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Welcome to FIYAHCON 2021

Office Hours

Welcome to FIYAHCON’s Office Hours! In this segment of our event, we match BIPOC writers with industry professionals for one-on-one virtual meetings the weekend of the convention. Note: all appointments occur in EST time zones.

Our Office Hours hosts are industry professionals who have volunteered their time to offer critiques, Q&A’s, and accept pitches. They each have limited availability and registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. For query and/or page critiques, acceptance is based on the advance submission of requested materials. You must follow submission instructions in order to be considered. It won’t do you any good to be the first person to register if you’ve attached an incorrectly formatted set of sample pages.

You do not have to be a registered convention attendee to apply. You do have to be a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color. Registration for Office Hours is FREE, but all participants and hosts are required to adhere to FIYAHCON’s Community Policy (tl;dr – be respectful, don’t embarrass us).

Critique and Q&A appointments are 30 minutes long; Pitches run 15 minutes. Participants will be notified whether their requested slot has been denied or confirmed. Confirmation emails will include instructions for logging into your meeting.

As with everything else FIYAHCON, Office Hours is for speculative fiction only. “Speculative Fiction” is an umbrella term for science-fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism, and their related sub-genres. Do not send us your memoir. Do not send us fiction that does not contain fantastical elements. You’ll be wasting your time and ours.

Office Hours registrations & time slots formally open August 9th.

 

Got questions or need an accessible application format? Email officehours[at]theconvention.fiyahlitmag.com.

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CRITIQUES

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Agent

Root Literary

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Kurestin Armada spent time as an assistant at The Lotts Agency before becoming a literary agent at P.S. Literary in 2015. She then joined Root Literary in 2020, where she partners with storytellers who combine artistry with the drive to build a lasting body of work. Kurestin is based in New York City and spends most of her time in the city’s thriving indie bookstores. She reads widely across genres and has a particular affection for science fiction and fantasy, especially books that recognize and subvert typical tropes of genre fiction; some of her recent titles include World Fantasy award-winner Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh and The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter.

APPOINTMENTS 

Sat. 9/18:
12 pm EST
1 pm EST
2 pm EST

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ROLE:

Agent

The Tobias Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Matt Belford is a Senior Literary Agent at The Tobias Literary Agency. He represent illustrated works, graphic novels, and adult novels in the SF/F space, in addition to a small group of nonfiction projects.

His career in publishing began with the idea that he wanted to be a writer, which didn’t last very long. Once he found out what agenting was, he dove headfirst, with an emphasis on celebrating and advocating for those books that he grew up reading and loving. For me, that was fantasy.

He is a self-proclaimed nerd with a love for video games, TTRPGs, and of course, books.

You’ll usually find Matt with a cup of coffee or a beer, depending on the time of day.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter + first 10 pages.

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18: 
12 pm EST
12:30 pm EST
4 pm EST
4:30 pm EST
5 pm EST

Sun. 9/19:
12 pm EST
12:30 pm EST
1 pm EST
2 pm EST
2:30 pm EST

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Agent

Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Erin graduated from Hamilton College in 2015 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a job as an intern at the then Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. The agency’s name has since changed to Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency and Erin has worked her way from intern to Associate Agent. She represents all kid lit age groups, from board books through YA, and is drawn to genre fiction – fantasy, magical realism, fabulism, and speculative in particular. If she’s going to read a contemporary story, it will probably have sports or animals or a mystery element, and it better not be focused on allocishet white kids. She loves work that shows the author’s world- and character-building ability and wants to see authentic, thoughtful representations of all people so that every kid can find a book that speaks to them. She loves Steven Universe, ultimate frisbee, and her rescue dog.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter + first 10 pages.

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
1:30 pm EST
2 pm EST
2:30 pm EST
3 pm EST

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Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Kellie Doherty is a queer science fiction and fantasy author and freelance editor who lives in Eagle River, Alaska. When she noticed that there wasn’t much positive queer representation in the science fiction and fantasy realms, she decided to create her own! Kellie’s work has been published by Desert Palm Press, Queer SciFi, and Sanctuary, among others. During her editing career, she works on both fiction and non-fiction work, and some of the books she has edited have gone on to win awards.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter + first 7-10 pages.

