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

Susan Shapiro Barash is an established writer of 13 nonfiction women’s books, including Tripping the Prom Queen, Toxic Friends and You’re Grounded Forever, But First Let’s Go Shopping. She is a well recognized gender expert and teaches gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College. She also has taught creative nonfiction at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Her novel, Between the Tides, was 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. He currently serves as Editorial Director at Delphinium Books.

Jon 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

Had a 30-year career as an editor and writer for Rodale’s Organic Gardening magazine and The (Allentown, Pennsylvania) Morning Call newspaper. Author of several gardening books, she’s now a freelance journalist. 


Claudia Keenan

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

Jim Parry

A Harvard graduate, has had a long career in advertising, including starting two agencies with national accounts (Conoco, Pfizer, Best Western Hotels). His thriller, The Discovery, was published by Crowell, a division of what is now HarperCollins. He has co-written screenplays sold to Columbia and Universal and most recently has blogged for Huffington Post. He is back to writing thrillers and is collaborating with Ron Barrett (co-creator and illustrator of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”) on illustrated books for adults and children.

K.L. Romo

Writes about life on the fringe: teetering dangerously on the edge is more interesting than standing safely in the middle. She is passionate about women’s issues, loves noisy clocks and fuzzy blankets, but HATES the word normal. Visit or @klromo.

Jennifer Blankfein

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

Krista Beggan

A writer and a reader with a serious addiction to happy endings. She craves stories about inspiring characters with a passion for life and each other. Krista also loves chocolate and champagne (not necessarily in that order), hates the cold, and spends way too much time trying to convince her husband that talking to oneself is acceptable behavior for a writer. She’s currently working on her first novel. Visit her website at

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