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Anita Mumm is a freelance novel editor. Her home base is Denver, but she sometimes gets carried away to India and other magical realms. Previously, she worked in submissions & foreign rights at Nelson Literary Agency. You can read more about her work at www.anitamumm.com and on her blog, Word Café, where she shares advice on writing and publishing.


Barry Wightmans's novel Pepperland, a revolutionary, technology rock 'n' roll love story, was published in 2013, received a starred review on Booklist, and a silver IPPY from the Independent Publishers Book Awards for best fiction (Great Lakes Region) in June 2014. He has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is Fiction Editor of Hunger Mountain.


Cassiel Knight, Senior Editor at Champagne Book Group, teaches and mentors writers in person and online. She is an instructor at Savvy Authors, a writer of paranormal romances with kick-assitude for Samhain Publishing, Kensington/Lyrical Press and Champagne Book Group, and the mother of four female Shih Tzus (Abby, Chloe, Pixi, and Gracie). When she isn't editing, writing, or reading, she will be cooking fancy meals as long as someone else does the dishes.


Heather Webb is the author of historical novels Becoming Josephine and the forthcoming Rodin’s Lover (Plume/Penguin 2015), a freelance editor, and blogger. In addition she contributes to award-winning sites WriterUnboxed and RomanceUniversity.org.


Dana Volney graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in Finance from the University of Wyoming and received her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Global Management from Ashford University. She joined Wyoming Writers, Inc in 2012 and placed in the top 28 (out of 700) in Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write international contest. Dana is the contemporary romance author of “Holiday Hoopla” and “Paradise Point”, published by Crimson Romance. Her co-authored work, Edible Espionage will be out later this year and is published by The Wild Rose Press.


Susan Spann is a California attorney and the author of the Shinobi Mysteries (Minotaur Books) featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori. Her legal practice focuses on publishing and contract law. Susan blogs on law and writing at SusanSpann.com.


Lesley Smith is longtime member of RMFW and SFWA and an editor of Electric Spec. Her short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact. She has an M.F.A. in writing popular fiction. A scientist by day, she also has a Ph.D. in Physics.


Janet Smith - Janet Smith is a costume designer with over 40 years experience. She has degrees from The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, as well as from UNC in Colorado in apparel and costume design, respectively. Primarily interested in classical theatre from Greek to Victorian, she designs for a Shakespeare show every year, most recently a Steampunk version of The Tempest. Working with her husband, Terry Kroenung, on his many projects makes for an interesting life. In September, she will have an article included in the anthology, Easy to Love But Difficult to Live With published by DRT Press.


Jeff Seymour's first novel Soulwoven netted more than half a million reads during a year on Wattpad before being crowdfunded in half a day during a 2013 Kickstarter. He is also a freelance acquiring editor for Carina Press, specializing in SF/F.


Alisa Schreibman publishes erotic romance as Allie Berg. Since 2004, she has served as the Chief Marketing and Information Officer, as well as being part owner, of Loose Id, LLC. She holds a B.A., M.A., J.D.


Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU.


Aaron Michael Ritchey has two published novels and his latest work won good reviews from Kirkus and Romantic Times. One of his short stories has been submitted for a Nebula. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters. He writes daily.


RITA® Award Winner Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first fantasy romance, HeartMate, out December 2001. Since then she has written twenty-one books. She is profoundly thankful to be the 2004 and 2011 WOTY.


Pamela Nowak was the RMFW Writer of the Year in 2010 and currently serves as RMFW president. She writes award-winning historical romance and is a three time Denver Area Bestseller.


Cindi Myers is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than 55 published novels. She has written contemporary and historical romance, historical fiction and women's fiction and is a popular teacher and workshop presenter.


Sharon Mignerey (www.sharonmignerey.com) is known for writing tense and tightly plotted romance and romantic suspense novels. She is a long-time member of RMFW who has won The Golden Heart and the National Readers Choice Award.


