Greater Lehigh Valley
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Write Stuff Agents and Editors

Noah Ballard is an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He received his BA in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency where he sold foreign rights for the agency in addition to building his own client list. Noah specializes in literary debuts, upmarket thrillers and narrative nonfiction, and he is always on the look-out for honest and provocative new writers. Noah has appeared across the country at graduate programs and writing conferences speaking about query letters, building nonfiction platforms and submission etiquette. He lives in Brooklyn.

Sheree Bykofsky, Founder and President of Sheree Bykofsky Associates.  I am a generalist and have eclectic and sometimes eccentric tastes. I represent all areas of non-fiction and commercial and literary fiction. I don’t limit myself to particular genres because I’m always surprised by what appeals to me. If I love it, then I’ll take it on. The only way to know is to try me. If it needs work and I want to represent it, I’ll tell you. If I choose not to agent you, you should know that I’m not judging you or your writing, or even your idea. I am saying that it’s just not right for me. Please also keep in mind that it is my strict policy not to give feedback when I pass on a book. What isn’t right for me may be perfect for another agent.

There are a few areas I particularly like in non-fiction: popular reference, business, self-help/psychology, humor, biography and current affairs, women’s interest, cookbooks, spiritual, multicultural, parenting, anything to do with games, movies, chronologies. In fiction, I particularly like commercial fiction with literary appeal and mysteries. I’m always looking for a bestseller in any category.

Some of the genres I generally will not represent include horror, westerns, occult, picture books, and fantasy.

Amara Hoshijo is an Associate Editor and Rights Manager at Soho Press, working across the company's literary and international crime fiction lists. Originally from Hawaii, she attended the University of Southern California and began her 

publishing career in in Soho's publicity department. She is particularly interested in genre-bending and #OwnVoices novels. 

Soho Press is an independent book publisher based in Manhattan’s Union Square. Founded in 1986, Soho publishes 90 books a year across its Soho Crime, Soho Press, and Soho Teen lists, and is known for its award-winning international crime fiction, bold new literary voices, and high-stakes young adult narratives.

Write Stuff Marketing Consultants

Don Lafferty is an original member of the Coffeehouse for Writers, started by Jonathan Maberry in 2006, a long-time member of the Liar’s Club, and I am on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference.

He writes short crime fiction and have had stories been published in numerous anthologies, journals and websites.

With the emergence and growth of online social networks like Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter, I've focused on working with clients to craft and execute successful online marketing strategies through the tools available within these communities.

I continue to lead from the front lines of the Social Media space, defining effective strategies and tactics for my clients, enabling them to capitalize on this exploding opportunity to connect with their customers like never before.

I've been published in numerous national magazines and blogs, where I help to demystify the rapidly changing Social Media landscape, and offer recommendations for incorporating these tools and communities into the marketing strategies of non-profits, corporations, and local businesses, as well as individuals building their personal brand.

Marketing Cconsultant Claire McKinney is a twenty-year veteran of the publishing industry. She has worked for major publishers, including Little, Brown and Company, Putnam, and Disney Publishing. Claire has appeared on CSPAN and on the Today Show as an expert on self-publishing. Her clients have included Della Reese, Madeleine Albright, James Patterson, Walter Mosley, Robert Dallek, Rick Moody, George Pelecanos, Kristin Gore, and Quick and Dirty Tips. She travels regularly to speak to authors and audiences about book promotion, publishing, and social media marketing. Visit her at

Veronica Park is a marketing consultant with more than ten years of experience writing and editing for publication.

She graduated with a BA in print journalism with an emphasis in linguistics and business marketing from Brigham Young University and went on to expand her writing skills as a broadcast journalist and independent film producer.

In publishing, she has finally found an arena that requires her entire assortment of professional skills, while allowing her to read and write every single day. From editing to marketing and consulting on author platforms and campaigns, she's been fortunate enough to experience the publishing industry from many of different angles. At the end of the day, V believes there's nothing you can't accomplish with the 3 Ps: Persistence, Perseverance and a Positive Attitude.

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