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STEVEN JAMES

Award-winning author and fiction instructor

Steven James is the critically acclaimed, national bestselling author of eighteen novels. His work has been optioned by ABC Studios and praised by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, the New York Journal of Books, and many others. He has served as a contributing editor for Writer’s Digest Magazine and is the author of two award-winning books on the craft of fiction, Story Trumps Structure and Troubleshooting Your Novel. In addition to his writing, he is a world-renowned fiction instructor who has spoken more than two thousand times around the globe. He teaches annual Novel Writing Intensives alongside NYT bestselling author Robert Dugoni and hosts the weekly writing podcast The Story Blender.

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BETHANY JETT

Author, agent, and marketing strategist

Bethany Jett is a literary agent, author, and marketing strategist who earned top honors in her master’s program, where she earned her MFA in Communications focusing on Marketing and PR. Her motto is “Teach as you go,” which she lives out as the co-owner of Serious Writer, a company that teaches and empowers writers and authors. Bethany is married to her college sweetheart, and together they’re raising 2 teen - and 1-pre-teen! - boys. She loves to post on Instagram about #MarketingAndMomLife, and her two fluffy Pomeranians. Check out all her resources here.

Acquiring: Nonfiction and Fiction (psychological thriller, historical, YA, low fantasy, and magical realism)

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Jamie Mason

Author

Jamie Mason was born in Oklahoma City and grew up all over the Washington, DC area. She’s most often reading and writing, but in the life left over, she enjoys films, Formula 1 racing, football, traveling, and, conversely, staying at home. Jamie lives with her husband and two daughters in the mountains of western North Carolina. She writes more whydunnits than whodunnits because the why in stories is her favorite part, and she is the author of Three Graves Full, Monday’s Lie, and The Hidden Things.

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Tony Marr

Professional storyteller

Storyteller Tony Marr has spent years captivating audiences with his larger-than-life tales. An award-winning speaker/storyteller, Tony is the 2018 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival New Voice Showcase Winner, a three-time South Carolina Liars Winner, a National Story Slam Finalist, and a featured teller at venues across the country. From unbelievable adventures that will have you wondering how he is still alive, to the untold stories of our history, Tony immerses his audience in an imaginative world that you will never want to leave. Hear more stories or start a new chapter of your story at www.tonymarr.com.