APPOINTMENTS

Sun. 9/19:
1 pm EST
2 pm EST
3 pm EST
4 pm EST

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Editor

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

Andrew K Hoe 何光平(he/him) is assistant editor at Cast of Wonders. His stories appear in Cast of Wonders, Diabolical Plots, Highlights for Children, and other venues. #BLM, #AsianPride, #StopAAPIHate

OFFERING

Short story critique up to 6,000 words.

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
3 pm EST

Sun. 9/19:
3 pm EST

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ROLE:

Literary Agent

Park & Fine Literary and Media

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Pete is an agent at Park & Fine Literary and Media, where he represents authors of middle grade and young adult fiction. Previously, he worked for Floren Shieh Productions, where he consulted on book-to-screen adaptation for the company’s Los Angeles-based film and TV clients. A reluctant reader in early childhood who later became a voracious one, he gravitates towards the same kind of books now as he did growing-up: novels with sharp hooks, big hearts, propulsive plotting, and richly imagined worlds.

In his free time, Pete can be found playing board and deck-building games (favorites include Dominion and Splendor), experimenting with his Instant Pot, surveying new ice cream flavors, or sneaking to the beach in the Far Rockaways with a book and an umbrella. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband and is thrilled to join DiverseVoices, Inc. as the #DVpit and #DVart co-manager in 2021.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter + first 10 pages.

APPOINTMENTS 

Sat. 9/18:
3:30 pm EST
4 pm EST

Sun. 9/19:
1:30 pm EST
4 pm EST

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Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

J.R.H. Lawless is a French and Canadian lawyer, hailing from the wilds of Atlantic Canada, and a repeat offender as a 2020 debut Science Fiction Humor novelist.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter + first chapter (or first 50 pages).

APPOINTMENTS

Sat, 9/18
12 pm EST
12:30 EST
1 pm EST

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ROLE:

Agent

Ayesha Pande Literary

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Kayla Lightner is an Agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. A Georgia native, she earned her B.A. in English from Vassar College. Before finding her way to publishing, she held various positions including a fashion market assistant at Harper’s Bazaar and a freelance writer at Creative Loafing Atlanta. An adventurous reader, Kayla loves stories—across commercial fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction—that masterfully straddle the line between story-telling and teaching her something new. She’s particularly enamored with speculative fiction that centers BIPOC voices, humorous essay collections, and compelling family sagas. When Kayla’s not reading, she can be found writing, performing stand-up, and reminiscing on her rugby days.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter.

NUMBER OF SLOTS

Sun. 9/19:
2 pm EST
2:30 pm EST
3 pm EST
4 pm EST

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Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Michael Mammay is a science fiction writer. He is a retired army officer and a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has a master’s degree in military history, and he currently teaches American literature. He is a veteran of Desert Storm, Somalia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His debut novel, Planetside came out in July, 2018, and was selected as a Library Journal best book of 2018. The audio book, narrated by RC Bray, was nominated for an Audie award. The sequels, Spaceside and Colonyside are available now. Michael lives with his wife in Georgia.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter + first chapter (up to 10-15 pages, if first chapter is short).

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
3 pm EST
3:30 pm EST

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ROLE:

Agent

Donald Maass Literary Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

After dropping out of University of Albany in 2015, Kiki Nguyen had her first publishing internship with Wunderkind PR. There, she discovered a practical industry for her codependent love of fiction. In 2016, Kiki went on to intern with DMLA where she soon joined the team full-time as an assistant literary agent.

Kiki is now building her client list within young adult and adult fiction with a focus on queer and BIPOC authors. When not working, she is playing Among Us or shouting about film/tv on Twitter.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter + first 10 pages.

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
2:30 pm EST
3:30 pm EST
4:30 pm EST

Sun. 9/19:
3:30 pm EST
4:30 pm EST

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Agent

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

Eva Scalzo was born in New Jersey, but lived in Houston, Buenos Aires, San Juan, and Boston before settling down outside of Binghamton, New York. She has been reading romance since the fifth grade when she discovered the Sweet Valley High series. On inheriting her grandmother’s collection of vintage Harlequin Romances, she set a goal to someday finish reading them all on top of her already massive TBR.

