Advance Submission ProCritique™ Program
with Literary Agents, Scouting Agents, and Publishers

Our Masters ProCritique program is a popular, cost-effective way to receive on-on-one constructive, professional feedback on your manuscript and improve your chances for publication and success. An esteemed group of veteran literary agents will appear at the conference.Details and Learn more here ...  All are looking for fresh talent with polished manuscripts.
(There is a reading / consultation fee per advanced submission)

While most participate on panels and are available by appointment at the free pitch sessions, not all participate in the Advanced Submission Masters ProCritique Program. Please read the bio of each participant carefully before applying to find the best one for your work.  Yes, WC2 conference attendees have signed with literary agents and earned publishing deals. (There is NO fee for the open calendar pitch meeting)


Faculty HeadshotMarilyn Atlas is a talent and literary manager and award-winning producer. Among her credits as film producer are “Real Women Have Curves” for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival; “A Certain Desire,” starring Sam Waterston; and “Echoes,” which won the Gold Award at the Texas International Film Festival. In addition to producing a variety of programming for the cable/ pay TV market. In live theater, Marilyn co-produced the West Coast premiere of the musical “God Bless You Mr. Rosewater” by Ashman and Menken (the writers of “Enchanted” and “Tangled”).  She also co-produced the award-winning play “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday,” which was made into a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Peter Gallagher. In 2014, she co-produced the play “Detained in the Desert” at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio, TX. Her additional credits as a producer in live theater include “Today’s Special” and “As I Sing.”

Marilyn is currently developing a TV pilot based on the Gary Phillips series of novels “High Hand” and “Shooter’s Point” featuring strong-willed African-American protagonist Martha Chainey. She is also developing a Chinese historical epic with the Metan Development Group and “Codebusters,” a children’s show for TV based on a series of best-selling books.

Marilyn is accepting submissions for read & critque. 15-20 pages of novel or screenplay with a 1-page synopsis.

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Faculty HeadshotSue Arroyo is the founder of CamCat Publishing. which under Sue’s leadership, is doing things differently. Her efforts in finding the best authors mean that readers will be able to find books that they truly want to live in.

CamCat Publishing was launched in 2019 as a publisher of quality genre fiction. We’re always looking for that next good read, for what we call Books to Live in: the book to curl up with on the sofa, the book that takes you to another place and time, the book that stays with you beyond the last page. 

CamCat Books focuses on genre fiction in the following areas: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Romance (but we’re looking really hard at a couple of Westerns, too). Looking for polished, edited, and properly formatted manuscripts.

We publish adult, novel-length genre fiction. We’ll look at any good tale, but what we want to see most urgently revolves around these genres:

  • Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Historical
  • Paranormal
  • Horror

Ms. Arroyo will not perform any advance read/critique MS, but she will take free pitches by appointment at the conference. Register onsite at the 1-on-1 Desk.


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Elise Capron is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. In addition to handling her own list, she oversees the daily operations of the SDLA office, and works closely with Sandra Dijkstra on author development and management. She is most interested in character-driven literary fiction and well-written narrative non-fiction (particularly serious history with a good story).

A graduate of Emerson College, Elise holds a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing. She has been with the Dijkstra Agency since late 2003.

Elise is interested in fiction that has unforgettable writing, a distinctive narrative voice, and memorable characters. She loves novels with an unusual or eccentric edge and is drawn to stories she has never heard before. She aims to work with writers who are getting their work published regularly in literary magazines and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. (See her full bio for examples)

On the non-fiction front, Elise is looking for fascinating true stories told in a compelling way. She is especially interested in working with up-and-coming scholars (particularly historians) who are looking to transition from the academic market to a trade readership, as well as journalists. (See her full bio for examples)

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Elizabeth Kracht joined the prestigious Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010 to broaden her perspective on the publishing industry. She represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist and writer. 

Elizabeth's career in publishing took root in Puerto Rico where she completed her BA in English and worked as a copyeditor for an English-language newspaper. When she returned to the mainland she found her "vein of gold" in book publishing. She thrives on working closely with authors to build their careers. 

