ASJA 2019 Annual Writers Conference
Debbie Abrams Kaplan
Deborah Abrams Kaplan writes for trade and business publications in the supply chain and healthcare area. Clients include Supply Chain Dive, Inbound Logistics, DHL, OncologyLive, Medical Economics, Diagnostic Imaging, Fierce Health Payer, Celgene, and a bunch of companies you’ve never heard of. Because you’re not their target audience. You can see more of her work at


Laura Adkins
Laura E. Adkins is the JTA’s (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) award-winning Deputy Opinion Editor. She has written for The New York Times, SELF, the Observer, and elsewhere. As a writer covering the often-insular and media-averse Orthodox Jewish community from within, Laura has to carefully research and prepare for interviews on topics ranging from communal dress codes to allegations of sexual abuse against minors. As an editor who often works with passionate activists and intellectuals on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, often from afar, Laura has to work with sources to overcome their own deep-rooted assumptions, perspectives, and biases as they attempt to convince others while maintaining fidelity to the truth.
Scott Alexander
After 20 years in magazines (Scholastic, Ziff Davis, Popular Science, Playboy, American Photo) Scott Alexander emerged from the wreckage of the once-proud print industry intent on building a career as a freelance creator of books, video games, podcasts, advertising and custom/corporate content. It's going pretty well so far.
Carrie Anton
Carrie Anton is the co-author of Me, Myself & Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Brainstorming Solo (Andrews McMeel). She has authored multiple titles for American Girl, where she worked as a full-time editor from 2005 through 2013. Anton left the cube life in 2013 to grow Wonder: An Idea Studio while girl-bossing as a freelance writer. She's been published by Women’s Health, Family Circle, Oxygen, Self, and Outside, among others.
Lisa Armstrong
Lisa Armstrong is an award-winning journalist with credits in The New York Times, The Intercept, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, USA Today, The New Yorker and several other websites and publications. She has reported from several countries, including Sierra Leone, Kenya and the Philippines, and reported from Haiti from 2010 to 2014, through grants from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and NYU. She has been featured on NPR and the BBC, discussing rape in the camps in Haiti and HIV/AIDS in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Renée Bacher
Renée Bacher has written about her brief stint as a helicopter mom for The New York Times; reviewed rolling pins, photo printers and travel umbrellas for The Wall Street Journal; penned dozens of stories about cognition and the brain for AARP, covered shelter dogs for Parade and Good Housekeeping as well as everything you wanted to know (and maybe didn't want to know) about health for WebMD. A long time contributor to Parents magazine, Renée also writes profiles of physicians with interesting hobbies for MedPage Today, journal reviews for The Rheumatologist and Contemporary OB/GYN, and articles about physician professional development for ENT today. Renée also creates newsletters and quarterly reports for government agencies and universities as well as brand manifestos and corporate narratives. A co-author of LSU in the Eye of the Storm; A University Model for Disaster Response (LSU Press), Renée lives in Louisiana where she is obviously a generalist, though she sometimes pretends to specialize in writing about health and medicine.

Joe Beck
Joe Beck’s plays include Saddam The Musical, A Homecoming, Acts of Love, Fuel, Dictators for Hire, Thanksgiving Day, James Joyce…Waits, Murderous Huntington and Don’t Leave Tracks. He’s a proud member of the ASJA and The Dramatists Guild. Susan Stroman, director of The Producers on Broadway, called Beck’s play Saddam The Musical“wonderfully hilarious.” Don Shirley from The LA Times asked, "If Mel Brooks could write 'Springtime for Hitler,' for a musical , why can't Joe Beck write "Saddam: The Musical?"
Sherry Beck Paprocki
Sherry Beck Paprocki is immediate past president of ASJA and was named one of Folio’s Top Women in Media in 2018. An award winning journalist, editor and author, Paprocki is president of R.S. Rock Media, which partners with its clients to tell stories that build strong brands. She is the author of more than a dozen books, including many of pop culture’s strongest personal brands: Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Martha Stewart and others. Her work has been honored by the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA), the Council for Support and Advancement of Education (CASE), the Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) nonfiction honor list, the Cleveland Press Club and others.
Sandra Beckwith
Sandra Beckwith is a writer, author, and book marketing coach who teaches authors how to do their own book marketing. Her site, ranked seventh in its category worldwide, has been recognized for excellence by four author groups. She hosts a popular book marketing Facebook group and co-moderates another for self-published authors.
Cara Bedick

Cara Bedickis an Executive Editor at Chronicle Prism withan eye for trends and cross-category projects that include bestselling titles The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking, The Beauty Detox Power by Kimberly Snyder, and The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You by Lydia Fenet. Currently editing: Scarred, a memoir by NXIVM whistleblower Sarah Edmondson, and Detox Your Thoughts by Andrea Bonior, PhD, on how to quit negative self-talk for good.

Stuart Bernstein
Stuart Bernstein Representation for Artists is a literary and lecture agency based in New York City. A former bookseller, Bernstein has represented writers, translators, artists and photographers. Agency authors with recent and forthcoming books include Julia Alvarez, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Mark Beauregard, Beverly Gray and Cherríe Moraga.
Rudri Bhatt Patel
Rudri Bhatt Patel is a lawyer turned writer and editor. She is the co-founder and editor of The Sunlight Press and on staff at Literary Mama. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Lily, DAME, ESPN, Saveur, Eater, Brain,Child Magazine, Phoenix New Times and elsewhere. She is currently working on a memoir on the Hindu culture.
Madeline Bodin
Madeline Bodin’s opinions on sources are informed by the expertise she developed in ten years as a trade magazine staff writer and her later work as a fact checker. Today, she is a journalist covering science and conservation. Her byline has appeared in bioGraphic, Undark, Hakai, Discover and many other publications.
Anna Bressanin
Anna Bressanin is an award-winning filmmaker and expert in digital storytelling. From the first BBC VR film in India to covering the US election for a mobile audience, she is responsible for pushing boundaries of visual narratives. Born in Italy, Anna has worked in Germany, France, Belgium and is currently commissioning multimedia, XR and digital documentaries at the BBC in New York.
Alan Brown
Alan Brown is currently senior editor at Mechanical Engineering, the publication of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where he writes about topics that range from AI and robotics to skin regeneration and biomedicine. He had freelanced for the organization as a contract editor for 10 prior to joining it full time. Prior to that, he had freelanced for a variety of professional society and university publications because they paid fairly, did not go out of business, and always needed good writers.