Debbie Maxwell Allen writes young adult historical fantasy in the shadow of Pikes Peak. She blogs about free resources for writers at Writing While the Rice Boils.


Vicki Law - The office manager of a law firm by day, Vicki escapes to write western and fantasy romance as often as she can. She’s a member of RWA, Crested Butte Writers, and the Education Coordinator for RMFW. Her need to write is superseded just barely by her need to organize and volunteer.


Karen Albright Lin is a freelance editor for traditionally & self-published authors. Her clients have hit #1-9 in their Amazon categories, remaining for months. She's a produced screenwriter, ghostwriter, writes many genres & speaks on cruises, etc.


Katriena Knights wrote her first poem when she was three years old and had to dictate it to her mother under the bathroom door (her timing has never been very good). Now she’s the author of several paranormal and contemporary romances. She also writes erotic romance as Elizabeth Jewell, and edits for Changeling Press and a few other publishers. She grew up in a miniscule town in Illinois, and now lives in a miniscule town in Colorado with her two children. Her most recent novel, Blood on the Ice, is available from Samhain Press and explores an alternate reality where vampires are out and proud and have their own professional hockey league.


Najah Lightfoot is a published author with Llewellyn Worldwide Publications. Her non-fiction articles appear in the 2015 Magical Almanac and 2015 Witches Companion. She is a Lucky Mojo Certified Practitioner. Find her online at www.craftandconjure.


Janet Lane has presented several time at RMFW's conference, at Colo. Spring, and at the University of CO at Boulder. Her workshops are well attended and reviewed, and has included "Set Your Characters Free," "Scene-sational!" and "Editor/Agt. Appointments".


Terry Kroenung's novel Paragon of the Eccentric, a Steampunk prequel to War of the Worlds (with nods to James Bond and Lord Peter Whimsy), won the 2013 Colorado Gold contest. Visit him at www.terrykroenung.com.


Stephanie Kelley started out as a blogger, but changed to writing fiction six years ago. She has written three novels and attends as many advanced craft conferences and workshops as possible. She graduated with Honors and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Her genre of choice is YA and middle grade. Stephanie is the mother of five children and is actively involved in the ensuing madness of raising four boys and one girl. She loves writing historical fiction because she gets to research. She has a passion for the past, how the brain works, for learning new things, and for writing. Follow her on Twitter @Stephlit.


J.A. (Julie) Kazimer lives in Denver, CO. Novels include CURSES! A F***ed-Up Fairy Tale, Holy Socks & Dirtier Demons, Dope Sick: A Love Story, FROGGY STYLE and The Assassin’s Heart. Learn more at www.jakazimer.com.


Christine Jorgensen is a multi-published author of amateur sleuth mysteries who has recently switched to writing thrillers. Her seventh novel came out in October '13 and was a local best seller. Jorgensen is secretary of RMFW and a member of MWA.


Linda Joffe Hull is the author of The Big Bang, Eternally 21, and Black Thursday. She is a longtime member of RMFW and sits on the national board of Mystery Writers of America. She is honored to be the 2013 RMFW Writer of the Year.


Thea Hutcheson writes across SF, fantasy, young adult, and erotica genres under multiple pen names, with over four dozen stories to her credit. She's won multiple contests and has been a popular writing and publishing teacher for twenty years.


Angie Hodapp holds an MA in English and graduated from the Denver Publishing Institute. A Colorado Gold winner and Writers of the Future Contest semifinalist, she has taught at Writer's Digest University. She works at Nelson Literary Agency.


Denver author Warren Hammond is known for his gritty, futuristic KOP novels. His most recent effort, KOP KILLER, won the Colorado Book Award for best crime/mystery.


Harriet Hamilton - Harriet Hamilton writes mysteries with unsympathetic protagonists and works as a deputy coroner and forensic nurse examiner. Nothing makes her happier than collecting evidence.


Christine Goff is the award-winning author of the bestselling Birdwatcher's Mystery series. The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2002 Writer of the Year, two of her novels were finalists for the prestigious WILLA Award. She is currently working on a thriller.


