Choose Your Writing Adventure

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Friday, April 24, 2015
The 23nd Annual PPWC 

Query One-on-One Faculty*


Dana Isaacson, acquiring Senior Editor, Ballantine Books
Dana Edwin Isaacson is a senior editor at Ballantine Books at Random House in New York City. A veteran of the publishing industry, over the years he has edited non-fiction and fiction books for various publishing houses, as well having worked as a literary agent, an abridger and a co-writer. Presently, he works with authors from Rita Mae Brown to Nancy Thayer to Jonathan Kellerman. He is currently on the lookout for mysteries and thrillers for the eBook line, Alibi.

Tricia Narwani, acquiring Editorial Director, Del Rey/Random House Worlds
Tricia Narwani is Editorial Director of Del Rey Books. She has worked in publishing for 10 years and specializes in science fiction and fantasy. Tricia’s current projects include works by Joe Abercrombie, Kevin Hearne, and Peter V. Brett.

Elizabeth Pelletier, acquiring Publisher, Entangled Publishing
Liz Pelletier is first and foremost an entrepreneur. Beginning with the belief that authors who write great books should receive a majority of the profits, she created a new business model that bridged the gap between self and traditional publishing and co-founded Entangled, taking it from start-up to a formidable presence in the industry in just three years. Her out-of-the-box approach garnered a groundbreaking distribution deal with Macmillan, as well as a joint venture with St. Martin’s Press.

Since its inception, Entangled has had 27 USA Today bestsellers, 11 New York Times bestsellers, and has earned myriad awards within the industry. Ms. Pelletier, who was also recently named by Bibliodaze as one of 2014’s Most Influential People in Publishing, alongside John Green, Veronica Roth, Sherman Alexie, and HM Ward, to name a few, also acquired the sixth bestselling book of 2012, The Marriage Bargain. Under her direction, Entangled has become an industry leader, forging a new path as the next generation of publishing.
Find her on Twitter at @Liz_Pelletier.


Margaret Bail, Inklings Literary Agency.
Margaret Bail has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. With years of experience editing everything from medical documents to manuscripts, as well as teaching university-level English and writing, she looks forward to working closely with new and established authors to help develop their voice and craft.

Her lifelong love of stories and storytelling has her looking for books that transport her into the heart of the story, so much so that she’ll forget where she is and lose track of time while she reads.

Specific genres Margaret represents include the following:

*Note: I am only interested in adult fiction. Please do not query me with YA, MG, or children’s books.

In Fiction: Romance – all subgenres EXCEPT Christian or inspirational (I love the romance genre, so send your stories my way!), Science fiction, Mystery, Thrillers/Action Adventure, Historical fiction, Westerns, Fantasy.

Fiction genres I am NOT interested in: steampunk, Christian/religious literature, chick lit, women’s fiction, literary, poetry, screenplays.

Melissa Flashman, Trident Media Group
Melissa has been an agent at Trident for over ten years. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, she graduated from Wesleyan University and studied in the Ph.D. program in English at Johns Hopkins. She represents literary and commercial fiction, including young adult, as well as a broad range of award-winning and bestselling non-fiction including big ideas books in economics, science, wellness and pop culture.

Sandy Lu,  L. Perkins Agency
Sandy Lu has been a literary agent at the L. Perkins Agency since 2009. She holds BAs in psychology and sociology, with minors in music, business, and Japanese. Prior to becoming an agent, she was a Ph.D. candidate in Social and Personality Psychology and worked as a business/operations manager in the theater industry. She is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker.

Sandy is seeking submissions that draw her in with a unique voice and a good yarn that will make her miss her subway stop and keep her up at night. She particularly loves all things historical and anything with a supernatural bent. In fiction, she is looking for dark literary and commercial fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, historical fiction, fantasy, and YA. In non-fiction, she is looking for narrative non-fiction, history, biography, memoir, pop science, psychology, sociology, pop culture (music/theatre/film), and food writing. She does not represent romance, poetry, children’s picture books, how-to/self-help, parenting, religion/spirituality, and sports.

For more information, please visit or follow her on Twitter: @sandylunyc

Renee Nyen, Agent, KT Literary
Several years in the editorial department at Random House’s Colorado division provided Renee with the opportunity to work with bestselling and debut authors alike. After leaving Random House, she came to KT Literary in early 2013. She loves digging into manuscripts and helping the author shape the best story possible. Though this is great for her profession, it tends to frustrate people watching movies with her. With a penchant for depressing hipster music and an abiding love for a good adventure story, Renee is always looking for book recommendations. Even if that means creeping on people reading in public. Which she does frequently. She makes her home in Colorado with her husband, their young daughter, and forthcoming child.

