Past Conferences

The 2013 Lone Star Writer’s Conference

James Scott Bell – “Don’t Let ’em Put The Book Down”
October 5th 2013

Presenter: James Scott Bell
Topic: “Don’t Let ’em Put the Book Down”
Editors: Rachel Burkot, Assistant Editor, Harlequin – Kimani Line
Heather Osborn, Samhain Publishing’s Editorial Director
Robin Peterman Haseltine, Assistant Editor, Entangled Publishing
Agents: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Location: Houston Airport Marriott (IAH)
Date & Time: October 5, 2013; 9 am to 5 pm (registration and breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.)
Cost: $140
“Don’t Let ’em Put the Book Down”
JamesScottBellJames’s workshop will involve a scene by scene breakdown of ‘The Fugitive,’ along with in-depth descriptions of ‘voice,’style, how to keep them turning the pages and working your revisions.JAMES SCOTT BELL is a bestselling and award winning suspense writer, and one of the top writing coaches in the country. He writes in both the traditional and indie publishing realms. Writing as K. Bennett, he is the author of the Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law series, which begins with PAY ME IN FLESH. In 2012 he became the first writer to have a self published work nominated for the prestigious International Thriller Writers Award (for the novella ONE MORE LIE). He was the fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine and has written four popular books for the Writers Digest line: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers and Conflict & Suspense. Jim taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and continues to teach at numerous writers conferences in the United States, Canada and London. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He lives and writes in L.A. He blogs weekly at Kill Zone —[/tab][tab]

Attending Editors


Rachel Burkot is an Assistant Editor at Harlequin for the Kimani Line. She loves the variety of daily tasks involved in book production—and the opportunity to read on the job! After going through school hiding a book under a desk and getting in trouble for reading during class, Rachel decided that helping authors make their books as strong as possible would be the ideal career. The hopeless romantic in her is still counting her blessings that she found the perfect home at Harlequin.

Heather Osborn, Samhain Publishing’s Editorial Director HeatherOsborn-Headshot

A longtime lover of the written word, Heather Osborn has spent her entire adult life figuring out ways to surround herself with books. A former bookseller, Heather made the transition to editing 10 years ago, starting out with digital publishing, then making the move to traditional publishing by running the romance line at Tor Books, and now returning back to her digital roots by becoming the Editorial Director at Samhain Publishing

When she’s not busy working, Heather can be found reading for pleasure, obsessively playing RPG video games and watching entirely too much Ninja Warrior.


Robin Peterman Haseltine

Robin HaseltineAssistant Editor, Entangled Publishing

Robin Haseltine is an Associate Editor at Entangled Publishing and Assistant Editor to Liz Pelletier, Publisher. During her three years with Entangled, she has been involved in acquiring and editing for almost every line, including a NY Times bestseller, and top selling Brazens, Covets, and YAs.

She is interested in acquiring novellas for Flirt and Ever After and historicals for the Scandalous imprint, especially Regency, Georgian, Highlander, and Medieval.

When she’s not editing, she writes YA fantasy and can be found on Facebook and twitter @robinhaseltine.


Attending Agent


Kevan Lyon is a founding partner of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. With over 20 years in the publishing business, including over 8 years as a literary agent and 17+ years on the wholesale, retail and distribution side of the business, Kevan brings an informed and unique perspective to her work with clients. Her background on the buying and retail side of publishing affords her helpful insight into what types of books will sell and how to market them. Kevan holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Kevan handles women’s fiction, with an emphasis on commercial women’s fiction, young adult fiction and all genres of romance. Kevan works with her authors to help them realize their dreams of being published and to build a long term career as a writer. The Marsal Lyon Literary Agency strives to partner with their clients on all phases of the publishing path. Authors on Kevan’s list span a broad range of genres in women’s fiction including historical fiction, mystery, literary, commercial fiction and all genres of romance. She loves to be surprised by a unique plot or characters and is always looking for a new, fresh voice or approach.


More Conference Highlights!

  • The first 35 people to register are invited to a Meet-and-Greet party Friday night.
  • Katy Budget Books will offer books from our guest presenter and our published authors. And you can get them signed the same day!
  • The Lone Star Writing Competition will present the winners during our Awards Luncheon.
  • You will be dazzled by dozens of amazing raffle baskets and silent auctions.
  • Post conference Wine, Chocolate, Cheese party at the hotel – everyone is invited!