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Janet Zupan earned her M.F.A. from the University of Montana in 1996. Her work appears in the collection, MONTANA WOMEN WRITERS: A GEOGRAPHY OF THE HEART (Far Country) ... [more]

As a kid, A.L. Torres fell in love with fantastic stories of worlds beyond our own such as "Animal Farm," "On the Beach" and "Metamorphosis." More recently, he's added "The Giver," "The Road" and "Hunger Games" as some of his favorites, ... [more]

Robert Steedman is a proud native New Yorker, receiving his B.A. in Art History from State University of New York at Geneseo and an M.S. Ed. in Art Education from Nazareth College. His first YA manuscript, FALLING, took First Place ... [more]

Brittany Hughes graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing, and subsequently earned a Masters in Teaching. She recently spent two years living in the Midwest, a landscape that inspired the setting of her novel, "Breaking Clay." ... [more]


• The Six Act Two-Goal Novel

• Maximizing Opps For Verve

• A Dose of Antagonism

• Guide to Best Comparables

• Crossing the Epiphany Line

• Novel Coverage Counts

• Storyboarding Scenes

• Sympathy Factors in Hook

• Third Person Point of View


   Agents, Authors, Editors - Betsy Maury, Paula Munier, Michael Neff, Michelle Richter

   In Cooperation and Partnership with
Algonkian Writer Conferences and The New York Pitch

    "Algonkian Writer Conferences, the New York Pitch Conference, and the editors of Author Salon have joined to mutually support and work with this new Algonkian Novel Writing Program which we feel is the best of its kind online, or off. It is rigorous, informative and challenging, taking the novel step by step from first line to denouement in a realistic manner unequaled by other classes or programs."
      - Michael Neff


Writer Professionals Consulted in The Creation of This Program:

  • Random House Senior Editor Caitlin Alexander
  • Literary Agent Kimberley Cameron
  • Literary Agent, Author and Editor Paula Munier
  • Algonkian Director, Editor and Author Michael Neff
  • Literary Author Robert Bausch
  • AEI Film Producer, Author and Literary Agent, Ken Atchity
  • Literary Author and Teacher, Susan Breen
  • Literary Agent Gordon Warnock

Program Faculty (Also With Algonkian Conferences/New York Pitch)


Michael Neff is one of two Developmental Executives for AEI Films and Story Merchant in Los Angeles. He is actively searching for high concept projects that can be transformed into films or books, or both. His recent and upcoming agent deals include RISE OF THE AMERICAN CORPORATE SECURITY STATE (Berrett-Koehler) by Beatrice Edwards, MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW (Thomas Dunne) by Wendy Eckel, THE FIVE PENS OF JOHANNES by Richard Hacker, and MY LIFE BEHIND BRAS - A MAMMOIR by Lori Kaplan. He is on the AEI/SM developmental team for SISTER ISLANDS (TV series and novel), MESSAGE TO SHIGATSE (film with Nextpix productions), DEVILS BAY (film), and also story creator and co-producer for THREE ALARM SHIH-TZU, a Disney-esque animal story. In addition, he is collaborating with Macmillan Entertainment's executive editor, Brendan Deneen, to develop new high-concept projects for both film and print.

He is the founder and director of Algonkian Writer Conferences and its associated events. As a result of his "Algonkian method" workshops and his own editorial expertise, Michael and his programs have ushered dozens of authors over the past several years into agent and publication contracts with major houses. In his capacity as the director of the New York Pitch Conference he works with senior publishing house editors to locate and tap potential in budding new authors working in a variety of genres including upmarket literary and general fiction, serious and light women's fiction, narrative non-fiction, historical fiction, mystery, SF and fantasy.

Michael contributes as editor and publisher to several journals and literary projects, including but not limited to Del Sol Press, The Potomac Journal of Poetry and Politics, and Double Room. His own work has appeared in such literary journals as the North American Review, Quarterly West, Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Literary Review, American Way Magazine, and Conjunctions. His novel, YEAR OF THE RHINOCEROS, was published by Red Hen Press in 2009. He was one of the winners of the first Imitation William Faulkner Contest sponsored by the University of Mississippi, and has served as judge for various writing contests, including the Writer's Digest Finalist Prize for best short fiction. He is a founder, contributing editor and content provider for Author Salon and its novel writing program, and a founder and contributor to a popular writer blog known as The Writer's Edge that provides assistance to nascent authors.


Betsy Maury is a former senior editor at Dell Publishing where she oversaw Delta Cutting Edge, an imprint of trade paperback fiction that showcased bold literary voices. During her tenure she published the cult classic GOING NATIVE by Stephen Wright and ARISE AND WALK by Barry Gifford. She also acquired upmarket mainstream fiction including the national bestseller THE SIXTEEN PLEASURES by Robert Hellenga. She likes accessible literary fiction with memorable characters and settings. Betsy acquired popular nonfiction as well including notable books, U2 AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Bill Flanagan and DEBATING SEXUAL CORRECTNESS edited by Adele Stan. She comes to the novel writing faculty with both publishing and writing experience, having written numerous books for Fodor's Travel Publications on Europe. She currently teaches a writing workshop and is an editorial consultant to Page Arts Journal,a New England literary magazine inspired by the Transcendentalists.


Paula Munier comes to Talcott Notch Literary with broad experience creating and marketing exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as Disney, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, and Quayside. She began her career as a journalist, and along the way added editor, acquisitions specialist, digital content manager, and publishing executive to her repertoire. She most recently served as the Director of Innovation and Acquisitions for Adams Media, a division of F+W Media, where she headed up the acquisitions team responsible for creating, curating, and producing both fiction and nonfiction for print, eBook, eShort, and direct-to-eBook formats. Paula is very involved with the mystery community, having served four terms as President of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America as well as on the MWA board. (She's currently VP of that organization.) She's also served as both co-chair and Agents and Editors chair on the New England Crime Bake committee for seven years and counting. And she's an active member of Sisters in Crime.

Her most recent deals include a six figure deal for THE REGISTRY by Shannon Stoker to Harper Collins; SNIPER by Vaughn Hardacker, Skyhorse Publishing; DYING FOR ATTENTION by James Shannon, Five Star; THE BODY LANGUAGE OF LIARS by Dr. Lillian Glass, Career Press; and TREAT ME LIKE A DOG by Larry Kay, Sourcebooks. Paula is currently seeking new clients who write mysteries, crime/detective, thrillers, SF/fantasy, YA/MG fantasy/SF, romance with an edge, and quirky women's fiction, memoir and humor.


Michelle Richter is now an agent at Fuse Literary Agency. A former editor at St. Martins, she has worked with bestselling authors including Tom Perrotta, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, and Ian K. Smith, MD and with authors well-known in other media such as Paul Anka; Albert Brooks; and Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian on fiction and on nonfiction topics. As an agents, she is seeking book club fiction, literary fiction, and well-crafted women's commercial fiction, as well as thrillers and mysteries, specifically amateur sleuth, police procedurals, and smart cozies.

On the faculty of Algonkian Author Salon, she is standing by for any full ms evaluations that might come her way.


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