Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Stephanie Hansen of Metamorphosis Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2016-11-28 at 11.54.49 PM.pngStephanie Hansen is a literary agent with Metamorphosis Literary Agency.

She represents predominately young adult science fiction & fantasy but has a secret addiction for adult thrillers. While these are her favorite, she handles everything fiction from children’s picture books, middle grade, young adult science fiction & fantasy (diversity = a plus), adult literary fiction, and women’s fiction.

Stephanie received her Master’s in 2008, and she’s currently beefing it up with a Creative Writing Specialization. Previously an editor for Mind’s Eye Literary Magazine, she is actively looking for new authors. Twitter: @hansenwriter.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kortney Price of Raven Quill Literary

Screen Shot 2019-11-14 at 11.47.38 PMKortney Price is a literary agent with Raven Quill Literary.

Kortney specializes in books for children from picture books through young adult. Her belief in these stories’ ability to change lives and the world drives her to always look for a way to introduce young readers to new people, cultures, and adventures much like her favorite childhood stories did for her. Whether a story changes the reader’s world view, tells them they aren’t alone or just offers an escape, every book in this field has the potential to make a difference in a child’s life and Kortney is honored to play a part in getting those stories into the hands of readers.

Kortney graduated with a B.A. in English from Greenville University in 2014. Since then she has interned with Andrea Hurst & Associates, Amphorae Publishing Group, and Inklings Literary Agency. She was an associate agent for two years before finding her home with Raven Quill Literary Agency.

 

Get to Know a Literary Scout in Attendance: Jori Hanna of CYLE Literary Elite

Screen Shot 2019-11-16 at 6.36.24 PMJori Hanna is a writer and editor from Denver, Colorado. She is a literary scout for CYLE Literary Elite.

As a literary agent, Jori personally seeks/represents suspense novels of any kind. But she is also acting as a literary scout for all of CYLE Literary Elite’s agents. That means she is happy to take pitches for picture books, board books, chapter books, middle grade (any kind), young adult (any kind), science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, romance, historical, women’s, Christian fiction, literary fiction, and mainstream fiction. In nonfiction, her agency seeks devotionals, self-help, inspirational, and parenting.

Ever since she started reading in the second grade, Jori has loved books and the writing process. She attended Taylor University for a B.S. in Professional Writing and discovered a love for suspense, crime, thrillers, and mysteries. She enjoys anything that allows her to pretend she could be a spy (such as a weapons class at the dojo she where she studied Karate, excuses to dress up and meet people, and random facts that may never be useful in normal, everyday life). Jori is passionate about helping others achieve their highest potential.

Get to Know a Faculty Member: Writing Coach and Former Agent Eve Porinchak

Screen Shot 2019-05-22 at 2.06.14 PMEve Porinchak is an author, as well as former literary agent.

At the 2020 KC workshop, Eve is offering critiques for attendees in the areas of thriller, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, short stories, middle grade, picture books. Eve will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your manuscript, and provide a critique. Picture books should be 1,000 words or fewer, and can or cannot include illustrations. Unlike other critiquers helping our KC 2020 workshop, Eve will not personally be at the event. That means you will get your notes emailed from her, and she can talk with you via Skype or phone in place of an in-person consultation.

Since earning degrees in Biology and Psychology from UCLA, Eve has lived all over the planet and spent much of her time in and out of jail – as a creative writing teacher for teen inmates. A former agent with Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, Eve also attended medical school, served as a social worker with foster youth and homeless populations, and taught everything from first grade to college courses.

Eve writes stories featuring youth she feels have been underrepresented in children’s literature, such as those born into gang life, the abandoned, and the incarcerated who – ironically – have the most fascinating tales to tell. Her first book, the critically acclaimed ONE CUT – a haunting nonfiction story with a juvenile justice bent – launched Simon and Schuster’s new young adult true crime line, Simon True.

Get to Know a Faculty Member: Author Denise Grover Swank

Screen Shot 2019-11-20 at 5.45.00 PMDenise Grover Swank is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is a hybrid author and has published likely every way possibly conceived–Big 5 traditional deal, print-only deal, Amazon Publishing Imprint, audiobook deals, foreign rights deals, as well as indie publishing.

She has more than 50 books published — see them all here.

At the 2020 KC conference, Denise is offering critiques for mystery, women’s fiction, urban fantasy, and romance (contemporary, rom-com, paranormal, YA are all OK — but no western, erotica, inspirational, or historical). Denise will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your manuscript, and provide a critique.

Denise was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

Get to Know a Faculty Member: Coordinator Kerrie Flanagan

Screen Shot 2019-11-24 at 11.59.20 AMKerrie Flanagan is an author, writing consultant, and accomplished freelance writer with over 20 years’ experience. She is the author of WRITERS DIGEST GUIDE TO MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITING, and creator of the MAGAZINE WRITING BLUEPRINT.

Her work has appeared in publications such as Writer’s Digest, Alaska Magazine, FamilyFun, The Writer, six Chicken Soup for the Soul books and a variety of anthologies. In addition to the eight books she published under her label, Hot Chocolate Press, she recently teamed up with a co-author for the Curtain Call romantic comedy series under the pen name, C.K. Wiles and two Sci-Fi/Fantasy series under the pen name C.G. Harris. In addition to her own writing, she is passionate about helping other writers. She was the founder and former director of Northern Colorado Writers and now consults with writers. Her background in teaching and enjoyment of helping writers, has led her to present at writing conferences across the country.

Kerrie is part of the Writing Day Workshops team and a co-coordinator of the 2020 Kansas City Writing Workshop, At the event, she is teaching on how to sell books and build your platform.

Get to Know a Faculty Member: Leatrice McKinney (L.L. McKinney)

Screen Shot 2019-12-02 at 10.35.33 PMLeatrice “Elle” McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests.

Elle’s also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan, living in Kansas, surrounded by more nieces and nephews than she knows what to do with. She spends her free time plagued by her cat–Sir Chester Fluffmire Boopsnoot Purrington Wigglebottom Flooferson III, esquire, Baron o’Butterscotch or #SirChester for short.

Her published novels include the Nightmare-Verse books, starting with the A BLADE SO BLACK trilogy, and an upcoming graphic novel for DC featuring Nubia, Wonder Woman’s twin sister. (See all her books here.)

Elle is a Gryffindor with Slytherin tendencies.