Presenters & Instructors

(IMPORTANT JUNE 2020 UPDATE: The 2020 PWW is now an Online Conference to keep everyone safe, on November 14-15, 2020. There is much more to say about this, but immediately you should understand 1) This will be easy and awesome, and online conferences we’ve done thus far have received wonderful feedback, 2) You do not have to be tech-savvy to do this, and 3) We are keeping all aspects of the event, including one-on-one agent & editor pitching, which will now be done by Skype or Zoom or phone. Learn all details about the Nov. 14-15 PWW Online Conference here and what everything means.)



Screen Shot 2020-01-27 at 9.52.09 PMXio Axelrod is a USA Today best-selling author of different flavors of contemporary romance. She is a 2018 RONE Winner and 2018 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medalist – Camden, and a 2018 Passionate Plume Finalist – Fast Forward.

At the 2020 Philadelphia workshop, Xio is teaching on romance writing. She is also critiquing manuscripts as an add-on element for attendees.

Xio writes what she likes to call strange, twisted tales. Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn’t writing stories, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing on international stages (under a different, no-so-secret name).

She lives in Philadelphia with one full-time husband and several part-time cats.


Screen Shot 2019-12-05 at 4.15.24 PMKell Andrews writes picture books, short fiction, poetry, and novels. Her work, including the previously published books, THE BOOK DRAGON (Sterling, 2018, illustrated by Eva Chatelain), MIRA FORECASTS THE FUTURE (Sterling, 2016, illustrated by Lissy Marlin), and DEADWOOD (Spencer Hill, 2014), has been honored as Children’s Book of the Month/Children’s Book Club, Barnes & Noble Best Picture Book, B&N National Storytime, finalist in the Green Earth Book Awards, finalist in the SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards, and finalist in the OpenIDEO Early Childhood Book Challenge. Her poetry and fiction have also been published in Spider and Ladybug. (See all her books here.)

At the 2020 Philly conference, Kell is teaching on picture book writing, and offering critiques as an add-on element to attendees.

“I’m also mom to two funny, curious, and brave daughters who inspire the characters in my books. During the day I’m a writer, editor, and content manager for higher education. A committed generalist, I have a humanities degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master of liberal arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. I live in Wynnewood, PA with my husband, daughters, and two dogs.”


Screen Shot 2019-12-05 at 4.23.08 PMJulie Eshbaugh is a published young adult fiction author.

At the 2020 Philly conference, Julie is teaching on how to write awesome YA & MG, and also doing manuscript critiques as an add-on element for attendees.

Julie lives with her husband and son outside Philadelphia. Early on, Julie focused her artistic energies on filmmaking and online video. She made two short films and spent several years producing a web series for teens that became an early YouTube hit and received several honors from the Webby Awards. Julie’s new YA fantasy, Crown of Oblivion, came out from HarperTeen November 2019. She is also the author of Ivory and Bone, (HarperTeen 2016,) and its sequel, Obsidian and Stars, (HarperTeen 2017.) See all her books here.

Julie is a member of the group writing blog Pub(lishing) Crawl, where she posts regularly.


Screen Shot 2020-05-10 at 11.40.52 PM.pngTara Bailey is the founder and CEO of Bailey Publishing House.

Tara founded Bailey Publishing House, LLC in 2016. She serves as Chief Executive Officer and Senior Editor.

At the 2020 Philadelphia Writing Workshop, Tara is meeting with writers for add-on manuscript critiques.

Tara is a ghostwriter and author of Dracula of the West Side and Number Seven (2018). She’s the author of the dark comedy play, “Deadbeat” (2017). The play premiered on May 21, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, downtown Pittsburgh. The production was produced by Wali Jamal Abdullah and directed by Kim El.

She was the featured speaker at the Celebration of Reading in June 2017 and Pittsburgh’s Write On: Black Book Expo in November 2017. Along with speaking at book festivals, BPH hosts an annual writers workshop. She’s been a featured guest on WAMO 100 radio programs and Soul Pitt Quarterly wrote an article about her company in Summer 2017 edition. In addition to her commitment to BPH, she is also Editor-in-Chief for a personal care home monthly magazine in Pennsylvania.


Screen Shot 2020-01-10 at 3.46.49 PMLisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. (See all her novels here.)

At the 2020 Philly conference, Lisa is teaching on how to write awesome mystery & thriller novels, and she is also offering critiques as an add-on element to attendees.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Education degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Crime Writers Association, and Mystery Writers of America.

She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.


Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 12.53.46 PMEric Smith is a literary agent with P.S. Literary.

At the 2020 Philly workshop, Eric is teaching a class and meeting with writers one-on-one for pitches.

Eric began his publishing career at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, working social media and marketing on numerous books he absolutely adored. Eric completed his BA in English at Kean University, and his MA in English at Arcadia University. A frequent blogger, his ramblings about books appear on BookRiot, The Huffington Post, Barnes & Noble’s Teen Reads blog, Paste Magazine’s Books section, and more. A published author with Quirk Books and Bloomsbury, he seeks to give his authors the same amount of love his writing has received. Follow him on Twitter: @ericsmithrocks

Eric is seeking: Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), New Adult, and Literary and Commercial Fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of nonfiction, he’s interested in Cookbooks, Pop Culture, Humor, essay collections, and blog to book ideas.


Screen Shot 2019-05-29 at 10.26.27 AMBibi Lewis is a literary agent with The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency.

At the 2020 Philadelphia workshop, Bibi is teaching a class on subsidiary rights, and also meeting with writers for one-on-one pitches.

She is seeking: “I am currently looking for Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture books, as well as Commercial and Upmarket Fiction. In all genres I am looking for contemporary realism, fantasy, mysteries, historicals and lots of humor. I have a soft spot for heists and sleuths (and would especially love to see a new YA Harriet the Spy or Veronica Mars!) as well as twisty thrillers. On the Adult side, I am looking for anything smart, sharp and witty — but specifically for Romance, Women’s Fiction, Mysteries and Thrillers. Well-developed characters are a must. I always welcome diverse narratives, including but not limited to LGBTQ or minority voices.”

Bibi manages subsidiary rights for the agency in addition to her duties as an agent and general office manager.