Staff Bios

Staff for the 2017 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp

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:

Erik Hane, literary agent with Red Sofa Literary

Erik Hane, Red Sofa Literary, Guest Agent

Erik Hane is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary, as well as a freelance editor and writer based in Minneapolis. He has previously served as an editor at Oxford University Press and The Overlook Press.

Erik writes a periodic piece for Rain Taxi Review of Books, and is a co-host of Print Run, a publishing podcast, that claims to have a simple goal: to have intelligent conversations surrounding the book industry, a topic “too often glossed over by conventional wisdom, institutional optimism, and false seriousness. We’re book people, and we want to examine the questions that lie at the heart of that life: why do books, specifically, matter?”

He can be found on Twitter at @erikhane.

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

Jill Swenson

Jill Swenson, Swenson Book Development, Guest Speaker

Jill Swenson is a developmental editor, literary representative, and executive director of Swenson Book Development LLC, which serves a clientele of authors who write memoir, narrative nonfiction, children’s picture books, middle-grade fiction, art/photography, poetry, and YA.

With a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and 30 years of teaching, editing, and coaching writers, Jill has previously taught writing at The Mill, The Loft Literary Center, Grand Marais Art Colony, Ithaca College, and the University of Georgia–Athens.

Swenson Book Development was established 2011 in New York and is now based in Appleton, Wisconsin. The website is .

Dave Rank, Wisconsin author

David J. Rank, your host, Bookcamp Director

David J. Rank is an author, editor, and journalist living in eastern Wisconsin. His short fiction has been published in literary publications and online in The Absent Willow Review, Acidic Fiction, AlienSkin, Apollo’s Lyre, Bewildering Stories, Every Day Fiction, Flashes in the Dark, Macabre Cadaver, MicroHorror, and Pulchritude Press. (You may sense from this that he often writes stories about things found in deep shadows.)

He is a supporting member of the Horror Writers Association and past president of the Wisconsin Writers Association.

As founder of the Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat, he has guided its initial conception and first years of programming to become an established writing program, attracting emerging novelists from across the country.