2015 Faculty

Michelle Witte –  Mansion Street Literary Management


Michelle Witte is a literary agent with Mansion Street Literary Management specializing in children’s fiction and nonfiction. As an agent, her tastes vary widely, and she represents authors across the spectrum of children’s literature, from illustrated board and picture books to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Michelle is always on the lookout for fascinating stories that are well told, especially those with a distinct and distinctive voice. Her own published work includes the nonfiction humor books The Craptastic Guide to Pseudo-Swearing and The Faker’s Guide to the Classics. She lives in Utah.

Heather Webb

Heather Webb

Heather Webb is the author of BECOMING JOSEPHINE and RODIN’S LOVER, published by Plume/Penguin. In addition to writing, she is an editor who works with writers from novice level to advanced to hone their skills—something she adores. You may also find her twittering @msheatherwebb or contributing to award-winning writing sites WriterUnboxed.com and RomanceUniversity.org. In all of her spare time, Webb teaches Write to Publish and craft-based courses at a local college. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and Romance Writers of America. Find her at www.HeatherWebb.net

Tom Zoellner


Tom Zoellner is the author of four nonfiction books, The Heartless Stone, Uranium, A Safeway in Arizona and Train. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NPR’s All Thing Considered and Talk of the Nation, PRI’s Marketplace, Fox and Friends, CNN, Bloomberg TV and C Span’s Book TV. His work has been translated into thirteen languages, and his journalism has appeared in Harper’s, Time, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Oxford American, Men’s Health, Slate and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other places. He is an Associate Professor of English at Chapman University and lives in the mountains above Los Angeles.

Susan Spann

Susan Spann

Susan Spann is a California transactional attorney whose practice focuses on publishing law and business, with an emphasis on contracts. Her clients include a variety of publishers, authors (traditional, self-published, and hybrid), editors, artists, web developers, and other professionals. She is also the author of the Shinobi Mysteries (Minotaur Books), featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori and his Portuguese Jesuit sidekick, Father Mateo. Her debut novel, CLAWS OF THE CAT (Minotaur Books, 2013), was named a Library Journal Mystery Debut of the Month. Susan has a degree in Asian Studies from Tufts University, where she studied Chinese and Japanese language, history, and culture. She lives in northern California with her husband, son, two cats, and an aquarium full of seahorses. You can find Susan online at her website (http://www.SusanSpann.com), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SusanSpannAuthor) or on Twitter (@SusanSpann), where she created the #PubLaw hashtag to provide legal and business information for authors and artists.

Paul Lucas  –  Janklow & Nesbit

Paul Lucas

Paul began representing authors in 2011 after several years working in the legal and subrights departments at Janklow & Nesbit. He seeks both literary and commercial fiction (focusing on literary thrillers, science fiction and fantasy). On the non-fiction side, he loves history, biography, business, popular science and sports.

Clients include – Award winning scholar, historian and documentarian Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; New York Times bestselling former intelligence officer, Robert Baer; Rho Agenda series author Richard Phillips; Popular Science contributing editor Brooke Borel; Matthew Mather (CyberStorm, The Atopia Chronicles) John Burley (The Absence of Mercy) and New Yorker cartoonist Ben Schwartz, among others.

He does not represent: children’s fiction, women’s fiction, inspirational literature, memoir, screenplays, poetry, health/well-being and a host of other things that are currently slipping his mind. Feel free to query him.

Eva Shaw – Author /  Ghostwriter

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Eva Shaw, Ph.D. (www.evashaw.com) is the ghostwriter and author of more than award-winning 70 books.  Novels with her byline include these Amazon best sellers:  Doubts of the Heart and Games of the Heart.  Nonfiction best sellers include:  Ghostwriting: The Complete Guide (August 2012), Writeriffic 2: Creativity Training for Writers, Write Your Book in 20 Minutes, Garden Therapy: Nature’s Health Plan, What to Do When a Loved One Dies, For the Love of Children, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Insider’s Guide to San Diego, The Sun Never Sets, My Affair with Art, and more.

Selected as one the country’s premier ghostwriters and featured in the 2013 and 2014 Writer’s Market is Eva’s article called Ghostwriting 101.  Other articles have been published in Shape, Sunset, Woman’s World, Fit Country Living, San Diego Union Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Costco Connection, Publisher’s Weekly, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal  plus she has ghosted more than 1000 columns, articles and short stories.

Eva is a regular presenter at conferences speaking on writing, grief and recovery.  She teaches five university-level online writing courses (with Education to Go, www.ed2go.com) that are available at 4000 colleges and universities worldwide.  A breast cancer survivor, she’s an active volunteer with causes affecting women and children in her community and church and in the world as a board member with Days for Girls International.  Eva lives and writes in Carlsbad CA with husband Joseph and their precious Welsh terrier, Miss Rosy Geranium.

Cindy Davis – Author/Editor

Cindy is an editor for several lines at The Wild Rose Press. Though they’re known for romance, TWRP also accepts other genres including mystery, fantasy and New Adult. She has been owner of www.fiction-doctor.com, a freelance editing company for fifteen years.

Cindy Davis

Barb Wilson – Author/Editor

Barb has worked for several different fiction publishers specializing in romance and romantic suspense. She is the owner of www.editpartner.com, a freelance editorial company intended for authors who wish to self-publish. Her favorite stories have HEAs.

