ThrillerFest XVII • May 31 – June 4, 2022 • Register Today!

2021 Consultants




The following Consultants are listed for Virtual ConsultFest 2021.

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Caitlin Alexander, Independent Editor

Caitlin Alexander has been editing books for more than fifteen years. She spent much of that time at Random House, where she acquired and edited New York Times bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction, as well as Thriller Award winners, RITA Award winners, and Edgar Award nominees. She continues to edit bestselling and award-winning books as an independent editor.

Lou Aronica, The Story Plant

Bio: Lou Aronica is President and Publisher of The Story Plant, an independent publisher focusing on fiction. Prior to that, Lou was Publisher of Avon Books and Deputy Publisher of Bantam Books. Lou is also a multiple New York Times bestselling author and a past president of Novelists Inc.


Rachel Beck, Liza Dawson Associates

Bio: Rachel Beck joined Liza Dawson Associates in 2020 after working at a boutique literary agency for four years. She has been in the publishing industry since 2009 and worked at Harlequin editing romance novels for nearly six years before transitioning her skills to the agent world in order to be an advocate and champion for authors.

Clients: Rea Frey, Georgina Cross, Patricia Johns, Sara Goodman Confino, Jen Wiggins, Erik Severinghaus, Cathy Cassani Adams, Britt Frank, Jerri Chisholm

Kimberley Cameron, Kimberley Cameron and Associates

Bio: Kimberley Cameron is President of Kimberley Cameron & Associates and has been a literary agent for almost 30 years. Her most recent successes are The Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little (Graydon House), the Willie Mays book, 24, Life Lessons and Stories from the Say Hey Kid (St. Martin’s Press), and Barbara Boxer’s Memoir, The Art of Tough (Hachette). She also loves to start the careers of debut authors

She resides and works from Tiburon, California and France, with many visits to New York to make the rounds of editorial offices. She is also a mentor to five other agents who are
successful in selling their own books at her Agency.

Lexy Cassola, Dutton of Penguin Random House

Bio: Lexy Cassola joined the Dutton imprint of Penguin Random House in early 2018 and is an assistant editor as well as assistant to the publisher. Prior to coming to Dutton, Lexy earned her M.A. at The New School for Social Research in Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism where she discovered her love for publishing. She is interested in true-to-life, relationship-driven upmarket and literary fiction, as well as sharp, character-driven suspense.



Susan Chang, Tor Books

Bio: Susan Chang is a senior editor at Tor Books, where she acquires and edits for the Starscape middle grade and Tor Teen young adult imprints. She does not acquire picture books, new adult, or adult titles. Like many editors, she has eclectic tastes, and is open to be queried about anything and everything, not limited to science fiction and fantasy. For chapter books she is looking for high concept books or series with an educational hook; for middle grade, action and high-stakes adventure; and in young adult, stories that are thought-provoking and emotionally truthful. She is also interested in nonfiction in the areas of popular science, archaeology, anthropology, biography, and history.

Clients: Kathleen Baldwin, Alan Gratz, Daryl Gregory, P. J. Hoover, David Lubar, Sarah Porter, and Brandon Sanderson.

Nathaniel Marunas, Independent Editor

Bio: Nathaniel Marunas is a book publishing professional with three decades of experience, in every editorial capacity as well as on the sales and marketing sides of the business. He has edited and published countless nonfiction and fiction works—several of them bestsellers—focusing since 2010 on mysteries and thrillers. In 2012 he launched and was the publisher of Quercus Books, the US arm of UK publisher Quercus, now part of Hachette UK. Today he is an independent editor, agent, and publishing consultant.


Chantelle Aimee Osman, Agora Books

Bio: Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, an imprint of Polis Books. The former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews Magazine and a freelance editor for over ten years, and she also co-hosts the Crime Friction podcast. She teaches writing internationally, including with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large and LitReactor. Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guides To… and has also published numerous works of short fiction. She was named a Left Coast Crime Guest of Honor in 2016. Find her on Twitter @SuspenseSiren.

Clients: John Vercher, Patricia Smith, Tori Eldridge, Gary Phillips , Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gabino Inglesias

Gina Panettieri, Talcott Notch Literary Services

Bio: Gina Panettieri is Founder of the Milford, Ct-based Talcott Notch Literary, a three-member literary agency seeking the freshest voices in adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction.  Some of her more prominent recent sales includes the WSJ-bestselling War Shadows by Andrews & Wilson (Thomas & Mercer), the Hillerman Prize-winning The Homeplace by Kevin Wolf (St. Martin’s Press), and her auction of Talcott Notch’s own Paula Munier’s A Borrowing Of Bones in a six-figure sale to Minotaur, debuting in September.

Clients: Jeffrey Wilson and Brian Andrews, Scott Deitche, Dr. Seth Meyers, Drew Eric Whitman, Paula Munier, Kevin Wolf, A.E. Rought, Sara O’Shaughnessy, Peter Tupper, and Rick Morris.

