OUR SPEAKERS

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STEVEN JAMES

Author

Steven James is the critically-acclaimed, national bestselling author of seventeen novels who has spoken more than 2000 times around the globe. 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. When he’s not working on his next book, he’s teaching master classes on writing throughout the country, trail running, or sneaking off to catch a matinée.

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TIFFANY YATES MARTIN

Editor and author

Tiffany Yates Martin has spent nearly thirty years as an editor in the publishing industry, working with major publishers and New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors as well as indie and newer writers, and is the founder of FoxPrint Editorial and author of the bestseller Intuitive Editing: A Creative and Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing. She's led workshops and seminars for conferences and writers' groups across the country and is a frequent contributor to writers' sites and publications. Under the pen name Phoebe Fox, she's the author of six novels, including the upcoming The Way We Weren't (Berkley).

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BETHANY JETT

Author and entrepreneur

Bethany Jett’s motto is “Learn everything you can; teach as you go.” She is a multi-award-winning author, as well as the winner of the 2020 CAN Crown Marketing Award for the Outstanding Visual Media Campaign. Her passion for all things strategy-related combined with her love of social media led her to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts in Communication where she focused on marketing and public relations studies, graduated with a 4.0 GPA, and was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award for highest GPA. An entrepreneur at heart, Bethany co-owns Serious Writer and Platinum Literary Services where she specializes in marketing strategy. She is a military wife to her college sweetheart and a work-from-home momma-of-boys who loves planners, suspense novels, and her Pomeranians. 

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VINCENT B. DAVIS II

Author and marketing specialist

Vincent B. Davis, II is an author, entrepreneur, and soldier who has served in the United States Army since 2014.  He's the author of five books, three of which have become international bestsellers, and works as a freelance marketing specialist. 

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DONALD MAASS

Literary agent and author

Donald Maass founded the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York in 1980. In addition to his work as an agent, he is the author of The Career Novelist, Writing the Breakout Novel, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, The Fire in Fiction, The Breakout Novelist, Writing 21st Century Fiction, and The Emotional Craft of Fiction, and is a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.

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TOSCA LEE

Author

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels including A Single Light, The Line Between, The Progeny, The Legend of Sheba, and Iscariot, and co-authored the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and optioned for TV and film. Tosca loves travel, movies, anything food-related, and sending cheesy texts to handsome husband. You can find Tosca (and her 155-lb. German Shepherd) on social media and on her website. 

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KJ HOWE

Author

K.J. Howe is the international bestselling author of The Freedom Broker series featuring elite kidnap negotiator Thea Paris. For the past six years, she has delved into the shadowy world of kidnapping to bring authenticity to the page. She has a Master’s in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and she is the executive director of the International Thriller Writers. 

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DON BENTLEY

Author

Don Bentley is the NYT Bestselling author of Tom Clancy Target Acquired and the Matt Drake series (Without Sanction, The Outside Man, and Hostile Intent). Don is a former Army Apache helicopter pilot and FBI Special Agent and SWAT team member. While deployed in Afghanistan, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal with “V” device for valor. 

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CYLE YOUNG

Agent

Cyle Young is a renowned literary agent and award-winning author of over 20 writing awards. In just over a year, Cyle sold over 70 of his client’s books to publishing houses and he currently represents authors who have combined to sell over 20 million books. When not writing or representing books, Cyle travels across the U.S. and speaks at conferences, some hosted by his own company, Serious Writer Inc. Cyle is also passionate about training writers through in person instruction and through his on-line writing school, Serious Writer Academy

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Lynne Constantine

Author

Lynne Constantine is an internationally bestselling author who writes with her sister under the pen name Liv Constantine. Together, they are the bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. Parrish as well as The Last Time I Saw You, The Wife Stalker, and The Stranger in the Mirror. Their critically acclaimed books have been praised by USA Today, The Sunday Times, People Magazine, and Good Morning America, among many others and their books have been translated into 28 languages, are available in 33 countries, and are in development for both television and film. Lynne also writes The Jack Logan series under the pen name L.C. Shaw. Lynne is a board member of International Thriller Writers.

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Marisa Corvisiero

Agent and editor

Marisa Corvisiero is the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency, an attorney, serving as General Counsel and our Senior Literary Agent. During the few years prior to starting her own agency in 2012, Marisa worked with another well known New York City Literary Agency, where she learned invaluable lessons and made a name for herself in the industry. She is also a Literary Consultant, Speaker, Author and continues to practice law in New York with specialties in Publishing, Corporate (Business), Real Estate, and Trust & Estates.