2018 Conference Details Coming Fall 2017

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Sara Crowe

Sara Crowe


Eighteen years ago, Sara Crowe started her career at The Wylie Agency., and is now with the prestigious Pippen Properties, Inc. She has developed the careers of dozens of New York Times Bestselling and Award winning children’s and Young Adult authors and adult authors including Betsy Cornwell, Peggy Eddleman, Laura Marx Fitzgerald, Jeff Hirsch, Varian Johnson, Erin Entrada Kelly, Nina LaCour, Jonathan Maberry, Michael Northrop, Lisa Schroeder and Dan Wells, among many others.

She is regularly ranked as a top children’s agent on Publisher’s Marketplace. She is committed to actively pursuing film and television and other subsidiary rights for her clients. Building on seven years of experience working in foreign rights, she attends major international rights fairs to hand sell her author’s work. She loves finding new talent to champion and nurturing and developing careers.

Class: Revising Your Novel With Your Agent

Michelle Frey

Michelle Frey

Executive Editor

Michelle Frey is an executive editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers, where she acquires books for children of all ages, including picture books, middle grade novels, young adult fiction, and nonfiction.  Some of the books she has edited include the international bestseller Eragon (and the full Inheritance Cycle) by Christopher Paolini, the New York Times bestselling Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birsdall, the first of which was a National Book Award winner, Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama, illustrated by Loren Long, and Grover Cleveland, Again! by Ken Burns, illustrated by Gerald Kelley.  She lives in New York City, where she was born and raised.

Class: Inside the Mind of An Acquisitions Editor

Elizabeth Harding

Elizabeth Harding


Elizabeth Harding is an agent with Curtis Brown Literary. She represents authors and illustrators of picture books, middle-grade and young adult fiction. She started at the agency almost 20 years ago as an assistant to the legendary Marilyn E. Marlow. Elizabeth’s list includes New York Times bestsellers, Newbery, National Book Award, Printz, and Coretta Scott King honor and award winners. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), a devoted and hopeful fan of her hometown Cleveland teams and lives in Manhattan with her husband and four sons.

Class: The Beauty of Evergreens

Ammi-Joan Paquette

Ammi-Joan Paquette


Ammi-Joan Paquette is a senior agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency, representing all types of children’s and YA literature. She is also the author of many picture books and novels for young readers, including the Princess Juniper series, Nowhere Girl, and Ghost in the House. Joan is particularly drawn to richly voiced, unforgettable characters and settings, as well as tightly-paced, well-plotted stories with twists and turns that keep you guessing right until the end. Visit her on the web at www.ajpaquette.com
Class: Outlining and Synopsis Writing
Nicole Resciniti

Nicole Resciniti


Nicole Resciniti is a Senior Agent with The Seymour Agency. She has been listed by Publisher’s Marketplace as a top dealmaker in the country, and named ACFW’s 2012 Agent of the Year. She loves discovering new talent and helping established authors take their career to the next level. Do you have the next project to feed her book addiction? A smart, tight read she won’t be able to put down? A signature voice she’ll fight to represent?

Romance, mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, YA, NA, MG, picture books, nonfiction, cookbooks, and inspirational novels are welcome. A consummate science geek and card-carrying Mensa member, Nicole would love to find the next great science fiction/fantasy novel or action/adventure masterpiece. Currently on her wish list: high concept middle grade, any kind of romance, and really fresh voices in YA.

Nicole is a member of AAR, ACFW, RWA, and Mensa. She holds degrees in biology, psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. “I have the best job in the world. I read for a living and make author’s dreams come true.”

Class: First Impressions: The Difference Between Selling and Slushing

Gordon Warnock

Gordon Warnock


Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Fuse Literary, serving as a literary agent and the editorial director of Short Fuse Publishing. His nonfiction tastes are broad, and he especially enjoys self-help, pop-culture, current events, business, and memoir for adults – YA. His fiction list includes high-concept commercial, suspense, women’s fiction, and contemporary literary fiction for adults – YA. He also represents graphic novels and verse novels for adults – MG.


EVERYTHING WE KEEP by Kerry Lonsdale

COOKING FOR GHOSTS by Patricia V. Davis







Class: Effective Hybrid Publishing

2017 Keynote Speakers and Intensive Instructors

Marc Cameron

Marc Cameron

Intensive Instructor

A New York Times bestseller and retired Deputy U.S. Marshal, Marc Cameron spent nearly thirty years in the gun-culture of law enforcement. His assignments have taken him from Alaska to Manhattan, Canada to Mexico and dozens of points in between. He holds a second degree black belt in Ju Jitsu and is a certified scuba diver and man-tracker. An avid adventure motorcyclist, Cameron’s books heavily feature bikes and bikers–from OSI Agent Jericho Quinn’s beloved BMW GS to Harley Davidsons, Royal Enfields, Ducatis. Cameron lives in the Alaska with his wife, blue heeler dog, and BMW GS motorcycle.

Class: From Start to Finish

Ally Condie

Ally Condie

Keynote Speaker and Intensive Instructor

Ally Condie is the author of the middle grade novel, Summerlost, Atlantia, and the MATCHED Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. Matched was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten and named as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010. The sequels, Crossed and Reached, were also critically acclaimed and received starred reviews, and all three books are available in 30+ languages. Ally lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She is currently working on her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Ally loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.

Class: If You Build It, They Will Come: Making Setting Work for Your Characters and Your Readers 


David Gill

David Gill

Intensive Instructor

David Macinnis Gill is the author of the forthcoming novel, Uncanny, from Greenwillow/Harper Collins. His debut, Soul Enchilada, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. His stories have appeared in several magazines, and his critical biography, Graham Salisbury: Island Boy, was published by Scarecrow Press. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English/creative writing and a doctorate in education, both from the University of Tennessee, as well as a M.ED. from Tennessee-Chattanooga. David is the Past-President of ALAN (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents) and an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is also on faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Class: Say What? The Talking Two Step of Dueling Dialogue

Jennifer Nielsen

Jennifer Nielsen

Saturday Lunch Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Nielsen lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a perpetually muddy dog. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once. At one time or another she has been a high school debate coach, theater director, daycare worker, and worked at an assembly of odd jobs so insignificant they didn’t even deserve job titles. To learn more about Jennifer Neilsen, visit her website.

Classes: The Psychology of Characterization; The Series Writer

J. Scott Savage

J. Scott Savage

Intensive Instructor

J. Scott Savage is the author of 16 novels including the Mysteries of Cove series, the Farworld middle grade fantasy series, and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. He has been writing and publishing books for over fourteen years. He has visited over 1000 schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and three grandchildren. He lives with his wife Jennifer in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains. He loves hearing from his readers at Scott at jscottsavage.com, or you can find him on his website HERE.

Class: Four Part Pacing; Creating Powerful Scenes

Kristen Tracy

Kristen Tracy

Intensive Instructor

Kristen Tracy has published twelve novels for young adults and young readers, including Lost It, Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus, Too Cool for This School, Hung Up, and Project UnPopular. She grew up in a small town in Idaho, near Yellowstone Park, where she learned a tremendous amount about bears. She has an M.A. in American Literature from Brigham Young University, an M.F.A. in poetry from Vermont College, and a Ph.D. in English from Western Michigan University. At one time in her life she was a college professor and aerobics instructor. At another time she was a volunteer gardener on Alcatraz and aspiring bird docent. Now she
makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband and their young son.

Class: How to Deepen Your Characters: Creating a Character Sheet

Attending Publishers

Covenant Communications

Covenant Communications

Kathy Gordon

With forty-four years of professional experience in corporate and internal communications, public relations, media relations, marketing communications, and publications management, Kathryn Gordon currently serves as the managing editor at Covenant Communications. Prior to her current position, she was press secretary for a U.S. Congressman; vice-president of Aspen West Publishing Company; manager of strategic communications for software manufacturer Novell, Inc.; director of public relations at Westminster College, a private college in Salt Lake City; and held communications management positions at a variety of national and international corporations.

Former president-elect of the Association of Utah Publishers, she was also on the board of directors of the Mental Health Association of Utah County and the Constitutional Principles Policy Council. She has held membership in the Consortium of Utah Women in Higher Education, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the International Association of Business Communicators, the National Association of Earth Science Editors, and the National Association of State Poetry Societies. She was president-elect of the Republican Women of Utah County and was actively involved in political campaigns at the state and national level. A former member of Sigma Delta Chi, she was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America.

She is the author or co-author of more than seven dozen published books, most of them in the health and wellness field. She wrote an award-winning book-length poetry manuscript recognized by the governor of Utah and is the author of the regional bestseller, Butch Cassidy and Other Mormon Outlaws of the Old West. She and her husband, Glenn, are co-presidents of the Association for Mormon Letters.

Kathryn is looking for exceptional writers for the LDS market. She is particularly interested in inspirational nonfiction from an LDS point of view and intriguing fiction, especially in the categories of suspense, mystery, historical fiction, romance, and historical romance. She is not interested at this time in middle-grade fiction, science fiction, or fantasy.

