Welcome Wednesday

Happy Wednesday to you.

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In the spirit of fast and furious updates, I'm going to introduce you to four presenters today. We are delighted to welcome them to SiWC. Say hello to editor Kaylan Adair, agent Rita Rosenkranz, and authors Ken Scholes and Jack Whyte.


Kaylan Adair is an editor at Candlewick Press, an independent, employee-owned children’s book publisher located in Somerville, Massachusetts. Among the novels she’s edited are Swim the Fly, Beat the Band, and the forthcoming Call the Shots by Don Calame, Down Sand Mountain and What Comes After by Steve Watkins, and Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. She is also the editor of numerous picture books, including And Then Comes Halloween by Tom Brenner, illustrated by Holly Meade. She is the American editor of the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness, as well as his latest novel, A Monster Calls. Kaylan is looking for fresh, original voices and characters with a lot of heart, whether the story itself is humorous, quiet, sad, or gritty. She tends to shy away from poetry, non-fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy. Welcome, Kaylan!


A former editor with major New York houses, Rita Rosenkranz founded Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency in 1990. Her adult non-fiction list stretches from the decorative--FLOWERS, WHITE HOUSE STYLE: More Than 125 Arrangements by the Former White House Chief Floral Decorator by Dottie Temple and Stan Finegold (Simon & Schuster) to the dark--SAVING BEAUTY FROM THE BEAST: How to Protect Your Daughter from an Unhealthy Relationship by Vicki Crompton and Ellen Zelda Kessner (Little, Brown; Books for a Better Life Award, 2003). Other titles include FORBIDDEN FRUIT: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus (Atria Books, essence.com bestseller); OLIVE TREES AND HONEY: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World by Gil Marks (Wiley, 2005 James Beard Award winner); the forthcoming TWENTY STRENGTHS ADOPTIVE PARENTS MUST DISCOVER by Sherrie Eldridge (Bantam Dell) and NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM by Bert Sugar with photos by Bruce Curtis (Running Press). She represents health, history, parenting, music, how-to, popular science, business, biography, popular reference, cooking, spirituality, and general interest titles. Rita works with major publishing houses, as well as regional publishers that handle niche markets. She looks for projects that present familiar subjects freshly or lesser-known subjects presented commercially. Welcome, Rita!


Ken Scholes is the critically acclaimed author of The Psalms of Isaak, a five volume series published by Tor in the US and receiving international praise for its character driven fusion of epic fantasy and post-apocalyptic science fiction.  A winner of the Writers of the Future contest, Ken's short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies since 2000 and is collected in two volumes published by Fairwood Press.

Ken's eclectic background includes service in two branches of the military, a degree in History, and time spent as preacher, musician, label-gun repairman, nonprofit executive and government procurement anaylist.  He is a frequent speaker, teacher and panelist at local schools and national conventions.

Raised in a small logging town in the Pacific Northwest, Ken makes his home in Saint Helens, Oregon, with his wife and twin daughters. Welcome, Ken!


When long-time friend of SiWC Jack Whyte figured out how the young Arthur pulled the sword out of the stone, he never imagined the revelation would lead to a long and successful career as a novelist. Twenty years after emerging from his basement with three completed manuscripts and no idea he'd ever get them published, he's the author of a much-loved, nine-book cycle of novels on the Arthurian legend and a highly successful, internationally-published trilogy on the history of the Knights Templar. He's now working on a trilogy of novels set in his native Scotland in the 14th Century, and dealing with Scotland's (and his own) three greatest heroes — William Wallace, (The Braveheart), King Robert the Bruce, and Sir James (the Black) Douglas. The first of these books, THE FOREST LAIRD, was released last fall. Welcome back, Jack!


More soon!