for some 46 other Authonomy community authors to be discovered and published, including Miranda Dickinson, Steven Dunne and Kat French. A graduate of the University of Denver and DePaul University, Chicago, Mary’s work has appeared in The Wisconsin Review, Author Magazine, The Rumpus, Foothills Literary Journal, Fiction Advocate, and other places, and she is a contributing editor at LitChat.com. Her latest, Bellflower, “a novel-in-moments,” is now out.
- SESSIONS: TBA
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Contemporary fiction; first 10 pages double-spaced
CLAUDIA WHITSITT is an award-winning author and former educator who has published five mysteries and three works of middle grade historical fiction to date. Broken Lines, the third installment in her Kids Like You series, which began with Between the Lines and Beyond the Lines, is out now. Claudia’s novels feature strong heroines and address social issues which continue to plague our country. When she isn’t writing, she’s visiting schools and teaching writing to middle grade students. She’s known for her kind nature, even when telling you that your works sucks, and will make you want to become a better writer.
- SESSIONS: TBA
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Middle-grade fiction, mystery; first 10 pages double-spaced
Agents & Editors
AS OF 5/22/19 (MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED)
MASHA GUNIC is an agent with Azantian Literary, where she started her career in publishing as an intern before holding internships at Red Fox Literary and Writers House. She worked as an editorial assistant at Abrams Books on the children’s side for two years. Her love for books across genres, as well as her desire to find and foster great talent, drove her to make the transition from editorial back to representation. Right now, Masha is only looking to acquire middle grade and young adult novels..
- STATE OF THE AGENT PANEL
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Middle grade and young adult fiction, including horror, adventure and historical; first 10 pages, double-spaced; cover letter
JEAN JENKINS is a freelance editor (MsRewrite.com) and consultant to writers. She has successfully shepherded to print genre and mainstream novels with major publishers and small independents, as well as editing/advising self- and e-published writers. Clients include writers, both foreign and domestic. Her specialty is teaching craft and what works in the marketplace as she helps writers polish their material. Several books on which she has consulted are in the pipeline and nearing publication with major houses. Calling upon her varied life experiences and over twenty years of editorial consulting, she is equally at home editing spy thrillers, cozies, suspense, women’s issues, mainstream, or any bloody good story. It might be said, the bloodier, the better.
- SESSIONS: “Best Foot Forward: Polishing to Impress” (1 & 2), and TBA
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Mystery, suspense, thriller, police procedural; narrative nonfiction; first 10 pages, double-spaced, cover letter
HOLLY KAMMIER is the co-owner of Acorn Publishing, a collective of award-winning, best-selling authors. A writer herself, Holly is a former journalist who has worked everywhere from CNN in Washington, D.C. and Channel 13 News in Los Angeles, to the NBC affiliate in small-town Medford, Oregon. The UCLA honor grad lives in her hometown of San Diego, close to her extended family and friends. She recently completed her third novel, Lost Girl, expected for release in early 2020. Holly is an avid reader with a passion for timeless books and gorgeous writing. She also enjoys long walks on the beach, pink peonies, and spending time with her family.
- SESSIONS: “Acorn Publishing: Exploring the Benefits of Hybrid Publishing” (with Jessica Therrien) and “The Publisher Is In: Your Post-Conference Publishing Plan” one-on-one consultation; advance sign-up required; details
MARLA MILLER is an author and freelance editor. She wrote for the OC Register’s lifestyle magazine for 16 years before becoming founding editor-in-chief of an O.C. coastal lifestyle magazine. Her first book, All American Girls, the only authorized biography of the iconic World Cup/Gold Medal winning U.S Women’s National Soccer Team, was published by Simon & Schuster, and her sports oriented columns appeared in Oxygen.com. Marla launched MarketingtheMuse Workshops in 2003, motivated by her recognition that most traditionally published authors receive little help from “big house” marketing departments. Her experience in the entrepreneurial author movement includes “with author” bylines for two indie books, The Booty Bible and Decode the Black Box of Group Health Insurance, along with her own Days Gone By and first e-novel, Deadly Little Secrets. MarlaMiller.com is a resource center for writers with emphasis on marketing information in publishing/epublishing.
- SESSIONS: “Pitch Witches: Query Letter Critique” and “Pitch Witches: What’s Your Book About?” (with Jennifer Silva Redmond), ” Rogue Read & Critique: “Cold Openings: Your First Five Pages”
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Fiction; narrative and prescriptive non-fiction; columns (Note: anything emphasizing medicine or psychology, Marla’s your reader); first 15 pages, cover letter
JOSEPH PERRY is founder and president of Perry Literary. After initially interning as a reader of nonfiction manuscripts at FinePrint Literary Agency, Joseph enrolled at St. John’s University School of Law to learn about the legal aspects of publishing and graduated with a juris doctorate in 2015. During law school, he interned in the legal departments at Hachette Book Group; Rodale, Inc.; and William Morris Endeavor, as well as the subsidiary rights department at Columbia University Press. Joseph also works as an associate editor at Thomson Reuters.
