The 8th Annual 805 Writers Conference
Speakers and Workshop Presenter Bios.
Author Kimberly Davis Basso
Kimberly Davis Basso is an author and playwright. Her debut, I’m a Little Brain Dead chronicles her stroke and “shatters the mold” on medical memoirs. Nominated for an INDIES Book of the Year in Humor from Foreword Reviews, it received numerous awards including Writer’s DigestSelf-Published Honorable Mention (Life Stories), Readers Favorite (Humor Finalist) and others. A native of the Boston area, Kimberly has always been a writer of stories, plays, and lists. She worked as a stage director and producer for nearly twenty-five years, with productions in San Francisco, Boston
Email KDBassoWrites@gmail.com; Twitter @KDBWrites; Instagram @ KDBWrites and @the_bard_and_i
Author Mandy Jackson Beverly
Mandy Jackson-Beverly is the author of The Creatives Series, supernatural thrillers: A Secret Muse, The Devil And The Muse, The Immortal Muse, and the companion fantasy novella The Legend of Astridr: Birth.
Mandy has worked as a costume designer and stylist for a fantastic array of creative dynamos including photographer Herb Ritts; directors Joel and Ethan Coen, David Fincher, and Julien Temple; and music icons David Bowie, Madonna, and Tina Turner. She taught art and theater in high schools, contributed blogs to The Huffington Post, and is on the board of directors for the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN). These days she lives with her family in Ojai, California, and spins stories for her readers’ pleasure as well as her own.
When Mandy’s not writing, teaching, or reading (she has a fascination with Jung), she’s cooking, painting, dancing, or on walkabout—preferably in Italy.
Author Ivor Davis
London-born Ivor Davis first came to America in the early sixties and was appointed West Coast correspondent for the London Daily Express in l963. His first big assignment came the following year: to hang out, travel with, and get to know the four members of a new pop group from Liverpool: the Beatles. He was the only British daily newspaper correspondent to cover the Fab Four’s first American tour from start to finish, given unparalleled access to John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Fifty years later, Davis wrote The Beatles and Me on Tour.
Over more than five decades as a writer for the Express and the Times of London, Ivor covered major events in North America. He penned a weekly entertainment column for the New York Times Syndicate for over fifteen years, interviewing some of the biggest names in show business, from Cary Grant to Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton to Tom Cruise and Muhammad Ali.
In l969 Davis co-wrote Five to Die, the first book ever published about the Sharon Tate—LaBianca murders and covered the trial for the Daily Express.
As a foreign correspondent, he traveled throughout the western hemisphere covering riots, floods, earthquakes, and politics. As Editor-at-Large for Los Angeles Magazine, he and his late wife, Sally Ogle Davis, wrote over 100 major magazine and cover stories.
Editor Naomi Kim Eagleson
Naomi Kim Eagleson founded The Artful Editor in 2010 and now manages twenty editors who have edited in-house or freelanced for New York publishing houses, including Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins. Over the years, she and her team have helped hundreds of authors polish their books for submission to literary agents or for self-publication. www.artfuleditor.com
Author Patricia Fry
Patricia Fry is the author of 78 published books, including a series of how-to books for authors published by Allworth Press. She established her own publishing company in 1983 and has produced many of her books through Matilija Press. Patricia is past President and the former Director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network) and has been presented publishing and book promotion workshops throughout the US. Currently, she writes and produces cozy mysteries, having just published Book 36 in the Klepto Cat Mystery series. MatilijaPress.com.KleptoCatMysteries.com
Author, Publicist, Marketer Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Carolyn Howard-Johnson brings her experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, and retailer to the advice she gives in her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and the many classes she taught for nearly a decade as instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program. The books in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers have won multiple awards. That series includes both the first and second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor won awards from USA Book News, Readers’ Views Literary Award, the marketing award from Next Generation Indie Books and others including the coveted Irwin award. How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically is the newest book in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers.
Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of “Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen” and was given her community’s Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts.
The author loves to travel. She has visited eighty-nine countries and has studied writing at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University, Prague. She admits to carrying a pen and journal wherever she goes. Her Web site is www.howtodoitfrugally.com.
Author and Agent Emily Heckman
Emily Heckman worked as an acquisitions editor in NYC for twenty years before launching her freelance career as an editor and writer. During her twenty-plus years in New York, she worked with greats such as Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, Ann Rule, and Jeffery Deaver. Emily held editorial positions with Simon & Schuster, Random House, Macmillan, and Grove. Nothing gives her more pleasure than launching a new writer into the challenging, fickle world of the published author.