Rudy Ch. Garcia has several published spec stories; The Closet of Discarded Dreams, an International Latino Book Awardee in F/SF. An alumni of Ed Bryant's NCWW; B.A. in writing from CU; a retired, bilingual teach-er and founder of La Bloga, the Chicano lit website.


Karen Duvall is an award-winning author with urban fantasy novels published by Harlequin Luna. Karen has presented workshops for RMFW's Colorado Gold, Pikes Peak Writers, Central Oregon Writers Guild & The Northwest Independent Writers Association.


Betsy Dornbusch is the author of a dozen short stories, three novellas, and three novels. She is an editor with the speculative fiction magazine Electric Spec and the longtime proprietress of Sex Scenes at Starbucks.


Jax Daniels is a published romance author. Her books include a hockey romance series and a military romance series. Her readers rave about the depth of her characters. Her next project is Revive1775. Jax is a CPR instructor and small business owner.


Michelle Crystal has been actively writing novels for seven years. She has talked to Senior editors at Random House who have shown interest in her work. She is contracted with an influential agent in NY and is not so patiently waiting for publication.


Before moving to Denver four years ago, Michael Catlin spent 33 years in Los Angeles, working in front of and behind the camera. He lives in Denver and teaches Screenwriting and Story Development at the Lighthouse Writers Workshops.


Andrea Catalano writes historical fiction novels and is a longtime member of RMFW. She holds a M.Phil in History from the University of Cambridge. A Boston native residing in Denver, she is represented by Victoria Skurnick of Levine Greenberg.


Frances Caballo is a social media strategist, manager and author. With her 23 years of communications experience, Frances helps writers gain the recognition they deserve through a sustained social web presence.


John Blair's American Standard won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the country's premier prize for short fiction, and he has published two SF novels with Ballantine/Del Rey. He directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Texas State University.


Mary Billiter Author and weekly Casper Star-Tribune newspaper columnist Mary Billiter followed in the footsteps of her father, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from California State University at Northridge. She recently completed her Master of Arts degree in Adult and Post-Secondary Education at the University of Wyoming. Her first work of fiction, Not My Kid…, was published in May 2011. Her latest work, The XYZ Affair, the first in her mystery series, was released in June by Koehler Books.


Kay Bergstrom aka Cassie Miles has published over 75 novels of romance and suspense, primarily for Harlequin Intrigue. A USA TODAY Best-Seller, she's been RMFW Writer of the Year twice. Her teaching experience ranges from college to fourth graders.


Carol Berg is a former software engineer whose fourteen epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Her newest, Dust and Light, was released in August 2014.


Mike Befeler writes the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series as well as two published paranormal mysteries. He is an acclaimed speaker, presenting to numerous writers conferences, reader conferences, libraries, services organizations and book clubs.


Shannon Baker writes the Nora Abbott Mysteries, a fast-paced mix of murder, environment and Hopi Indians, published by Midnight Ink. Tainted Mountain, is a New Mexico/Arizona Book Award finalist. The latest, Broken Trust, is set in Boulder, CO.


Nikki Baird is currently the Anthology Chair at RMFW. She has been a semi-finalist twice in the Writers of the Year short story contest, and had a short story included in the 2009 RMFW Anthology, Broken Links, Mended Lives.


Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez Detective Vampire series, which includes the forthcoming Rescue From Planet Pleasure, and is the co-author of Good Money Gone. He lives and writes in Denver, CO.


During an almost 40 year career, David Wilk has worked in almost every aspect of publishing and book distribution in both print and digital environments, working with everything from letterpress and fine arts books and poetry to best selling nonfiction and innovative ebooks.

He is currently Publisher for digital children’s book startup Frederator Books, and provides strategic and practical publishing services to authors, publishers, media companies and nonprofits including A+E Television, Katalitix Media, the Audubon Society, and Perseus Books.

He is also a published poet with four chapbooks, and appearances in a number of literary magazines, journals and websites. His podcast, Writerscast.com, has featured interviews with over 200 writers and publishing professionals s since its inception in 2010.