Barb Wilson

Alicia Dean – Author/Editor

Alicia has edited for The Wild Rose Press since they opened their doors in 2006. Her favorite genre is suspense, but she works with most others. She is also a freelance editor under her author pen name, Alicia Dean at http://aliciadean.com/editing-services/ Ally loves discovering new stories and helping authors polish them until they shine.

Alicia Dean

Joan Stewart – The Publicity Hound


Widely known as The Publicity Hound, Joan Stewart  she has coached thousands of authors, publishers, CEOs and business owners, PR agency staff, publicists, marketing directors, speakers, experts and entrepreneurs. She shares publicity tips with a worldwide audience of more than 26,000 Twitter followers as well as several thousand people who subscribe to her popular email tips, The Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week. Her website at PublicityHound.com was named one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer’s Digest, and a Top Website for Self-Publishers by the Alliance of Independent Authors. She’s a former newspaper editor whose own media empire includes four books, more than 50 special reports, several dozen how-to videos on her YouTube channel, and more than 2,000 blog posts on all aspects of free publicity and self-promotion.

Caitlan Rubino Bradway – LKG Agency

bradway-picCaitlen Rubino-Bradway joined the LKG Agency in 2008, thereby disproving the theory that no English major ever does anything with their degree.  Before that she worked at another literary agency, Don Congdon Associates, where she had the behind-the-scenes thrill of seeing Kathryn Stockett’s The Help first come in (and getting one of the first reads). And before that she was acquring her Masters in English and Publishing from Rosemont College. Caitlen has enjoyed her apprenticeship under Lauren very much, and is now actively looking to build her own list, which includes (after a surprisingly minimal amount of begging and pleading), securing Lauren’s agreement to open the agency to considering middle grade and young adult fiction.

In her spare time, Caitlen is also an author.  Her first book, Lady Vernon and Her Daughter, which she co-wrote with her mother, was released by Crown in 2009.  Her first middle grade novel, Ordinary Magic, was published by Bloomsbury Children’s in 2012

Judith Briles – The Book Shepherd

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Judith Briles is an advocate for authors and writers and is known as The Book Shepherd. Delivering practical authoring and publishing information and guidance, she has authored 31 books, won multiple book awards and co-founded Mile High Press. Judith is the Chief Visionary Officer of AuthorU.org, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the author who wants to be seriously successful and founder of the Colorado Authors Hall of Fame. She’s the Each August, she presents Judith Briles Unplugged, a 3-day exclusive “happening” for authors who want to create and put their Book and Author GamePlan into action. In the winter, she delivers PublishingAtSea.com, one solid week of workshops and fun.

Her latest book is Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers joining her multi-award winning and #1 bestseller on Amazon, Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms. Author YOU was selected as Book of the Year in the Writing|Publishing category at the IndieFab awards at the American Library Association’s annual meeting in 2014. She lives Colorado, working with authors in her offices remotely, reaching out to Australia, New Zealand and China. Her books and her mouth have generated in excess of $5,000,000 in revenues and taken her from Oprah to GMA to CNN to Time to People to the Wall Street Journal.

Connect with her on Twitter @MyBookShepherd and dive into discussions on the LinkedIn group Author U where 8,000 plus authors hangout. Over 250,000 authors and writers download the podcasts each month from her radio show, AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing.

www.TheBookShepherd.com | www.PublishingAtSea.com | www.AuthorU.org 

Martha Engber


A journalist by profession, Martha Engber received a 5-star “original and highly recommended” rating from the Midwest Book Review for her literary novel, THE WIND THIEF The author of GROWING GREAT CHARACTERS FROM THE GROUND UP, she’s also had hundreds of articles published in the Chicago Tribune; a full-length play produced in Hollywood; and poetry and fiction published in Watchword, Iconoclast, Anthology, Bookpress, Berkeley Fiction Review and other literary magazines.

Jo Wilkins – Ink & Quill Publishers


Jo Wilkins is the founder (and was president of the group for the first thirteen years of its existence) of the Henderson Writer’s Group. She is the Chief Executive Officer for Mystic Publishers, inc, a company that helps qualified writers self-publish.  She also runs Ink & Quill Publications, a traditional publishing house (for General Genres’) and NewLink Publishing (for Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy), also traditional publishing. As an author she collaborates with R.R. Draude on the Tyranny series (Sci-Fi), sold some of her short stories to places like KNPR’s “Making Nevada Home” (www.knpr.org).  She is published in about a dozen anthologies and has written her murder first murder mystery. She teaches beginning and intermediate author technique classes at Recreation centers for the City of Henderson and does one-on-one private coaching.  She is also a content editor. Her major accomplishment is content editor for the fantasy novels of Maxwell Alexander Drake’s Genesis of Oblivion series and she edited the first book of The Dragon Souls saga by Josh Hartkey.

Allison Gibson-Montgomery

gibsonAllison M. Gibson has been writing for television for over twenty years. She is currently working as a Co-Executive Producer on MTV’s Awkward. She has written for over a dozen television staffs including, Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, and created the long running series Reba. She has written pilots for ABC, CBS, WB, UPN, Disney Channel, Lifetime and Nick-at-Nite. Allison earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California.


Judy Logan

judyJudy Logan is a member of several writers’ groups in Las Vegas, and is an accomplished public speaker, and Masters Level educator. For 25 years, she designed and developed educational curricula for a fortune 500 healthcare system, as well as created and trained a Pre-GED curriculum for a NH school system before relocating to Nevada in 2010.  Now retired, Judy writes from her experience as a wife and mother, a widow, and a former business coordinator for a psychiatry department in a Massachusetts community hospital.