I have lived and worked in the publishing industry since 1991 when I decided to take a short break from my music career to work in a bookstore for Christmas cash. If anyone had told me that I would still be paying for holiday presents with a career in books all these years later, I would have laughed.
Over time, I became the book buyer for the entire chain of bookstores in NY, CT and PA. In 1996 I “hopped the desk” to become a sales rep and spent over 20 years selling books to Barnes & Noble, Target, Costco, Books-A-Million, Wal-Mart as well as independent stores and libraries.
Uniquely positioned to help authors because of my decades of marketing experience, I would love to work with authors who have a passion for business and the promotional side of this industry as well as the writing side.
Besides being a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author and on the national advisory board for IngramSpark, I am a featured columnist for THEBOOKDESIGNER, WRITERS DIGEST MAGAZINE, IBPA, and a sought-after teacher at conferences world-wide. I teach and speak at many of the publishing industry’s top festivals and conferences including Publisher’s Weekly’s BookCon, Oklahoma Writer’s Conference, Author U, AAPS, Dublin Writers Conference, BAIPA, PALA, St. Louis Writer’s Conference, Writers Digest indieLAB, Henderson Writers Conference, and many others.
I am currently looking for manuscripts and authors in the following genres:
- Fantasy and Sci-Fi
- Historical Fiction
When not in the office, my focus is on the working poor and poverty elimination, and I spend a great deal of time personally and professionally working with and training women from disadvantaged backgrounds.
(I am also a singer in a Celtic blues band on the weekends and am currently saving for a faster motorcycle.)
The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference is going virtual but it will still offer everything you need to advance your writing career creatively and professionally all from the comfort and safety of your own home. Gain invaluable tips to improve your craft, explore publishing options and learn how to establish a sustainable career—all while being inspired by successful authors and your fellow attendees. And it’s all brought to you by Writer’s Digest, the experts at nurturing and developing writers at every stage of their career for 100 years.
You won’t find a series of Zoom calls or pre-recorded webinars here. While you maintain your physical distance, you’ll learn from and engage with presenters in real-time, connect with peers in lounge areas and network with brands in the virtual expo hall. There’s no replacing an in-person event, but this is the next best thing.
November 5-7 2020
As many writers know, agents and editors won’t give your work more than ten pages or so to make an impact. If you haven’t got them hooked by then, it’s a safe bet you won’t be asked for more material. Make sure you’ve got the kind of opening they’re looking for! In this invaluable event, you’ll get to work with an agent online to review and refine the first ten pages of your novel or non-fiction book. You’ll learn what keeps an agent reading, what are the most common mistakes that make them stop, and the steps you need to take to correct them.
Next Bootcamp Dec 3-6!