Author Archive

Lynette Eklund

| May 6th, 2013 | 30 Comments »

Lynette Eklund, Senior Editor for Allegory ezine, became known as a writer when she was barely old enough to spell, and her love for the craft never waned. All through school, classmates accused her of making them “look bad” because she couldn’t help delivering more than the writing assignments required. After establishing herself in the film industry as a freelance creature effects artist, where her efforts contributed to the Oscar-nominated Raptors for Lost World and the Emmy-award winning corpses for The Stand, one might think her current writing would tilt toward horror or fantasy. But it is the human encounters that inspire her more. Out of respect, Lynette refuses to tell exactly which celebrities she has merged into her characters’ personalities, though readers may be assured that for better and worse, her own experiences are ever-present in her upmarket fiction represented by Jeff Kleinman of Folio Literary Management. Now living in the

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Rhoda Belleza

| March 28th, 2013 | 6 Comments »

Rhoda Belleza, Associate Editor at Paper Lantern Lit, received her BA in English and Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Post-graduation, she wandered up and down the West Coast, stopping in almost every city along the way. Fortunately, none of them fit quite right. She finally found a home in Brooklyn – where she lives, breathes, and eats fiction. Before becoming an assistant editor at Paper Lantern Lit, she was a copywriter, barista, shuttle driver, and writing instructor. She loves to feel the seasons change and is currently in a co-dependent relationship with her bicycle. share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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Hurricane Sandy report

| March 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

    The Backspace Agent-Author Seminar November 1 & 2 at the Radisson Martinique in NYC was a great success! Nearly everyone who registered for the seminar was able to make it into the city despite travel cancellations and delays in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Backspace would like to thank the faculty members who attended, as well as those who participated from home by conference call (including those without power!), our hardworking volunteers, and most of all, the fabulous, resourceful writers who made it all possible! From attendees: “Thank you for running a smooth event and for being so accessible for the last few months.  Even with the storm, I was pleased with the seminar and grateful to be a part of it.  I learned an incredible amount.” “Great job on yesterday’s arrangements with the phone conferences. I called in to morning and afternoon sessions and they both went

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MacKenzie Fraser-Bub

| March 22nd, 2013 | 2 Comments »

MacKenzie Fraser-Bub has publishing in her blood. She grew up around authors, manuscripts and publishing deals as the goddaughter of a former V.P. and Publisher at Random House, Inc. Her first job was as a reader for a major publisher, and she spent summers hanging out at the Radcliffe Publishing Course (now known as the Columbia Publishing Course) with a constant procession of publishing industry professionals. She eventually became an assistant to the director, Lindy Hess. Most recently MacKenzie was in marketing at Touchstone Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. There she worked closely with the advertising, publicity and sales departments.  This experience has allowed her to bring a deep and multi-dimensional expertise to her role as a literary agent.  Her intimate understanding of all aspects of publishing has led to a very hands-on approach to her clients’ careers–throughout the various stages of the publishing process. MacKenzie worked at

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Announcing the Backspace “This Manuscript HAS to Become a Book!” Scholarship Contest Winners

| March 19th, 2013 | No Comments »

Based on a combination of popular vote and the votes from our panel of agent and author judges, the following 3 writers have been awarded full scholarships to the 2013 Backspace Writers conference May 23-25 in New York City. Congratulations to the winners, and a big thank you to everyone who entered. First Place: 74 LITTLE ZEBRA by Terri Hardin Jackson Second Place: 101 FLIGHT RISK by Bobbi Dempsey Third Place: 91 STEALING HAPPY by Marianne Sheldon Scholarships cover registration fees (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) and Lane Shefter Bishop’s evening logline workshop ($765 value). Travel, hotel, and incidental expenses are the responsibility of scholarship winners.   Honorable Mentions Because the contest outcome was so very close, the following 2 authors have been awarded partial scholarships to the 2013 Backspace Writers conference. Scholarships cover registration fees (Thursday and Friday only), and Lane Shefter Bishop’s evening logline workshop ($625 value). Travel, hotel, and incidental expenses are

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Bridget Smith

| March 11th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Bridget Smith began her career at Dunham Literary, Inc. in June 2011. Previously, she was an intern at Don Congdon Associates, worked at a secondhand book store in Connecticut, and evaluated short story submissions for Tor.com under Liz Gorinsky and Patrick Nielsen Hayden. She graduated from Brown University in 2010. While there, she studied anthropology and archaeology, worked as a radio DJ, fenced on the varsity team, and helped design an experiment that she later performed in microgravity at NASA. A lifelong fan of children’s books, she’s looking for middle grade and young adult novels in a range of genres, including fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, romance, and contemporary, plus anything that bends the rules of genre. She is actively seeking books with underrepresented or minority characters. She is also seeking fiction for adults, especially fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, and literary women’s fiction. In accordance with her

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Steve Lehto

| March 11th, 2013 | No Comments »

Steve Lehto is an attorney and writer who has written several successful non-fiction books. Most recently, he wrote The Great American Jet Pack for Chicago Review Press (May 2013). The Chrysler Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation also Chicago Review Press (cloth: October 2010, paper May 2012) and Drawn to Injustice: The Wrongful Conviction of Timothy Masters for Berkley, (June 2012). He has written extensively on a variety of topics for various magazines,publications and wesbites such as Mopar Action, Michigan History, Jalopnik and The Huffington Post. Lehto has been interviewed by CNN, the BBC, The New York Times, and Jay Leno, on a segment for Jay Leno’s Garage. Leno also wrote the foreword to Lehto’s book on the Chrysler Turbine Car. Lehto has appeared on Michigan Public Radio, Detroit Public Radio, numerous radio and television shows, and in countless magazines and newspapers. Books he has written

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Nathan Bransford

| March 1st, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Nathan Bransford is the author of Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow (Dial, May 2011), Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe (Dial, April 2012) and Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp (Dial, February 2013). He was formerly a literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. and is now the social media manager at CNET. He lives in Brooklyn. share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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The Nitty-Gritty: How Digital is Transforming the Publishing Landscape

| February 27th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Any conference a writer attends these days will have “how to” panels on digital self-publishing.  But rare is the workshop that gets down to nitty-gritty details of how digital is transforming the industry. Agent Kristin Nelson will tackle the the business and contract terms that allow or restrict writers from self publishing, and she’ll answer key questions: –Should an author digitally publish? –What are the pros and cons? –Can an author who is traditionally published, digitally self-publish? –What are the potential contract hurdles? –Can an author partner with an agent to digitally publish? –How is the agent role changing as the industry changes? –What is Metadata and why is that your friend? share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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Jennifer Udden

| February 20th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Jennifer Udden joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2010. She represents science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and mysteries, and is particularly interested in finding works that creatively combine aspects of all three genres. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and previously worked in nonprofit arts fundraising. She can be reached at judden@maassagency.com. Twitter: @suddenlyjen share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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