Sam is the Right Hand of Darkness at Jabberwocky. He is a native of Shelby, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Communications--Media Studies and Production. Before joining Jabberwocky in late 2012, Sam worked throughout New York City as a television critic, pizza guy, and several other glamorous positions. He's an active nerd across all media from British television (Doctor Who and Black Mirror), to video games (Injustice and Nintendo), to science fiction and fantasy novels (Pratchett, Adams, Gaiman), to college basketball (Go Heels, Go America). Sam is also active in the New York comedy scene at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater and making his own little rinky-dink videos in his spare time. He is ridiculously handsome, gut-busting witty, and prone to hyperbole.
For the time being, he is open for queries. You can email him at email@example.com.
Also, he has a beard now. He feels this is important to know.
Ann Leslie Tuttle
Ann Leslie Tuttle is a Senior Editor at Harlequin Books with over 17 years' experience in acquiring, editing, and publishing women's fiction and romance. New York Times best-selling authors she has worked with include Sylvia Day, Julia London, and Megan Hart. Most recently she has solicited, edited, and worked on packaging digital content in the areas of New Adult, contemporary, and paranormal romance for Harlequin E and Harlequin's joint partnership with the Hearst Corporation. She has managed several category romance lines. It's always been her dream to work in publishing, and she especially loves that moment when she's discovered a writer with an amazing voice or a great story and is able to work with that author to share her work with readers.
Rhonda Penders & Ally Robertson
Rhonda Penders is Editor-in-chief at The Wild Rose Press. Ally Robertson is Editor of The Wild Rose Press's Crimson Line, which houses the romantic suspense, Mystery/Suspense, and Thriller genres.
Lauren Spieller comes to TriadaUS having worked in literary scouting with two internationally acclaimed firms, as well as an editorial consultant. She has a sharp eye, and is passionate about author advocacy. Lauren is seeking Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction, as well as commercial Adult fiction and non-fiction with an existing platform. Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is attracted to characters that jump off the page, sharp dialogue, and unique worldbuilding. Lauren is also the author of The Wanderings of Dessa Rose, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster.
Hannah joined KT Literary as a New York-based agent in 2016, after stints as a bookseller at the famous Books of Wonder in Manhattan, a literary assistant at Trident Media Group, and a freelance editor working with well-known authors. Thanks to her degree in Writing for Film and Television, she is attracted to stories with strong visuals and sharp dialogue, whether presented in edgy speculative or contemporary YA and MG fiction, or dark and lyrical speculative adult fiction.
Ben Montgomery is an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and founder of the narrative journalism website Gangrey.com. He's also author of the New York Times bestselling Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail and The Leper Spy: The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II, both from Chicago Review Press.
Montgomery grew up in Oklahoma and studied journalism at Arkansas Tech University, where he played defensive back for the football team the Wonder Boys. He worked for the Courier in Russellville, Arkansas; the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas; the Times Herald-Record in New York's Hudson River Valley; and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times in 2006.
In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called "For Their Own Good," about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school. He lives in Tampa with his wife Jennifer and three children.
Jason M. Hough (pronounced "Huff") is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dire Earth Cycle and the near-future spy thriller Zero World. In a former life he was a 3D artist, animator, and game designer (Metal Fatigue, Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction, and many others). He has worked in the fields of high-performance cluster computing and machine learning and holds a patented invention related to location-based content licensing. He also stars in the 1.5-hour YouTube tutorial "Scrivener Bootcamp"!
Amy Collins packs every speech with tons of industry tips and executable advice. She has been a book buyer for a chain of bookstores as well as a Sales Director for a large books and magazine publisher. In 2006 Amy started New Shelves Books, one of the fastest growing book distribution, sales, and marketing companies in North America.
Cara Brookins is an author and motivational speaker. In addition to her memoir Rise, How a House Built a Family, she has seven published fiction novels including young adult, middle grade, and adult. Her #RaiseMyRoof lectures motivate audiences around the country to build a new life and a new perception of self. A large social media presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook connect her to millions every month.
