Vermont Knitting Festival

The Attendees

Learn more about the people you already know and get to know those you’ve never met.
Pro tip: search the page for your genre to see who else write it—

 

Claire Taylor

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What should we call you? Claire. But H. Claire works, too.

What are your above-ground pen names? H. Claire Taylor, Brock Bloodworth, and Nova Nelson

In what genres do you write?
Humor/satire (H. Claire), paranormal cop comedy (Brock), paranormal cozy mystery (Nova)

What’s your greatest strength in writing/publishing?
I can figure out what’s not working in a story and how to fix it with the lightest possible revisions. I can also find the innate humor in any story and know exactly how and where to add it. And I’m a bit of a work horse, I have a strong long-term vision, and I’m stubborn as hell.

What’s something in the industry that you’re fascinated with lately?
Inventive written and audio storytelling formats, and making a solid living without targeting the “whale readers.”

Who are you outside of writing?
I’m a reader, a recovering perfectionist, occasionally the life of the party, a dog enthusiast, a sports fan, a pretty lucky wife, and I enjoy a ribald renaissance faire weekend (or any excuse to dress in costume) when I can get it. Strong allergy to BS. Ask me what I’ve read lately.


Alyssa Archer

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What should we call you? Alyssa

What are your above-ground pen names? Alyssa Archer, A.M. Archer

In what genres do you write?
LitRPG, Westerns, Fantasy, Active Romance, TT Romance

What’s your greatest strength in writing/publishing?
Character motivation and development, copy editing

What’s something in the industry that you’re fascinated with lately?
Indies who write well.

Who are you outside of writing?
Homesteader, mother, teacher, beekeeper, personal chef, Girl Scout troop co-leader, gamer


Ember Casey

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What should we call you? Ember (the pen name I use at conferences and in the indie world in general) or Hayley (my real name that a bunch of people already know so will probably get used anyway).

What are your above-ground pen names? Ember Casey

In what genres do you write?
Contemporary Romance (subgenres include erotic romance, new adult, action-adventure romance, and rom-com). I’m also currently working on a YA Fantasy (my first love), and I’ve been playing around with short stories in other genres (just for fun).

What’s your greatest strength in writing/publishing?
I’m willing to try new things, experiment, play, and work hard! My overall career strategy is to diversify as much as possible (a.k.a. put my eggs in ALL the baskets), and learn as much as possible about all the emerging opportunities for authors in this current market.

What’s something in the industry that you’re fascinated with lately?
Apps! Fiction apps have been on the rise recently – from choose-your-own-adventure style storytelling apps like Chapters to serialized fiction apps like Radish, these have exploded onto the scene in the romance/YA world (which means they might be exploding into other genres soon). With so many people reading and consuming media on their phones, I’m fascinated by the new ways authors can expand their backlist distribution and reach an entirely fresh audience.

Who are you outside of writing?
I used to be a pastry chef, but I discovered I like eating pastries more than I like making them for hours on end. These days, when I’m not writing, I enjoy traveling and crafting (tragically for this event, I don’t know how to knit – I hang out more on the mixed-media/art journaling side of the craft store). Oh, and I have a beagle/lab mutt named Dante who I love to pieces (even if he’s the biggest crybaby on the planet).


Monica Leonelle

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What should we call you? Monica

What are your above-ground pen names? Monica Leonelle, Solo Storm, Maddy Raven, Monica Grace

In what genres do you write?
Monica Leonelle - writing, editing, publishing, marketing, business
Solo Storm - YA and NA urban fantasy, paranormal romance, some sci-fi
Maddy Raven - hot/steamy romance
Monica Grace - tarot, astrology, spirituality, etc.

What’s your greatest strength in writing/publishing?
Fiction - probably big picture plotting, identifying how someone can make their book more marketable/popular (I call it marketability editing)
Nonfiction - telling my personal story in a way people find interesting, coming up with straightforward, detailed, step-by-step frameworks that help someone unlock a topic they are confused about

What’s something in the industry that you’re fascinated with lately? Not lately, for several years now. Essentially the novelist's dilemma. How fiction authors can build 7- and 8-figure businesses through fan cultivation and product funnels as opposed to an army of ghostwriters and $100k+ ad budgets.

Who are you outside of writing? A wife, dog mom, and always-there-for-you friend. An artist. A dreamer. If you are single, an Emma-fering matchmaker.


Amy Teegan

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What should we call you? Amy

What are your above-ground pen names? Amy Teegan

In what genres do you write? 
Literary fiction (and tentative plans for all of the others if I live long enough)

What’s your greatest strength in writing/publishing?
I am organized AF, a good problem solver and a kickass encourager. Enthusiasm is my super power. I have no problem claiming that my work as the only employee at Sterling & Stone is a big part of how they grew to the empire they are now. I also am a HUGE reader of all/most genres and have a graduate degree in literature. I’m good at books. Books are my strength. Book book book. I love giving book recommendations, btw.


What’s something in the industry that you’re fascinated with lately?
Backlist promotion and maintenance. I plan to be doing this a long time and want to be as efficient as possible (read: lazy).
Also, I’m obsessed with Becca Syme’s classes and think you should take them.

Who are you outside of writing?
Reader, traveler, encourager, cat mom, history buff, Hamilvangelist


Kerry McQuaide

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What should we call you? Kerry

What are your above-ground pen names? Kerry McQuaide

In what genres do you write?
Children’s picture books, Coloring books, Middle Grade, Illustrated Essays  (and eventually I will complete a Graphic Novel!)

What’s your greatest strength in writing/publishing?
Visual storytelling and visual thinking. I also love systems and organization.

What’s something in the industry that you’re fascinated with lately? Illustrated adult fiction and non-fiction and also how great visual characterization helps books be adapted into TV and movies.

Who are you outside of writing? I love hiking, cooking, and eating. I live in New York’s Hudson Valley, so I get to do a lot of all three. I read…of course! I ride motorcycles—I’m going to Danny Walker’s Super Camp after the Summit—and I just became an Assistant Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.