Peter Rubie, FinePrint Literary Management

Bio: Peter Rubie, is CEO of FinePrint Literary Management, where as a literary agent he represents a broad range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction. He’s a former BBC Radio and Fleet Street journalist, who was a member of the New York University publishing faculty for ten years, teaching the only university-level course in the country on how to become a literary agent. For several years he was the director of the book publishing section of the NYU Summer Publishing Institute. Prior to becoming an agent, Peter was an in-house editor for Walker & Co., for nearly six years, whose authors won prizes and critical acclaim. He has also worked independently as a book doctor for what is now Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and other mainstream publishing companies. He was once a regular reviewer for the international trade magazine Publishers Weekly and is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction. A member of the Association of Authors Representative (AAR), he regularly lectures and writes on publishing and the craft of writing

Clients: Luke McCallin (The Man from Berlin), Chris Goff (Birdwatching mysteries, Dark Waters), J. Madison Davis (Dub Greenaway mysteries, Murder of Frau Schutz (Edgar nominated for Best First Novel, And the Angels Sang), Macolm Shuman (Mysterious Press mysteries), Vicki Stieffel (Bone Man, Body Parts), and William P Wood (Rampage, Sudden Impact).

Anne Speyer, Ballantine Books

Bio: Anne Speyer is a senior editor at Ballantine Books, where she has worked for the last seven years. She edits primarily fiction, with an emphasis on psychological and domestic suspense and thriller, as well as commercial fiction and women’s fiction. She loves a distinctive, fresh, smart or funny voice and isn’t afraid of unlikeable protagonists or fiction with a dark side.

Clients: Her authors include J. P. Delaney, Julia Heaberlin, Nina Sadowsky, C. J. Tudor, Lesley Kara, Lorenzo Carcaterra, and Matthew Norman.

Jess Taylor, Independent Editor

Bio: A decade as an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. (NY) and at Endeavor (LA) served Jess as springboard to working full-time with writers, agents and producers in developing books, proposals and scripts. He works in Portuguese as well as English, living mainly in Brazil, and travels to where projects dictate (whether for the editing or for the story itself), and is often in New York or California. His book projects are both fiction and nonfiction, nearly always narrative. He keeps an eye out for off-the-beaten-track true crime; a current favorite work in progress is the reinvestigation of a murder committed two and half centuries ago on the island of Naxos.

Clients: Jess counts himself lucky to have worked on first novels with Gregg Hurwitz, Will Staeger, Rex Pickett, Peter Hedges, Nicole Galland, Henry Alford and numerous others.

Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary

Bio: Nikki established Holloway Literary in 2011 after working in marketing communications as a writer and editor. Nikki is the senior agent at Holloway Literary and also handles all negotiations for the agency’s film deals. She loves all types of fiction, but is particularly interested in finding interesting mysteries, fresh Southern voices, ethnically and culturally diverse fiction and culinary non-fiction. When she’s not working or wrangling her three sons, she enjoys traveling to the beach, mountains and all historical sites in between.

Jennifer Weis, Ross Yoon Agency

Bio: Jennifer is a Senior Literary Agent at the Ross Yoon Agency. In 2019, she left St. Martin’s Press, where she was Executive Editor for 30 years, to move to the other side of the desk.
With bestsellers from her editor days including B.A. Paris’ Behind Closed Doors and the nationally bestselling Baby Teeth, as well as critical successes like Climate Of Hope by Michael Bloomberg, and upcoming agented books including Happy Not Perfect by Poppy Jamie, The Girl And The Bombardier by Susan Tate Ankeny, and Recovery From Lyme Disease by Dr. Dan Kinderlehrer, Jennifer brings to the table editorial guidance and development as well as an advanced understanding and knowledge of the inner workings of publishing houses and the publishing landscape today. Jennifer represents both fiction and nonfiction writers, identifying the stars of tomorrow and helping to place them at publishers where they can attract attention, shine, and grow.

Terrie Wolf, AKA Literary Management

Bio: Terrie is CEO of AKA Literary LLC, a Colorado-based agency established in 2010. A full member of AALA (American Association of Literary Agents), she has sold rights in more than 40 countries and 35 languages. Further, Terrie represents, challenges, and champions an exciting group of authors who are at all stages of the writing journey and their eclectic and unforgettable works. With a background that spans nearly 30 years in publishing, international media, and large-scale events, this Emmy award-winning former broadcast special projects producer has literally traveled the world in search of stories and has been known to stop everything to discuss books over a cup of tea.

Clients: Terrie’s clients include Byron Graves (Rez Ball), C.C. Harrison (Death by G-String), Margaret Mizushima (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series), Maria Shriver (Color Your Mind), and the estate of “the King of the Paperbacks” Harry Whittington, among others. She is thrilled to have connected with 2020 PitchFest and ConsultFest signees Forest Jones, Reagan Keeter, Brent Matheson, M. Stone Meyer. Please visit for more information.


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ConsultFest sessions will be scheduled throughout CraftFest and ThrillerFest during which attendees can invest $75 to meet for fifteen minutes, one-on-one, with a top acquiring editor or agent to get instant feedback on his or her query letter OR first two pages of a manuscript. The writer will be assigned a time with the expert who will provide comments and offer feedback for improvements. Opportunities are limited; sessions will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Two sessions may be purchased. Questions? Contact Jen Kreischer, PitchFest and ConsultFest Director.