The on-air hostesses:
Kelsey Macke is the author of the award-winning YA novel, DAMSEL DISTRESSED. The book was released with its own soundtrack of original song written and performed by Kelsey and her husband, Daron, as their indie-pop band, Wedding Day Rain. Kelsey is passionate about empowering young people to take charge of their mental health and their sense of self. You can find her on Twitter @KelsNotChels
Summer Heacock is a writer of Contemporary Women’s Fiction repped by Uwe Stender and Brent Taylor of TriadaUS Literary Agency, blogger, and professional Twitter pom-pom waver. She is a stay-at-home mother of two, a wife to a very patient fella, a herder of cats, and has a deep-rooted love of geeky things and candy. Summer can be found frolicking amongst her own profane ramblings and zippy GIFs on her blog, www.Fizzygrrl.com, or on Twitter as @Fizzygrrl.
Monica Odom joined Bradford Literary Agency in 2015. Prior to joining Team Bradford, she worked for five years managing finance, subrights and social media at Liza Dawson Associates, and became an associate agent there in 2013. Monica earned her Masters in Publishing: Digital & Print Media from New York University in 2014, and has a B.A. in English from Montclair State University. @ModoModom
Jessica Sinsheimer has been reading and campaigning for her favorite queries since 2004. Originally from small-town California (yes, there really were sheep across from her high school), she’s now an agent at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, and known for #MSWL, ManuscriptWistList.com, #PubTalkTV—and for drinking far too much tea. @JSinsheim
Roseanne Wells joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales/editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer’s advocate, editor, and partner. She is a member of SCBWI and a volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC. You can find her on Twitter @RivetingRosie.
Senior Token Male Correspondent:
Ted Fox is the author of You Know Who’s Awesome? (Not You.) (Adams 2012) and its offspring, The Not Awesome 2014 Daily Calendar. You can find him on Twitter as @thetedfox. His parents are just glad to find he’s not living in their basement.
Online Event Hostess with the Mostess (and the best recipes!):
Veronica Bartles is the author of TWELVE STEPS and the upcoming picture book, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS (coming fall 2016 from Balzer & Bray / Harper Collins). Veronica is a member of the OneFour KidLit group, she’s been a mentor in Pitch Wars (both for MG and YA) for the past three years, and she hosts the #PubTalkTV Twitter Party. She’s also an incurable optimist who loves gray, drizzly days, because that’s when rainbows come to visit. @VBartles
Alison Weiss–December 11, The Revision Episode
Alison S. Weiss is an editor at Sky Pony Press. Her focus is chapter books through YA. She’s worked with New York Times best-selling author Jessica Verday (Of Monsters and Madness), Agatha Award winner Penny Warner (The Code Busters Club series), YALSA-award winning Sarah Cross (Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart), ITW Award Finalist Kristen Lippert-Martin (Tabula Rasa), Mike A. Lancaster, Kristina McBride, Jessica Taylor, Amalie Howard, and Sarah McGuire, among others. She also assisted on Christopher Myers’s H.O.R.S.E., which won a 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award and the 2014 Odyssey Award. Follow her on Twitter @alioop7.
Laura Whitaker, editor–October 30, Hocus (Query) Pocus
Most recently an Associate Editor at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Laura Whitaker
edits everything from picture books through YA. She worked on the literary thriller Insanity
by Susan Vaught (Bloomsbury, 2014), the Bloomsbury If Only romance line, and contemporary coming-of-age novels When Mr. Dog Bites
by Brina Conaghan (Bloomsbury, 2014) and This Side of Home
by Renee Watson (Bloomsbury, 2015). She also edited Ruthie and the (Not So) Very Busy Day
by Laura Rankin (Bloomsbury, 2014) and the Enchanted Sisters chapter book series with the Jim Henson Company. She loves innovative, soul-searching literary fiction, knee-melting romances, well-researched and expertly crafted historical adventure stories, and quirky, funny, honest picture books.