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Lee Bartlett

Lee Bartlett is a consultant to independent production companies in the United States and the UK. He's worked for Discovery Communications as the President of Discovery Studios and Executive Vice President Global Production Management, Business and Legal Affairs, where he oversaw the development of Discovery's overall production strategies and acquired five production companies. His other past employment has been with ITV Studios (largest commercial broadcaster in the UK), where he was responsible for overseeing ITV's domestic and international production and distribution business (about $750 million).  Managed a staff of 1500 employees.

Bartlett, was also the Executive Vice President, Business Affairs at Fox Broadcasting, where he was responsible for the Company's business affairs, licensing and production.  He Oversaw a programming budget of $1 billion.  In addition to negotiating all major entertainment deals for the Network, oversaw the business relationship with the partners involved in shows such as "American Idol".  He was also the Executive Vice President, Business Affairs for the Fox Network Group where he worked with all of Fox's cable networks (approximately 22) and original sports programming and helped launch a number of cable networks, including National Geographic Channel and negotiated original programming series for FX.

Bartlett's education includes, JD, Case Western Reserve University and LLM, Georgetown University.

Dale Brown
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Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown is the superstar author of 29 best-selling action-adventure “techno-thriller” novels: FLIGHT OF THE OLD DOG (1987), SILVER TOWER (1988), DAY OF THE CHEETAH (1989),  HAMMERHEADS (1990), SKY MASTERS (1991), NIGHT OF THE HAWK (1992), CHAINS OF COMMAND (1993), STORMING HEAVEN (1994), SHADOWS OF STEEL (1996), FATAL TERRAIN (1997), THE TIN MAN (1998), BATTLE BORN, (1999), WARRIOR CLASS (2001), WINGS OF FIRE (2002), AIR BATTLE FORCE (2003), PLAN OF ATTACK (2004), ACT OF WAR (2005), EDGE OF BATTLE (2006), STRIKE FORCE (2007), SHADOW COMMAND (2008), ROGUE FORCES (2009), EXECUTIVE INTENT (2010), A TIME FOR PATRIOTS (2011), TIGER’S CLAW (2012), STARFIRE (2014), IRON WOLF (2015), PRICE OF DUTY (2017), THE MOSCOW OFFENSIVE (June 2018), and KREMLIN STRIKE (2019). He is also the co-author of the best-selling DREAMLAND techno-thriller series (16 novels), story writer and technical consultant of the ACT OF WAR PC real-time strategy game published by Atari Interactive, and story writer and technical consultant of the MEGAFORTRESS PC flight simulator by Three-Sixty Pacific based on Dale’s novel “Flight of the Old Dog.” Dale’s novels are published in 11 languages and distributed to over 70 countries. Worldwide sales of his novels, audiobooks, e-books, and computer games exceed 15 million copies.

Dale is from Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. degree in Western European History and received an Air Force commission in 1978. He was a member of the first class of Air Force ROTC cadets to qualify for and complete the grueling three-week U.S. Army Airborne Infantry paratrooper training course at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1977.

Dale served as a navigator-bombardier in the B-52G Stratofortress heavy bomber and the FB-111A supersonic medium bomber, and served as a navigator instructor and instructor on aircrew life support and combat survival, evasion, resistance, and escape. He is the recipient of several military decorations and awards including the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Combat Crew Award, and the Marksmanship ribbon. 

Today Dale is a command pilot in Angel Flight West, a group that volunteer their time, skills, and aircraft to fly needy medical patients free of charge to receive medical treatment. Dale is also a mission pilot of the Douglas County Composite Squadron (Nevada Wing) “Soaring Eagles” of the Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, which performs volunteer search and rescue, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, photo surveillance, and many other missions in support of the U.S. Air Force and other government agencies. He supports a number of organizations to promote law enforcement, education, literacy, and support for military veterans and their families.

