Aimee Ashcraft

Agent at Brower Literary

Aimee has loved books since the days of sneakily reading under her desk in elementary school. Thankfully, reading is no longer a punishable offense, and she is busy seeking out stories that feature all-encompassing worlds and compelling female characters. She loves books that are told from an original point of view and are more addictive than a good Netflix Binge. Aimee received her BA from Transylvania University and her MA from NYU. She is now based in New York City and can be found on Twitter @AimeeAshcraft.

Victoria Selvaggio

Agent at Jennifer De Chiara

Business owner turned Associate Agent, Victoria A. Selvaggio comes to The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as a prior Regional Advisor for SCBWI: Northern Ohio, with over 10 years of actively working on the executive board. Drawn to the publishing scene first as an Author, with her most recent publication in the 2015 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Vicki’s passion for honing the craft carried over into reading manuscripts for the agency. Currently, she is excited to read compelling manuscripts that will resonate with her long after she’s done.

Some upcoming/client releases:

  • APPLESAUCE DAY By Lisa Amstutz, Albert Whitman & Company (Spring 2017)
  •      TODAY WE GO BIRDINGBy Lisa Amstutz, Albert Whitman & Company (Fall 2018)
  • MAPLE SYRUP FROM THE SUGARHOUSE By Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, Albert Whitman & Company (Fall 2017)
  • MOTHER GHOST: SPOOKY RHYMES FOR HALLOWEEN By Rachel Kolar, Sleeping Bear Press (Fall 2018)


Brent Taylor

Agent at TriadaUS

Brent Taylor is a literary agent and foreign rights manager at Triada US. Since joining the agency in 2014, he has sold over a million dollars’ worth of books to U.S. publishers. He represents both fiction and non-fiction picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels for kids and teens. Follow him on Twitter @btaylorbooks and read his submission guidelines at


Alexandra Weiss

Agent at Jennifer De Chiara

Alexandra Weiss is a Books Writer for, the PR Manager for a local Chicago circus, and an all-around literary bookworm.  She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing and Publishing in 2015.  Previously she’s worked as an Acquisitions Editor for the award-winning anthology Hair Trigger, interned as a publicist for Kaye Publicity, and was a loyal volunteer for Columbia’s annual Story Week: Festival of Writers event for the past four years.  Ever since she was little, her main goal has been to inspire with words, just like the many beloved books and authors have done before her.


James Brewster

Editor at J2B Publishing

James Burd Brewster is the author of the successful Glad To Do It! series of picture books ( and is the president of J2B Publishing (, an indie press dedicated to publishing “Enjoyable Poetry” and “Good Books for Young Boys and Girls.” The Glad To Do It! picture books began in 1990 as bedtime stories for Ben and Luke, his first two boys. Each night Uncle Rocky (fire fighter) and the two boys put out fires, rescued people, or helped their neighbors. In 1998, James committed the stories to paper. In 2014, he published the first four Uncle Rocky, Fireman stories as 32 page picture books. Today there are 14 books in the Glad To Do It! series that now honor police officers and EMTs as well as fire fighters.

J2B Publishing’s picture book catalogue includes the Chesapeake Bay Adventures series by Cindy Freeland, Heroes of the Coast Guard series by James Burd Brewster, and Feast of Memories and Aunt Louise Comes to Visit by Katie Spivey Brewster. Their poetry catalogue features Jim McDonald – the Houseboat Poet and Rebecca Smith of Wilmington, NC.

The Glad To Do It! picture books have been:
Accepted and presented at the Baltimore Book Festival, CityLit Festival, Gaithersburg Book Festival, College Park Book Festival, Collingswood Book Festival, National Oyster Festival, MD Library Association, Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP), Homeschool Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV), and Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE).
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Translated into Spanish
Adapted for the stage as The Adventures of Uncle Rocky, Fireman

James Burd Brewster is a member of the Charles County Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association (MWA), Life Journeys Writers Guild (LJWG), American Christian Fiction Writers (AFCW), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and the Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA). He is a retired USCG Officer, an accomplished public speaker, a successful author, and a regular presenter on writing and publishing at the Sandy Cove Conference and Retreat Center. He has given numerous writing and publishing workshops for writer’s clubs, Homeschool groups, Optimists, and Rotarians in Maryland and Virginia.

Austin S. Camacho

Editor at Intrigue Publishing

Austin S. Camacho was born in New York City but grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York. He majored in psychology at Union College in Schenectady, New York. There he read a number of good books, learned to tell good beer from bad, and became a brother in the Alpha Delpha Phi fraternity. Actually, the frat was largely responsible for the books and the beer.

Dwindling finances and escalating costs brought his college days to an end after three years. Then came the factory work, the five years selling insurance, and finally, the Army. He enlisted as a weapons repairman but soon moved into a more appropriate field. The Army trained him to be a broadcast journalist. Disc jockey time alternated with news writing, video camera and editing work public affairs assignments and news anchor duties.

During his thirteen years as a soldier, Austin lived in Missouri, California, Maryland, Georgia and Belgium. He also spent a couple of exciting weeks in Israel during Desert Storm, covering the action with the Patriot missile crews and capturing scud showers on video tape. While enlisted he finished his Bachelor’s Degree at night and started his Master’s, and rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class. And in his spare moments, he began writing adventure and mystery novels set in some of the exotic places he’d visited.

After leaving the Army in 1996 he continued writing military news for the Defense Department as a civilian, frequently serving as on air anchor for the American Forces Information Service. Today he does public affairs work for the DoD agency charged with guarding the health of service members when they are deployed. He has settled in northern Virginia with his wife Denise.

When he’s not writing Austin likes to run along the shores of the Potomac, watch action films, and shoot – at paper targets, not live ones. He is a voracious reader of just about any kind of nonfiction, plus mysteries, adventures and thrillers.

Denise Camacho

Editor at Intrigue Publishing

Denise Camacho is the president of Intrigue Publishing, LLC. She has been in the publishing business for over 15 years. Her experience ranges from vanity presses, print-on-demand and self-publishing. She ultimately settled on partnering with her husband, Austin S. Camacho, to start their own small publishing company in 2012 and has worked diligently to find great books worthy of Intrigue. Ms. Camacho is also committed to helping authors navigate the publishing industry. She regularly attends seminars on what is new in publishing as well as attending writer conferences sharing her experiences. Intrigue Publishing is a small press that is looking for great crime drama, young adult and romance novels.

Emily Rich

Editor at Delmarva Review

Emily Rich is the Editor of Delmarva Review. She writes mainly memoir and essay. Her work has been published in a number of small presses including Little Patuxent Review, r.kv.ry, Delmarva Review the Pinch and Hippocampus. Her essays have been listed as notables in Best American Essays 2014 and 2015. She teaches memoir writing at the Writers Center in Bethesda and the Lighthouse Literary Guild in Salisbury