Eva has a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. Since graduating in 2002, she has spent her career in scholarly publishing, working for Houghton Mifflin, Blackwell Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, and Cornell University in a variety of roles. She has been with Speilburg Literary since 2013, and started accepting clients in 2017. Eva is a member of the AALA (formerly AAR), RWA, and SCBWI.

In Adult Fiction, Eva represents Romance (all subgenres but inspirational) and Science Fiction/Fantasy. She also represents all subgenres of Young Adult Fiction and select Middle Grade.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter + first 25 pages.

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
1 pm EST
1:30 pm EST
2 pm EST

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ROLE:

Editor

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Stephanie is a Senior Editor who has worked at Harper, first on the marketing team and now in editorial, for the past nine years. She acquires high-concept YA and middle grade with a fresh voice and a distinctive hook. She looks for fantasy with a killer premise, smart contemporary fiction, historical adventures, queer romance, and unexpected magic, as well as graphic novels with a warm fantasy feel or a strong contemporary point of view. Her list includes The Insiders by Mark Oshiro, Candidly Cline by Kathryn Ormsbee, Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron, This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura, and Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar. She also helms the #1 bestselling Warriors series.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter + first 5 pages.

APPOINTMENTS

Sun. 9/19:
12 pm EST
12:30 pm EST
1:30 pm EST

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ROLE:

Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Michael R. Underwood is the author of over twelve books, including Annihilation Aria, Born to the Blade (an epic fantasy serial), the Ree Reyes Geekomancy series, and Genrenauts, a series of novellas, which was a finalist for the r/Fantasy “Stabby” Award.

Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. He holds a B.A. in Creative Mythology and in East Asian Studies from Indiana University and a M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon.

In years past, he danced Argentine Tango and was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and studying historical martial arts. Mike has been a hobby game store clerk, a student archivist, a webmaster, a web design teacher, a bear-builder, a bookseller, an independent publishers’ representative, and was the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books from 2012-2018.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his wife, their dog Oreo, and an ever-growing library. He also loves geeking out with video & role-playing games, studying historical martial arts, and making pizzas from scratch. He is also a co-host of the actual play show Speculate! and a guest host on The Skiffy and Fanty Show.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter + first 50 pages.

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
12:30 pm EST
1:30 pm EST

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ROLE:

Editor

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Deeba Zargarpur is an editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Salaam Reads, an imprint that showcases Muslim main characters as the heroes of their own stories. She acquires across all genres, with a particular interest in MG & YA that inspires a sense of wonder and magic. She is the author of THE SONG WE LOST (FSG BYR, 2022). Follow her on Twitter and IG at @deebazargarpur.

OFFERING

Critique of 1 page query letter.

APPOINTMENTS

Sun. 9/19:
12 pm EST
12:30 pm EST
1 pm EST

Q+A

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Editor

Strange Horizons

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Rasha Abdulhadi is a writer, editor, curator, and arts administrator. They are a queer Palestinian Southerner who grew up between Damascus, Syria and rural Georgia and cut their teeth organizing on the southsides of Chicago and Atlanta. Their work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Plume, Mslexia, Mizna, and Room and is anthologized in Halal if You Hear Me, Super Stoked, Unfettered Hexes, Queer Space Force, and Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler. Rasha is a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers, Justice for Muslims Healing Collective, and Alternate ROOTS. Their chapbook (who is owed springtime) is coming May 2021 from Neon Hemlock press. Rasha is a senior fiction editor at Strange Horizons.

OFFERING

Publishing strategy consultation, e.g. how to choose the right venues, editors, and opportunities to build professional artistic practice and minimize tokenization, unpaid labor, or being unsupported by an editor/publication/press.

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
12:30 pm EST
1:30 pm EST
2:30 pm EST

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Editor

HarperCollins Children’s Books

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Jordan Brown is an executive editor specializing in middle grade and YA books with Balzer + Bray and Walden Pond Press, two imprints of HarperCollins Children’s Books. Over his eighteen years in publishing, he’s worked with such esteemed authors as Laura Ruby, Justina Ireland, Elana K. Arnold, John David Anderson, Anne Ursu, Brandy Colbert, Eden Royce, Laurel Snyder, Kevin Emerson, Phoebe North, Rebecca Podos, Magdalene Visaggio, and many more. Among their books are New York Times bestsellers, National Book Award finalists, Printz Award winners, Lambda Literary Award winners, Nebula Award nominees, and countless other accolades.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
2:30 pm EST
3 pm EST