Wilk was the Literature Program Director at the National Endowment for the Arts during the Carter administration, was an active participant in the Poetry in the Schools program, was the editor of the influential literary journal TRUCK, and has been editor and publisher of innovative creative writing under a variety of publishing imprints since 1975. He has taught classes and workshops and given talks at NYU, SUNY, Yale, Sisters in Crime, ASJA, Book Expo, Digital Book World, Self Publishing Expo, Tools of Change, Novelists Inc., Newtown Healing Arts, and other venues.

Websites include booktrix.com (blog), livewriters.com (author and book videos), writerscast.com (podcasts), armorynewmedia.com (digital publishing), prospectapress.com (general publishing) and tumblr.com/blog/selfpublishingnews.


J. Ellen Smith is the executive editor and publisher for the Champagne Book Group, a company that now encompasses three imprints. When she isn’t busy with business and deadlines, she’s either meddling with the acquisitions department or out meeting authors and readers.

CBG books are available in electronic and trade paperback forms. Established in December 2004, CBG threw open their cyber doors in April 2005 with four titles. Since that time, and with the belief that ebooks are the future, we have continued to grow (last year’s growth was 166% over the previous year) and now boast authors in all corners of the globe.

What we’re looking for: Historical highland & regency romances, contemporary romance, steampunk, shifters, vampires, science fiction, urban fantasy and erotic romance in all its subgenres.


Peter Senftleben is building his own varied and distinguished list. He joined Kensington in 2006 after sharpening his editorial skills and red pencil while working at literary agencies. A graduate of Tulane University with a degree in chemical engineering and math (yes, math), Peter occasionally indulges the numbers side of his brain with a challenging Sudoku puzzle or by baking, but he can more often be seen watching trashy television shows. Peter is currently acquiring many types of fiction; his interests include: mainstream and women’s fiction, all subgenres of romance, mysteries, thrillers, horror, gay fiction, and “new adult.” Peter is often drawn to quirky, offbeat projects with distinctive voices, stunning writing, realistic characters, and stories that will make him LOL (literally), cry in public, scare the bejeezus out of him, or engage him so deeply that he skips meals. He does not want to see anything with terrorists of any kind. You can follow him on Twitter at @gr8thepeter.

During pitch appointments Peter is also open to accepting your traditional pitch but also you may use that time for a query critique, or you may use that time for any other issue you would like to discuss.


Jessica Renheim (née Horvath) joined Dutton in August 2007 and became an Associate Editor in 2011. She edits both fiction and nonfiction at Dutton, including speculative and paranormal fiction, mystery/crime, thrillers, narrative nonfiction and memoir. Among the bestselling and critically acclaimed writers she has worked with are Mark Adams, Dan Savage, Stephen White, Meg Gardiner, Brian D’Amato, Linda Fairstein, Brad Taylor, and #1 New York Times bestselling authors Richelle Mead and Kelley Armstrong. Additional areas of interest include quality commercial fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, popular history, humor, and popular culture.


Courtney Milan’s traditionally published books received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. In 2011, she decided to self-publish. Since then, she’s been a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller, the winner of RT’s Best Self-Published Historical Romance in 2012, and one of five romance novels chosen for the Genre Reading Lists by the American Library Association. Courtney is a RITA finalist in the historical category for her self-published The Countess Conspiracy.


Matt Martz began his publishing career in 2004 and joined Crooked Lane Books in 2014 after 8 years on the editorial staff at Minotaur Books and St. Martin’s Press. He publishes crime fiction ranging from traditional mysteries to high concept thrillers and suspense novels. The authors with whom he has worked include Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Kelli Stanley and Barry Award nominee Tim O’Mara.