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Elizabeth's eclectic life experience drives her interests. She appreciates writing that has depth, an introspective voice, and is thematically layered. Having lived in cities such as New York, San Francisco and San Juan, Puerto Rico, she is compelled by multicultural themes and characters and is drawn toward strong settings.

Elizabeth also works as a freelance editor in a unique position to help writers — beginning, intermediate and advanced — on a range of publishing topics, from submission materials and manuscript editorial services, to author platform, contract consulting, and more.

In fiction, she is looking for literary, commercial, women's, thrillers, mysteries, historical, and crossover YA.

In nonfiction, she is interested in high concept, health, science, environment, prescriptive, investigative, true crime, voice- or adventure-driven memoir, sexuality, spirituality, and animal/pet stories.

Elizabeth K. Kracht will not perform any advance read/critique MS,but she will take free pitches by appointment at the conference. Register onsite at the 1-on-1 Desk.

hsPaul S. Levine has over 1,600 editors in his database to whom he has sold over 150 fiction and Nonfiction books. As an entertainment lawyer, Levine has written the legal contracts for several books adapted as movies-for-television. With over a quarter of a century of experience in the entertainment and book industries, Levine is one of the few lawyers on the West coast who also understands the world of book publishing; as such, he is able to act as both literary agent and publishing attorney for his clients.

Highly aware of market trends and editors’ preferences, Mr. Levine limits himself to representing projects that he believes in and feels certain he can sell

For Masters ProCritiques, Mr. Levine will read and critique: General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Reference, Biography, Computers / Technology, Business/investing/finance, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Sports, African-American, Science, Memoirs, Autobiographies, Narrative Nonfiction.

Please submit the first chapter of 10 - 20 pages with a synopsis of the story or concept. He will meet with you at the conference and discuss his review during a personal meeting.

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hsSteven Hutson

Steven Hutson is a literary agent and publishing consultant for WordWise Media Services. He’s a native of Los Angeles, and a storyteller almost from birth: poems, articles, business letters, and advertising copy. But like most writers he kept a day job, waiting for his big break. He majored in business at Los Angeles City College, and had two books published.

Steve established his editing business in 2005, handling hundreds of books on every subject from Bible study to yoga to credit repair. He managed a writers’ conference for several years, and mentored hundreds of aspiring authors. In early 2011, he branched out as a literary agent. He has placed his clients’ works with:  ATD Books Bold Vision Books, Brimstone Fiction, Camel Press, Clean Reads, David C. Cook E.P. Dutton (Penguin), Elk Lake, Faithwords (Hachette), Harbourlight, Harper Collins, Harlequin Worldwide, Heart of Dakota, Leafwood Publishers, Lighthouse of the Carolinas, Morgan James, Navpress, Pelican Book Group, Potomac Books, Praeger, Sonfire Press, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Univ of Nebraska Press, Watershed Books, Writer’s Digest Books. Several clients have won prestigious awards for their works.

Steve is interested in representing a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults. (But no erotica, horror, poetry, short stories, picture books, or screenplays.)

For the Masters Pro Critique, Steve can handle a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children. Spiritual themes are a favorite.

Steve will accept up to 20 submissions. Send the first 20 pages of your manuscript, a one-paragraph synopsis, and an email address in case he needs to contact you. With this, he can evaluate your work both for its literary merit and its market potential. Bring your questions and your tough skin, and Steve can point you in the right direction.

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Alyssa Roat

A literary agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite and an editor with Sherpa Editing Services. More than a hundred of her works of fiction and nonfiction have been featured in various publications, and she has worked for several publishing companies, newspapers, and literary agencies. She is well-veresed on editing, the writing craft, and the publishing industry and industry trends in both the ABA and CBA.

As an agent, she specializes in Children's, Middle Grade, and YA, but she considers other genres as well, including Science Fiction, Romance (Classic), Thrillers, Suspense, Mysteries, (Fantasy/Paranormal), Young Adult & Children Mainstream & Realistic Fiction, Chick Lit, Religion, and Historical Fiction. She is active on social media @alyssawrote.