Sun 9/19:
2 pm EST

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Marketing & Publicity Manager

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Martin Cahill, Marketing and Publicity Manager. Martin has worked in SEO, publicity, and marketing for many years. He has been involved in the speculative fiction community for over seven years, and has worn many hats: slush pile reader, literary agent freelancer, publicity and marketing specialist, fiction writer, consistent advocate and cheerleader in the writing community, and more. Martin has also written several professional published short stories and is working on a novel.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

APPOINTMENTS

Sun. 9/19:
12 pm EST
1 pm EST

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ROLE:

Editor

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA + MG)

Brian Geffen is a Senior Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. He has worked with wonderful authors such as Julie C. Dao, Gregory Zuckerman, John Flanagan, Heather Kassner, Remy Lai, Katy Rose Pool, Rocky Callen, Christian McKay Heidicker, Oliver Jeffers, Loren Long, Lorna Scobie, and Andrew Maraniss, among others. Brian acquires a wide variety of young adult and middle-grade fiction, particularly fantasy, realistic contemporary, and action/adventure, as well as graphic novels and humorous picture books. Born and raised in Queens, NY, Brian is a fan of traveling, eating, rap, and learning foreign languages.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
4 pm EST

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ROLE:

Editor

Erewhon Books

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Sarah is a Hugo Award-nominated editor who came to Erewhon after a varied career at Ace, DAW, and Orbit. She has worked with acclaimed authors such as C. L. Polk, winner of the World Fantasy Award and finalist for the Nebula and Ignyte Awards; Cassandra Khaw, finalist for the Locus and British Fantasy Awards; Fonda Lee, winner of the World Fantasy and Aurora Awards and finalist for the Nebula and Locus Awards; Tasha Suri, winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer and finalist for the Locus and Astounding Awards; Tade Thompson, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the African Speculative Fiction Society’s inaugural Nommo Award; Kacen Callender, winner of the World Fantasy, Stonewall, and Lambda Literary Awards; and many more.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

APPOINTMENTS:

Sun. 9/19:
2:30 pm EST
3 pm EST
3:30 pm EST

ROLE:

Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

A former academic and adjunct, Alix E. Harrow is now a full-time writer living in Kentucky with her husband and their semi-feral kids. She is the author of Hugo-award-winning short fiction, and her debut novel, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. Find her at @AlixEHarrow on Twitter

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

APPOINTMENTS

Sun. 9/19:
1:30 pm EST
2 pm EST

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ROLE:

Literary Agent

The Bent Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

I joined the Bent Agency in 2011 and lead our London office, where I work with authors from all over the world, selling directly to publishers in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia. I’ve bounced back and forth from America to England since I was a teenager: I grew up in Northern California, lived for a time in the West Country, read English at Cambridge University, spent many years in New York City, and now live a few steps from the River Thames. Since I became an agent, I’ve represented New York Times and Sunday Times (UK) bestsellers and authors that have won the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, and more.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

APPOINTMENTS

Sun. 9/19:
2 pm EST
2:30 pm EST
3 pm EST
3:30 pm EST

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Neuroscientist

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and assistant editor of the science fiction magazine Escape Pod. He’s placed over a dozen short stories in professional magazines including Analog, Strange Horizons, and Fantasy Magazine. By day he’s a neuroscientist. He runs a laboratory that studies how the human brain controls the hand and arm, and how that control changes after injury and rehabilitation. He has broad neuroscience expertise to share, with particular depth in brain imaging, noninvasive brain stimulation, and brain-machine interfaces.

OFFERING

Science/neuroscience Q&A.