Shannon Hassan, an agent at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, brings a depth of business and editorial experience to her role, having worked in publishing and law for more than a decade. She represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction, and select nonfiction. She is drawn to fresh voices, compelling characters, and crisp prose, and she enjoys both contemporary and historical settings. Based in Boulder, Colorado, she is also eager to hear from authors with a unique perspective on the New West. She does not generally represent sci-fi, high fantasy, or horror. Before becoming an agent, Shannon was the Acquisitions Editor at Fulcrum Publishing, and prior to that a corporate attorney at Arnold and Porter in New York. She received her JD from Harvard and her BA from George Washington University.


I spent twenty-five years in the computer information communication profession, as technical writer, editor and manager. I started freelance editing for Ellora’s Cave in 2003, and in January 2004 I moved to Ohio to take on the job of Managing Editor, and became Publisher a year later. I deal with over 600 authors, plan and manage our digital releases and promotional efforts, and handle contract negotiations with authors and agents, vendors, etailers, and foreign publishers. But I still love editing and continue to work with my group of authors. Ellora’s Cave is open to all subgenres of erotic romance, erotica fiction, and mainstream romance. We also do three or four submission calls a year for special themed projects (info on our website).

I wish I had a lot more time to read for pleasure! My TBR shelves and ereader contain over 800 books—I guess I’m a bit behind. When not working or reading, I collect Tarot cards (for the art), antique dictionaries and illustrated children’s books. A pack of bossy Welsh Corgis rule my home and heart. (Okay, there’s room for my son in both, too.) And someday I’m going to realize my dream of becoming a published author of children’s books!


Lucienne Diver joined The Knight Agency in 2008, after spending fifteen years with Spectrum Literary Agency in New York. Over the course of her dynamic career she has sold over seven hundred titles to every major publisher, and has built a client list of more than forty authors spanning the commercial fiction genres, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery, and young adult fiction. Her authors have been honored with the RITA, National Readers’ Choice, Golden Heart, Romantic Times and Colorado Book Awards, and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Clients include such bestsellers as Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Faith Hunter, Susan Krinard, Rob Thurman and many others.

She’s also an author in her own right with her Vamped young adult series for Flux Books and the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series for Samhain (Bad Blood, Crazy in the Blood, Rise of the Blood, and Battle for the Blood, which is forthcoming. Her short stories and essays that have appeared in the Strip-Mauled and Fangs for the Mammaries anthologies (Baen Books), in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen) and the anthology Kicking It (Roc Books). Further information is available on The Knight Agency website:www.knightagency.net and her author site: www.luciennediver.com.


Elizabeth Copps began her publishing career in 2010 as an intern for Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc. after graduating from Florida State University with a BA in English Literature. She was thrilled to join the agency full-time in 2011 as the new literary assistant. Two years later, she was offered the position of literary associate and is incredibly excited to build her own list of authors.

Elizabeth considers herself an eclectic reader, but she is particularly interested in literary, multicultural and contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, young adult and young adult crossover, gritty thrillers and mysteries, memoir and romantic suspense. She appreciates rich and believable characters who immediately suck readers into their world, and she is captivated by a startling plot twist. Her favorite authors include, John Boyne, Chris Cleave, Gillian Flynn, John Greene, Joanne Harris, Jhumpa Lahiri, Dennis Lehane, Stephen King, Daphne du Maurier, David Sedaris, Jeanette Walls and Carlos RuizZafón.

MCA’s clients include Mary Balogh, Sandra Brown, Candace Camp, Cindy Gerard, Kristan Higgins, Will Thomas, and Laura Wright among others.


Editor Kerri Buckley got her first taste of the great editorial adventure during a semester-long internship at CUNY’s Feminist Press in 2001. Thoroughly hooked, she joined Bantam Dell—a division of Random House—after graduating from Kenyon College in 2003, going on to acquire and edit both fiction and nonfiction for various imprints within the company.

Thrilled to have been invited to the digital-first party at Harlequin’s Carina Press in May of 2013, Kerri is actively acquiring across all genres but most interested in building her list in the following areas: contemporary romance, New Adult, erotic romance, historical romance (Regencies in particular, please!), romantic suspense, and cozy or hardboiled mysteries.