Nathan Brown is an author, singer-songwriter, photographer, and award-winning poet who recently served as the Poet Laureate of Oklahoma for 2013 and 2014. Though he lives now in Wimberley, Texas, with his wife Ashley, he has always considered Oklahoma his home. Nathan taught at the University of Oklahoma for many years but now travels widely, offering readings, house concerts, creativity workshops, and musical performances in an effort to bring back the hint of a smile and the hope for a good story in poems...poems unafraid of making sense...poems that carry us to better places.
Publicity Expert Joan Stewart works with small business owners, nonprofits, and organizations that need to use free publicity in traditional and social media to establish their credibility, enhance their reputation, position themselves as experts, sell more products and services, and promote a favorite cause or issue--even without a publicist.
Judith Briles, DBA, MBA, is a recognized authority in workplace issues and personal and professional development and is a master book shepherd. Her 30 books include Show Me About Book Publishing and The Tango of Authoring and Publishing. Author YOU: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms is her latest book. Judith knows the publishing and speaking worlds. To many, she's known as the Book Shepherd. Her books have sold in excess of one million copies, sold multiple foreign rights to 16 countries, and are multi-book award winners. Judith is the CEO of Mile High Press, has been featured on over 1000 TV and radio shows--from Oprah to CNN--and in print media--from The Wall Street Journal to the National Enquirer. She is a columnist for several publications including the Denver Business Journal and is a sought after speaker for conferences and associations. She is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Author U, a membership organization for authors who desire to be seriously successful. Her websites are TheBookShepherd.com, AuthorU.org, and Briles.com.
Dr. Marty Ludlum
Dr. Ludlum is a Professor of Legal Studies at UCO and concentrates on international business transactions. He also leads study tours to England and Ireland. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his family and is an award winning magician. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Economics, an M.A. in Communication, and a Juris Doctor, all from the University of Oklahoma.
Having a great deal of wanderlust, Jennifer McMurrain traveled the countryside working odd jobs before giving into her muse and becoming a full-time writer. She's been everything from a "Potty Princess" in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park to a Bear Researcher in the mountains of New Mexico. After finally settling down, she received a Bachelor's degree in Applied Arts and Sciences from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. She has won numerous awards for her short stories and novels. She lives in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, with her husband, daughter, two spoiled cats, and two goofy dogs.
Heather is a momma, a writer, a blogger, a humorist, and has a finely tuned ability to share every last detail of her life with anyone who will read or listen. Her books are TMI Mom books: Oversharing My Life, Getting Lucky, Crazy on Board, and Girlfriend Rules. Her fifth book Life With Extra Cheese, was just released to rave reviews. She's even been known to jet off to NYC to appear on national talk shows. She lives in Bartlesville with her husband Brian and her daughters.
Sonia Gensler is the award-winning author of Ghostlight, The Dark Between, and The Revenant, all from Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Kids. Weird and dreamy from birth, Sonia grew up in a small Tennessee town and ran with a dangerous pack of band and drama geeks. As an adult she experimented with a variety of impractical professions—museum interpreter, historic home director, bookseller, and perpetual graduate student—before finally deciding to share her passion for stories through teaching. Sonia taught literature and writing to young adults for ten years and still thinks fondly of her days in the classroom. She currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband and cat.
Ruth Burkett Weeks is not only a professional tarot card reader and public speaker but an award winning author as well with numerous contest wins and short stories. Her first book, Soldiers From the Mist, was voted 2012 Ozark Writers League Book of Year. Her third book, Daughter of the Howling Moon, won 2015 OWFI Best Fiction Book. She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Cat Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Ozark Writers League, and OWFI. Ruth has also served as a contest judge and on the board of directors for the Ozark Writers League in Branson, MO. Her forth book, The Adventures of Dixie Dandelion, will be released November 2016. Ruth resides in Springdale, Arkansas and is currently working on her fifth book, The Night of the Fire Moon, a sequel to Daughter.