Cam Brown
Cam Brown is the founder and CEO of King Fish, a Boston-based marketing agency that has specialized in content strategy and execution for 18 years. Cam’s responsibilities are focused on business development, client strategy and evaluating potential agency strategic partners. Prior to King Fish, Cam started the first in-house content marketing agency for Ziff Davis Media (1997-2001). At King Fish, Cam oversees the network of 300+ market expert content partners, and works with them to develop forward-thinking editorial strategies for all King Fish clients. The agency’s accounts are primarily in the categories of financial services, technology, pharma/wellness, food and beverage. Cam consistently praises the ASJA conference as the best event of the year for meeting and bringing-on some of the best talent in the industry; this will be his 4th conference.
Damon Brown
Coach and speaker Damon Brown helps non-traditional creatives bloom. Damon co-founded the platonic connection app Cuddlr and sold it shortly after launch. He wrote the best-selling Bite-Sized Entrepreneur series and The Passive Writer with Jeanette Hurt, all self-published. His newest title is Bring Your Worth: Level Up Your Creative Power, Value & Service to the World.
Porscha Burke
In her fourteen years at Random House, Porscha Burke has acquired works by Dr. Maya Angelou, Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, and Chief David O. Brown, and spearheaded new editions of The Autobiography of Malcolm X and The Black Book, originally edited by Toni Morrison. A Queens, New York native and University of Virginia graduate, Porscha received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College, where she currently teaches book proposal writing.
Iyna Bort Caruso

Iyna Bort Caruso is a two-time New York Emmy Award-winning promotional writer, feature writer and specialist in custom marketing. Her credits include Sotheby’s Magazine, the Ford Foundation, Wall Street Journal Custom Studios, Saturday Evening Post and several in-flight magazines, among others. Visit

0Sonali Chanchani

Sonali Chanchani is an associate agent at Folio Literary Management, where she represents a range of fiction and nonfiction. In nonfiction, she’s interested in narratives that illuminate some aspect of our society or culture — particularly reported narratives in the areas of race, class, gender, and politics. She’s also interested in popular psychology, essay collections, and memoirs that speak to larger societal concerns. Across the board, she’s a fierce advocate of authors from marginalized communities and keen to represent a diversity of voices.

Nicholas Clunn
Nick Clunn is a senior editor at Forbes, where he collaborates with brands and creatives to develop high-quality original content. From concept to final draft, Nick oversees all aspects of content creation to inform and inspire target audiences with relevant stories. His client list reflects the diversity of Forbes partners and includes Samsung, Cole Haan, The Macallan and Colorado. Before joining Forbes, Nick worked at the pioneering content marketing agency Group SJR, where he helped The New York Times launch its first paid content program. Before branded content, Nick worked as a staff writer for daily newspapers and won awards for investigative reporting. Nick lives in Jersey City with his wife and two children.


Molly Conicella
As Community Manager at Skyword, Molly Conicella is responsible for building and evaluating diverse talent pools of influential freelance writers and creatives to meet Skyword's clients' content needs. Her current role requires her to be the voice of the Skyword community for all departments—ensuring the technological, editorial, and financial needs of Skyword freelancers are met. She is constantly connecting with expert writers and creatives around the world to build Skyword's global partnerships. Molly is passionate about social change and building positive communities. You can connect with her on Twitter at @mollay_c.
Len Costa
(@LenCosta3rd) is a Partner at RooneyPartners, where he oversees the firm’s digital, social media and content strategy practice areas. He previously served as head of communications and content strategy at CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, where he shaped the organization’s digital content and communications strategies and developed its award-winning global social media practice.
Carolyn Crist
Carolyn Crist is a health and medical journalist based in Georgia whose stories have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Reuters, U.S. News & World Report and Wired. Her forthcoming book, The New Science of Narcissism, will come out in fall 2020. Carolyn also co-chaired the 2018 conference.
Arianna Davis
Arianna is currently the Digital Director for the brand new website, an extension of O, The Oprah Magazine.
Previously at Refinery29, Arianna was a senior features writer who specialized in longform trend pieces, pop-culture news, personal essays, and special projects. She has interviewed everyone from Hillary Clinton to Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Mariah Carey, and Will Smith. Arianna has also served as an expert commentator for outlets like Access Hollywood, Fusion, VH1, and TLC documentaries, in addition to moderating panels for Netflix, OWN, Starz, SAG, Neon Films, and more. Her writing has also been featured in New York Magazine and The Cut, Glamour, MarieClaire, PopSugar Latina, and more.
Paula Derrow
Paula Derrow was the articles director at SELF magazine for 12 years, where she edited the personal essay column and published nationally known writers such as Cheryl Strayed, Jane Smiley, and Taffy Brodesser Akner. She has published personal essays in a wide range of national outlets including two Modern Love columns in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Tablet, Refinery29, Real Simple, and more. Her specialty, among other things, is helping writers get their personal essays, memoirs, and nonfiction book proposals polished and published. Learn more at or find her on Twitter (@pauladerrow) and Instagram (@romawriter).


