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Advance Submission ProCritique™ Program with Professional Editors 2020
The following professional editors will appear at the conference. While all participate on speaker panels and most are available by appointment at the open pitch sessions, not all participate in the Advanced Submission ProCritique™ Program. Learn more...Please read each bio carefully to find the best editor for your genre before applying. (There is a reading / consultation fee per submission)

hsSara Anne "Saran" Fox, a former development executive with a major Hollywood producer, played a vital role in the conception and development of over 25 screenplays, three published novels, and three produced films: "My Favorite Year", "Nosferatu" and "Quest For Fire". For over 20 years, she has used her skills as a writing coach and story editor with screenwriters to strengthen character development, clarify motivation, and improve story structure and plot.

Sara Anne's strong empathetic and intuitive gifts, combined with her editorial talents, serve to provide her clients with a comfortable creative atmosphere in which to realize their artistic goals and visions. She is also a professional expert in story and screenwriting in LA Valley College's IDEAS program. For this conference, Ms. Fox, (who also works with novelists and nonfiction authors), will focus on screenwriting and read the first 15 pages of a script and offer feedback on character, dialog and plot. She will also be available to listen to and critique pitches.


Toni Robino is a talent scout, connecting writers with established literary agents who are good matches for their projects. She also teaches writers how to craft compelling synopses and powerful pitch packages, increasing their likelihood of representation. In the literary marketplace, Toni's company Windword Literary, brings books to fruition by working with major publishing houses and independent publishers. Credits include New York Times bestsellers and groundbreaking titles such as The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think, by Louanne Brizendine, MD; 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species, by Jeff Corwin of Animal Planet, MSNBC and the Discovery Channel; and Higher Love: Skiing the Seven Summits, by Kit DesLauriers.

As a literary scout, Toni is currently developing authors and book projects for the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.

For Master ProCritiques, she will provide an annotated developmental edit (using the Microsoft Word tracking tool), where she will address content, clarity, rhythm, flow, description, dialogue. She will also provide examples of how to rework finer details of sentence structure to make writing more active and engaging. She does not offer line editing, but will comment on everything the writer does as well.

Former Big Five Editor, Helga Schier, Ph. D. is the founder and owner of withpenandpaper.com, an independent editorial services firm. With over 20 years of experience in the (self-) publishing industry, Ms. Schier guides authors through the development and revision process. Handling a manuscript like a diamond in the rough, Ms. Schier’s editorial work focuses on the refinement of story, character, and stylistic issues, helping writers unlock the potential of their manuscripts. Her clients are published, self-published, and not-yet-published writers.

Ms. Schier has published essayistic works on contemporary English and American fiction, and has translated several screenplays, memoirs, and a novel series. She is also a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences with successful lectures on topics such as Top Ten Mistakes Writers Make, and The Three Secrets to Successful Indie Publishing, and High Readability – What Is It and How Do I Get It?

Helga will read and edit (discussing content as well as style and language flow) up to 2500 words of up to ten manuscripts, and offer individual consultations of up to 20 minutes each. In addition, Helga will be available for follow-up questions at her company’s table (withpenandpaper.com) throughout the conference. Helga will read all types of fiction, memoir, and narrative Nonfiction.

hsArt Holcomb will read screenplays, novels, short stories and comic book/graphic novel scripts - up to 10 manuscripts of approximately 2500 words (10 standard pages) and provide written notes and a twenty minute scheduled consultation.  Please read the bio (below) on Art for more information about his experience and qualifications.

Follow-up consultations after the conference can be arranged separately is desired.


ART HOLCOMB is a screenwriter, playwright, fiction writer and comic book creator who began his writing career at age 13 when one of his plays was professionally performed by the American Conservatory Theater.

He has published poetry, essays and short stories and has written more than 50 comic book stories for franchises such as THE X-MEN, as well as original and licensed properties for Defiant, Valiant, Acclaim, Big Entertainment, FUNimation, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics.  His screen work has appeared on UPN, the Sci-Fi Channel and the SHOWTIME Channel.

He has sold to the STAR TREK television franchise at Paramount Television and worked on projects for the estates of Gene Roddenberry and legendary actor Steve McQueen. He has also written for the critically acclaimed animation series SHADOW RAIDERS, as well as consulted for video game companies, film production companies and publishing houses.

He is a regular columnist for Creative Screenwriting Magazine, called “The Best Magazine for Screenwriters” by The Los Angeles Times.  He is a regular contributor on fiction and screenwriting to STORYFIX.COM, ranked one of the top fiction writing sites on the internet by Writer’s Digest Magazine.

Art is a sought-after lecturer on story and runs a consultancy for highly motivated screenwriters and novelists who are committed to moving their careers to the next professional level.

His most recent short story is The Perfect Bracket with acclaimed novelist Howard V. Hendrix, which appeared in ANALOG Magazine. A play by the same name is currently under consideration for production by the National Actor’s Theater in Louisville, Kentucky.  A new science fiction – treasure hunt novel (with co-writer Hendrix) is entitled The Strewn.

hsDan Watanabe is a professor in the Media Arts department of Los Angeles Valley College where he teaches courses in low budget film producing, the production process, screenwriting and the history of broadcasting. He also taught eight sessions of a five week seminar series, the Production Assistant Boot Camp, in conjunction with Workplace Hollywood and the Los Angeles Community College District. He has written a series of courses for Los Angeles City College exploring the world of below-the-line production and distribution, which most recently included a Technical Certificate.

Mr. Watanabe has extensive experience in development, production and distribution, both in the office and on the set. For eleven years, he served as a “current” and new program development executive in both scripted and unscripted programming at FremantleMedia (formerly Pearson Television, All American Communications and Scotti Bros. Pictures), the production company behind Baywatch, The Price is Right, Family Feud and the hit series American Idol (which began just as he was leaving). He also served as a consultant for CRC Entertainment, an independent production company that has just completed a feature film (Boilermaker) and worked on a horror anthology television series pilot starring Robert Forester. He was also a freelance report writer for recruited test screenings for OTX Research, whose clients included Fox, New Line, Warner Independent, and Regency, and served as a development consultant for MyNetworks’ telenovela series

Mr. Watanabe will read manuscripts of approximately 2500 words (10 standard pages). He will edit screenplays for ProCritiques and provide up to twenty minutes of personal consultation, depending on the need. Send a PDF or document using Final Draft or Celtx

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