Staff Bios

Staff for the 2015 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp (2016 roster to be announced soon!)

SJ Rozan, Author in Residence, Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp

SJ Rozan, Author-in-Residence & Guest Instructor

SJ Rozan’s work has won multiple awards, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity, and also the Japanese Maltese Falcon. She’s written fourteen novels, thirteen under her own name and one, with Carlos Dews, as the writing team of Sam Cabot. Many of her dozens of short stories have appeared in various “Best Of” collections, and she’s edited two short-story anthologies.

Based in New York, SJ teaches and lectures widely including in New York at Crime Fiction Academy and during the summer in Assisi, Italy at Art Workshop International and has been a Master Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts and a Writer-in-Residence at Singapore Management University. Her newest book is the Sam Cabot novel, Blood of the Lamb. Her website:


Philip Martin, Lead Instructor, Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp

Philip Martin, Bookcamp Lead Instructor

Phil is director of Great Lakes Literary, based in Milwaukee, where he edits and produces nonfiction and fiction titles for adults and young readers. Books he has edited have won the national Benjamin Franklin Award (twice), Small Press Book Award for Fiction, and a variety of other indie-press awards.

Phil is past acquisitions editor for The Writer Books, affiliated with The Writer magazine, where he developed many books for writers on literary craft and career skills. He is also the author of several books on writing, including How To Write Your Best Story and A Guide to Fantasy Literature. His website:


Lisa J. Lickel, Guest Author, Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp

Lisa Lickel, Guest Author

A versatile and successful novelist and historian from Southeastern Wisconsin, Lisa has published nine books ranging from Christian romance to mystery to paranormal. Her experience with e-publishing and working in the blossoming field of small indie publishers will be an invaluable addition of the Bookcamp’s discussions on today’s publishing industry.

Lisa also writes short stories, radio plays, freelances articles, blogs, writes book reviews, and is editor of the WWA’s Creative Wisconsin literary magazine. Her website:


Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary

Laura Zats, Associate Agent, Red Sofa Literary, Guest Agent (Thursday and Friday)

Laura Zats has been working as an editor since 2011 and has held positions at companies in both the US and the UK. In 2013, Laura joined the Red Sofa Literary agency as an intern but quickly was promoted to become an  Associate Agent. She is a graduate of Grinnell College with degrees in English and anthropology. While completing her studies, she took advantage of her love of Young Adult (YA) literature and wrote a thesis on identity formation in YA. Besides YA literature, her interests include Middle Grade, romance, and Sci-fi/Fantasy.

Red Sofa Literary is based in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Red Sofa website:


Krista Rolfzen Soukup, Blue Cottage, a literary publicity agency

Krista Soukup, Director, Blue Cottage, a literary publicity agency, Guest Speaker (Thursday and Friday)

Krista Rolfzen Soukup, owner of Blue Cottage Agency, is a literary publicist, agent and book marketing consultant. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing and has over 20 years of experience in sales, promotions and marketing.

Established in 2009, Blue Cottage Agency, based in Brainerd, Minnesota, works with writers, literary organizations and publishers to promote literary work; services include website development, social media strategy, editing, author branding, book tours, workshops and event planning.


Richard Thomas, Editor-in-Chief, Dark House Press, Chicago

Richard Thomas, Editor-in-Chief, Dark House Press, Guest Speaker

Richard Thomas is Editor-in-Chief of Dark House Press, an indie imprint (of Curbside Splendor) based in Chicago. Dark House Press focuses on neo-noir, speculative fiction with a literary bent and was chosen by Chicago magazine in 2014 as the “Best Indie Book Publisher” in Chicago.

Richard himself is the author of six books—including Disintegration and The Breaker (Random House Alibi). With more than 100 stories published, his credits include Cemetery Dance, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Shivers VI ( Stephen King and Peter Straub). He has also received five Pushcart Prize nominations, and is  editor of three anthologies, including The New Black (Dark House Press) and Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk.

Visit for more about his writing.


Dave Rank, Wisconsin author

David J. Rank, your host, Bookcamp Director

President of the Wisconsin Writers Association, Dave is a short-story author and working journalist in eastern Wisconsin who writes dark fiction in the moonlight. His Science Fiction/Noir Mystery Alien Ways is scheduled to be published by World Weaver Press in 2015. His short fiction has been published in many regional literary publications and online. His background includes stints as an editor for five newspapers, magazine editor, and freelance book editor.