|8:30 – 9:30 Registration
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome, Announcements
9:30 – 10:45 Troubleshooting – To start off the day, three top editors, Mary Kelly McColl, Stacy Ennis and Donna Cook will discuss the need for editors, what they do for authors, and why manuscripts are rarely ready to publish until an editor gets their hands on it.
11:00 – 12:15 Allies in Creativity – Then, three published authors, A. K. Turner, Rick Just and Amy Cook will talk about their relationships with editors and why they’re almost always a necessary part of the process.
1:30 – 3:00 Fixer-Upper – After the lunch break, the editors return for hands-on demonstrations of how they make authors’ words mean more. And through it all, the panelists will answer all your questions.
Round out the day with a 20 minute, 1 on 1 manuscript evaluation. One of our three agents will edit the first 10 pages of your manuscript and discuss it with you personally. You will receive a copy of the edited manuscript and any additional notes from the editor.
- In 2001, Mary Kelly McColl left the field of nonprofit management to focus on her twin passions: writing and editing. Eight years later, McColl and Laurie Parker started Editors2.com, providing writing, editing, and manuscript evaluation services. Working in fiction and nonfiction, McColl has guided many authors’ writings from rough drafts to published books.
- Stacy Ennis is a book and magazine editor, writer, book coach, and speaker, as well as the author of The Editor’s Eye: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Book from Good to Great. Stacy was the founding managing editor of a lifestyle magazine and later became the executive editor of Healthy Living Made Simple, a Sam’s Club magazine that reaches over 8 million readers. Her role at the publication involved writing around 50 percent of the magazine’s content, including a cover feature on Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra. She now works with a wide range of clients, from celebrities and corporate clients to independent authors and small book presses and also ghostwrites magazine articles, web content, and books, often reaching national and international audiences.
- Donna Cook works as a freelance writer and editor on everything from research reports to web copy to books. Donna is professionally trained in desktop publishing and book formatting and has produced a variety of publications for her clients, including novels and manuals. Her most recent editing projects include copy-editing A Million Steps, a memoir by Kurt Koontz; and editing Guidelines for Airport Sound Insulation Projects, a full-length book published by a division of the FAA. She is the author of Gift of the Phoenix, and a related novella, Nashua’s Choice. Gift of the Phoenix was a semi-finalist for the national Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Award.
A. K. Turner
- A.K. Turner is the bestselling author of This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store, Mommy Had a Little Flask, and a coauthor of Drinking with Dead Women Writers and Drinking with Dead Drunks. She is a former humor columnist, writer-in-residence for the city of Boise, and the creator of “The Writers’ Block” on Boise Community Radio. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Artocratic, Cloudbank, Folio Literary Magazine, Boise City Revue, Idaho Magazine, and Travelers’ Tales anthologies. Learn more at AKTurner.com.
- The youngest of seven kids, Amy has been writing stories since she first learned to make her letters face the right way. Her work has appeared in Family Fun, Stories for Children and A Fly in Amber. As an architect, she spends her days remodeling hundred year-old homes in Boise’s North End and is hoping someday to find a house with a secret passageway to…anywhere. Amy likes to travel the world, run through sprinklers with her son, and google ‘little stone houses for sale in Europe.’ She also takes Improv classes because they help with the voices in her head. Amy is represented by Danielle Chiotti, of Upstart Crow Literary.
- Rick Just is a writer, editor and artist who lives in Boise, Idaho. His books include the award winning Idaho Snapshots, Keeping Private Idaho, Wizard Chase, Wizard Girl, and Wizards’ End. Rick served as the editor of the national award winning literary magazine Cold-Drill. Rick served as editor of 100 Years, Idaho and its Parks, the centennial history of Idaho’s state parks.