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
12 pm EST
12:30 pm EST
1 pm EST

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Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a Nigerian author of fantasy, science fiction and other speculative works inspired by his West-African origins. His new epic fantasy trilogy, The Nameless Republic, is forthcoming from Orbit, beginning in May 2021 with Son of the Storm. His highly-anticipated debut, the godpunk fantasy novel David Mogo, Godhunter (Abaddon, 2019), won the 2020 Nommo Ilube Award for Best Speculative Novel by an African. His shorter fiction and essays have appeared internationally in periodicals like Tor.com, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, Fireside, and anthologies like Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda, Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, and People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction. He has taught writing at the University of Arizona (where he also earned his MFA in Creative Writing) and spoken at various venues in the US and beyond, including schools, conferences, conventions and other institutions. He tweets at @IAmSuyiDavies and is @suyidavies on Instagram. Learn more at suyidavies.com.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

APPOINTMENTS

Sunday 9/19:
3 pm EST
3:30 pm EST

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ROLE:

Editor

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA+MG)

Emilia Rhodes is Editorial Director of HMH Books for Young Readers and Etch where she edits and oversees young adult and middle grade fiction and non-fiction as well as graphic novels. She has previously been an editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Alloy Entertainment, and Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster. Her list over the years has included New York Times bestsellers The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, Ruined by Amy Tintera, The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith, Thirst by Christopher Pike, and Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler, as well as National Book Award finalist Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos, Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron, The Ravens by Danielle Paige and Kass Morgan, Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid, The Merciless by Danielle Vega, and the Queen of Hearts series by Colleen Oakes.
She lives in Brooklyn, NY with a rotating cast of foster dogs.
Twitter: @emiliarhodes

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

APPOINTMENTS

Sun. 9/19:
12 pm EST
12:30 pm EST

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ROLE:

Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Kate Heartfield writes science fiction and fantasy, including the Aurora-winning novel Armed in Her Fashion and the Nebula-shortlisted novella Alice Payne Arrives, along with dozens of stories. She is the author of The Road to Canterbury and The Magician’s Workshop, both of which were shortlisted for the Nebula in game writing. Her next novel is The Embroidered Book, a historical fantasy coming in 2022. A former journalist, Kate lives in Ottawa, Canada.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A.

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
4:30 pm EST
5 pm EST
5:30 pm EST

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YouTuber, librarian, self & traditionally published author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Katie Dunneback’s undergrad degree is in how to hide the bodies and her graduate degree is in telling people where to go. After not landing a job in forensic anthropology, she turned her sights to librarianship–a field in which she’s worked for nearly 20 years. Her side hustles, however, include writing and publishing romances under a pen name–both through traditional publishers and self-publishing–and launching a personal brand, Crafting Ruby Dreams, on YouTube and Instagram where she focuses on planners, goal setting, writing, and publishing.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
12 pm EST
12:30 pm EST

Sun 9/19:
1 pm EST
1:30 pm EST

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ROLE:

Agent

Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA + MG)

Patricia Nelson has been a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency since 2014, representing all genres of young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as women’s fiction and romance. Her clients include bestselling and award-winning authors, and recent sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster, among others. Patricia holds master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California and has previously taught literature and writing at the college level.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

Appointments:
Sun. 9/19:
4 pm EST
4:30 pm EST
5 pm EST
5:30 pm EST
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Agent/Owner of Root Literary

Root Literary

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

Holly Root is a literary agent and founder of Root Literary. Before starting her own agency, she spent over a decade at three New York City-based literary agencies, ranging in size from boutique to global, and brings that range of experiences to the work of leading an agency that builds sustainable creative careers. She represents authors of fiction and select nonfiction for kids, teens, and adults. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
3:30 pm EST
4 pm EST
4:30 pm EST

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Agent

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

Eric Smith is an author and literary agent from Philadelphia. An agent with P.S. Literary he’s worked on New York Times bestselling and award-winning books. As an author, his latest books include Don’t Read the Comments, You Can Go Your Own Way, and the YA anthology, Battle of the Bands.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
2 pm EST

Sun. 9/19:
2:30 pm EST

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Agent

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Kidlit (YA + MG)

Saba Sulaiman is an agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, a boutique agency located in Milford, CT. She holds a BA in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies from Wellesley College and an MA from the University of Chicago, where she studied modern Persian literature. Being an immigrant who is constantly negotiating her own identity and sense of belonging in a place she now calls “home,” she is committed to championing books by writers from marginalized communities with compelling stories to tell; stories that demonstrate the true range of perspectives that exist in this world, and address urgent and often underexplored issues in both fiction and non-fiction with veracity and heart.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
1 pm EST
1:30 pm EST
2 pm EST

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Hybrid Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Cecilia Tan is “simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature” for her pioneering efforts to combine erotica with fantasy and science fiction, according to Susie Bright. RT Magazine awarded her Career Achievement in Erotica in 2015 and their prestigious Pioneer Award, and her works have racked up a number of other awards over the years as well. She is the founder of Circlet Press, Inc., publishers of erotic science fiction and fantasy, and has edited over 100 anthologies of fiction, as well as the being author of many books, including the ground-breaking erotic sf/fantasy short story collections Black Feathers (HarperCollins) and White Flames (Running Press), and the Magic University series (Riverdale Avenue Books). Her short stories have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Absolute Magnitude, Strange Horizons, and tons of other places. Her upcoming series from Tor Books, The Vanished Chronicles, will be published Real Soon Now.