Nina Bruhns is the author of over thirty novels to date, of which nearly two million copies have been sold, and been translated into a half dozen languages. Best known for her vivid settings, unique characters, and page-turning plot twists, Ms. Bruhns writes for Berkley Publishing (Penguin/Putnam) and Cajun Hot Press. She also pens erotic romance for Berkley Heat and Cajun Hot Press under the pseudonym Nikita Black.

By profession an archaeologist with a specialty in Egyptology, Ms. Bruhns has lived all over the USA and spent six years in Sweden, as well as doing archeological field work in The Sudan, Egypt, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. She now makes her home in Charleston, SC.

Ms. Bruhns is the recipient of numerous awards for her books, including three prestigious Daphne du Maurier Awards of Excellence for Overall Best Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year, five Dorothy Parker Awards, and a National Readers Choice Award, along with two Rita nominations, just to name a few.


Sue Brower loves finding and developing authors and connecting them with the reader. Book publishing has changed dramatically over the past several years and it’s no secret that the novels that create buzz through their unique writing or concepts are the ones that become bestsellers. Over the past 25 years in publishing, Sue has done marketing, editing, story development and acquisitions for Zondervan, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. Most recently, she was Executive Editor and had the privilege of working with New York Times bestselling authors Karen Kingsbury, Tim LaHaye, Stephen Carter, and Terri Blackstock and was named ACFW’s Editor of the Year in 2010. And now she is fortunate to partner with Natasha Kern at the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

Sue’s been an avid fiction fan since childhood and loves the way stories are able to change lives, heal hearts, and bring joy to readers. Today, she wants to read and acquire women’s contemporary fiction, any kind of romance, suspense, mystery and historical novels. She would love to discover the next breakaway author in any of these genres.


Nikki Baird is currently the Anthology Chair at RMFW. She has been a semi-finalist twice in the Writers of the Year short story contest, and had a short story included in the 2009 RMFW Anthology, Broken Links, Mended Lives.


Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez Detective Vampire series, which includes the forthcoming Rescue From Planet Pleasure, and is the co-author of Good Money Gone. He lives and writes in Denver, CO.


Terri Bischoff joined Midnight Ink as an Acquiring Editor in October 2009. She leads all editorial directions and creates the seasonal lists. She has dramatically increased the number of titles per season, publishing 30-36 titles per year, as well as expanded the type of crime fiction MI has published. Terri has a wealth of experience and knowledge in both mysteries and in bookselling, having been involved for 17 years in all areas of bookstore operations, particularly as book buyer and reviewer. She has worked at Kramer Books in Washington, DC, and more recently, Terri owned and operated Booked For Murder Mystery Bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin.


Margaret Bail, literary agent, 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: romance, science fiction, mystery, thriller/action adventure, historical fiction, westerns, fantasy, memoir, cookbooks.

She does not represent YA, MG, children’s books, steampunk, Christian/religious literature, chick lit, women’s fiction, literary fiction, poetry, or screenplays.


Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at free-lance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time author. He’s been married for over 35 years to a marvelous woman who is an attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.

Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. Northwest Angle (2011) and Trickster’s Point (2012) were New York Times bestsellers.

A stand-alone novel, Ordinary Grace, was released in March 2013 and also became a New York Times bestseller. The thirteenth book in the Cork O’Connor series, Tamarack County, is scheduled for release in August 2013.


Mark Coker is the founder of Smashwords, the world’s largest distributor of self-published ebooks. Smashwords makes it fast, free and easy for any author or publisher to publish and distribute an ebook to major online retailers. Over 70,000 authors from around the world publish and distribute more than 250,000 books at Smashwords. In June 2010, The Wall Street Journal named Mark one of the “Eight Stars of Self-Publishing.” In March 2012, MediaBistro named Mark one of the “Five Ebook Experts to Watch.” And in June 2012, Forbes profiled Mark in a feature story titled “Apple’s Biggest (Unknown) Supplier of E-Books”.

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