Staff Bios

Staff for the May 18-24, 2014 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp
[Note: Staff Bios for 2015 Bookcamp To Be Announced & Posted 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, she 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:

John DeDakis, Author

John DeDakis, Guest Speaker (Wed. and Thurs.)

John is a former senior copy editor for CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. A native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, DeDakis is the author of three novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series. The first two, Fast Track and Bluff, are set in south-central Wisconsin. DeDakis is a former TV reporter and news director. He been a White House correspondent and has interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. In 2013, he retired after 25 years at CNN to write and speak full time. He lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches journalism at the University of Maryland–College Park. His website:

Dawn Frederick, Owner & Jennie Goloboy, Associate Agent, Red Sofa Literary, St. Paul, Minn., Guest Agents (Friday)

Red Sofa Literary was established in 2002 by Dawn Frederick, previously of Sebastian Literary Agency. Dawn brings a broad knowledge of the book business from years of experience as a bookseller in independent, chain, and specialty stores; an editor for a YA publisher, a published nonfiction author, and an associate literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency. She has a B.S. in Human Ecology, and a M.S. in Information.

Jennie Goloboy joined Red Sofa Literary as an Associate Agent in 2011. She has a PhD 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, SHEAR, OAH, the AHA, and Codex Writer’s Group. Her funny, spec-fic short stories appear under her pen name, Nora Fleischer.

David J. Rank, your host, Bookcamp Director

President of the Wisconsin Writers Association, Dave is a respected published short-story author and working journalist in southeast Wisconsin. Alien Ways, a Darci Salazar Mystery, his debut SF-mystery novel, is scheduled to be published by World Weaver Press this spring. His background includes stints as an editor for five newspapers, magazine editor, and freelance book editor.

Cherie Burbach,  Guest Speaker (Thurs.)

Cherie is an author, poet, and blogger who specializes in writing about relationships. She is the Friendship Expert and has published over 1,000 articles on the subjects of health, sports, lifestyle, and friendship. She also written a number of books on topics from dating to promoting your book on Twitter. Her mission is to help people connect, meet new people, and find balance in their lives. Her website is: