WWW Conference News: Meet the Agents & Editors Attending!

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We have a wonderful group of Agents and Editors attending the conference in October.

Editor & Agent Panel – October 26

Agent Panel:  Sandra Bishop, Maryann Karinch, Elizabeth Kracht, Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli

Editor Panel: Hannah Braaten, Erin Turner, Grace Menary-Winefield

 They will also be available for pitch sessions throughout the weekend.


Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 3.16.12 PMSandra Bishop is a partner and Senior Literary Agent at Transatlantic Agency of Toronto|New York|Nova Scotia|Vancouver|Portland. She is a former Marine, and a Portland, Oregon native who relishes every opportunity to enjoy live music, sunshine, star gazing, and hiking in the Columbia River Gorge. A literary agent since 2008, she specializes in developing books and content with bloggers, media personalities, and television & online personalities she admires, including; The Salmon Sisters , Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton’s book about growing up commercial fishing in Dutch Harbor and living on a remote homestead in False Pass, Alaska, and Jessica Long, world’s top medalling Paralympic swimmer, author of UNSINKABLE, June 2018. Sandra also proudly represents a select list of fiction authors including: 5-Star Romantic Times author Joanne Bischof, YA historical novelist and founder of goteenwriters.com Stephanie Morrill, and two time RITA winning romance author Wendy Warren.

Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 3.16.21 PMMaryann Karinch founded The Rudy Agency in 2004 and specializes in non-fiction for adult audiences. Of interest are projects covering advice/relationships, biography/memoir, business/investing/finance, cooking, diet, health/fitness, history/ politics/current affairs, how-to, lifestyle, narrative, pop culture, science, sports, and true crime. The agency represents only a small number of fiction titles and does not represent children’s literature, poetry, or religion books. Maryann is also the author of 28 books, most of which focus on human behavior. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech and Drama from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She is also an ACE- (American Council on Exercise) certified personal trainer, and former competitive athlete in gymnastics, endurance racing, and bodybuilding. For additional color, please visit www.karinch.com and www.RudyAgency.com.

Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 3.16.28 PMElizabeth Kracht joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010 as a literary agent and also works as a freelance developmental editor coaching authors. She represents both literary and commercial fiction, as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance ublicist, and writer. In fiction, she represents thrillers, mysteries, literary, commercial, women’s, and historical. In nonfiction, she is interested in finding true crime, investigative journalism, narrative/creative nonfiction, prescriptive, voice- or adventure-driven memoir, high concept, science, spirituality, sexuality, self-help, and pet stories. She does not handle children’s, poetry or short story collections, screenplays, and previously published works.

Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 11.28.56 PMElizabeth Trupin-Pulli had every intention of becoming a college professor, having received an M.A. in English Literature. Instead, through a slightly circuitous route, she got involved in publishing and has remained happily engaged with it for the past forty-seven years, beginning in the contracts department of New American Library, followed by a brief stint as an editor at Fawcett’s Premier Books. In 1975, she and then-husband Jim Trupin founded JET Literary Associates, Inc. in New York. As of 2002, their offices relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Vienna, Austria. JET has had great success in the mystery/suspense market, including award-winning writers: Robert Campbell, Harry Whittington, Charles Willeford, Beverly Bird, Gennita Low, John Fortunato and Anne Hillerman. In addition to suspense, Liz is looking for commercial and literary fiction as well as strong narrative non-fiction. She does not handle sci-fi/fantasy, poetry, how-to books or material for the children’s or YA markets. Most recent bestseller: CAVE OF BONES by Anne Hillerman.



Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 3.16.45 PM.pngHannah Braaten is an Editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she acquires and edits mysteries and a wide range of narrative nonfiction. Before starting at SMP in 2011, she received her certificate in publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course, and graduated from Wellesley College. Some of her authors include Tan France, Ellie Alexander, Carolyn Haines, Paige Shelton, Amber Rae, Sheila Connolly, Linda Greenlaw, and Liz Plank. The books she most wants to publish address issues of gender, race, relationships, careers, etc.—she likes to call her list “Smart Books for Smart Women.” She does not acquire children’s, YA, or sci-fi.

Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 3.16.53 PMRobert A. Clark is Editor-in-Chief of Washington State University Press. He previously was president of the Arthur H. Clark Company, a Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher of American historical research and reference works. The firm was acquired in 2006 by the University of Oklahoma Press, where Bob served as assistant director and publisher of the Clark imprint. Joining WSU Press in 2012, he has continued his commitment to the development, editing, and publishing of materials on the history of America, and particularly the West, begun in 1970. Over the course of his career he has served as editor, designer, and publisher of several hundred books and journals. An active member of a number of historical organizations, Bob and his wife, Sheila, also share a long history in the collectible book world, specializing in the history of the American West.

Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 3.17.00 PMErin Turner is the Editorial Director for TwoDot Books, an imprint of Globe Pequot. For the past twenty years she’s been acquiring and editing books on the American West, on topics from the famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley to the ghost town of Zortman, Montana. She lives and works in Helena, Montana. She is currently acquiring biography, history, some travel, cookbooks, lifestyle titles, celebratory books on the American west, and a limited number of children’s titles that fit into those categories.

She is not acquiring fiction or memoir.


Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 3.17.06 PMGrace Menary-Winefield joined the Sourcebooks editorial team in 2015 after working at London’s Little, Brown Book Group, Pan Macmillan, and Palgrave Macmillan. In her current role as Associate Editor she champions New York Times bestselling authors and Indie-Next Picks such as The Radium Girls and The End of the World Running Club, and loves to discover and encourage new, rebellious voices in non-fiction with narrative history, science, personal development, and illustrated gift. Her fiction passion lies in the speculative with human stories that twist both your mind and your heart. She believes wholeheartedly in her publisher’s motto: “Books change lives.”

Stay up-to-date on plans, details, and fun facts, by joining the 2018 WWW Conference group on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/362893190799957/

Can’t wait to see everyone in October!




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New Release: MURDER IN THE MELTING POT by Jane Isenberg

Screen Shot 2018-08-01 at 3.30.51 PMMiranda Breitner thinks her past is behind her when she opens the B&B in the Yakima Valley that is meant to be the start of her new life, but murder and her long-ago secret threaten everything–including her life! Murder in the Melting Pot is a riveting tale from WILLA Award Winner Jane Isenberg

This mystery has been praised for the combination of cozy vibes, grittiness, and literary tones and includes the realities of the contemporary west.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Melting-Pot-Jane-Isenberg-ebook/dp/B07FTC39J6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533156542&sr=8-1&keywords=murder+in+the+melting+pot

About Jane

Screen Shot 2018-08-01 at 3.31.07 PMJane Isenberg wrote the prize-winning memoir Going by the Book, The Bel Barrett Mystery Series, and the WILLA Award winning historical mystery The Bones and the Book. She taught English for nearly forty years, first in high school and later in community college. Now retired from teaching, she writes in Issaquah, Washington where she lives with her husband. For more about Jane, visit www.janeisenberg.com.

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TWO New Releases by WWW Member Natalie Bright

WWW Member Natalie Bright has recently released two books in her Rescue Animal series. Read on to hear all about each one!

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What would you do if your family moved away and left you behind? If you were a horse, could you learn to trust again? What would you do if strange noises were everywhere, but you had to stand perfectly still on a stage in front of hundreds of strangers? If you were a horse, could you do it? Based on the true story about Christie Shippy Head’s rescue horse, read about his adoption, training for an outdoor musical drama, and the summer he became the star of the show! Buy it at https://www.amazon.com/Flash-Story-Me-Rescue-Animal/dp/0998810150/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1532405126&sr=8-3&keywords=natalie+bright


Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 11.03.31 PMTaz & The Big Flappy Thing

