Kimberly Batchelor Davis
Kimberly Batchelor Davis creates stories that share experiences and inspire people to think about life in a different way. In 2014, she launched her first short story — Rose and the Enchanted Seven. Since then she has published Look, Daddy! There’s a Bunny and a fictional romance trilogy. All are available on Amazon.com. Kimberly also has a blog. She has been on Brand New Mommy and the Bougie Black Girl and has published articles with Saved magazine and Mi Estilo, an online Hispanic magazine. She is a professional keynote speaker on motherhood, literacy, community civic engagement and writing.
President/CEO of The BatchelorDavis Group (event planning and outreach business strategy consultation), Kim’s a political and community activist about advocacy, literacy, history, education, and women’s issues. Kimberly served as a community ambassador for Governor Jennifer Granholm and remains active in Franklin Wright Settlements, DPTV 56 CAP Committee, S.D.C.R.L., New Leaders Council for Detroit and The National Black Public Relations Society and is the Community Relations Chair for The Elmwood Park Church of Christ.
Sam Hiyate is a literary agent and president of The Rights Factory, a literary agency in Toronto with an international reach. In his 26-year publishing career, he has worked at literary magazines, small presses and with Globe and Mail, New York Times and international bestselling authors, editing and representing everything from debut fiction, memoir and narrative non- fiction to graphic novels. He has taught writing and publishing for 17 years privately and also at various universities. His most recent project is an online magazine, Don’t Talk to Me About Love, exploring love in literary and artistic works.
“After a long career in finance, Cassandra Rodgers decided to pursue her love of literature by getting involved with running a literary festival. Organizing panels, looking after authors and managing promotions paved the way to her current career as an agent. She joined The Rights Factory in 2013, where she uses her discerning tastes and sharp business acumen in the service of her clients’ literary careers.
Cassandra has a diverse group of clients from across North America that ranges from debut authors to celebrities. Actively building her list, she is interested in adult literary and commercial women’s fiction. With a degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto, she does have a weakness for historical fiction. Non-fiction is another passion – particularly politics, history, science, and finance. Memoirs that can make her laugh, cry, or inspire her are always welcome.”