- STATE OF THE AGENT PANEL
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Literary & historical fiction, graphic novels, legal thrillers, and picture books; Narrative nonfiction (music, sports, pop culture, biography, politics, current affairs, medical, journalism, history, legal history, and travel), business books, self help, true crime, and more; first 10 pages, double-spaced, cover letter
JENNIFER SILVA REDMOND spent more than a decade as editor-in-chief/acquisitions editor at Sunbelt Publications before becoming a freelance publishing consultant and editor. On the staff of the Southern California Writers Conference and San Diego Writers, Ink, she was also prose editor for A Year in Ink Vol 3, and co-founder of the Sea of Cortez Review. Her essays, articles, and short fiction have been published in various anthologies, such as Latinos in Lotusland, and national magazines. She is always looking for “great new stuff” and has a wide circle of agents, editors, and publishers with whom to share marketable fiction and nonfiction. More information, a short list of edited titles, and client testimonials can be found at www.jennyredbug.com.
- SESSIONS: “Backstory: Employing Expository Like a Screenwriter,” “Pitch Witches: Query Letter Critique” and “Pitch Witches: What’s Your Book About?” (with Marla Miller)
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Fiction, nonfiction, memoir, short stories; first 10 pages double-spaced, cover letter
LAURA TAYLOR is an author and freelance editor, whose work has received endorsements from Pat Conroy, W.E.B. Griffin, and Stephen King. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her writing, including 6 Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement, Reviewer’s Choice, and Career Achievement Awards, 2 Maggie Awards from GRW/RWA, 2 Golden Heart Finalist Awards (RWA), an RWA RITA Finalist Award, and a Golden Rose Award from the Gold Coast Chapter of RWA. Having sold over a million books in print, an additional 550,000 digital editions have been downloaded by e-book readers. Her novels feature sassy, strong-willed heroines and determined alpha male heroes. Her romance e-books include: Desert Rose, Midnight Storm, Heartbreaker, More Than Friends, Fallen Angel, Wilder’s Woman, Warrior Series Boxed Set, Moment By Moment, The Christmas Gift, Anticipation, Seduction, Surrender, Sublime, and the Love at the Beach Boxed Set.
- SESSIONS: “Indie Excellence: Glocalization and the Key to Survival” and Rogue Read & Critique
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Mainstream, historical and genre fiction, romance; first 10 pages double-spaced, cover letter
JESSICA THERRIEN is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Aside from her wildly popular trilogy, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011. Out of over 350 submissions her story, “The Soulless,” won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round. After being published by a small press out of Los Angeles and hitting the #3 best-selling book for Teens on Barnes & Noble, Jessica discovered that the world of traditional publishing isn’t for everyone, got her rights back and, with novelist Holly Kammier, co-founded Acorn Publishing, a new model approach for enabling quality authors to indie publish under a single imprint.
- SESSIONS: “Acorn Publishing: Exploring the Benefits of Hybrid Publishing” (with Holly Kammier)
CARLISLE WEBBER is an agent with Fuse Literary. She is looking for high-concept commercial fiction in middle grade, young adult, and adult, and is especially interested in stories by and about people of color; with both visible and invisible disabilities and illnesses; who are economically disadvantaged; who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer; or who are members of religious minorities.
- STATE OF THE AGENT PANEL
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Commercial & women’s fiction, thriller, mystery, suspense, horror, middle grade & YA (any genre); first 10 pages, double-spaced; cover letter
ROBERT YEHLING is the award-winning author, co-author and ghostwriter of numerous books, as well as long-time journalist, editor and writing instructor. Through his company, Word Journeys, he has edited more than 130 fiction and nonfiction titles that have found homes with publishers of all sizes. Bob’s latest titles include the biography of autistic surfer Clay Marzo, Just Add Water: A Surfing Savant’s Journey with Asperger’s (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and musician Stevie Salas’ When We Were the Boys: Coming of Age on Rod Stewart’s Out of Order Tour (Rowman Littlefield). Voices (Open Books Press), a novel set against a half-century of rock and roll, is his latest.
- SESSIONS: TBA
- ADVANCE SUBMISSION CRITIQUE: Commercial fiction, memoir, biography and poetry; first 10 pages double-spaced
CHRISTA YELICH-KOTH has been a freelance editor since 2013, working with both published (several international bestsellers and award-winners) and first-time authors. Her main focus is science fiction and fantasy, both YA and adult. Christa’s goal as an editor is to help enhance the beauty of the writer’s voice/style while working through anything that bogs the story down. Her published works as an author include Amazon bestselling novels, Eomix Galaxy Books Illusion (also the winner of the 2016 Novel of Excellence Award in Science Fiction) and Identity. She also teaches writing workshops at the Oregon Coast Community College, and is co-editor for the audio drama Redshift.