 A registered Hackney learns about flags and realizes that big flappy things can be harmless. Based on actual events as this rescue horse trains and marches in the Veteran’s Day Parade through downtown Amarillo. Beginning vocabulary for emerging readers. Includes Fun Facts sections about our American Flag and Veteran’s Day. Taz and his owner, Stephanie, were recently featured in an article, “Rescue Me”, in the Amarillo Magazine Online. Find it at: https://www.amazon.com/Taz-Flappy-Thing-Rescue-Animal/dp/0998810134/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532405065&sr=8-1&keywords=natalie+bright

About Natalie

Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 11.08.33 PMNatalie Cline Bright is an author, blogger, and cattle ranch owner. Her stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications. She is the author of a middle grade mystery series, TROUBLE IN TEXAS and is currently working on a young adult series set in the Texas Frontier. She blogs every Monday about story craft at WordsmithSix.com and posts articles every Friday about the people, places, and fascinating history of the Texas Panhandle. Learn more at: http://nataliebright.com/

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New Release: LIVESTOCK MAN by Amy Hale Auker

Screen Shot 2018-07-16 at 10.53.59 PMWWW Member Amy Hale Auker has recently released her first collection of poetry with publisher Pen-L Publishing on July 7, 2018. Livestock Man is filled with poems regaling the cowboy and rebel hearts, pulling love of the land, of animals, of the landscape, and the gleam of a campfire.

Finding the beauty in the every day, through the eyes of the women who truly live each moment of each day vividly, told in poetic form, runs through the pages of Livestock Man to remind all of us how women can be true cowboys just as well (if not better than) the men. Amy tells us her poems in Livestock Man are love stories, speaking with tactile visions of everything a cowboy (male or female) recognizes each day, whether that’s tracks in the sand or the rhythm of the work itself. The work is rooted in her experience, in her spirit, and in the wind she feels on her face as she herself walks the land: a cowboy through and through.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1683131568/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4

About Amy

Screen Shot 2018-07-16 at 11.41.26 PMWWW member Amy Hale Auker lives and works on Spider Ranch in Arizona with her songwriter husband (who also is a foreman on the ranch). She writes poetry rooted in the real world, combining beautiful, precise words with the glory of nature in all its forms. Learn more at https://www.amyhaleauker.com/

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Two Big New Releases! BIG SKY BOUNTY COOKBOOK by Jean Petersen & GIRL WARRIOR by Carmen Peone

This week WWW is excited to announce the releases of two books by two members.

Screen Shot 2018-07-09 at 10.10.01 PMToday, July 9. 2018, Member Jean Petersen releases her cookbook, Big Sky Bounty Cookbook with Arcadia Publishing. Pulling on recipes inspired by Montana, Jean Petersen and her co-contributor, Chef Barrie Boulds includes the cuisine of the west, from elk to huckleberries and beyond. With over seventy recipes melting with Montanan history, The Big Sky Bounty is sure to be a cookbook worth shelf space for every self respecting western cook.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F7JSB8C/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1


About Jean

Screen Shot 2018-07-09 at 10.17.05 PMWWW Member Jean Petersen brings over twenty years of professional writing experience to the table, and is a columnist with Western Ag Reporter. She is also a non-fiction children’s author. Find out more at jeanpetersen.com.


We are also excited to reveal the new release of our current WWW President:

Screen Shot 2018-07-09 at 10.18.59 PMNewly released YA novel Girl Warrior dives into how historically, women did not compete in the World Famous Suicide Horse Race during the Omak Stampede. Charnaye Toulou has her sights pinned on winning the famous horse race. The purse will help ease a financial burden of her paraplegic father, worn out mother, and ill grandfather. But more than that, she wants the respect earned from becoming “King of the Hill.” But when bully Hagan Hurst chokes her and causes her self-esteem to plummet, she hooks up with her Okanogan relatives and a horse that can take her the distance. But where do the threatening letters come from, and why do they follow her, no matter where she goes?

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Warrior-Carmen-Peone/dp/1732335605

About Carmen

Screen Shot 2017-10-02 at 11.13.03 AMCarmen Peone is an award-winning writer who lives on the Colville Reservation with her tribal member husband. She is currently President of Women Writing the West, coaches youth archery, rides horseback and enjoys the occasional Mountain Trail competition, and loves photography. Learn more at https://carmenpeone.com/.