Seema Dhawan
Seema Dhawan is a journalist and digital media coach. She has contributed to publications including Mic, USA TODAY, WestJet Magazine and The Huffington Post, where she was an editor. Seema has used her digital expertise to help writers increase revenue and readership. To learn more visit
Kelly DiNardo

Kelly DiNardo began her yoga training in 2003. In 2009 she opened Past Tense yoga studio in Washington DC. The popular studio has won several local awards. Off the mat, DiNardo is the author of Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom beyond the Mat, and Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique, which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. As a freelance journalist, she has written for several national publications including The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine and others. She is a graduate of Cornell University.

Randy Dotinga
Randy Dotinga, former president of ASJA, has been a full-time freelance journalist for 20 years. He has written book reviews and interviewed authors for The Christian Science Monitor since 2005.
Beth Dreher
Beth Dreher is the Features Director at Woman’s Day magazine, a publication that reaches millions of readers each month. As a nearly 20-year veteran of the media industry, Beth knows how to craft compelling, inspiring stories and essays that capture the attention of a diverse audience. Her writing has appeared on BuzzFeed and in Reader’s Digest, Runner’s World, and more. Beth holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Richard Eisenberg
Richard Eisenberg is Managing Editor of PBS' site for people 50+ and editor of the site's Money and Work & Purpose channels, as well as a blogger for the site. He frequently assigns and edits freelance articles for both channels. Previously, he was Executive Editor of Money magazine, Special Projects Editor/Money Editor for Good Housekeeping and Front Page Finance Editor for Yahoo! He also writes book reviews for People magazine and is the author of two books: The Money Book of Personal Finance and How to Avoid a Mid-Life Financial Crisis. He is a graduate from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Estelle Erasmus
Estelle Erasmus, an award-winning journalist and writing coach, is a guest editor for Narratively. Estelle has written for Next Tribe, Next Avenue, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Family Circle Magazine, Your Teen for Parents, Brain, Child and more. She is the former magazine editor-in-chief of five national consumer publications and a longtime member of the American Society of Magazine Editors. Estelle hosts/curates the podcast, ASJA Direct: Inside Intel on Getting Published and Paid Well. She is an adjunct writing professor at New York University (NYU) and teaches pitching, and personal essay writing for Writer’s Digest.
Andrea Fiano
Andrea Fiano is the editor of Global Finance, a monthly magazine with a focus on emerging markets and the global economy. Born in Italy, Mr. Fiano has lived in New York for more than 35 years. Previously he was the US correspondent for the Italian financial daily paper, Milano Finanza and the Italian TV channel Class-CNBC. He has an undergraduate degree in sociology and political science and has done advanced studies at the New School for Social Research in New York and at Wharton.

Meagan Francis
As a journalist, spokesperson and content creator, Meagan Francis has worked in nearly every medium, from books, magazines, and blogs, to social media, radio, and television. Meagan is co-host of the popular podcast The Mom Hour, and founded Life, Listened, a boutique podcast production company and ad agency, in 2012.
Tom Gerencer
Tom Gerencer is a regular contributor to Boys’ Life and Scouting Magazine.. His engagingly-written work is cited by Forbes, Fortune, The Economist, HuffPost, and dozens of others. He raised traffic for a money website from 0 to 800,000 in 18 months. He’s on a team of 3 writers that raised traffic for a career website from 1M to 3.5M in 18 months.
Dan Gerstein
Dan Gerstein has been writing and communicating professionally for more than 30 years and is the founder and CEO of Gotham Ghostwriters, the country’s premier ghostwriting agency. Featuring a network of more than 2000 experienced freelance editorial pros, Gotham specializes in sophisticated, long-form writing (books, speeches, reports) for clients in the thought leadership arena (businesses, foundations, advocacy organizations, etc.).
Christine Giraud
Christine Giraud has written for The Boston Globe, Overture Global Magazine, The Her(b) Life, Dig Boston, and Elevate Northeast. Her niches are health, and health technology, and cannabis. She is also a content marketing writer and lives in Boston.
Jennifer Goforth Gregory
Jennifer Goforth Gregory has written content marketing for top brands including, Adobe, IBM, Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, AT&T, Verizon, Century Link, Epson, Fidelity, Samsung and Staples. She wrote the best-selling book The Freelance Content Marketing Writer: Find Your Perfect Client, Make Tons of Money and Build a Business You Love.

Janet Goldstein

Janet Goldstein is a nationally known publishing and thought leadership strategist and the founder of a boutique consulting and book collaboration practice. She draws on her experience at three of the largest New York publishers and National Geographic Books in DC and her work with such luminaries as Harriet Lerner, David Allen, Wayne Dyer, and Barbara Kingsolver. She is the coauthor of It’s Not About the Coffee, with Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks.

Beverly Gray
Beverly Gray authored two showbiz biographies, Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers and Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon...and Beyond. To commemorate the film's 50th anniversary, Algonquin recently published Beverly's Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation. For more than a decade, Beverly worked in the film industry, developing 170 feature film scripts for indie movie legend Roger Corman. Since 1995 she has taught screenwriting courses through UCLA Extension.
Michelle Hamilton
Michelle Hamilton is a writer, journalist and adventurer, whose work has taken her to Kenya, Congo, Saudi Arabia and across the US and Europe by bicycle. Her writing has appeared in Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Bicycling, among other magazine, and in the travel anthologies “A Women’s Asia” and “Her Fork in the Road.” She is the coauthor with American marathon record holder Deena Kastor of the New York Times bestseller, Let Your Mind Run.


