Gloria G. Adams spent most of her career as a children’s librarian and storyteller. She has written for anthologies, magazines, and the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market. She has been a speaker at conferences and libraries, and is a partner in a critique editing service, Two-4-One Kid Critiques.
Gloria's published books include Ah-Choo! with co-author Lana Wayne Koehler (Sterling Children’s Books 2016), Violent Video Games and Society (Greenhaven Press 2017), Coping with Sexism and Misogyny (Rosen 2019), and 21st Century Spaceships (Enslow 2019). She has a B.A. in English and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Gloria is an active member of SCBWI.
Lisa Amstutz is a freelance editor and the author of more than 100 children's books, including Applesauce Day (2017), Finding a Dove for Gramps (2018), and Amazing Amphibians (2020). Lisa specializes in topics related to science and agriculture. Her work has also appeared in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers. Lisa previously served on the SCBWI: Ohio North board as Webmaster, Marketing Coordinator, and Assistant Regional Advisor.
Lisa's background includes a B.A. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Science. When she's not writing, you may find her hiking in the woods or enjoying a cup of tea and a good book. Lisa lives on a small farm with her family. Learn more at www.LisaAmstutz.com.
Jean Daigneau’s book, Code Cracking for Kids: Secret Communications throughout History with 21 Codes and Ciphers, was published in October 2020. She has been published in the adult and children's newspaper and magazine markets, including Highlights for Children and Fun for Kidz, and has sold educational testing material, craft ideas, and greeting card text. Her work has appeared in the Guide to Literary Agents and the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market. She won an honorable mention in the Barbara Karlin writers’ competition. Jean is a founding partner of Two-4-One Kid Critiques, a writers’ editing service, and she has appeared at several local library and writing events. Jean is a former regional and assistant regional advisor for SCBWI: Ohio North and serves on the executive board.
Victoria A. Selvaggio is a literary agent and co-owner of Storm Literary Agency. Drawn to the publishing scene first as an author, she joined SCBWI: Northern Ohio as a member in 2004 and soon joined the executive board as a volunteer. After doing several jobs on the board, she became the Assistant Regional Advisor and then Regional Advisor. During her term as Regional Advisor, her desire to help writers and illustrators reach their publications goals inspired her to become an agent.
In 2013 an opportunity presented itself and she began reading for the The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. In 2015, she joined as an Associate Agent. After years of growing her client base and knowledge of the publishing industry another opportunity presented itself and in 2018, she joined forces with Essie White, founder of Storm Literary Agency.
With over twenty-seven years as a business owner, Victoria has enjoyed growing the agency's client base with talented writers and illustrators, while also helping build the agency from within with business practices and procedures. She's also had the pleasure of hiring, training, and mentoring motivated agents who possess the same ideals, literary interests, goals, and approaches to the industry.
Books and Beyond Organization Owner Vincent Selvaggio has vast experience of over thirty-seven years in the security industry. From applications engineering to troubleshooting to assisting a customer base, Vincent's background has spanned from his day job to assisting with the Selvaggios' business and volunteer obligations.
While not a member of SCBWI: Ohio North, Vincent volunteered regularly at events, providing hours of support, guidance, and time. Through those events, he's found a natural calling for providing opportunities for those seeking a sense of community in an organization that is dedicated to more than just the events it provides.
As Vincent has learned growing up in a family of musicians, one does not learn how to play an instrument without instruction, passion, and conviction. His mission is to welcome those eager to perfect his or her craft, from writers to authors to composers to screenwriters and beyond!