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M&M Editors/Agents for Manuscript Critique

Have your partial manuscript critiqued by a major editor! If you’d like to know if your manuscript is ready for submission or looking for feedback on what you need to work on, here is your chance. 

Choose from the following list of industry leading editors and agents and purchase your critique(s) today for $150.00 (each). This includes up to 20 pages (including optional synopsis).

What should you expect from your critique? An editorial letter that includes, but not limited to, thoughts on voice, salability, where it fits in the marketplace/thoughts on comps, and if your manuscript is ready to query or requires further work.

*Critiques are NOT included in the conference fee. You must register for them here:  



**Please note this is on a first come first serve basis and quantities are limited! So don’t wait.

Melissa Keir, CEO
Inkspell Publishing






Growing up in a small town, Melissa created stories in her head and lived them out with her sisters. They climbed through the quarries, built forts among the leaves and pretended they were their favorite television heroines.


Always trying to spread joy and happiness, Melissa has written over 30+ stories of couples who eventually find their Happily Ever After. Her award winning and best-selling books are filled with broken heroes and heroines who overcome real-life obstacles and come out stronger than ever. Her children’s books (written under her childhood name- Missy Watling) feature endearing tales infused with important lessons about self-acceptance.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Inkspell Publishing, Melissa has worked with over eighty authors to bring their amazing books to life. Inkspell authors have gone on to become best-selling and award-winning authors in their own right. Inkspell Publishing began as a dream and now shares outstanding contemporary and paranormal romances with readers. The hands-on approach and small publisher experience creates a family among the Inkspell authors. Melissa enjoys helping others reach for the stars.


Escaping the cold Midwest winters, she and her husband, along with furbabies enjoy the beaches of South Carolina and can be found talking to the gators and turtles. She posts photos of her gator friends as well as other wildlife. After all, sometimes they have the best advice!


She’d love to hear from you!


She says, "I enjoy all romance books but have a fondness for contemporary and paranormal."

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Reagan Rothe, Owner 
Black Rose Writing



Reagan Rothe is the creator and owner of Black Rose Writing, an Indie Press in Texas, the host of the Heard it Through the Rosevine podcast, and a fellow published author. He is an Amazon and Facebook Ad ninja, serves on Ingram’s Publisher Advisory Board, and is a Social Media Certified Professional. Rothe has contributed to IBPA’s Independent, NetGalley Insights, and other reputable literary channels. He lives with his beautiful wife, Minna, and has two children, Lena and Walter Lee.


  • Historical romance

  • Contemporary romance

  • Romantic Comedies

  • romantic suspense

  • Women’s fiction with a central romance

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Ann Leslie Tuttle, agent,
Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC


Ann Leslie Tuttle joined DG&B in 2017 after working for 20 years at Harlequin Books where she most recently was a Senior Editor. At Harlequin, she was fortunate to work on an extensive and varied list of bestselling and award-winning titles in romance and women’s fiction. She received her B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from the University of Virginia. Finding and nurturing talented new and established writers has always been Ann Leslie’s passion.


  • Women’s fiction, especially beach reads and historical fiction;

  • Contemporary romance

  • Romantic comedies

  • Historical romance

  • Romantic suspense


Jacqui Lipton, Agent

The Tobias Agency


Jacqui Lipton is a Senior Literary Agent and Head of the Adult Fiction/Nonfiction Department at The Tobias Literary Agency, as well as a publishing attorney/consultant. Her tastes in fiction and nonfiction are very eclectic, but she is very character-driven and loves to see unforgettable characters in unexpected situations. She is the author of Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers (UC Press, 2020) and Our Data, Ourselves: A Personal Guide to Digital Privacy (UC Press, 2022).


  • Contemporary Romance

  • Romantic Comedies

  • Fantasy Romance (but not epic/high fantasy)

  • Speculative Romance (very selectively)


Leticia Gomez, Editorial Director


Leticia Gomez is the Editorial Director for Dafina Books, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp., which focuses on high-quality fiction and non-fiction that centers on race, identity, and its impact on our experiences. Dafina’s carefully curated list is a home for dynamic stories that innovate and amplify voices too long ignored through books that entertain, challenge, and inspire. Launched in 2000 as the first African American imprint, Dafina has led the market for more than twenty years in highlighting voices of color.

Prior to joining the Kensington family, Leticia was a prominent literary/film/television agent who specialized in bringing culturally diverse voices to the forefront. She has helped her clients secure deals with the largest publishers in the world and has seen several of her projects successfully optioned for TV and film rights. As a literary agent, she placed more than 200 bookswith independent and mainstream traditional publishers.


  • Contemporary Romance

  • Historical Romance

  • Women's Fiction with Romantic Elements

  • Romantic Suspense

  • Paranormal Romance (including Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Romantasy)


Laura Kelly, Editor

Wild Rose Press

Laura Kelly spent more than 17 years as an editor with The Wild Rose Press. She's edited Romantic Suspense, as well as Mainstream Mystery, Suspense, Suspense with elements of Romance, and Thrillers. She has also edited contemporary romance, lighter paranormals – meaning characters with some sort of special power, fantasy stories, or ghosts.  She has also edited cowboy romances, vintage stories, and women’s fiction. Her personal heat level preference is sensuous to spicy to hot, maybe even a little steamy, but no erotica. Sweet is also doable if it’s a romantic suspense, women’s fiction, or mainstream anything. As a personal best, Laura was named the top editor at Preditors and Editors for three years in a row.

Laura has also edited:

  • 3 Reward of Novel Excellence (RONE) Finalists from InD'tale Magazine

  • 1 RONE Award winner from InD'tale Magazine

  • 1 Reader's Crown Award Finalist from RomCon

  • 2 Reader's Crown Award Winners from RomCon

  • 1 EPIC eBook Award Finalist

  • 3 EPIC eBook Award Winners

  • And 4 New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award Winners


  • Contemporary Romance

  • Cowboy Romance

  • Women's Fiction with Romantic Elements

  • Romantic Suspense

  • Romantic Mystery

  • Paranormal Romance (including Fantasy, and Romantasy)

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