May’s Featured Speakers: Michelle Klayman & Jill Limber of Boroughs Publishing Group

bpg_logo_color_reversed_stackedEndLies_FinalNext month, we will have a publisher’s spotlight session with Boroughs Publishing Group.

We are pleased to welcome Michelle Klayman, President/CEO and Jill Limber, Editor.

See you at 10am on Sunday, May 18th at Bridges Academy in Studio City.


April’s Featured Speaker: Anne Cleeland

Anne CleelandDaughter of the God King-Anne CleelandNext month, our featured speaker will be Anne Cleeland.

In 2013, Anne debuted by publishing two different series in print with two different publishers.  Was it luck?  Talent?  No—mainly it was getting the projects in front of the right people at the right time. (Well, that and luck, too.)  Along the way she wrote a million queries and through trial and error, discovered some important strategies, including the best time of the year and day of the week to submit a query.

Murder-in-Thrall-Anne CleelandIn April, Anne will help you come up with the appropriate strategy to get your own project reviewed by an agent or editor and (hopefully) give you the best chance for success.

Join us on the second Sunday, April 13th at Bridges Academy in Studio City. Doors open at 10am, and the meeting runs from 10:30am-12pm. See you there!

Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a degree in law from Pepperdine University, and is a member of the California State Bar.  She writes a historical fiction series set in the Regency period as well as a contemporary mystery series set in New Scotland Yard.  A member of the Historical Novel Society and Mystery Writers of America, she lives in California and has four children.

March’s Featured Speaker: Mallory Braus

MalloryBrausNext month’s featured speaker will be Mallory Braus.

The topic will be What to Expect When You’re Expecting…Edits. Just like every story is unique, the edits constructed for each story will vary. Editors must adapt to the story needs — craft, story, prose/narration,etc — but also to the author’s needs — varying from debut authors to multi-published authors. Mallory will discuss the basics of what every author should expect from the editorial process.

Mark your calendar and we’ll see you at Bridges Academy on Sunday, March 16th! Doors open at 10am, and the meeting runs from 10:30am-12pm.

Mallory Braus graduated from UCLA in 2009 with a BA in English. From there, she became a freelance editor for Carina Press. She works with the stories she loves, authors she adores, and consider herself a sort of Indiana Jones—searching for treasure in the book world, and in the comfort of her office, safe from actual snakes and plane crashes.

Mallory has always had a passion for reading. But she never considered that the books she loved could lead to a future career. Until one fateful day she was offered an internship with a fabulous literary agent. A position as  intern for editor Rose Hilliard at St. Martin’s Press soon followed. She graduated from UCLA in 2009 with a BA in English. After a brief stay in New York, in which she discovered that city life did not agree with her, she returned to California and accepted a position as freelance editor for Carina Press. She also works as an independent freelance content editor and consultant. She feels so blessed to have found a job that lets her work with her one true love — stories.

Mallory will read just about anything — except horror. She’s especially on the look out for historical romance, mystery, sci-fi, urban fantasy, speculative fiction, and dark paranormals. More than anything, she loves character driven stories. Make her believe in your characters — give them real depth and vulnerabilities and quirks — and she’ll be putty in your hands.

You can follow her on Twitter @MalloryBraus or visit her website at