Dale Brown is a Life Member of the Air Force Association, U.S. Naval Institute, and National Rifle Association. He is a multi-engine and instrument-rated private pilot and can often be found in the skies all across the United States, at the controls of his Cessna P337 Skymaster. On the ground, Dale is a youth soccer referee and referee instructor and enjoys tennis and scuba diving. Dale, his wife Diane, and son Hunter live near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Mark Clements
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Mark A. Clements is the author of four published novels of horror and suspense, three of them award-winning; two unpublished novels, both of them unpublishable; and three ghostwritten novels, two of which he’s proud of.

He has taught writing in places as exotic as Irvine, California and as mundane as Lake Como, Italy.

He believes that all stories are mysteries.

Kathy Cooperman

Kathy Cooperman spent four years performing inprovisational comedy, then decided to do something less fun with her life. After graduating from Yale Law School, she went into criminal law, defending "innocent" (rich) clients. These days, she lives in Del Mar, California, with her husband and four challenging young children. Her books include Crimes Against a Book Club & The Very Principled Maggie Mayfield. 

Marni Freedman
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Marni Freedman (BFA, LMFT) is a produced, published, and award-winning writer. After graduating as an award-winning student from the USC School of Filmic Writing, Marni began her career with her play, "Two Goldsteins on Acid," which was produced in Los Angeles. She worked a script doctor for top film companies and worked as a script agent for the Mary Sue Seymour Agency. One of her plays was made into a film, "Playing Mona Lisa," and was produced by Disney. Marni's most recent play, A Jewish Joke was perfomed off Broadway in March of 2019. Marni is also the co-founder and Programming Director of The San Diego Writers Festival.

George Galdorisi
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George Galdorisi is a career naval aviator whose thirty years of active service included four command tours and five years as a carrier stirke group chief of staff. He began his writing career with an article in the U.S. Navy's professional magazine, Naval Institute Proceedings. He was written fourteen novels and non-fiction works published by mainstream publishers as well as over 400 articles in national and international professional journals, magazines and newspapers, has won a number of international writing awards, and leads writing seminars throughout Southern California. 

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Heather Graham

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare.


She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages. She has written over 200 novels and has 60 million books in print. She has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations for excellence in her work, and she is also proud to be a recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers and was also awarded the prestigious Thriller Master in 2016. She is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from RWA.  Heather has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television.


Heather loves travel and anything that has to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. She also loves ballroom dancing. Each year she hosts the Vampire Ball and Dinner theater at the RT convention raising money for the Pediatric Aids Society and in 2006 she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken Gulf Region.  She is also the founder of “The Slush Pile Players,” presenting something that’s “almost like entertainment” for various conferences and benefits. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.

Brennan Harvey

Brennan Harvey is an award-winning speculative fiction author of dozens of short stories and two novels. He was the first-place winner of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest for the 1st quarter, 2010. His work has appeared in anthologies and magazines, and is available on Amazon.

Brennan occupied his free time in the U.S. Naval submarine fleet by reading science fiction and suspense. His writing blends these genres. Many critics who don't like his chosen genre, say they like his stories.

He spends his spare time with his wife and his dog, who support his writing efforts.

Georgia Hughes
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Georgia Hughes is editorial director at New World Library, where she acquires and edits nonfiction books on spirituality, sustainability, animals, business, relationships, women’s issues, health, and personal growth. She has also worked as a bookseller, freelance editor, and at HarperCollins. Recent books: School of Awake by Kidada Jones, Call of the Cats by Andrew Bloomfield, Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks, Get It Done by Sam Bennett, and Panic Free by Tom Bunn.  www.newworldlibrary.com  georgia@newworldlibrary.com

Steve Hutson
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Steven Hutson is a native of Los Angeles, a child of the sixties, and a storyteller almost from birth. After several years of freelance editing and directing a writers’ conference, he branched out as a literary agent. He has placed his clients’ works with Dutton, Harper, Praeger, Tyndale, Hachette, David C. Cook, Writer’s Digest Books, Harlequin, and others.  Several clients have won awards for their works, including a RITA award (Romance Writers of America). Steve handles a wide array of genres for adults and children, but please no erotica, chainsaw murders, poetry, short stories, or picture books.