Kate Hanley
Kate Hanley is a ghostwriter of health and self-help books, a personal development coach, a yoga teacher, and the author of How to Be a Better Person, Stress Less, and The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide. A long-time member of ASJA, Kate lives in Providence, RI.
Kristine Hansen
Based in Milwaukee, Kristine Hansen specializes in food writing but also manages to combine that with design and travel coverage for outlets that include,, Travel + Leisure's website and Midwest Living Magazine. Closer to home she contributes to Milwaukee Magazine. This past spring her book celebrating Wisconsin cheesemakers (Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State's Best Creameries) published from Globe Pequot Press and she is also the co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Coffee & Tea.

Tam Harbert
Tam Harbert is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and ghostwriter specializing in business, technology and public policy. You can find more about her and her work at

Theresa Hegel
Theresa Hegel is the executive editor of Wearables, a nationally distributed trade magazine for screen printers, commercial embroiderers and other decorated-apparel professionals. Throughout her career, she’s received numerous accolades for her writing and editing, including several Jesse H. Neal Awards, often described as the Pulitzer Prize of the specialized journalism world. Prior to joining Wearables, she served in various capacities – from beat reporter to books editor – at daily newspapers in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Wendy Helfenbaum
Wendy believes in the art of reinvention – in her 25-year career, she’s happily swung back and forth many times between news reporting, producing award-winning children’s TV shows, corporate gigs and translation, enough to know that a versatile writer is a successful writer. Based in Montreal, Wendy covers architecture and design, parenting, business, travel, education, careers and gardening. Her words have appeared in dozens of consumer, trade, digital and custom publications, and she’s worked with many brands, universities and nonprofits.
Jodi Helmer
Jodi Helmer is a North Carolina-based writer who writes about everything from higher education and health to farming and dog rescue. Her newest books are Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures That Feed Us, and Growing Your Own Tea Garden, both due out in 2019. A longtime ASJA member, Jodi also co-chaired the 2015 conference.
Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich
Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich is a digital content, marketing, and social media specialist—as well as a career empowerment expert. She is currently the managing partner and president of editorial operations at Masthead Media Company and the host of the podcast Coffee Break w/ NYWICI. Julie honed her experience and career expertise through her work at Warner Bros. (editorial director of Alloy Entertainment, creators of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries), Hearst (site director for the Hearst Teen Network, which included, and AOL (editor and on-air personality at AOL RED, AOL’s teen channel). Julie’s career advice has been featured in outlets including USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, Crain's New York,, Good Day New York, Great Day Washington, and SiriusXM’s Wake Up! with Taylor. She is a graduate of the Boston University College of Communication and a proud recipient of a New York Women in Communications WiCi Award, which celebrates the career achievements of rising stars in communications.
Lambeth Hochwald
Lambeth Hochwald is a New York City-based journalist and contributing editor at Parade who writes celebrity features and has covered such lifestyle topics as health, parenting, marriage, entrepreneurship, money/finance and real estate--all through the lens of real-people stories--since she became a freelance journalist in 1995. Hochwald received her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has been an adjunct professor of journalism at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute since 2001.

Michele Hollow
Michele Hollow was horrified when a source gave her wrong info for a story on autism, a subject she knows well. The source wasn’t lying, just misinformed. Still, it was unsettling. Michele writes about health, animals, climate, and lifestyle. Her byline has appeared in The New York Times,, the Guardian, Parents, and Folks.
Beth Howard
A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Beth Howard switched from arts writing to the health/science beat and has never looked back. Currently based in Charlotte, NC, she was a former editor at Omni, SELF, New Woman, and My Generation (AARP) magazines. She has been a full-time freelancer for the last 18 years, with credits in The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, Prevention, AAMC News (Association of American Medical Colleges), AARP: The Magazine, and U.S. News & World Report, among many other venues. As a content marketing writer, she has also parlayed her health expertise into assignments for hospital and health care company websites, newsletters, and annual reports.
Michelle Howry

Michelle Howry, Executive Editor, G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House specializes in buying commercial nonfiction. During my twenty-year career, I have acquired books as diverse as The Girls of Atomic City (about the women who helped build the atomic bomb during WWII), What the Dog Knows (a narrative demystifying the science of dogs’ remarkable sense of smell), and JFK and the Unspeakable (the book that Oliver Stone called “the best account I have read” of the Kennedy assassination).

Howry has collaborated with authors like Broadway diva Kristin Chenoweth (A Little Bit Wicked), the grandfather of mindfulness Jon Kabat-Zinn (Wherever You Go, There You Are), Today show anchor Hoda Kotb (I Really Needed This Today), gold-medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu (Off Balance), and marketing guru Marshall Goldsmith (How Women Rise). And I’ve partnered with brands like the Atkins Diet, Forks Over Knives, Pusheen the Cat, and the Sean Covey “7 Habits” bestselling self-help franchise – books that share the goal of making your life a little better.

Jeanette Hurt
Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of nine culinary and drink books, including Seal Press’s critically acclaimed Drink Like a Woman. You can catch her work at, The Four Seasons Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, and Saveur. Her upcoming books are The Joy of Cider and The Wisconsin Cocktail Book.
Kelly James
Kelly K. James has ghostwritten/coauthored more than 20 books along with more than a dozen under her own name.
Christopher Johnston
Christopher Johnston has published more than 3,500 articles in publications, including American Theatre, Christian Science Monitor, History Magazine and Scientific American. His book, Shattering Silences: Strategies to Prevent Sexual Assault, Heal Survivors, and Bring Assailants to Justice (Skyhorse) was published in May 2018. He is writing a biography of a Green Beret who was gravely wounded in Afghanistan.
Lottie Joiner
Lottie Joiner is the editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, the official publication of the NAACP. She is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience covering social justice, civil rights, race and ethnicity. She is an ASJA board member.
Kim Kavin
Kim Kavin is a national award-winning journalist who has been a full-time freelancer since 2003. Her primary areas of expertise are boats and dogs, and she occasionally writes about technology and politics. Look for her work in Yachting, Yachts International, Soundings, PassageMaker, Soundings Trade Only, The Washington Post,, and The Atlantic’s Re:Think. Kim lives in New Jersey with her two adopted shelter mutts. Learn more at


