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Come to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center on Saturday, May 14, 2016, when we enjoy an interactive editor and agent panel.

Join Kim Lionetti (agent and former editor), Heather Webb (freelance editor), and Jennifer Mishler (editor and former agent) for a day of interactive discussion about all things Editor and Agent. Topics covered will include:

* best practice suggestions on researching and choosing an editor and/or agent appropriate for your book/genre,

* what authors can expect from the relationship,

* how to change genres or move into self-publishing, and

* how to resolve problems professionally.

The presenters will also provide details on what they look for in an author, including the manuscript, query letter, social media presence, previous titles, etc. Members are encouraged to come with questions.

Saturday’s Schedule
10:00am-12:00pm morning session
12:00pm-1:30pm lunch
1:30pm-3:30pm afternoon session

About Our Panel Members

Heather WebbHeather Webb writes historical novels which have been translated to three languages and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, France Magazine, Reuters News, and the Huffington Post, been chosen as a Goodreads’ Pick of the Month, as well as received national starred reviews. BECOMING JOSEPHINE follows the life of Josephine Bonaparte, Napoleon’s empress, set during the French Revolution, and RODIN’S LOVER chronicles the passionate and tragic story of Camille Claudel, sculptor and lover to famed artist Auguste Rodin. Next up, the anthology FALL OF POPPIES: STORIES OF LOVE AND THE GREAT WAR releases in March of 2016, and LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, an epistolary love story set during WWI, is coming October 2017 from HarperCollins. In addition to novel writing, Heather is a freelance editor and contributor to award-winning writing sites and Writers in the Storm. When not buried in a book, she teaches craft-based courses at a local college.


Kim LionettiAfter eight years at Berkley Publishing, Kim Lionetti left her position as Senior Editor to join BookEnds in March 2004. While there, Kim enjoyed overseeing an eclectic list comprised of romances, westerns, young adult, mysteries, nonfiction, and general fiction. While she’s narrowed her focus a bit with the books she represents, she still enjoys using her editorial skills to help authors shape their work into more marketable products and helping them to see their writing as part of the “bigger picture.”

Kim’s obsession with books began in middle school when she was introduced to her grandmother’s collection of gothic romances by Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt, and Mary Stewart. To this day, Kim harbors a soft spot for dark, tortured heroes, but also enjoys a good romantic comedy. A member of AAR, Kim is looking for fresh voices and compelling storytelling.

Kim’s areas of interest are women’s fiction, historical and contemporary romance, mysteries, and young adult fiction (except fantasy or sci-fi).

Originally from Pennsylvania, Kim currently resides in New Jersey with her son, daughter, cat, guinea pig, and very patient husband, who puts up with her crushes on Mr. Darcy, Eric Northman, blind dukes, and Ryan Gosling.

You can contact Kim at or follow her through Twitter at


Jenn MishlerJenn Mishler is an avid reader and has always wanted to be involved with books. For the past 5 years, she has worked in the publishing industry as a Literary Agent and is currently an editor at Entangled Publishing. She loves young adult fiction, particularly fantasy and science fiction. To her, nothing is better than falling in love with strong characters and unique stories. Her biggest pet peeves include: weak dialogue, info dumping and an imbalance of showing vs. telling.