Tyler Moss


Tyler Moss is the managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine, where he has interviewed bestselling authors such as Scott Turow, Rainbow Rowell and Andy Weir. He is a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, and his additional bylines include Outside magazine, The AtlanticNew YorkPasteViceDRAFTPlayboySalon and Mental Floss. Find him on Twitter @tjmoss11.

Swati Pandey

Communications Professional

Swati Pandey is a communications professional and previously was a freelance writer and editor. Swati's writing has appeared in Electric Literature, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and the LA Weekly among other publications. Her short story 'Youth' was short-listed for the Best American Short Stories 2017. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is working on a novel.

Desiree Zamorano


Desiree Zamorano (desireezamorano.com) has wrestled with culture, identity, and the invisibility of Latinas from early on. A frequent contributor to LA Review of Books, h er essays have appeared in the LA Times, NPR's Latino USA and Publishers Weekly.

She delights in the exploration of contemporary issues of injustice and inequity, via her mystery series featuring private investigator, Inez Leon.

Human Cargo, first in the series, was Latinidad's mystery pick of the year. A Pushcart prize nominee and award-winning short story writer, her most recent novel, the critically acclaimed The Amado Women, features four women connected by birth, separated by secrets. This family drama was named a "must read" by Remezcla and labeled by Bustle as one of 11 "moving beach reads that'll having you weeping into your pina colada."

Rachel Howzell Hall

New York Times Bestselling Author

RACHEL HOWZELL HALL is a New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including The Good Sister, co-written with James Patterson, and the critically-acclaimed Detective Elouise Norton series. The fourth novel in the series, City of Saviors, was published this past August. The third in series, Trail of Echoes, received a coveted Kirkus Star and was one of Kirkus Reviews 'Books That Kept Us Up All Night.' Land of Shadows and Skies of Ash (Forge) were included on the Los Angeles Times’ “Books to Read This Summer” for 2014 and 2015, and the New York Times called Lou Norton “a formidable fighter—someone you want on your side.” Lou was also recently included in The Guardian’s Top 10 Female Detectives in Fiction.”

A featured writer on NPR’s acclaimed ‘Crime in the City’ series and the National Endowment for the Arts weekly podcast, Rachel has also served as a mentor in AWP’s Writer to Writer Program and is currently on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America. She was named one of Apple iBooks' "10 Authors to Read in 2017." She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.


Patricia Nelson

Literary Agent 

Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list.

In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s fiction both upmarket and commercial, historical fiction set in the 20th century, and compelling plot-driven literary fiction. She’s also looking for sexy, smart adult contemporary and historical single title romance. On the children’s side, Patricia is open to a wide range of genres of YA and MG, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, mystery, science fiction and fantasy. She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that she represents.

Patricia’s clients include RITA Award-winning and USA Today bestselling romance author Sarina Bowen (Rookie Move, Berkley/Penguin); women’s fiction authors Susan Bishop Crispell (The Secret Ingredient of Wishes, St. Martin’s Press) and Loretta Nyhan (All the Good Parts, Lake Union Publishing); young adult novelists Mary McCoy (Camp So-and-So, Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab), Axie Oh (Rebel Seoul, Tu Books) and Catherine Alene (The Sky Between You and Me, Sourcebooks); and middle grade novelists Kristi Wientge (Karma Khullar’s Mustache, Simon and Schuster Children’s), Hayley Chewins (The Turnaway Girls, forthcoming from Candlewick) and Margaret Dilloway (Summer of a Thousand Pies, forthcoming from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins), among others.

Patricia is a member of SCBWI and RWA. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in 2008, and also holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the world of publishing, she spent four years as a university-level instructor of literature and writing.