Get answers to your questions about marketing yourself, and your book by our expert panelists.

Meet our speakers who will be leading the marketing panel!
 
Brandon Hoffman

Kate McIntyre

The Missouri Review Managing Editor

Kate McIntyre worked at the Missouri Review from 2008 to 2013 and returned in 2016 as managing editor, after several years as a visiting assistant professor of English and creative writing at Allegheny College. She holds a BA from Harvard University, an MFA from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her stories and essays have appeared recently in journals including Denver Quarterly, the Cimarron Review, The Normal School, and Copper Nickel. She has a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2014.

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Jim Henry

Award Winning Playwright, Screenwriter, and Actor

Jim Henry is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America

 

Mr. Henry is an actor and writer in the Chicagoland area and is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Literary Manager at Chicago Street Theatre.  Jim is the winner of more than 20 screenplay and playwriting awards.  He has had 60+ productions and public readings in the United States and Australia. His play 7th Monarch had a 3 month run off-Broadway at the Acorn Theatre on 42nd St.  - 7th Monarch is the winner of three playwriting awards: Plays for the 21st Century (Dallas, TX), DramaRama 2000 (San Francisco, CA), and The Panowski Award (Marquette, MI). Other productions include The Road Theatre - North Hollywood CA, Chicago Street Theatre, LaCrosse Community Theatre and Missouri Valley College.

 

Mr. Henry’s first play, The Angels of Lemnos has been produced throughout the US and in Australia.  Angels world premiered at Chicago Dramatists where Jim is a Resident Playwright and he won Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work.  The play ran for five months in Los Angeles receiving an L.A. Times Critic's Choice, rave reviews from Variety, and a Robby Award for Best New Play.  The Angels of Lemnos is published by Chicago Dramaworks.

 

His Screenwriting credits include:   Jupiter in Vegas, Young Again, Moon Shadows, The Seventh Monarch, Eternal Patrol, and The Angels of Lemnos.  Moon Shadows won 4th place in the Final Draft Screenplay Competition (out of over 2500 entries).  The Angels of Lemnos won Third Place at the Hollywood Film Festival and was a finalist in the Sundance Feature Film Project two years in a row.  Mr. Henry has optioned two screenplays with Producer Ian Bryce (Transformers I, II & III, Savings Private Ryan, Spiderman, Almost Famous).

 

Jim is also an award winning actor with numerous theatre credits over the past 25 years.  He is the winner of NIETF’s Best Actor in a Play for three years in a row.

 

Jim and his wife, Dona, have been married thirty-eight years and are blessed with eight children and nine grandchildren.

 

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Rebecca Bugger

Junior Agent at Serendipity Literary Agency

Rebecca began her literary career as a ghostwriter, helping her clients create books--in a myriad of genres--that sell, ultimately producing more than 500 successful projects. Within her career, she has written and edited with Guinness World Record holders, athletes and coaches from the NCAA, NBA, MLB, MLS, NFL, NHL, and the Premier League. She has also consistently worked with a handful of motivational speakers that have went on to produce best-selling books nationally and internationally. Finally, she has helped several celebrities, actors, and musicians produce their first written works.

 

After freelancing for many years and guiding her clients through the process of securing an agent or self-publishing, she decided to jump the fence and begin her next adventure as a Junior Agent with Serendipity. Rebecca's experience working directly with the writer gives her an edge when it comes to agenting--it has taught her the importance of building a strong collaborative team, and, as a result, she has created long-term working relationships with all of her clients.

 

What She's Looking For:

 

Rebecca is currently seeking non-fiction projects (narrative, memoir, investigative) that are related to fitness, nutrition, health and wellness, sports (especially those with a psychological spin), youth sports, theology, military, and politics. She also has an avid interest in any projects related to Musical Theater, Broadway, Touring Broadway, and Off-Broadway. Within all of these categories, she has a specific interest in projects that hold the potential for additional branding opportunities.

 

She is currently interested in Literary Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, and Children's Books by authors who have been published in the adult market, athletes, actors, journalists, politicians, and musicians.

 

Connect with Rebecca: http://www.rebeccabugger.net/

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Leanna Brunner

Marketing - Fiction Speaker

Leanna Brunner is a college professor, writer, and editor who strives to help other writers fulfill their dream of publishing their own manuscripts. She has taught high school and college writing classes at various schools for more than twenty years in the Kansas City area.

 

In 2014, she conducted the Write the Dream conference in Kansas City in an effort to educate aspiring writers about the writing and publishing realm. Since then, she has worked with more than two dozen writers and assisted them with making their publishing dreams come true. She has written and published four suspense novels, a short non-fiction book, and a series of workbooks and interactive classes on writing; she is soon to release her first children's book about a spider. In addition to teaching and writing, Leanna owns a business, Write the Dream, which offers curriculum, classes, coaching, editing, and design services for those who are interested in writing and/or publishing.

 

Leanna resides in Smithville, Missouri.