Brian Jud

Brian Jud is an author, book-marketing consultant, speaker, seminar leader, television host and president of Premium Book Company that sells books to non-bookstore buyers on a non-returnable, commission basis. Brian is also the Executive Director of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales. 

Brian is the author of How to Make Real Money Selling Books (Without Worrying About Returns) This is the ultimate do-it-yourself guide to selling your books to non-bookstore buyers in large quantities, with no returns. He also wrote Beyond the Bookstore (a Publishers Weekly® book), a primer on non-bookstore marketing.

Brian has also written and published five titles on career transition that are distributed internationally. He is a prolific writer of articles about book publishing and marketing. He is the author of the eight e-booklets with Proven Tips for Publishing Success and the contributing editor to the monthly newsletters, Book Marketing Matters, The Sales Informer, The Authority and Bound to Sell. He was the host of the television show, The Book Authority that aired for 13 years.

Brian is an adjunct lecturer of sales and marketing courses for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Hartford and the University of Connecticut. Brian is a regular speaker on marketing topics at IBPA’s Publishing University and for publishing groups around the country. Brian has a BS degree in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA in Marketing from Xavier University. 

Jared Kuritz

Jared Kuritz is a managing partner of STRATEGIES Public Relations, a firm that works with domestic and international clients on literary development and publishing, business modeling, and public relations and marketing. Jared is also the Director of the La Jolla Writers Conference—an annual three-day immersion that educates attendees about the art, craft, and business of writing and publishing. Jared is the co-publisher of NightStand Press, placing great books in the hands of avid readers. Jared is also the founder of the Kops-Fetherling Book Awards. A regular contributor to IBPA, BEA, Tucson Festival of Books, and more, Jared enjoys sharing his expertise with members of the writing community.

Antoinette Kuritz
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The founder of the La Jolla Writers Conference (www.lajollawritersconference.com) and STRATEGIES Book Development and Literary PR, Antoinette Kuritz has spent the last twenty-five years steeped in the publishing industry.  Both new and NY Times bestselling authors have relied on her expertise to help them develop their business models, develop their projects, hone their manuscripts, build their platforms, and maximize success.

Martha Lawrence
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Martha C. Lawrence is the author of the Elizabeth Chase mystery novels, which were translated into seven foreign languages and nominated for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, and Shamus Awards. Her nonfiction book, Trust Works, coauthored with leadership guru Ken Blanchard, has been translated into a dozen foreign languages and won the San Diego Book Award for best business book of 2013. A former book editor for Simon & Schuster and Harcourt Brace Publishers, Martha now serves as the executive editor for Ken Blanchard, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The One Minute Manager and 65 other leadership books.

Warren Lewis
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Warren Lewis’s credits as screenwriter include Black Rain (Paramount) and The Thirteenth Warrior (Touchstone).  He has worked on assignments for most of the major film and television studios including Sony, Warner Brothers and Fox. Warren’s recent scripts include,  A World Away – a modern retelling of The Dybbuk, Ansky’s classic play; The Brownsville Boys: A Tale of Murder Incorporated; Trade Craft, an espionage thriller; The Tale of the Bloodstone Riders, a western set in post-civil war Texas, and The Point, a one hour drama. Warren served an old fashioned New York apprenticeship in film making, working on film and commercial sets as an apprentice and assistant film editor,  and in production. Warren attended New York University  and graduated from its film division. He worked on over 100 commercials and 15 feature films in various production capacities including second and first assistant director and second unit director on films directed by, among others, Penelope Spheeris and John McTiernan. Lewis teaches screenwriting at The California State University at Fullerton, Helped create the career boot camp at Arizona State and the UCLA extension.