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Women Writing the West Meet-Up in Billings, Montana!

By Natalie Bright

Through the Yahoo group, I posted an invite to members of Women Writing the West for a possible meet up for those who might be attending the Western Writers of America conference. We exchanged cell phone numbers, and Elizabeth Boyle responded with suggested time and place; hotel lobby for lunch at 11:30 or dinner at 6:30. I made the dinner time and along with fifteen other WWW members, we walked across the street to Jake’s Steakhouse in downtown Billings, Montana. Unfortunately, our group was so large we had to split up with some going towards the bar and others being seated in the dining area.Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 10.07.05 PM

Dark wood paneling enhanced by soft light gave the restaurant an old world, western feel. It set the perfect mood for dinner with a group of writers. At a table for six and after drinks were ordered, our attention turned to the menu. One woman commented that she lived in the Pacific Northwest and they ate seafood at almost every meal. In Montana, she was going to order a steak. I mentioned that we raise grass-fed beef in the Panhandle of Texas and that Montana seafood sounded really good to me. Orders were placed and with drinks in hand after a long day of meetings, conversation turned to what does a cow giving birth look like. Do they stand or do they lay down? Definitely not the kind of dinner question I had anticipated in Billings, but we are writers and as such, an extremely curious bunch.

The food was delicious and the conversation even more so. Interestingly, it was at a Western Writers of America conference 25 years ago that Irene Bennett Brown and two gals from Colorado decided there might be a need for a new organization. Irene told me that one of the girls volunteered her house, but soon discovered that it wouldn’t be big enough. The place and time was set, and Women Writing the West became a reality. And now here we are again at a WWA meeting sharing a meal in Montana many years later.

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Billings is the largest city in Montana, located near the Yellowstone River and surrounded by sandstone cliffs.

As it always does when writers get together, the conversation soon turned to “what do you write?” The breadth of work was wide and fascinating. My “To Be Read” list is massive at this point, as I made notes on my phone of author names and book titles. Several others pulled up chairs to join us as they passed our table after finishing their meal. Time flew by and I didn’t notice the bar had emptied until the bartender told us to take our time. There’s no rush he says, he had to clean and we were welcome to stay as long as we wanted. He asked where we were from, and was surprised at our answer: Colorado, Utah, Washington, South Carolina, Virginia, and Texas. I laughed at the look on his face.

Thanks for the unforgettable evening Linda, Richard, Randi, Elizabeth, Denise, and Alice. What binds us is a passion for tough people who have a fierce sense of adventure and hard work, and we share a fascination for the history of the American West. I wish I had asked the waiter to take a picture of our group. The faces around the table that night have since gone separate ways, but memories of the laughter and new friendships made remain in the heart.

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Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 4.58.16 PMWWW Member Carolyn Woolston, who writes as Lynna Banning, has released another novel on Jun 1, 2018. Marianne’s Marriage of Convenience is a lighthearted western romance featuring a Boston housekeeper who finds herself an heiress to a boot-making business located in a small town in Oregon. Unfortunately, her possession of the boot fortune comes at a cost: she must be married to do so. Taking matters into her own hands, she proposes. He refuses. At first.

This is Carolyn’s tenth book, and the very last western historical published by Harlequin due to their merge with HarperCollins. How amazing is it that one of our WWW Member will go down in history as the last book in the western historical genre published by Harlequin?

The book has been out a few weeks – let’s give it a boost! Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Mariannes-Marriage-Convenience-Lynna-Banning/dp/1335051740

About Carolyn

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 4.58.07 PMLynna Banning (Carolyn Woolston) was born in Oregon, and now lives in Felton, California. Her past work as an editor and technical writer, as well as an English and journalism teacher, gives her an inordinate amount of writing experience. An avid musician, Lynna plays piano, harp, psaltery, harpsichord, and recorder, and coaches music ensembles. Learn more at: http://www.lynnabanning.net .


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