2021 Special Guests

Andy Ross opened his literary agency in 2008. Prior to that, he was the owner of the legendary Cody’s Books in Berkeley for 30 years. His agency represents books in a wide range of non-fiction genres including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, popular culture, memoir, and current events. He also represents literary, commercial, historical, and upmarket women’s fiction, and YA and middle grade fiction.

For non-fiction Andy looks for writing with a strong voice, robust story arc, and books that tell a big story about culture and society by authors with the authority to write about their subject. In fiction, he likes character and voice-driven stories about real people in the real world. Sorry. No zombies at the prom, thank you very much.

Andy has participated and taught classes in numerous writers conferences including: San Francisco Writers Conference, Kauai Writers Conference, San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference, Nebraska Writers Conference, and more. He has organized and conducted writing intensive workshops with Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Santa Fe and in Scotland. Andy is the author of The Literary Agent’s Guide to Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal Authors Andy represents include: Daniel Ellsberg, Fritjof Capra, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Susan Griffin, Thomas Sanchez, Leonard Shlain, Gwen Strauss, Anjanette Delgado, Elisa Kleven, Tawni Waters, Randall Platt, Mary Jo McConahay, Gerald Nachman, Michael Parenti, Paul Krassner, Milton Viorst, and Michele Anna Jordan, and Scott Ostler. Check out Andy’s website. Website: www.andyrossagency.com

Omnium Gatherum is a Bram Stoker Award winning small press that specializes in weird fiction, dark fantasy and horror. We are seeking novel series and novella series with compelling main characters and contemporary or near future settings. Writers whose stories feature locations or mythologies from countries other than the US and UK are encouraged to submit.
Alethea Spiridon has been an editor for over twenty years working both in-house and freelance. She spent seven years at Harlequin as an editor and has been with Entangled since 2011. She also writes fiction in her spare time.
Amy Acosta is an acquisition and production editor at Entangled Publishing. She is interested in diversity-rich YA, NA, and Adult fiction in the genres of Contemporary Romance, Historical (Regency/Victorian), Fantasy, and Science Fiction. Her favorite stories contain unlikely casts, big families, personalities that stand out, worlds struggling against change, climate issues, high-stakes adventures, spaceships, witty banter, enemies to lovers, fake dating, strong friendships, quirky small towns, smart and sassy heroines/heroes, and LGBTQ+ rep across the rainbow. One of her main goals is to help LGBTQ+ and POC voices become mainstream and bring diversity into the publishing world. Amy lives in Puerto Rico with three very bossy rescue cats, and she ardently believes that love has no boundaries, that representation matters, and that spaceships are very cool. Find her on Twitter @AmarilysWrites
  John Edward Lawson is co-founder of Raw Dog Screaming Press and former editor-in-chief of The Dream People literary journal. In addition to receiving the HWA Specialty Press Award in 2019 John regularly helps authors find their audience while earning nominations for the Stoker, Wonderland, and World Fantasy Awards, among others. He currently serves as vice president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction.
  Founded in 2004, Scribe Agency is a full-service boutique literary agency located in Madison, Wisconsin. Scribe’s focus is Science Fiction and Fantasy, and has sold works to publishers big and small, foreign and domestic, in multiple media channels. Scribe authors have won various awards including: World Fantasy, James Tiptree Jr., Carld Brandon Parallax and Kindred, Locus, and Philip K. Dick Special Citations.
Steve Saffel is a senior acquisitions editor for the London-based publisher Titan Book, with a list that includes science fiction, fantasy, and horror, as well as media-tie in properties that include Alien, Predator, Gears of War, Mass Effect, and the Marvel novels.
  I am a Montreal artist who specializes in images illustrating dark worlds and stories where horror and macabre meet. My images are characterized by a highly textured, emotionally evocative and sensitive universe. Even through my darkest images, we can recognize a certain beauty and fragility. Although I am trained as a classical artist, my work and creative methods have been transposed into the digital world, allowing me to rework my images in a more fluid way until the desired result is achieved. Check out my work at https://www.francois-art.com/.