She is specifically interested in Children's, MG, YA, and Fantasy.

Daniella Masterson at WC2Sherry Robb

Book development and selling books to publishers has been the main focus of literary agent Sherry Robb her entire professional career. Over the years, she has launched the publishing careers of over 300 writers.

Andrews & Robb Agency was formed in 1981. Within the first year of operation they had their first New York Times Bestseller, Mary Wilson's globally recognized "Dreamgirls". Michael Jackson's biography, "Michael!", by Mark Bego, came on the heels of this success, selling three million copies worldwide. Based on an idea that Ms. Robb developed while listening to this beloved celebrity talking about how her pets helped her through the loss of her husband, Alan Luden, she came up with "Pet Love" which launched Betty White's book career. She also accompanied Ms. White to Canada for her book promotion.This was only one of the ideas that she turned into a finished book, including "Dr. Mom", a book which Ms. Robb came up with the National Campaign...'Move Over Dr Spock...'. 

It was during this time that a huge manuscript was sent to the company. Difficult to dissect, she pulled the pages apart and created a Book Proposal and sent it off to ten publishers. Every one rejected it saying it was too disturbing.  The one editor left sent a note saying, "If this manuscript is still available, I do not want to- but am compelled to buy it. It needs a lot of work and it will be draining, especially after editing another true crime book". The rest is history. This was Robert Graysmith's "The Zodiac Killer", a book that twenty years later became a Mike Medavoy / David Fincher film starring Robert Downey, Jr.

Ms. Robb has always been a woman ahead of her times, but has been up to the task of fighting for her artists when she feels passionate about their idea, no matter how innovative. Ms. Robb was the major marketing arm of the company. In that capacity, she spent time in New York meeting with editors, selling and negotiated all book deals. She also represented their company in Germany each year at the Frankfurt Book Fair. During their business adventure together they had a total of nine national bestsellers. They proudly launched the writing careers of over two hundred first-time writers, including those that received international attention.

Ms. Robb began her own agency, AFH Talent Agency in 1989. Her staff consisted of two literary agents, a talent agent and associate and ten interns from around the world.  The office was a beehive of activity from the day of its opening, and during this time their actors appeared on all the major television shows, both sitcoms and episodics, MOWs and mini-series. Their literary division launched the film and television careers of new writers, including Ronald D. Moore. His first scripts sold to "Star Trek: Next Generation", which lead him to becoming a producer. Since then, Mr. Moore created and produced "Battlestar Galactica" at MGM. Continuing to sell books, Ms. Robb added two New York Times Bestsellers to her list, including Janice Pennington's "Husband, Lover, Spy" and Barry Gordy's Motown Biography. 

Considered an expert in the area of Book Rights, she was called into to consult with the legendary CAA Agent, Roland Perkins, on his potential book adaptations and deals. In 1993, tragedy struck when Ms. Robb suffered complicated congestive heart disease, and for a decade fought for her life, dying twice and spending much of these years in and out of six hospitals.  However, ready to tackle the industry again, and excited to return to her life career of representing artists, Ms. Robb formed The Robb Company in 2003. And the rest, as they say, is her story !


hsKen Sherman

Ken's literary Agency (Ken Sherman & Associates) was established in 1989 in Beverly Hills. He handles book, film, and television writers and often sells film and TV rights to books.

Ken is looking for passionate storytellers who understand the importance of submitting quality, ready-to-be-published work to publishers, studios, or production companies. He'll talk to you about how to professionally prepare your manuscript or screenplay no matter how rough your work is at this point.

He's looking for fiction and non fiction books of all types for potential book publication, as well as those projects that have the potential to become feature films, television movies, or television series. Originality and passion are key- -there's nothing like finding a diamond in the rough and helping shape a new career. And it has nothing to do with age.

For the Master's Pro Critique, please submit your query letter along with the first 15-20 pages of your book or screenplay, and he will review your work as he does any work coming into his agency. He'll discuss with you face-to-face what works and what doesn't, and hopefully work with you to find a way to help move your work to a higher professional level.


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