Mark Gottlieb attended Emerson College and was President of its Publishing Club, establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature & publishing, he began his career with Penguin’s VP. Mark’s first position at Publishers Marketplace’s #1-ranked literary agency, Trident Media Group, was in foreign rights. Mark was EA to Trident’s Chairman and ran the Audio Department. Mark is currently working with his own client list, helping to manage and grow author careers with the unique resources available to Trident. He has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on publishersmarketplace.com in Overall Deals and other categories.
Hugo-award winning author, Mary Robinette Kowal is a novelist and professional puppeteer. Her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010) was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while three of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award: “Evil Robot Monkey” in 2009 and “For Want of a Nail” in 2011, which won the Hugo for short story that year. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies.
Jessica grew up in the suburbs of New York City, spent five years in New Orleans getting her B.A. and M.A., and then returned to New York, where she works as an Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books. She works on a list that includes novels and picture books by Walter Dean Myers and Neil Gaiman; books for all ages by Kwame Alexander; middle grade and YA novels by Sally J. Pla, Darcy Miller, Fred Aceves, Amy Giles, Lindsey Klingele, Elizabeth Byrne; and more.
Naomi Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales, Baba Yaga, and Tolkien. She studied English Literature at Brown University and did graduate work in Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide.
Her first novel, His Majesty’s Dragon, was published in 2006 and has been translated into 23 languages. She has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. The fourth volume of the Temeraire series, Empire of Ivory, published in September 2007, was a New York Times bestseller along with all subsequent installments in the series.
Daniel Polansky was born in Baltimore in 1984. His first book, Low Town, was released in 2011, winning the Prix Imaginales against stiff competition. Two sequels followed, Tomorrow, The Killing (2012) and She Who Waits (2013). His follow up series, The Empty Throne, began with Those Above (2015) and concluded with Those Below (2016). His novella, The Builders, was nominated for the 2016 Hugo award. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
DongWon Song has worked in the publishing industry for the past ten years, as an agent, an editor, and a digital bookseller. He is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction, fantasy, YA, science, food, and pop-culture. He also likes making things out of wood. He lives in Portland, Oregon where it does not rain nearly as much as people say.
Nephele Tempest joined The Knight Agency in January, 2005, opening the Los Angeles office. As an agent, she works with a number of talented writers, assisting them to hone their skills and build their careers. Nephele belongs to the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). She is currently seeking works in the following genres: literary/commercial fiction, women's fiction, fantasy, science fiction, single-title romance – including contemporary, historical, paranormal and suspense – historical fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction.
Fran Wilde’s work includes the Andre Norton-, and Compton Crook Award-winning and Nebula-nominated novel Updraft (2015), its sequel Cloudbound (2016), and Horizon (2017). Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, and Nature. Her novella The Jewel and Her Lapidary is available from Tor.com Publishing. She writes for publications including The Washington Post, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, iO9.com, and GeekMom.com.
Navah Wolfe is an editor at Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s science fiction and fantasy imprint, where she has edited critically–acclaimed novels such as Borderline by Mishell Baker, Persona by Genevieve Valentine, The Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier, and A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin. She is also the co–editor, along with Dominik Parisien, of The Starlit Wood, an anthology of cross–genre fairy tale retellings, released in October 2016 from Saga Press. She was previously an editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, where she worked on many bestselling books, including some that have won awards such as the Printz Honor, the Pura Belpré Award, the Pen/Faulkner Award, the Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Schneider Family Award. She has previously worked as a bookseller, a rock climbing wall manager, and a veterinary intern at a zoo. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two tiny humans, and one editorial cat. She can be found on Twitter at @navahw.