Mary Sue Seymour, The Seymour Agency.
Mary Sue Seymour, nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Agent of the Year, has been agenting for over 20 years, and is listed as a top deal-maker for inspirational fiction on Publisher’s Marketplace. She has sold New York Times selling projects such as The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and Shelley Shepard Gray’s Missing. She has also sold multi-book deals to Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Harvest House, Bethany House, Cook, Harper One, Abingdon Press, B&H, Guideposts, Summerside, Kensington and others. She travels the country and world presenting writing workshops, mentoring writers, and doing appointments with them. She has been a guest agent at The Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, has attended the London Book Fair, and has traveled to almost every American city for writing conferences, and she’d loved every minute of it. If you’d like to see current sales, conference pictures or recent covers of books she’s sold, please visit her web site. Mary Sue and her co-agent, Nicole, are writing a book titled The Smart Guide to Getting Published which will be released in 2015. Julie Gwinn is another new agent with The Seymour Agency.

Mary Sue represents several best selling Christian authors such as New York Times best selling author Shelley Shepard Gray, Mary Ellis, Vannetta Chapman, Ruth Reid, Don Reid of the Statler Brothers and others; her writers have won numerous publishing industry awards and have been the subject of articles and starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and other publications.

Mary Sue likes to keep busy since her sons, Matt and Luke, have grown up. She ran the Disney Half Marathon, The Princess Half Marathon at Disney and the Lake Placid Half Marathon. She teaches art on cruise ships in exchange for a complimentary cruise for two [which has made her exceedingly popular with her friends!].

Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency
A literary agent for close to fifteen years, Andrea Somberg represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including projects for adult, young adult and middle grade audiences.  Previously an agent at the Donald Maass Agency and Vigliano Associates, she joined Harvey Klinger Inc. in the spring of 2005.  Her client list is quite full, however she is always actively looking to take on new authors who write in the following categories:  Fiction; literary, commercial, womens fiction, romance, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, new adult, middle grade. Nonfiction: memoir, narrative, popular science,  pop-culture, humor, how-to, parenting, self-help, lifestyle, travel, interior design, crafts, cookbooks, business, sports, health & fitness.  Andrea has also been a MediaBistro instructor, teaching courses on writing nonfiction and memoir book proposals, and a Writers Digest seminar instructor, teaching courses on mysteries and thrillers and fantasy and science fiction.

Kate Testerman, Agent, KT Literary
After a dozen years working in publishing in New York City, Kate moved to Colorado and formed kt literary in early 2008, where she concentrates on middle grade and young adult fiction. Bringing to bear the experience of being part of a large agency, she enjoys all aspects of working with her authors, offering hands-on experience, personal service, and a surfeit of optimism.

Her clients include Maureen Johnson, Ellen Booraem, Stephanie Perkins, Carrie Harris, Trish Doller, and Matthew Cody, among other exciting and acclaimed authors. Kate is a graduate of the University of Delaware’s Honors Program, a former cast member of the New York Renaissance Faire, and an avid collector of shoes, bags, children, and dogs. Her interests cover a broad range including contemporary drama, urban fantasy and magical realism, adventure stories, and romantic comedies. She is an active member of the SCBWI and AAR.

For additional information, please read this Agent Spotlight.

Jennifer Udden, Donald Maas Literary Agency
Jennifer Udden joined the DMLA in 2010. She represents speculative fiction (both science fiction and fantasy), urban fantasy, and mysteries, as well as historical, erotic, contemporary, and paranormal romance. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and previously worked in nonprofit arts fundraising. She is actively seeking diversity in projects and in authors, including (but not limited to) diversity of gender, sexuality, ability, background, and race. She is not currently seeking middle grade, children’s books, or nonfiction projects.

*Faculty subject to change without notice. PPW will do its best to keep you informed, but we cannot guarantee there won't be changes.

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Where: Colorado Springs Marriott
    5580 Tech Center Drive
    Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
    (719) 260-1800

    Register: Registration is now closed.  Early registration available until March 15, 2015. Registration will be online only for the 2015 Conference.

    Regular pricing is $395 from November 15, 2014 through March 15, 2015.
    Late pricing is $465 from March 16, 2015 through April 20, 2015.

    Your conference registration fee includes Friday’s welcome lunch and dinner, Saturday’s continental breakfast, keynote luncheon and The Zebulon Awards banquet, and Sunday’s continental breakfast and farewell luncheon.  Additional Saturday Banquet tickets are available to purchase for spouses and guests. Faculty members will host lunch and dinner tables so you have the opportunity to chat with that editor, agent, or author you’ve been dying to meet.

    Payment Plan - The Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2015 payment plan works by breaking up the conference amount of $395 into 5 payments of $79 with a flexible payment schedule. You must pay the initial $79 when you register. Full payment must be completed by March 31, 2015.  If you choose to bring banquet guests, make a donation, or purchase items you will pay for them at the time of addition, no matter where you are in your payments for conference costs.

    When you choose to pay the other 4 payments of $79 each is up to you so long as you complete full payment by March 31, 2015.  If you add on the Thursday Session to PPWC2015, then there will be an additional payment of $90 to fit in before the deadline.  If full payment (including Thursday, if applicable) is not completed on March 31, 2015, your attendance will be cancelled with NO REFUND.  This is in line with our refund policy (

    Prequel: Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Pre-Conference Programming on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Thursday can be added to your PPWC Registration for an additional $90, or you can attend Thursday ONLY for $140. This year, the Thursday prices include lunch.

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