Staff for the 2016 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: sjrozan.net.
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: www.greatlakeslit.com.
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: www.LisaLickel.com.
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: www.redsofaliterary.com.
Lynn Wiese Sneyd, Director, 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.
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. www.wiwrite.org.