Margret McBride

Margret McBride began a career that served her love of books in New York, working at Random House in New York.  Her office was next door to the editor of the Doctor Seuss books. As postcards and missives from the author came to the editor, the editor would share them with her.  The picture over his desk, the view of La Jolla from Ted Geisel’s studio was a clue to her future.  In 1980, she was living in La Jolla, and opening her literary agency and having fun times with Ted and his wife Audrey.  In her “New York Years” in publishing she worked in the marketing departments of Random House and Ballantine Books, and as the Director of Publicity at Warner Books, and Director of Publicity, Promotions and Advertising for Pinnacle Books.  Knowing what the media wants and readers love to read set the stage for her immediate success as an agent.  

In 1981, year later, she sold a small book to William Morrow (Harper Collins) by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson MD, called THE ONE MINUTE MANAGER.  Thirty years and millions of copies later, the 30th Anniversary Edition THE NEW ONE MINUTE MANAGER was published. Two other bestselling parables followed years later:  Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen (Hachette Books) will next year celebrate their the 20th Anniversary of FISH! A Remarkable Way To Boost Morale and Improve Results. Bob Burg and John Mann have just passed their tenth anniversary with Portfolio, their hugely successful, GO-GIVER A Little Story About A Powerful Business Idea.

She is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives (AAR) and the Author’s Guild. She is past-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the board of The La Jolla Playhouse located on the campus of the University of California at San Diego. La Jolla Playhouse is internationally renowned for creating some of the most exciting and adventurous work in American Theater, over 101 world premieres, 52 new works, 37 productions to Broadway—among them JERSEY BOYS, MEMPHIS, THE WHO’S TOMMY, Billy Crystal’s 700 SUNDAYS, I AM MY OWN WIFE, and JUNK.

Margret previously served on the Library Board of the University of California at San Diego and under her five-year direction, the UCSD Writers Conference attracted a distinguished faculty of publishers, editors and agents, as well as international participants.

Margret is interested in a wide range of commercial and literary fiction and nonfiction, historical fiction, medical suspense, legal thrillers, and stories featuring strong female protagonists.

Her nonfiction interests include biographies and memoirs, history, psychology, health, self-improvement and business, especially entrepreneurship, management, and finance. She also has had a weakness for perfectly executed, mind-blowing business parables.

Susan Meissner
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Susan Meissner is the USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction with more than half a million books in print in fifteen languages. Her novels include The Last Year of the War, a Library Reads and Real Simple top pick, and As Bright as Heaven, starred review from Library Journal. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University and is also a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing. 
Visit Susan at her website: susanmeissner.com on Twitter at @SusanMeissner or at www.facebook.com/susan.meissner

Dean Nelson

Dean Nelson is the founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. He writes occasionally for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, San Diego Magazine, Westways, Sojourners, and several other national publications. He has won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting, and has written or co-written 14 books. Nelson is a frequent speaker at writing workshops and retreats.

He has traveled throughout the world covering stories of human interest — India, where he wrote about the slums of Bombay; Kosovo, where he interviewed and wrote about victims of terrorism; Tanzania, where he wrote about members of the Black Panther Party who live in exile; Tibet, where he wrote about religious persecution; Central America, where he wrote about poverty and contaminated water; New Orleans, where he wrote about the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; Haiti, where he wrote about the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake; Iceland, where he wrote about the literary scene there; Croatia, where he wrote about a part of Europe that is trying to reinvent itself after the breakup of the Soviet Union; Rome, where he wrote about the Canonization of Mother Teresa, and elsewhere.

He has covered the stunning, the moving, the mysterious, the tragic, the amusing and the absurd.

