Three for Thursday

Thursday bonus! How about an exta meet-the-presenter post today? Why not!

I'm pulling three names out of the trusty hat today, because I like the alliteration of a Thursday three. Who will they be?

The hat has spoken. Say hello to three brand-new-to-SiWC presenters:


Gigi Rosenberg won her first unofficial grant as a 14-year old when she convinced her parents to fork over the cash to buy 5 rolls of Super 8 Kodachrome film to shoot her first film. Today, she works as a writer, speaker, and presentation coach for artists and entrepreneurs. She wrote The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing(Watson-Guptill, 2010) to teach artists and writers how to win grants, fundraise creatively, and ensure that every second they spend writing a proposal pushes their art further into the world. She’s been published by Seal Press, The Oregonian, Jewish Review, Writer's Digest, and Parenting.

Welcome, Gigi!


Bree Ogden is a literary agent with D4EO Literary Agency, after having been an associate literary agent at Martin Literary Management for nearly 2 years representing children’s, YA, and graphic novels.

Bree graduated with her BA in Philosophy from Southern Virginia University where she served as editor-in-chief of the University’s newsmagazine. She was awarded Most Valuable Player and Editor of the Year, as well as SVU’s Pioneer Award, an honor the University awards to two students each year. She then received her MA in Journalism with an emphasis in editing and expository writing at Northeastern University where she worked on both the New England Press Association Bulletin, and also served as the features editor of the premier campus music magazine, Tastemakers Magazine.

Bree has spent many years working as a freelance journalist and currently co-operates the macabre children’s magazine Underneath the Juniper Tree where she serves as Editorial Director. Bree is also an instructor for the Web site where she teaches Intro to Graphic Novel Writing.

Welcome, Bree!


Dean Cooke, literary agent, has worked in publishing for over twenty-five years, having first started in the warehouse of a small publishing company. He has worked in various capacities for Doubleday Canada, Lester & Orpen Dennys, and Bantam/Seal where he was the publisher of Seal Books. He left Bantam/Seal in 1992 to found The Cooke Agency. Dean’s list reflects his reading tastes: literary fiction, history—especially Russian history and World War II; anything about royalty from ancient Egypt to contemporary Britain; pop culture, historical fiction, business, and popular science. He has probably represented more hockey books than any other agent in Canada, but as a transplanted American, has only recently learned what a hat trick is. Please no self-help or inspirational, he’s not that evolved. Fresh, smart mystery, horror and thrillers— especially historical—are of interest, but no romance or other strictly genre fiction. In 1997, Dean was the founding coordinator of the Book Publishing Immersion Workshop at The Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University, where he is now an adjunct professor. He has lectured in Canada and the United States on a wide range of publishing related subjects.

Welcome, Dean!


More soon!