0Trena Keating
Trena Keating represents authors with bold voices, clever stories, and cutting-edge ideas, including novelists, journalists, and experts writing for a popular audience such as professors, doctors, and scientists. Her list is an eclectic balance of #1 NYT bestsellers and debuts. Prior to becoming an agent, Trena was Editor-in-Chief of Dutton, worked at HarperCollins and Stanford University Press, and has had the honor to work with esteemed writers like Tracy Chevalier, E. L. Doctorow, Toni Morrison, and Joyce Carol Oates, as well as estates from George Orwell to James Jones. Favorite authors recently read include Donna Tartt, Cheryl Strayed, Ann Patchett, Andrew Solomon, Jennifer Egan, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and Kate Atkinson. *Next, she hopes to find a literary novel set in an exotic place or time, a distinctly modern novel with a female protagonist, literary suspense, a memoir that addresses larger issues, nonfiction based on primary research or a unique niche, a great essayist, and any voicy writer who is a great storyteller or makes her laugh.


Caitlin Kelly
Caitlin Kelly, a writer in Tarrytown, NY, winner of a Canadian National Magazine Award for humor, writes frequently for The New York Times and has written for The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Marie-Claire, Salon, and Smithsonian. She coaches writers worldwide and has taught at Pace, The New York School of Interior Design, Marymount College, Pratt Institute and Concordia University in Montreal. Her blog is read by more than 21,000 followers worldwide at
Judi Ketteler
Judi Ketteler is a prolific essayist. Her essays and first-person reported pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Folks, and The New York Times—where she is a frequent contributor. She also has a column for Cincinnati Magazine in which she writes about the joys and challenges of midlife. Judi’s book about what it means to live a more honest life, Would I Lie to You? Trying to be Honest in a World That Lies, is due out from Kensington Books in January 2020. Find her at, or on social media: @judiketteler on Twitter and @ketteljm on Instagram.
Jeff Kleinman
Jeff Kleinman is a founding partner at Folio Literary Management. He loves unique voices, magnificently strong characters, unusual premises, and books that offer up some new perspective on something he thought he already knew something about or never even dreamed existed. He’d particularly love to find some great dark upmarket or literary psychological suspense, if you have any lying around. Current clients include: NYT Bestsellers Garth Stein, Eowyn Ivey, Jacqueline Mitchard, Elizabeth Letts, and Charles Shields; some of the first novels he’s sold recently include Rhiannon Navin’s ONLY CHILD, Val Emmich’s THE REMINDERS, and Benjamin Ludwig’s GINNY MOON.
Linsey Knerl
Linsey Knerl is a Nebraska writer with 10 years' experience as a full-time freelance blogger, author, and public speaker. Her background managing online communities for brands has given her a unique perspective on social media and has allowed her to create digital content for startups, major corporations, and educational institutions across the United States.
Karen Kroll
Karen Kroll is an experienced freelance writer and editor, with a focus on corporate and consumer finance and business. Her articles have appeared in,, Business Finance, CFO, Global Finance, Stores, and many other publications. She’s also written white papers, case studies, blog posts, and reports for numerous corporate clients.
Cindy Kuzma
Cindy Kuzma is a health and fitness writer, author, and podcaster who contributes regularly to Runner’s World, Chicago Magazine, and other outlets. She’s co-host of the podcast #WeGotGoals and co-author of both Marathon Spectator Guide and Rebound, a book about the psychology of sports injuries forthcoming from Bloomsbury Sport. She specializes in covering injury prevention and recovery, everyday athletes accomplishing extraordinary things, and the active community in her beloved Chicago.
Laura Laing
Laura Laing is a long-time ASJA member and current board member. She also chairs the publications committee. A recent graduate of Goucher’s MFA program in Creative Nonfiction, she is shopping her first memoir, an unconventional look at love and identity, through the lens of abstract mathematics. Recently, her lyric and craft essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, Full Grown People, and Consequence.
Jane Langille
Jane Langille is an award-winning health and medical writer who writes for hospitals, healthcare organizations, and institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ALS Canada, and the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. Her work has been published in The Globe and Mail, University of Toronto Mississauga M magazine, STAT, and Costco Connection.
Katherine Latshaw
Katherine Latshaw is a Vice President and Literary Agent at Folio Literary Management, which she joined in 2013 after working at The Literary Group and Stonesong. Katherine represents nonfiction and select fiction in both the Adult and Children’s spaces. She also represents ghostwriters. Some of her titles include New York Times bestseller Cary Elwes’ AS YOU WISH, a look back at the making of The Princess Bride; New York Times bestseller Burt Reynolds’ BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME, a colorful romp through the actor’s life; and New York Times bestseller Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN, a moving account of the author’s experiences with her mother’s dementia.
Folio Literary Management is a full-service literary agency located in the historic Film Center Building in Manhattan. Folio’s agents work with some of the most exciting talent in the business, representing bestsellers, thought leaders, celebrities, and award-winners across every genre. In addition to Folio’s commitment to contemporary voices, Folio is the custodian of Harold Ober Associates, one of the most storied literary agencies in the world, and which represented some of the most iconic voices of the 20th century, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chinua Achebe, William Faulkner, J.D. Salinger, Langston Hughes, Lois Lowry, Pearl S. Buck, and Dylan Thomas, among many others. Folio is dedicated to bringing its legacy into the future.
Marcia Layton Turner
Marcia Layton Turner is an award-winning business writer with expertise in small business and personal finance. As executive director of the Association of Ghostwriters, Marcia created and manages a members-only Facebook group. She also actively participates in a number of writing-related Facebook groups that have generated tens of thousands of dollars in work.
Stephanie Madewell
Stephanie Madewell is the editor of Broccoli Magazine, the international magazine for cannabis lovers created by women who love weed. She's also a reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly, an occasional proofreader, and a sometimes writer, most recently for The Nasher Magazine.
Moeima Makeba
Moeima previously served as Managing Editor for XO Magazine, an independently published culture magazine circulated in over 30 countries but especially popular in London, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn. She has produced print, commercial and social campaigns in the fashion, music, art and entertainment industry for over 15 years and is now Director of Search Strategy, at NYC based marketing agency Cannacontent.
Madison Margolin

