Five For Friday

(With apologies to Five For Fighting for inspiring the subject line.) It's Friday, ladies and gentlemen! Our first newsletter of the year went out yesterday, and we know lots of you are stopping by to see what's new on the site. So why not bring you a few presenters to celebrate the weekend? And yes, for those of you who wondered, each presenter is added to our speaker list - clickable on the left side bar - as I blog them. The full roster will appear there over the next couple of weeks as I introduce them here.

So here we go! Five for Friday, I promised you, and I won't let you down.

Meet Hallie Ephron, Susan Juby, Jill Marr, Jeffery McGraw, and Luke Ryan.


Hallie Ephron is an avid reader, author, and award-winning book reviewer for the BOSTON GLOBE. Her suspense novel NEVER TELL A LIE is a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and has been optioned for film. Her new suspense novel, COME AND FIND ME, came out in the winter of 2011 from William Morrow/HarperCollins. Hallie's WRITING AND SELLING YOUR MYSTERY NOVEL: HOW TO KNOCK 'EM DEAD WITH STYLE (Writers Digest Books) was nominated for Edgar and Anthony awards. She is also the author of two books about books, including THE BIBLIOPHILE'S DEVOTIONAL. Welcome to SiWC 2011, Hallie!


Susan Juby’s novels have been published all over the world and nominated for many awards, including the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, an Arthur Ellis Award by the Crime Writers of Canada and for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Alice MacLeod trilogy, which was adapted into a television series called Alice, I Think that aired on CTV and the Comedy Network. Her memoir, Nice Recovery (Viking), was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book for 2010. Her latest novel, The Woefield Poultry Collective, came out in March. Susan was raised in Smithers, BC and teaches creative writing at Vancouver Island University and at U.B.C. She lives with her husband in Nanaimo, B.C. Welcome, Susan!  Welcome,


Jill is an acquiring associate agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

She graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in History. She has a strong Internet and media background as well as over 10 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces and promotional features for television.

After writing ad copy and features for published books for years she knows how to find the “hook” and sell it.

Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers and horror, women’s commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly in magazines and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of self-help, inspirational, cookbooks, memoir (she especially loves travel and foodie memoirs), parenting, history, sports, current events, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor and music. Welcome, Jill!  Welcome Welcome


Jeffery McGraw directs the New York operations of The August Agency LLC, a literary and media management firm he co-founded with fellow agent Cricket Pechstein Freeman in 2004. He brings to the company a wide range of experience in both publishing and television, with a concentrated background in the areas of editorial, legal, publicity, public relations, advertising and promotion, and feature reporting. Throughout his career he has had the privilege to work with many different types of books and an equally diverse roster of remarkable authors and artists — among them Elizabeth Berg, Patricia Gaffney, Michael Lee West, Olivia Goldsmith, Al Hirschfeld, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Bill O'Reilly, and Betty Rollin. Welcome, Jeffery!  W


Over his ten year career in Hollywood Luke Ryan has worked as a screenwriter, producer, and studio executive holding positions at New Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures, and MGM.  He is currently Executive Vice President of Production at Disruption Entertainment, a production company with a first-look deal at Paramount that focuses on the development and production of feature films and television as well as producing content for mobile, tablet, and handheld platforms. Welcome, Luke! 



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