She is mixed-race (Chinese-filipino-Irish-Welsh), bisexual, bigender, poly, and kinky, and has been a longtime activist and organizer in the bi and BDSM communities. Though she holds a Masters in Professional Writing and Publishing from Emerson College, Cecilia believes some of the best training and experience to be a professional writer one can get is to be found in fanfiction communities.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A.

APPOINTMENTS

Sun. 9/19:
12 pm EST
12:30 pm EST
1 pm EST

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ROLE:

Author

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Michael R. Underwood is the author of over twelve books, including Annihilation Aria, Born to the Blade (an epic fantasy serial), the Ree Reyes Geekomancy series, and Genrenauts, a series of novellas, which was a finalist for the r/Fantasy “Stabby” Award.

Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. He holds a B.A. in Creative Mythology and in East Asian Studies from Indiana University and a M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon.

In years past, he danced Argentine Tango and was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and studying historical martial arts. Mike has been a hobby game store clerk, a student archivist, a webmaster, a web design teacher, a bear-builder, a bookseller, an independent publishers’ representative, and was the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books from 2012-2018.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his wife, their dog Oreo, and an ever-growing library. He also loves geeking out with video & role-playing games, studying historical martial arts, and making pizzas from scratch. He is also a co-host of the actual play show Speculate! and a guest host on The Skiffy and Fanty Show.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A.

APPOINTMENTS

Sun. 9/19:
12:30 pm EST
1:30 pm EST

yilin
ROLE:

Writer, Editor, and Translator

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

Adult

Yilin Wang is a writer, editor, and Chinese-English translator. Her fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have appeared in Clarkesworld, The Malahat Review, Grain, CV2, carte blanche, The Toronto Star, The Tyee, and elsewhere. She has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, a finalist for the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction, and longlisted for the Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award. Her translations of Chinese fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Asymptote, Pathlight, Samovar, LA Review of Books’ China Channel, NüVoices, and the anthology The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories (Tor). Her research on martial arts fiction has featured on various podcasts such as the Asians Represent Podcast!.

Yilin has served on the editorial board of three Canadian literary journals, including as an assistant editor for Room Magazine’s Let’s Make Contact and Magic issues. In 2021, she will be guest editing an issue of The Bulletin, an official publication of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). As a freelance editor and cultural consultant, Yilin has also worked for clients such as Penguin Random House, Kokila, and DK Books. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is a member of the Clarion West Writers Workshop 2020/2021.

OFFERING

General publishing Q&A.

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
1pm EST
1:30 pm EST
2 pm EST

PITCHES

Eva 2019
ROLE:

Agent

Website

AGE CATEGORIES:

All

Eva Scalzo was born in New Jersey, but lived in Houston, Buenos Aires, San Juan, and Boston before settling down outside of Binghamton, New York. She has been reading romance since the fifth grade when she discovered the Sweet Valley High series. On inheriting her grandmother’s collection of vintage Harlequin Romances, she set a goal to someday finish reading them all on top of her already massive TBR.

Eva has a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. Since graduating in 2002, she has spent her career in scholarly publishing, working for Houghton Mifflin, Blackwell Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, and Cornell University in a variety of roles. She has been with Speilburg Literary since 2013, and started accepting clients in 2017. Eva is a member of the AALA (formerly AAR), RWA, and SCBWI.

In Adult Fiction, Eva represents Romance (all subgenres but inspirational) and Science Fiction/Fantasy. She also represents all subgenres of Young Adult Fiction and select Middle Grade.

OFFERING

Accepting pitches.

APPOINTMENTS

Sat. 9/18:
2:30 pm EST
2:45 pm EST
3 pm EST

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