Madison Margolin is a journalist with more than four years' experience covering cannabis. Currently features editor at cannabis lifestyle publication Civilized, Madison's work has also been featured in Playboy Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vice, High Times Magazine, The Progressive, Tablet, LA Weekly, and others. With a master's from Columbia Journalism School, she began her career covering New York's medical marijuana program for the Village Voice. In addition to cannabis, Madison also covers psychedelics, drug policy, science, and Jewish culture.She’s also co-founding a magazine on psychedelics called DoubleBlindwhich launches in June.

Sophia McDonald Bennett
Sophia McDonald Bennett is a freelance writer, editor, communications consultant and pro tem instructor of marketing at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business. In the 10 years since she started her freelance practice her work has been featured in over three dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. Her article on business planning for writers is featured in the most recent edition of Writer's Market. Sophia lives in Eugene, OR with her husband and twin daughters.
Kieran Nash
Kieran Nash is the deputy editor of an award-winning features site, BBC Capital, which covers work and life in a changing global economy. He’s been a newspaper reporter in his native New Zealand, a magazine editor in Singapore and has two kids.
Cassie Neiden
Cassie Neiden is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Firelands Scientific, a state-licensed medical cannabis operator headquartered in Huron, Ohio. Previously, she served as the managing editor for Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary magazines—both of which are award-winning trade publications covering the legal North American commercial cannabis market. In 2018, Cannabis Business Times was named ‘Magazine of the Year’ by the American Society of Business Publication Editors.
Jennifer Nelson
Jennifer Nelson is a Florida-based author, content writer and ghostwriter. She has written lifestyle, health and finance content for consumer magazines, websites and corporate clients for the better part of two decades. She currently offers weekend Mastermind workshops for writers from her Neptune Beach home studio.
Katharine Nemec

Katharine (Kat) Nemec is the creative director and owner of studiokat, a graphic design firm specializing in non-profit publications, invitations, and project management. Some of her clients include New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The Garden Conservancy, Queens Botanical Garden, White Plains Hospital, and Buckley Hall Events. When not designing she volunteers, creates props for local plays, and curates community art shows.

Stephanie Nikolopoulos
Stephanie Nikolopoulos is the author, with Paul Maher Jr., of Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.” As an editor, she helps other writers journey from ideas to published books. For more information, visit
Jessica Nordskog
Jessica Nordskog is the co-author of Me, Myself & Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Brainstorming Solo (Andrews McMeel). She's also been everything from a graphic designer and product designer to a lifestyle editor for the award-winning children's magazine American Girl. Brainstorming has been at the base of every hat she's ever worn. That, and a large cup of coffee.
Rachel Nuwer
Rachel Nuwer is freelance writer who regularly contributes to the New York Times, National Geographic, and BBC Future. She wrote "Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking,” which was published in September 2018, and her reporting on the global illegal wildlife trade won first place in the Society of Environmental Journalist's 2018 Outstanding Beat Reporting category.
Diane O'Connell
Diane O’Connell, a former Random House editor, is author of six books, including the award-winning The Novel-Maker’s Handbook. As founder of Write to Sell Your Book she has helped dozens of authors achieve international publishing success. Diane’s passion for helping authors improve their craft has made her one of the top editors in the field.
Melanie Padgett Powers
Melanie Padgett Powers is the owner of MelEdits in the Washington, D.C., area. She is a freelance writer, managing editor and copy editor and proofreader, primarily for membership associations. She specializes in health care, and her clients have included GE Healthcare, Cleveland Clinic, the American Public Health Association, National Hemophilia Foundation, American Optometric Association and Society of Interventional Radiology. Follow her on Twitter @MelEdits.
Camille Pagán

Camille Pagán is the #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of six novels, including I’m Fine and Neither Are You, Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which was recently optioned for film, and the forthcoming This Won’t End Well (Lake Union, 2/20).  Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A journalist and former magazine editor, Pagán has written for the New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Parade, Real Simple, Time, and many others. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her family. You can visit her online at

Christine Parizo
Christine Parizo is a freelance B2B technology copywriter and journalist who got her start in journalism in the days when clouds were still something you'd watch on lazy, breezy days and dial-up Internet was the norm. Now, she delves into Everything as a Service for a variety of technology companies, including Samsung, Avaya, and Amazon Web Services, and writes articles for B2B publications. She's also the author of The Content Marketing Cookbook. When she's not writing about technology, she can be found drinking copious amounts of coffee, running, or hanging out with her husband and children in the suburbs of Houston.
Emily Paulsen
Emily Paulsen is a long-time ASJA member and freelance writer/editor specializing in health and healthcare.
Adam Pawlus
Adam Pawlus is the executive director of NLGJA, a national association of more than 850 journalists, news executives, communications professionals and educators dedicated to ensuring fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community and promoting diversity within newsrooms. Originally from Chicago, Adam has over 16 years of association management, conference coordination and communications experience in the Washington, DC area. Adam has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science and Speech Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Georgia at Athens.
Caitlin Pearce
Caitlin Pearce is the executive director of the Freelancers Union, which promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, benefits and community for more than 375,000 members. Pearce was at the helm of their well-publicized campaign, #FreelanceIsntFree, which prompted a 2017 law in New York City that protects freelancers from nonpayment and requires contracts.
John Peragine
John Peragine is a published author of 14 books, has ghostwritten over 100 others and does freelance work for the New York Times, Reuters, and Bloomberg News. He has also written for, Grapevine Magazine, Writer's Digest, Wine Enthusiast and more. John has been writing professionally since 2007, after working 13 years in Social Work and as a professional symphony musician. His newest book A History of Iowa Wine- Vines in the Prairie (History Press) is being released April 2019. John lives Davenport, Iowa overlooking the Mississippi River.
Nancy Peske

Nancy Peske, a developmental editor, book publishing consultant, and ghostwriter, is the coauthor of the Cinematherapy series and the award-winning Raising a Sensory Smart Child. She has done editorial and consulting work with self-published authors as well as thought leaders such as Marianne Williamson, Christiane Northrup, and David Perlmutter.

Mary Pryor
Mary Pryor is the co-founder and CEO of Cannaclusive, a collective focused on inclusion in the cannabis industry, New York Chapter President of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, and she serves as the current New York advocate for The People’s Dispensary.


Rajul Punjabi

Rajul Punjabi is a New York-based journalist and educator. She is currently the wellness editor at VICE, and writes and edits pieces about about mental health, drugs, sex, body image, race, and the very layered intersection of health and social justice. Rajul also teaches journalism at City College of New York.

Michelle Rafter
Michelle Rafter is a Portland, Ore., business reporter who’s covered technology since “collaboration platform” meant logging onto AOL message boards. Rafter currently writes about work, workplace technology and logistics. She’s a frequent ghostwriter for management consulting firms, and coaches other writers who want to launch or grow a freelance business.
Sallie Randolph
Sallie Randolph is a writer-turned-attorney. Her law practice is focused on helping authors, journalists, professional content producers, freelance writers, and small publishers with their publishing-related legal needs. She is admitted to practice law in New York and the WDNY and SDNY United States District Courts.
Susan Reda
Susan Reda is Editor of STORES Media, the official publishing division of the National Retail Federation. She is responsible for developing all content for the magazine and additional STORES properties. With a passion for all things related to retail and years of experience reporting on this sector, Reda researches and writes multiple stories per issue, exploring big-picture ideas, as well issues bubbling up in the industry, from digital trends and CIO priorities to organized retail crime and big data. Reda holds a B.S. in journalism from St. John’s University.
Rebecca Renner
Rebecca Renner is a freelance writer and creative writing professor from Daytona Beach, Florida. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Real Simple and The Paris Review. Follow her on Twitter @RebeccaRennerFL.
Katharine Sands

Katharine Sands is a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency who has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books. 

Penny Sansevieri
Penny C. Sansevieri, founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is the author of eighteen books, including "How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon," and an adjunct professor at NYU.
Satta Sarmah Hightower
Satta Sarmah Hightower is a journalist-turned-content marketer and has been a full-time freelancer since 2014. Through her content marketing consultancy, Talented Tenth Media, she produces content for agencies and brands in diverse industries and has worked with clients such as Adobe, HP, Red Hat, Abbott, Colonial Life, WordPress and Credit Karma, among others.
Miral Sattar
Miral Sattar, founder/CEO, BiblioCrunch and LearnSelfPublishingFast, an award-winning author services marketplace matching authors with professionals for books and apps. In media for 11 years, Sattar launched digital initiatives at TIME (iPad and mobile site, apps, video and podcast channel, blogs, SEO). Her writing appears in TIME, CNN, NY Daily News. @miralsattar
Teresa Schmedding
(@tschmedding) is Managing Editor at Rotary International, where she oversees content strategy for She is a content strategist and digital media editor with a focus on project management, people management, training, strategic planning and technology. Teresa also works on industry-wide editing and journalism issues with national journalism organizations.
Clio Seraphim
Clio Seraphim is an Associate Editor at Penguin Random House, working on books for both the Random House and Dial Press imprints. In addition to providing editorial assistance and collaboration on bestselling authors such as Elizabeth Strout, Ruth Reichl, Gary Shteyngart, and Rachel Joyce, she has her own list of writers whose forthcoming titles she is editing. She was previously at the global talent agency WME|IMG, where she assisted the co-head of the book department and worked with a variety of author clients, including Judy Blume, Min Jin Lee, Meg Wolitzer, and Adriana Trigiani. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Kelly Shetron
Kelly Shetron is a Brooklyn-based collaborative writer. She specializes in helping authors conceptualize and write their nonfiction books with clarity, beauty, and impact. In the past, Kelly has also worked with organizations like the oral history project StoryCorps and the Obama Foundation, helping to elevate the voices of those not always heard. Originally from Philadelphia, Kelly studied economics and English at Muhlenberg College, as well as nonfiction writing and multimedia storytelling at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine.
Natasha Simons
Natasha Simons joined Simon & Schuster in 2011 after a year at National Review and internships at Regnery, Random House, and the White House. She graduated summa cum laude with degrees in English and film from George Washington University.Natasha acquires for the newly reinvigorated Free Press as well as the general list at S&S. Some of her previous titles include the #1 New York Times bestseller Unhinged by Omarosa Manigault Newman, the New York Times bestsellers The Gutfeld Monologues by Greg Gutfeld, The Maddie Diaries by Maddie Ziegler, and The Last Punisher by Kevin Lacz, as well as Captive by Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg, Eliza Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo, Unwifeable by Mandy Stadtmiller, and West Winging It by Pat Cunnane.
Janet Siroto
Janet Siroto is Executive Editor for NextTribe, a content and community platform for women ages 45-plus. Its mission is to help its audience “Age Boldly” and embrace this exciting lifestage with passion, compassion, intelligence – and humor.
Janet was Editor-in-Chief position at Time Inc.’s Family Life magazine; Executive Editor at Cosmo, Redbook and Good Housekeeping; and served as Editorial Director of As a writer, her work has appeared in New York, The New York Times, Vogue and many other publications. She is also a trend-tracker, marketing consultant and speech writer for the Fortune 500.


Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith is a UX Research Lead at The New York Times where she helps cross-functional teams of journalists and product specialists understand and inspire news audiences of the future. Prior to coming to The Times, Shannon served as UX Design Lead, Head of Communications and a founding team member at Ecosia, the search engine whose seven million users have helped to plant more than 50 million trees in reforestation programs around the world. Shannon's writing on technology, business, science and design innovation in Europe has appeared on ZDNet, LearnVest and Forbes. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Joanne Spataro
Joanne Spataro is a writer, ghostwriter and writing coach living in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Vice and The Huffington Post. Spataro is also the creator of 60-Minute Fix, a one-hour writing session that gets your project from “I’ll do it tomorrow” to Done,”


Audrey Sternberg
Audrey Sternberg is a medical writer and editor for a digital and print publication about the latest in oncology news. Targeted Therapies in Oncology focuses on the latest cancer therapies that are being presented at meetings and those pending approval by the FDA. Prior to her writing career, Sternberg worked as a registered dental hygienist in the state of New Jersey. She leveraged her experience working in healthcare to improve her medical writing skills. She also has experience as a lifestyle blogger and editor for HipNJ.

Judy Sternlight
Judy Sternlight spent nearly a decade editing books at Random House, Ballantine, and Modern Library before founding Judy Sternlight Literary Services and co-founding 5E, the independent editors’ group. Prior to her career in publishing, she performed and taught improvisational theater with Some Assembly Required in New York City. She occasionally teaches at The Center for Fiction and other NYC arts organizations, blending theatrical and literary techniques to help writers hone their craft. She’s worked with many acclaimed writers including Elliot Ackerman, Marie-Helene Bertino, Rita Mae Brown, Mamta Chaudhry, Gwen Florio, Lisa Ko, Peter Matthiessen, Daniel Menaker, and Melodie Winawer.
Milt Toby
ASJA President Milt Toby is an attorney and award-winning author who has been writing about Thoroughbred racing for more than 40 years. He also specializes in discussing copyright, contract issues, and legal concerns that affect writers.
Ann Leslie Tuttle
Ann Leslie Tuttle joined DG&B (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret) in 2017 after working for 20 years at Harlequin Books, where she worked on an extensive and varied list of bestselling and award-winning titles in romance and women’s fiction. She received her B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from the University of Virginia. Helping to grow the careers of established and debut writers has always been Ann Leslie’s passion. Ann Leslie is especially seeking nonfiction (primarily narrative nonfiction), women’s fiction (e.g. relationships, family sagas, historical fiction and psychological thrillers) romance (e.g. romantic comedies, medical romance and contemporaries) and Southern Gothics on the adult side as well as Middle Grade fiction. Ann Leslie lives in New York City with her husband and young daughter, who is just discovering the magic of books and writing.


Sharon Van Epps
Sharon Van Epps is a Seattle writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Week, Good Housekeeping and many more publications.


Julie Vick
Julie Vick’s parenting writing has appeared in several major national and print publications. When her kids were 1 and 3, she began focusing on parenting writing and has had the most success with publications since having kids. In the past few years, she has published more than 50 parenting-related pieces in over 15 different markets while also teaching and parenting young kids.
Hilary Weaver

Hilary Weaver is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer who writes about politics, queer issues, and knows way too much about the royal family. Her work has been featured at the Cut, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vanity Fair, Them, and more. Any and all takes on The L Word reboot are welcome.

Rebecca Weber

Rebecca L. Weber is a freelance journalist and writing coach who covers social justice, the environment, the arts, and travel. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, CNN, Dwell, and She is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Rebecca hosts the Writing Coach Podcast at

Rhea Wessel
Rhea Wessel is an American freelance writer based in Frankfurt, Germany, and Houston, Texas. She writes thought leadership materials for corporate clients, helping them formulate their ideas and present them to readers in the right tone, style and structure. With more than 25 years of experience in daily, deadline writing for publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Rhea knows how to simplify complex topics and mold them into a compelling story. One of her features appeared in the Best of Newspaper Writing 1999. A graduate of Columbia University, Rhea specializes in finance, technology and social issues. She is a native speaker of English and fluent in German.

Emiene Wright
Emiene Wright is a writer, editor and mathematically trained copy editor (yes, that’s a thing). She has worked for the Detroit Free Press, The Miami Herald, The Charlotte Observer, and Creative Loafing Charlotte. You can find her content across print and digital platforms from alternative newsweeklies to major daily newspapers and three ghost-written books.


Dom Yanchunas
Dom Yanchunas is National President of the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), a 1,900-member journalism association that fosters excellence in the B2B sector. Dom is a New York City-based financial journalist entering his 25th year in the profession, currently a Reporter with Fastmarkets AMM covering the steel industry. From 2013 to 2016, he was Editor at Professional Mariner, the Journal of the Maritime Industry. He started with Professional Mariner in 2006 as a freelance writer and was elevated to staff as Managing Editor in 2011. Simultaneously from 2006 to 2011, Dom was a freelance writer and Contributing Editor with COINage magazine. Earlier he served as reporter or editor with Bloomberg News, Associated Press and daily newspapers including the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y., and Times-Tribune in Scranton, Pa., where he was founding editor of the regional BusinessWeekly section. Dom is a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Sandra Yin
Sandra Yin is a recovering journalist who helps nonprofit and small business clients amplify their impact through clearer messaging. Her storytelling has appeared in many venues, including the Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, and American Way magazine. She enjoys helping entrepreneurial writers build their businesses.