Kathryn will not be pre-reading any submissions prior to the conference and will not accept hard copies during pitch sessions. If you both agree your manuscript would be a good fit for Covenant, she will request an electronic submission at the end of your pitch session. (Saturday only)

Deseret Book

Deseret Book

Carly Springer is the product manager and acquisitions editor for Deseret Book Company, where she gets to be spiritually uplifted on a daily basis and call it work. She studied the English language and editing at Brigham Young University. Carly loves a well-told story in just about any medium, but her favorites are Marvel movies and Brandon Sanderson’s novels. She currently lives in Salt Lake City with two amazing roommates, but has dreams of living in the country with a whole pack of large dogs.

Future House Publishing (Heather Rubert and Helena Steinacker)

Future House Publishing (Heather Rubert and Helena Steinacker)

Founded in 2037 with roots in the film industry, Future House Publishing is seeking authors from 2016 to write the next generation of science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, young adult, and middle grade books. Many of our titles have been bestsellers in their categories on Amazon, including superhero-comic-turned-novel Marrow, cyberpunk fantasy Etherwalker, and Dune-esque fantasy Sands. The latter two of these titles, along with sci-fi thriller Caretaker, are also being produced in audio by Tantor Media. Meanwhile, middle-grade adventures Evertaster and Sherlock Academy have taken both Amazon and nation-wide school tours by storm. Our team is looking for more authors we can turn into astronauts and rock stars across all of space and time, so bring us your cyborgs, portals, wizards, and aliens.

Future House publishes YA and middle-grade fiction. Though we do take the occasional realistic fiction novel, our main focus is on the fantastic and the futuristic. As a family-friendly publisher, we prefer novels that avoid excess violence, profanity, and sex. Please bring a brief synopsis, a one-sentence summary, and two well-known, comparable titles to your pitch session. Wands, capes, and metal detectors welcome.

Future House Publishing can be found online HERE.

Shadow Mountain

Shadow Mountain

(Heidi Taylor)

Heidi Taylor has been with Deseret Book for the past nine years. She graduated from the University of Utah where she had the opportunity to study English and Creative Writing with some of the best minds in the business. Heidi works as a publishing manager for the Shadow Mountain imprint of Deseret Book. She publishes children, teen, and young adult fiction and non-fiction, and manages the Proper Romance brand – Shadow Mountain’s line of clean romances. She has had the pleasure of working with New York Times Bestselling author, Brandon Mull, and his Candy Shop War series, Christmas Jar’s author, Jason F. Wright, as well as the award-winning Julianne Donaldson. Her job allows her to work one-on-one with authors to acquire and develop their manuscripts from conception to publication. She loves searching for diamonds in the slush pile!

Things she is looking for:

  • Clean romances
  • Children’s fantasy and science fiction
  • Teen and Young adult
  • Historical Fiction
  • Christmas Novellas

Heidi will be doing pitch sessions on Friday only. She will not be pre-reading manuscripts prior to meeting with attendees, so be prepared to give her a verbal pitch. (Friday only)

Past Agents and Editors from the National Market


Josh Adams, agent (Adams Literary)

Jenny Bent, agent (The Bent Agency)

Marisa Corvisiero, agent (The Corvisiero Literary Agency)

Brianne Johnson, agent (Writers House)

Tracey Keevan, senior editor (Disney Hyperion)

Marlene Stringer, agent (The Stringer Agency)


Mark Gottlieb, agent (Trident Media Group)

Victoria Marini, agent (Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners)

Elizabeth Poteet, editor (St. Martin’s Press)

Jen Rofe, agent (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)

Suzie Townsend, agent (New Leaf Literary)


Josh Adams, agent (Adams Literary)

Melissa Frain, editor (Tor Books)

Daniel Lazar, agent (Writer’s House)

Laurie McLean, agent (Foreword Literary)

Eddie Schneider, agent (JaBberwocky Literary Agency)


Michael Bourret, agent (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management)

Hannah Bowman, agent (Liza Dawson Associates)

Victoria Curran, editor (Harlequin Heartwarming)

Alyssa Henkin, agent (Trident Media Group)

Michelle Witte, agent (Mansion Street Literary Management)


Weronika Janczuk, agent 

Molly O’Neill, editor

Kathleen Ortiz, agent (New Leaf Literary)

Holly Root, agent (Waxman Literary Agency)

Michelle Wolfson, agency (Wolfson Agency) 


Sara Crowe, agent (Harvey Clinger, Inc.)

Marcia Markland, editor (Thomas Dunne Books – part of St. Martin’s Press)

Sara Megibow, agent (Nelson Literary Agency)

Becca Stumpf, agent (Prospect Agency)


Krista Marino, editor (Random House)

Laura Rennert, agent (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)

Nephele Tempest, agent (Knight Agency)


Amy Jameson (A+B works) 

Stacy Whitman, editor 


Jamie Weiss Chilton, agent (Andrea Brown Agency)

Tim Travaglini, editor (Penguin)