Neil Nyren

Former Executive VP, Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Winner of the 2017 Ellery Queen Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Writes a monthly publishing column for the MWA newsletter The Third Degree and is an Editor at Large for CrimeReads.


Susan Shapiro Barash

Author of 13 non-fiction women’s issue books. Teaches gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College. Her novel Between the Tides is published under the pen name Susannah Marren.


Joseph Olshan

Award-winning American novelist. His first novel, Clara’s Heart, won the Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writers’ Competition and went on to be made into a feature film starring Whoopi Goldberg. Author of nine novels, has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Harpers Bazaar, People magazine and Entertainment Weekly.


John Land

Bestselling author of over 25 novels, many of them based on extensive travel and research as well as a 25-year career in martial arts. Associate member of the U.S. Special Forces and Vice President of Marketing for the International Thriller Writers.


Joanna Poncavage

Has been a national magazine editor and newspaper journalist, writing hundreds of features for Organic Gardening, Mother Earth News and The Morning Call newspaper. Author of several gardening books, she’s now a freelancer while writing a memoir, short stories and poetry.


Claudia Keenan

Historian of American education and independent scholar who has published on such topics as progressive education, history of debate, and First Ladies.


Jennifer Blankfein

Freelance marketing consultant and book reviewer. Loves to talk about books, is an avid reader, and writes a blog, “Book Nation.”

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