Jennifer DeChiara is President and Owner of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, which she founded in 2001. Before forming the agency, she was a literary agent with two established New York agencies, worked in the editorial departments of Simon & Schuster and Random House, and was a writing consultant for several major corporations. A New York City-based writer, she is a frequent guest judge for the WRITER’S DIGEST, WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING, and THAT FIRST LINE writing contests, among others, and is a frequent guest lecturer on publishing and the art of writing at universities and writers conferences throughout the country, which have included New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute, the Penticton, Canada Writers Conference, the San Diego State University Writers Conference, Backspace, the International Women’s Writing Guild, and the Learning Annex. The agency represents both children’s and adult books, fiction and non-fiction, in a wide range of genres and represents many best-selling, award-winning authors, including Pen Award-winning author Carol Lynch Williams, Edgar Award-winner Matthew J. Kirby, Newbery Honor Medal-winner Margi Preus, Lambda Award-winning YA novelist Brent Hartinger, best-selling children’s book authors Chanda Bell and Carol Aebersold, best-selling, award-winning Cathie Pelletier (aka K.C. McKinnon), and #1 New York Times’ best-selling author Sylvia Browne. The agency has a strong presence in Hollywood and is affiliated with many of the top film agencies there, with many film and television projects in development, several of which DeChiara has created and/or co-produced.
Stephen Fraser joined the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency as an agent in January 2005. He worked most recently at HarperCollins Childrens Books, where he edited such creative talents as Mary Engelbreit, Gregory Maguire, Michael Hague, Ann Rinaldi, Kathryn Lasky, Brent Hartinger, Stephen Mitchell, and Dan Gutman. He began his career at Highlights for Children and later worked at Scholastic and Simon & Schuster. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, he has a Masters degree in Childrens Literature from Simmons College in Boston. He represents both childrens and adult books in a wide range of genres.
Marie Lamba joined JDLA as an Associate Agent in 2011. She is the author of the young adult novel WHAT I MEANT . . . (Random House), and her work appears in the short story anthology LIAR LIAR (Mendacity Press) and the anthology CALL ME OKAASAN: ADVENTURES IN MULTICULTURAL MOTHERING (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing). Marie's articles appear in more than 100 publications, including national magazines such as Writer's Digest, Garden Design, and RWR. She has worked as an editor, an award-winning public relations writer, and a book publicist, has taught classes on novel writing and author promotion, and is a member of Romance Writers of America and The Liars Club.
Before joining JDLA as an Associate Agent in 2011, Linda read manuscripts, book proposals, and queries at Folio Literary Management; was Submissions Manager at the McVeigh Agency; and interned at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and also Meryl Zegarek Public Relations. Prior to that she was Community Relations Manager at Barnes and Noble, where she set up author readings and signinShe also leads workshops about publishing at Hofstra University. Linda graduated from Buffalo University with a BA in English and Environmental Studies and went on for graduate work in Creative Writing at Temple University. She also holds a BSN from New York University. Linda is an avid reader, a fiction writer, the mother of three children, and a native New Yorker whose breath is taken away every single time she sees the NYC skyline.
Diane DiResta is a media trainer, speech coach, and certified speech pathologist who works with executives in Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, and sports figures to get them communicating with clarity and precision. She trains business people to communicate with greater impact in the marketplace and coaches leaders to project their power to influence in order to achieve the result they want. She's also the author of the bestselling guide to public speaking and communicating from the platform, KNOCKOUT PRESENTATIONS: How To Deliver Your Message With Power, Punch, and Pizzazz. She has coached and consulted a vast number and range of clients, including executives at AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, Warner Bros., the US Army, the NBA, Merck, and IBM.
Diane has a Masters of Science from Columbia University in Speech Pathology and a B.A. in Speech from Brooklyn College. She is a Nationally Certified Speech Pathologist (CCC).
Diane is past President of the NY Tri-State National Speakers Association (NSA), winner of the NSA Golden Mic Award for professional excellence and service, and recipient of the Louis K. Miller business leadership award from the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. She is listed in the World Who's Who of Women.
Stacy Barnett Mozer is a middle-grade writer who is represented by Linda Epstein. She founded the SCBWI of Lower Fairfield and is the critique group coordinator for NESCBWI. Stacy has a Masters in Elementary Education from New York University and spends her days teaching third grade. Stacy lives with her husband and two children in Stamford, Connecticut.
Arlynn Greenbaum is a prominent lecture agent for authors and President of AUTHORS UNLIMITED, the speakers bureau she founded in 1991 after a 20-year career in book publishing, most recently as director of marketing for Little, Brown and Company.
AUTHORS UNLIMITED represents over 400 authors nationwide who are expert speakers on a wide variety of subjects. She is proud to represent Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Taylor Branch, David Levering Lewis, Elizabeth Strout, and Jeffrey Eugenides. In addition to the authors on her roster, Arlynn can contact others through her professional connections. Prominent authors she has booked include Jodi Piccoult, Amy Tan, Margaret Atwood, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Scott Turow.
AUTHORS UNLIMITED books speakers for colleges, corporations, trade associations, libraries, and other groups. If possible, Arlynn also arranges for the author's books to be sold at the speaking engagement. Her secret goal is to get people interested in books and help revive the lost art of reading.
Arlynn grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Michigan. She moved to New York City in 1970, and has worked for five publishers in publicity, public relations, and marketing capacities.
She is past president of the Women's Media Group and hte Publishers' Publicity Association. She is a member of Meeting Professionals International, the National Association for Campus Activities, and the International Association of Speakers Bureau.
Betty Anne Crawford is President and Owner of Books Crossing Borders, a company that specializes in the sale of foreign rights for literary agents and book publishers. Based in New York City, the company has been in existence for over 15 years and has a presence at all of the international book fairs.