For more information about Emily visit: www.independenteditorsgroup.com/emily-heckman
Beginning as a music journalist turned publicist, Kathleen Kaiser’s career spans over 40+ years of involvement in the most exciting industries of her generation. From rock and roll in the 60s and 70s to the digital/internet revolution of the late 80s and 90s, she has been a marketing professional for Fortune 100 companies, small startups, and conferences/tradeshows around the world.
In 1993, she opened Kathleen Kaiser & Associates, an emerging technology-marketing firm, which now focuses on working with the arts nonprofit communities and marketing authors. Her work includes past president and season producer of the Ojai Shakespeare Festival, past president of the Ventura County Writers Club, marketing for the Ojai Studio Artists, Ojai Art Walk, Ojai Art Center Theater, Ojai Film Festival, and other community organizations. She has produced the 805 Writers’ Conference for eight years.
Named Publicist of the Year in 2016 by the Book Publicists of Southern California for her contributions to the literary community, Kathleen maintains a small list of clients that allow her to continue her volunteerism, which includes being president of the national literary organization Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN), Ojai Art Center Literary Branch board member, assisting the Ojai Performing Arts Theater, and organizer of a monthly literary meeting in Thousand Oaks, CA co-sponsored by IWOSC and SPAWN.
In her free time, ha-ha, she is working on a graphic novel about her years in rock and roll, a new historical novel, and occasionally writes articles for regional publications. Kathleen is a proud fourth-generation small businesswoman.
Author Shelly Lowenkopf
Shelly Lowenkopf has been publishing short stories, reviewing collections of short stories by other writers, and writing about the composition of short stories for over forty years. At the same time, he’s been teaching classes in short story writing in graduate, undergraduate, and adult programs. In addition to the recent publication of a collection of his short pieces, he continues to find homes in literary journals for his newer work. 2019 is no exception; two new stories have already appeared and a third is due. Possibly even a fourth.
His favorite writers of short fiction begin with Mark Twain, extend to the Russian master, Anton Chekhov, including as well Katherine Mansfield, John Cheever, Deborah Eisenberg, and Maile Meloy, a recommendation from another writer Lowenkopf admires, Thomas Mc Guane. When a noted critic compared the overall effect of Lowenlopf’s work to Lee K. Abbott, Lowenkopf began to understand why the short story is his favorite medium.
Lowenkopf has published over 35 books, including his latest short story collection Love
Agent Toni Lopopolo
Toni Lopopolo Literary Management was founded in 1991 by Toni Lopopolo who boasts an impressive 30+ years in the book publishing business. This former executive editor at Macmillan and then St. Martin’s Press, combines her many years in publishing with her unique editing skills to provide a full-service literary agency to new and seasoned authors.
Tea with Toni was created in 2011 to help area writers strengthen their writing and self-editing skills, bringing their manuscripts up to professional levels. She holds workshops in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties.
Toni Lopopolo Literary Management partners with authors for the duration of their literary careers and includes
Agent Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
She graduated from SDSU with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has a strong Internet and media background and over 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces, and promotional features for television.
After writing ad copy and features for published books for years, she knows how to find a project’s “hook” and sell it.
Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women’s commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of science, history, narrative non-fiction, sports, politics, current events, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor, music, and very select memoir.
Please note that Jill is specifically not interested
To learn more about her recent signings visit dijkstraagency.com
Creator/Maker Carolyn McDonald
Carolyn is the award-winning executive producer of HBO’s “America’s Dream”, the National Geographic documentary, “Bearing Light”, TNT’s “Buffalo Soldiers” + “Freedom Song”. Beginning her career out of NYU in the marketing division of Warner Bros TV, Carolyn was a production executive at Cinecom Entertainment Group and executive vice president of Danny Glover’s Carrie Productions. She has scripted works for 20th Century Fox and a variety of indie producers. Carolyn directed & produced the short film P.N.O.K. featuring Danny Glover + Elle Fanning, the documentary “Design Your Neighborhood”, and an array of music videos, short films, and corporate films for Nissan, the Nashville Civic Design Center and ‘Big Kenny’s’ LoveEverybody.com.
An alumni of Judith Weston’s Actor/Director Lab, Carolyn studied acting with the late Geraldine Page and Uta Hagen. She recently launched DigMeVision, a consulting service to help content creators implement effective sales + marketing strategies, and materials in the ever-changing media landscape.
