Staff Bios

Staff for the 2016 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp

(Most 2016 staff, including SJ Rozan, are returning for 2017.)
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, 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, Writing Coach

A versatile and successful novelist and historian from Wisconsin, Lisa is a writing coach and mentor, and a freelance editor for various publishers and award-winning client books.

Lisa also writes biographical material, short stories, radio plays, articles, blogs and is a top Goodreads book reviewer.

Her website:


Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary

Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary, Guest Agent

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:


Jennie Goloboy, Red Sofa Literary

Jennie Goloboy, Red Sofa Literary, Guest Agent

Jennie Goloboy is an associate agent with Red Sofa Literary. She has a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard. She is also a published author of both history and fiction, and a member of SFWA, RWA, AHA, and other writer/publisher associations.

Her interests as a literary agent include history (commercial/non-academic), biography, and a range of genre fiction (with a special interest in science fiction/fantasy or paranormal, for adults or YA/middle-grade).

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


Lynn Wiese Sneyd, director of LWS Literary Services

Lynn Wiese Sneyd, LWS Literary Services, Guest Speaker

Lynn Wiese Sneyd, director of LWS Literary Services, is a literary publicist and book marketing consultant. She previously served as Lynn served as the literary publicist for Russell Public Communications, a national PR firm, and has been a community relations manager for Barnes & Noble Bookseller. Author of several books herself on holistic parenting and health, she is a frequent presenter at writers’ conferences and workshops.

Established in 2008, LWS Literary Services, based in Tucson, Arizona, conducts national, regional, and local book publicity campaigns. Its author clients have appeared on television shows and radio, and have been featured in magazines and newspapers around the country.


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.