In addition to directing the PLNU journalism program, Nelson also hosts the annual Writer’s Symposium By The Sea, where prominent writers come to discuss the craft of writing. Nelson has interviewed Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gay Talese, Krista Tippett, Rob Bell, Christian Wiman, E.J. Dionne, Deepak Chopra, Anchee Min, Ray Bradbury, George Plimpton, Joyce Carol Oates, Garrison Keillor, Billy Collins, Nikki Giovanni, Dick Enberg, Otis Chandler, Kathleen Norris, Donald Miller, Bill Moyers, Jim Wallis, Chitra Divakaruni, Joseph Wambaugh, James Fallows, Barbara Brown Taylor, Eugene Peterson, Philip Yancey, Michael Eric Dyson, Bill McKibben, Chris Hedges, Rachel Held Evans, Luis Urrea and dozens of others. Many of those interviews are available for viewing on this site and on UCSD-TV’s website. They have been broadcast worldwide and downloaded or viewed more than 4 million times.

Nelson came to San Diego from Minneapolis, where he was working as a business writer.

He has a Ph.D. in journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and a bachelor’s degree in literature from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas City.

He grew up in Minnesota, is a die-hard hockey player and fan, is married to his college sweetheart, Marcia, and has two adult children, Blake and Vanessa.

Lissa Price
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Lissa Price’s debut novel STARTERS is an international bestseller published in over thirty countries, with praise from Harlan Ellison and the LA Times. Dean Koontz called this YA futuristic thriller “a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story.” Starters won top awards in several countries, appeared on state reading lists and other “best of” lists and was a YALSA Quick Pick. Kirkus called the sequel, ENDERS, also a bestseller, “delightfully disturbing.” 

The STARTERS series has taken Lissa all over the world on book tours and appearances in North America, Europe and the Middle and Far East. She has taught workshops at SCBWI and the La Jolla Writer’s Conference, and spoken at ComicCon, WonderCon, WorldCon, Wordstock, The LA Times Festival of Books, the Boston Book Festival, RT, Thrillerfest, Bindercon and more. 

Lissa has lived in India, Japan and London, and once traveled completely around the globe over a period of two years. She graduated from the acclaimed Faber Academy program in London. As a diverse author herself, Lissa supports and encourages diversity in publishing. 

William Craig Reed
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William Craig Reed is the author of the non-fiction books The Seven Secrets of Neuron-Leadership: What Military Commanders, Neuroscientists, and the Ancient Greeks Teach Us About Inspiring Teams (Wiley, 2017) and the critically acclaimed Red November: Inside the Secret U.S. – Soviet Submarine War (HarperCollins, 2010). Also, the novel The Eagle and the Snake: A SEAL Team Six Interactive Thriller (Diversion, 2012). He is the co-author of Tarzan, My Father (ECW Press, 2002) with the late Johnny Weissmuller, Jr. Reed served as a U.S. Navy qualified submariner, SpecOp photographer, and submarine diver.* He earned commendations for completing secret missions during the Cold War and is one of only a few authors invited by the U.S. Navy to observe Ice Exercise (ICEX) submarine operations in the Arctic and submerge beneath the ice. Reed is an alumnus or member of numerous military, veteran, and technology associations, allowing him to reach an audience of millions.

Reed holds an MBA in Marketing and was a former vice president and board director for the Silicon Valley American Marketing Association. He founded two software companies and developed the Neuron Personality Profiler™ that uses neuroscience to determine someone’s personality profile (more accurate and revealing than Myers-Briggs) and match that against another person to provide a comprehensive guide that helps improve personal and professional relationships and build better teams. In his rare spare time, Reed likes to mountain bike, hike, golf, travel, and scuba dive. He is also a co-founder of the Us4Warriors Veterans Foundation, honored as San Diego County’s Veterans Non-Profit of the Year in 2016. Proceeds from Reed’s books help support this foundation and its subsidiary, Veterans Publishing.

Angela Rinaldi
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Angela Rinaldi is President of The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency in Los Angeles. She has been a member of the Literature Panel for the California Arts Council, on the board for PEN and is currently on the membership committee for the Association of Author’s Representatives. She established her editorial expertise in New York as Executive Editor at New American Library and Bantam Books, and Senior Editor at Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster) and was Manager of The Los Angeles Times Book Publishing Program for ten years. Her experience as an editor, publishing liaison and industry professional, including the time spent creating books for The Los Angeles Times, developed the strong foundation she built her agency on and has given her the contacts and resources to expertly advise authors about all traditional and state of the art publishing options.

