Anne Groell

MisCon 29 Guest of Honor

A native New Yorker and former biologist, Anne Lesley Groell has been working in science fiction and fantasy publishing for close to twenty-two years, although she has been a devotee of the genre far longer.  She worked for two and a half years at Avon Books, then moved on to Bantam Spectra. In the past twenty years, though she has never changed jobs again, she has worked for three different companies under two different imprints. She is currently an Executive Editor for Penguin Random House, and a member of Team Del Rey, where she works with such authors as George R.R. Martin, Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Naomi Novik, Connie Willis, Peter Hamilton, and Harry Turtledove.

Editor and author Anne Lesley Groell is a native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper West Side. She received a B.A. in Biology from Yale University and a M.S. in Developmental Biology from the University of California at Irvine, specializing in limb regeneration in salamanders. Eventually, missing seasons, she returned to the Upper West Side, where she still resides, to become an editor and writer. She worked for two and a half years at Avon Books, then moved on to Bantam, where she is a SF/Fantasy editor for Bantam Spectra , editing such authors as George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Connie Willis, Lynn Flewelling, Mark Anthony, Catherine Asaro, Kay Kenyon and John Marco. In addition to being an editor, she is also a popular fantasy author. Her first published novel, Anvil of the Sun, was released from Penguin/Roc in 1996; Bridge of Valor, the sequel, in 1997; and Cauldron of Iniquity, in 1999. The three novels follow the adventures of the fledgling assassins, Jenifleur and Thibault, as they strive to become full members of the legendary Assassin's Guild. Her books are a blend of fantasy, adventure and romance which have been highly praised by publications such as Locus, Starlog and Romantic Times. (Bio borrowed from

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Worrying For Writers, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Larry Bonham, Manny Frishberg, Anne Groell, Patrick Swenson

    Writers are full of worry. Am I doing this right? How long is this supposed to take? Will I ever be published? Do other writers have this many problems? Am I wasting my time? Will anyone care about this character? Join us as we discuss some common fears and how to stop that voice in your head from getting in the way of your success.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 5:00
  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Minor Characters, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Dave Bara, Manny Frishberg, Anne Groell, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    Minor characters might not be as important as your protagonists, but they're still important in their own way. Let's discuss some of the ways you can make your minor characters as fully dimensional and real as your main ones without over-sharing.

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Fri 7:00
  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Justin Barba, Terry Brooks, Amy Farrington, Anne Groell, John Picacio

    Come in out of the wasteland and find out what's in store for you at MisCon 29. Our seers, scientists, and sages tell us this will likely only run about half an hour unless the forces of chaos force us to go longer.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Moderator: John Picacio; Panelists: Terry Brooks, Steven Erikson, Anne Groell, Todd Lockwood, John Picacio

    Top industry publishing pros present some of their favorite (and not-so-favorite) covers in books and comics. Learn what they think makes a cover succeed (or not), and which covers make them envious.

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat Noon
  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Forget the Beginnings--Writing Endings, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Anne Groell, Todd Lockwood, Eldon Thompson

    There is a lot of focus on getting the beginning of your story or book just right, but what about the ending? A satisfying ending can make or break a book. What are some ways you can be sure that your ending won't alienate your readers? Or better yet, keep them coming back for more? In this panel we'll discuss this all things endings.

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM, First Page: Make or Break, 2nd Edition, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Anne Groell, Andrea Howe, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo

    In this panel, you'll get a first-hand look at how editors react when they read the opening page of your submission. Submit the first page of your story or book to be randomly read aloud. Our panelists will stop the reader when they would stop reading the submission and tell you why. Submissions will be handed in at the beginning of the panel. Submissions will not be returned and not all submissions will be read.

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Elevator Pitches, Queries, Synopses, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Anne Groell, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Mark Teppo

    Panels on these subjects may be ubiquitous, but they’re important. Selling your book through one of these means is hard. In this panel, we’ll learn from authors and editors about how to craft the best pitch possible for your book or short story.

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Q&A: Editor Anne Groell, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: Justin Barba, Anne Groell

    Join us for a Q&A with Editor Guest of Honor Anne Groell.

  • Break Sun 2:50 - Sun 7:00
  • panel Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Improving Your Climax, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Anne Groell

    Everything you've done has led up to this moment. Your readers are invested and demand answers. All the tension has been built up, emotions have been tangled up, bad things have happened, it all comes down to this very moment. But...can you deliver?

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