Sheree Bykofsky founded Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc. where she represents authors in all areas of adult non-fiction and fiction. In addition to the Agency, she is an Adjunct Professor, and the author of 30+ books, including five editions of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published.
Katherine Cottle’s essays and poetry have appeared in scholarly journals and popular magazines. Her newest book explores family letters and their connection to her life today. She is an assistant professor of writing at Goucher College.
John DeDakis started his career in 1969 as a journalist working in radio and television newsrooms including covering the White House for CBN News during the last three years of Ronald Reagan’s presidency; and for CNN, working with Wolf Blitzer. He retired from CNN after 25 years and now writes for himself.
Carol Deibel is a historian and former planning director for the Town of Bel Air. An active member of the Historical Society of Harford County and the Historic Preservation Commission, Carol has put her interests to work, writing two books of local history, The Bel Air Chronicles and Legendary Locals of Bel Air.
Harrison Demchick is a developmental editor with Ambitious Enterprises with 10+ years in the publishing industry. He’s worked with children’s books, young adult books, and adult novels of all sorts.
Herta Feely is the author of the forthcoming novel, Saving Phoebe Murrow, and owner of Chrysalis Editorial, a full service editorial and literary agency.
Kathy Flann’s fiction has appeared in numerous publications. Her latest collection, Get a Grip, was the recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Fiction Prize and was also named one of the Best Books of 2015 by Baltimore Magazine, and one of the top 10 Baltimore Books by the Baltimore City Paper.
Jen Grow is the Fiction Editor of the Little Patuxent Review, whose debut collection, My Life as a Mermaid, was the winner of the 2012 Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared various anthologies and journals. Her stories have also earned nominations for Best New American Voices and a Pushcart Prize.
Karin Harrison’s short stories have been published in books of anthology, literary journals and on-line. She has two published novels, Hermann’s Ruhe and The Wrath of the North Star. Karin is also the president of the Harford Writers Group @ The Library.
Susan Korman has worked at New American Library (NAL), Simon & Schuster, and Bantam Doubleday Dell (Random House), acquiring and editing middle-grade fiction, Young Adult fiction, nonfiction, books based on licensed properties, and many popular series such as Encyclopedia Brown. She now works freelance and is also the author of forty books for childrena and youth.
Con Lehane newest mystery, Murder at the 42nd Street Library is the first in a new series featuring Raymond Ambler, curator of the 42nd Street Library’s (fictional) crime fiction collection. Lehane is also the author of a series featuring New York City bartender Brian McNulty.
Mary McCarthy has been a professional writer for nearly 20 years, including work in regional city newspapers and magazines. She started blogging in 2004 and created the humor blog pajamasandcoffee.com in 2007. She is editor at Splice Today, a contributing blogger for Katie Couric, and has also appeared on The Today Show and Moms Get Real. She is the author of the The Scarlet Letter Society series.
Dana Bucy Miller, Esq. is an attorney specializing in civil and tax matters, who volunteers with the Maryland Lawyers for the Arts, a non-profit based in Baltimore that has been helping Maryland artists with legal issues since 1985.
Shannon Morgan has 15 years of publishing experience, starting her career with Harlequin/Silhouette in New York City. Coming back home, she landed at Maryland Life magazine until it ceased publication. Today, she writes for regional and national publications as well as for corporate clients. 100 Things to Do in Washington DC Before You Die is her first book.
Leslye Penelope believes love is magic and likes her romance with a healthy dose of imagination. Her debut novel, Song of Blood & Stone, won the 2016 Self-Publishing eBook Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her other works include Angelborn, Angelfall, and Whispers of Shadow & Flame.
Katherine Pickett is the owner of POP Editorial Services, and the author of Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro. She has been involved in the publishing industry since 1999, including five years as an in-house production editor with McGraw-Hill. Katherine has edited more than 300 books.
Kim Roberts is an award-winning poet, literary historian, and editor. She is the author of four books of poems; and Co-Editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, the Delaware Poetry Review, and the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes. Her poems are featured in over 35 anthologies, and included in journals throughout the US, as well as overseas.
Laura Strachan is principal of The Strachan Agency in Annapolis. Founded in 1998, the agency specializes in representing literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Laura has a BA in English Literature and a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Pat Valdata is an award-winning poet and novelist who has twice received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. Her book, Where No Man Can Touch, won the 2015 Donald Justice Prize. Her other publications include the poetry book Inherent Vice and the poetry chapbook Looking for Bivalve. She is also the author of two novels, Crosswind and The Other Sister.