Ken Sherman
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Ken Sherman is President of Ken Sherman & Associates, a Los Angeles based literary agency working with book, film and stage writers, which also includes selling film,  television and stage rights to books and life-rights.

An agent for more than twenty years, Ken has accumulated an impressive list of clients with notable names such as David Guterson, Anne Perry, Franz Kafka, Willa Cather, John Updike, Starhawk, and Eleanor Roosevelt.  He's also a popular and accomplished speaker, having taught and lectured extensively at venues including UCLA, USC, The American Film Institute, The Aspen Institute,The Chautauqua Institute, The San Francisco Writer's Conference and The Eugene International Film Festival where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jeniffer Thompson

Jeniffer Thompson is a personal branding expert and digital marketing strategist with more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry. She is an award-winning publisher, author, and speaker who is passionate about delivering strategy-rich content and actionable tools that educate and empower authors. Since founding her company, Monkey C Media, in 2004, she and her team have been creating award-winning book cover designs and author websites that integrate digital marketing strategies that work!

With a BA in Journalism from SDSU, Jeniffer is an ardent believer in the power of storytelling—she is always looking for, or telling, a story. She believes that story has the power to heal, transform, and create community. She is a co-founder of the San Diego Writers Festival and serves on the board of the San Diego Memoir Writers Association. She is currently writing her own coming of age memoir. 

Jeniffer is a rock climber and thrill seeker. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Chad, their persnickety Manx cat, Mishka, and three fluffy chickens who love to follow her around and give her delicious eggs everyday. 

For awesome brand strategy tips and digital marketing insight, subscribe to her blog and download her eBooks at JenifferThompson.com.

Kimberly Unger

Kimberly Unger made her first videogame game back when the 80-column card was the new hot thing and followed that up with degrees in English/Writing from UC Davis and Illustration from the Art Center College of Design.  Nowadays she produces narrative-games for VR, lectures on the intersection of art and code for UCSC’s masters program and writes science fiction about how all these app-driven superpowers  are going to change the human race.

She writes about fast robots, big explosions and space things.

Jessica Watterson
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Jessica has been with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency since 2013.

A graduate of the University of California at Irvine, Jessica has immersed herself in books and literature from the time she could first read. While in college, she started an indie review blog that featured author interviews and reviewed several self-published books that eventually ended up on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Jessica is always on the hunt for new and diverse projects, and is most interested in all genres of romance. She's drawn to fun, fresh voices, and character driven stories that keep a reader turning the page needing to know what happens next. Independent heroines are a must, in addition to well realized heroes who aren't alpha-holes. Some of her favorite authors include: Kristen Ashley, Jennifer Armentrout, Jeaniene Frost, Amy Harmon, and Colleen Hoover.

Lee Wind

Lee Wind is the director of marketing and programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association. A book blogger and author-publisher himself, Lee is passionate about empowering and amplifying independent voices. 

He is the founding blogger and publisher of I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?, an award-winning website about books, culture, and empowerment for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Questioning and Queer youth, and their Allies. For over 11 years, readers from 100-plus countries have racked up 2.6 million page views—and counting! Lee is also the official blogger for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. 

Crowdfunded in six days, Lee's debut teen novel, QUEER AS A FIVE-DOLLAR BILL, published in October 2018 and was selected as a semi-finalist for the BookLife Prize, making it one of Publishers Weekly’s top five independently published middle grade and young adult books of 2018. Lee and his novel were featured as the September 2018 Publishers Weekly BookLife “Indie Success Story.” It also won the 2019 National Indie Excellence Award for Best Book in the LGBTQ For Children & Young Adults category!

Learn more about IBPA at ibpa-online.org, and about Lee at https://www.leewind.org/