Author and Publisher Zhena Muzyka
Zhena Muzyka is a social entrepreneur, author, women’s business and life coach, public speaker and the publisher of Enliven Books, a new Mind-Body-Spirit imprint from Atria/Simon and Schuster. As the host of “Change Maker” CBS Radio Podcast, Zhena explores the inner terrain of personal development with bestselling authors, politicians, artists, experts, and business leaders. Zhena’s book, Life by the Cup, chronicles her experience of growing a multimillion-dollar fair trade tea company, Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, as a single mom with $6 to her name in hopes to inspire others to achieve their most audacious dreams. Life by the Cup is in development for a TV series by Mark Wahlberg and his production company, creators of HBO shows Boardwalk Empire, Entourage and In Treatment. Celebrated for her work in fair trade business practices, Zhena was named a Country Living Women Entrepreneur Honoree, a Top Woman in Business by Pacific Business Times, 20 most inspiring women in Coco Eco Magazine, and has received the Enterprising Women of the Year award and the Socially Responsible Business Award, among others. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Inc., Entrepreneur, and additional mediums for her unique view of business and meditation, work and family life with empire building.
Zhena is a trusted advisor to women-owned businesses and creates inspirational media on www.Zhena.TV now. You can contact her at
Agent Dana Newman
Dana Newman is an LA-based independent literary agent representing authors of practical and narrative non-fiction including memoir, biography, business, technology, popular culture, current affairs, lifestyle and wellness (health, self-help, and sports/fitness), and select literary and upmarket fiction. She’s always on the lookout for compelling voices, ideas
Producer Ilene Kahn Powers
Emmy Award-winning and multiple Golden Globe nominated producer, Ilene Kahn Power has been the Executive Producer of many acclaimed movies. Ilene was instrumental in establishing HBO Films as the potent force it has become today. In the late 90’s she left her executive post as Vice President of HBO Films to form the production company KAHN POWER PICTURES, to produce STALIN for HBO in Moscow.
In her thirteen years as Vice President of HBO Films, Kahn Power supervised the development and production of over sixty films including THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY, MURDERERS AMONG US, THE SIMON WIESENTHAL STORY starring Ben Kingsley; MANDELA, starring Danny Glover and JUDGEMENT starring David Straithern as a pedophile priest.
In 2018 she was Executive Producer on REMOTE AREA MEDICAL, the award-winning feature documentary. ROMEO KILLER appeared on Lifetime Television in 2015. Kahn Power is also Executive Producer of one of Lifetime’s top-rated recent movies, WHO IS CLARK ROCKEFELLER? Other films and series credits include USA Networks’ six-hour TRAFFICin 2007. That year, she also produced THE DEAD HOLLYWOOD WIVES SOCIETY for Hallmark Channel, based on Lindsay Maracotta’s book of the same title.
Kahn Power had the distinction of being the only producer in history to have three out of five films nominated as Best Motion Picture for Television for the Golden Globe Awards: ROSWELL,starring Kyle Maclachlan and Martin Sheen for Showtime; WHITE MILE starring Alan Alda, Peter Gallagher and Robert Loggia for HBO; and FATHERLAND starring Rutger Hauer and Miranda Richardson for HBO. In 1998 she was Executive Producer on BUFFALO SOLDIERS, starring Danny Glover for Turner Network Television. In 2003 Executive Producer Kahn Power’s film THEY CALL ME SIRR for Showtime was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Children’s Special.
Among her current active projects is DARKOVER based on the renowned novels by legendary Science Fiction/Fantasy writer Marion Zimmer Bradley’s (Mists of Avalon); she is partnered with Elizabeth Stanley on this project. The unique family saga, INTO THE HEART, has been sold to FX Networks. She is also currently developing another event series: THE SILK ROAD, the story of the rise and fall of the underground drug bazaar The Silk Road.
Ilene Kahn Power is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the Producers Guild of America, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Women In Film where she chairs and produces The Legacy Series, a documentary series of visual histories of trailblazing women in the motion picture and television industry. She was Jury Chair of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, for nine years.
Literary agent & Producer Sherry Robb
In 1981, Sherry Robb launched Andrews & Robb Literary Agency in Hollywood, partnering with
After several years of health problems, in 2013 she created The Robb Company now represents writers (novelists/screenwriters), actors, and a select group of filmmakers (producers/directors). Many scripts are in development, two to be released in 2019, and others optioned. The company’s actors have appeared in major television shows, as well as in feature films. therobbcompany.com
In the past year, Ms. Robb has been a speaker/pitch participant
Marketer & Author Penny C. Sansevieri
Founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a bestselling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations
Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Amazon Optimization programs as well as Social Media/Internet book marketing campaigns. She is the author of 18 books, including “How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon,” “Revise and Re-Release Your Book”, “5-Minute Book Marketing,” and “Red Hot Internet Publicity,” which has been called the “leading guide to everything Internet.”
AME has had dozens of books on top bestseller lists, including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.
To learn more about Penny’s books or her promotional services, visit www.amarketingexpert.com.
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