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Our Special Guests!

Kevin J. Anderson has published 140 books, 54 of which have been national or international bestsellers.  He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as unique steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush.

J.H. Moncrieff's work has been described by reviewers as early Gillian Flynn with a little Ray Bradbury and Stephen King thrown in for good measure.

J.H. Moncrieff

His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.

Kevin J. Anderson

Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She has worked in publishing and professional writing, in one form or another, for sixteen years and is currently the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency. She loves helping authors hone their craft and learn about the ever-changing business of publishing.

Angie is looking to acquire for their agent team: young adult and middle grade (all genres); big crossover novels with one foot squarely in genre (Wool, Station Eleven, Lexicon, Ready Player One); literary commercial novels (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Where’d You Go Bernadette?, A Man Called Ove); voice-driven upmarket women’s fiction; science fiction; fantasy; single-title romance; adult mysteries and thrillers.

 

Not acquiring: nonfiction, memoir, screenplays, short-story collections, poetry, material for the Christian/inspirational market; children’s picture books, early-reader chapter books.

Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson's education and career background is in business management/ownership including bookstores and community writing centers. She has a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Calgary, has served a few years with small presses in an editorial capacity, and is now in her sixth year as a literary agent, where she represents many NYT Bestsellers, debut authors, and indie authors alike. 

Michelle is actively seeking books with diversity, and authors with diverse backgrounds. For more information, see the #OwnVoices Initiative page on the Inklings website. 

In adult and YA, she looks for Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, Horror, Fantasy, and light Sci-Fi. She also will look at the occasional MG if it has a phenomenal hook and voice. Select nonfiction with the right platform.

Not looking for: Textbooks, Cookbooks, Short Stories, Picture Books, Poetry, Coffee Table Books, Overt Christian Fiction, Screenplays, Steampunk. 

Emma Hoggan

Emma Hoggan is the managing editor at Future House Publishing, which specializes in clean, YA speculative fiction. Her main talent lies in content editing, but she is involved with every step of the publishing process, from acquisitions to layout to marketing. She has a degree in English linguistics and editing. Emma also has worked as a freelance editor.

McKelle George

McKelle George is a reader, writer of clumsy rebels, perpetual doodler, and associate librarian at the best library in the world. She mentors with Salt Lake Teen Writes and plays judge for the Poetry Out Loud teen competitions (but has no poetic talent herself). Her debut young adult novel Speak Easy, Speak Love comes out from Greenwillow/HarperCollins in 2017, and she currently lives in Salt Lake City with an enormous white german shepherd and way, way too many books.

McKelle is an editor with Flux Publishing, currently seeking YA titles only.

Eschler Editing

Eschler Editing is an all-in-one resource for authors, speakers, and business leaders who need editorial and production help, industry insights, writing-career coaching, and publishing and promotion help. The E. Team is comprised of highly skilled writers, editors, designers and publishing and promotion professionals that hail from diverse segments of the publishing industry. They’ve amassed advanced degrees in literature or writing, been published, received distinguished awards, and worked additionally in related industry fields as librarians, reporters, or writing professors. Most importantly, as vetted genre experts, they know what it takes to make it in publishing and are excited to share that knowledge with aspiring and up-and-coming authors.

The Eschler team of editors will be offering manuscript evaluation sessions for all experience levels, genres and editing needs.

 

To learn more about Eschler Editing, check out the video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4OpUSsQ91o&feature=youtu.be

Johnny Worthen

“I write what I like to read,” says Johnny. “That guarantees me at least one fan.”

JOHNNY WORTHEN is an award-winning, best-selling author, voyager, and damn fine human being! He is the tie-dye wearing writer of the nationally acclaimed, #1 Kindle best-selling ELEANOR, THE UNSEEN. Among his other excellent and very read-worthy titles are the adult occult thriller BEATRYSEL, the award-winning mystery THE BRAND DEMAND, and the genre bending comedy-noir THE FINGER TRAP, winner of the Diamond Quill for best book

of the year. And of course the continuation of THE UNSEEN Trilogy, with CELESTE and DAVID which also have won awards. His newest work, WHAT IMMORTAL HAND takes a dark desert journey into madness and faith.

 

Trained in stand-up comedy, modern literary criticism and cultural studies, Johnny is a frequent public speaker, teacher and blogger. He’s an instructor at the University of Utah and an acquisitions editor for Omnium Gatherum, a publisher of unique dark fantasy, weird fiction, and horror.

Johnny is currently seeking horror titles only.

Terri Baranowski

Terri Baranowski is a writer, speaker, editor, literary agent, and founder of Gateway Literary and Bluestocking Editorial. With over twenty years experience working with writers, she has prepared numerous manuscripts for publication and is currently specializing in hybrid contracts designed to meet the diverse needs of today’s author.

 

Terri graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University where she was a writer and key player in the development of an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) involving various new media platforms to promote The Book of Jer3miah, a webisode series that received New York Times recognition.

She also developed a television series for BYU-TV and assisted in the creation and editing of The Criterion, BYU's first literary criticism journal.

 

The author of several award-winning humorous essays, Terri has also served as guest feature columnist, and was instrumental in the formation of a few critique groups, all of which have given her the preposterous idea that she is a writer. Her current frustrations over the uncooperative characters in her first aspired-literary-but-morphing-into-chick-lit novel, Chimera, are beginning to make her think otherwise.

 

Terri resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with a couple of unruly Shih Tzu’s, a mile-high slush-pile, and an indomitable Polish spirit.

Terri is currently seeking new authors and will entertain pitches from any genre or market.

She won Harlequin's search for the next Gillian Flynn in 2016. Her first published novella, The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, was featured in Samhain’s Childhood Fears collection and stayed on its horror bestsellers list for over a year. Books one and two of her new GhostWriters series were released in May, with another to follow in October.

 

J.H. began her writing career as a journalist, tracking down snipers and canoeing through crocodile-infested waters. Her articles have appeared in many national and international publications, including The Globe and Mail. She’s also been a book doctor for a NYC literary agent and a professional ghostwriter with Gotham Ghostwriters in New York.

 

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