Shelly Lowenkopf held major editorial positions with general trade, mass market paperback, literary, and scholarly book publishers, in addition to executive editorial participation in special interest, literary, and genre fiction magazines. He has seen over seven hundred book projects, hundreds of short stories, plus essay projects through the publishing process. Currently a freelance consultant and teacher, his clients include novelists, retired and active academics
Lowenkopf taught courses in short story, novel, dramatic writing, editing, genre fiction, and revision at the graduate level in one of the most prestigious writing programs in America at University of Southern California, where he was given a Lifetime Teaching Award. He is currently teaching at the University of California at Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies. He is a past regional president of the Mystery Writers of America.
He led the late night workshop at The Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference for over 30 years, hosting as well the First Book Panel. In addition he has been keynote speaker and workshop leader at Cuesta College Writers’ Conference, Saddleback College, The William Saroyan Writers’ Conference, Antioch at Santa Barbara Writers’ Conferences, the Ventura County Writers’ Conference, and numerous one-off speaking engagements before writers’ groups in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles.
His book reviews have appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The National Catholic Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Publishers' Weekly, the Santa Barbara News-Press, and the Santa Barbara Independent. He has been the weekly reviewer for the Montecito Journal since 2005.
Lowenkopf has published over 35 books along with short fiction, pulp novels, essays, and reviews, as well as a column for the Virginia City, NV Territorial Enterprise during its most recent revival. His 2013 book, The Fiction Writer’s Handbook, is a guide to terms, concepts, and forms related to storytelling. It was short-listed for a Book-of-the-Year Prize. His most recent book, a collection of short stories, Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night, won the Los Angeles Book Fair award for the fiction collection division.
A new book, A Character Prepares: Acting Techniques Fiction Writers Use to Create Vibrant Characters, will come out in 2016
Visit his daily blogs on writing at: www.Lowenkopf.com
Literary Agent, Toni Lopopolo, brings a book-publishing resume that began in New York City in 1970 in the publicity department of Bantam Books, where she helped publicize authors such as Philip Roth, Barbara Cartland, Isaac Asimov, and Louis L’Amour.
She next served as Library Promotion Director at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, and visited almost every major library in the USA, until Houghton Mifflin offered her a position in Boston as Marketing Manager, Paperback Books. Her big campaigns included Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins. When Macmillan offered Toni the title of Executive Editor, she moved back to New York City and published Judy Mazel’s Beverly Hills Diet, Elvis 56 by Al Wertheimer among other hits.
When St. Martin’s Press made an offer she couldn’t refuse, Toni became Executive Editor from 1981 to 1990 where she published New York Times bestsellers Hot Flashes by Barbara Raskin and Rich and Famous by Kate Coscarelli plus Elsa Lanchester, Herself, by Elsa Lanchester, On The Other Hand by Fay Wray and many other titles.
In l991, Toni opened Toni Lopopolo Literary Management and won multi-book contracts for authors Sol Stein, Lee Silber, Lillian Glass, Steve Duno, Nancy Baer, Flo Fitzgerald, Judith Smith-Levin, Howard Olgin, M.D., Jeanette Baker, Gloria Arenson, Larry Seeley, Shelly Lowenkopf, Robin Winter, and many others.
Toni is also known for her writers’ workshops where she uses unique methods and techniques to help first-time novelists master the skills needed to successfully write book-length fiction. She aids nonfiction writers to produce compelling narrative nonfiction, using fiction techniques. Toni has held workshops at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and at the Writer’s Room of Bucks County, PA. as well as the Ventura County Writers Club in California. Toni created the "Tea with Toni" fiction workshops in 2011 and added the popular "Memoir Writing" workshops in 2012. Toni is also noted for her very popular lecture: The Ten Most Common Mistakes First Novelists Make.
To learn more, visit: LopopoloLiterary.com