West Coast Conference Professionals' Bios

Keynote Speaker:

 Liz Fenton - Liz Fenton is one half of the bestselling duo, Liz & Lisa, with her best friend of over 25 years, Lisa Steinke. Together, they are the authors of three novels, their newest, THE GOOD WIDOW, will be published by Amazon’s Lake Union Publishing in June 2017. Liz lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two children. Connect with her at www.lizandlisa.com.

 

Agents:

 Jennifer Chen Tran - Jennifer is an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary acquiring both fiction and non-fiction. She is a lifelong reader, New York native, and experienced member of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Fuse Literary, Jennifer was principal and owner of Penumbra Literary LLC, and served as Of Counsel at The New Press. She has also interned at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth literary agency, was an editorial and publicity intern at Hunter House Publishers and an editorial intern at Terrain Magazine. Jennifer obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law in Boston, MA, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, with a minor in Legal Studies. Originally a visual arts major turned English major, Jennifer appreciates creativity in all its incarnations. She was also Managing Editor of Student Life, Washington University’s Independent Student Paper. With a legal background, Jennifer understands the importance of negotiation when securing and retaining author rights.  She counsels each client on building or expanding her platform, improving on craft, and works collaboratively with her clients to obtain the best deal for each writer’s creative investment.  She believes in building fulfilling and life-long writing careers and is honored to work with her client-writers.

 

 Amy Cloughley - Amy Cloughley is an agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates. Keeping with the agency’s unique legacy of The Reece Halsey Agency, she strives to represent the highest quality writing. Amy came to the agency with a background in editing, writing, and marketing. You can also find her coaching writers via a Writer’s Digest course designed to help authors craft and strengthen their submission materials. She is looking for literary and commercial fiction and has a special interest in mystery/suspense, near historical, and upmarket women’s fiction. She also seeks narrative nonfiction projects. You can visit her agency website at Kimberleycameron.com or follow her on Twitter @amycloughley.

 

 Lisa Abellera - Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She has studied creative writing, design and business, earning her B.A. in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco.

Lisa had a successful career in the corporate world before joining the world of publishing. After editorial internships with an independent press and Kimberley Cameron & Associates, she now follows her true passion for books and writing. She leverages her business and marketing expertise to help authors navigate the complexities of publishing.  Lisa is seeking to represent upmarket fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense/thrillers (especially if it has a dose of science or the supernatural), science fiction, fantasy, most speculative fiction except for paranormal fantasy (no demons, angels, vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc.), romance if it’s an element or part of another genre, YA and middle grade.

 

Editors:

 Jennie Nash - Jennie Nash is the founder and chief creative officer of Author Accelerator, a book coaching program that gives writers the feedback, accountability and support they need to write their best books. Her own coaching clients regularly land top New York agents, national self-publishing awards, and book deals with houses such as Scribner, Simon & Schuster and Random House. She is the author of 4 novels, 3 memoirs, and 1 self-help book for writers. Visit her at authoraccelerator.comand jennienash.com

 

 Wendy Tokunaga - Wendy Nelson Tokunaga is an award-winning writer, independent editor for novels and memoirs, writing teacher and acclaimed cat servant. Her novels include Midori by Moonlight, Love in Translation, Falling Uphill, His Wife and Daughters and No Kidding. Her non-fiction title is Marriage in Translation: Foreign Wife, Japanese Husband. She received her MFA from University of San Francisco and teaches for Stanford’s Certificate Program in Novel Writing. Her latest book is the first in a series of short story collections called Postcards From Tokyo. Visit her at www.WendyTokunaga.com and follow her on Twitter at @Wendy_Tokunaga.