Our Mission

To support the creation and promotion of NEW literature by supporting the outstanding people who create it...

Kathie Bennett
Founder and President

Magic Time Literary Agency's Founder and President, Kathie Bennett is first and foremost a passionate reader. So it came as no surprise when Kathie, a successful community fundraiser who has spearheaded many philanthropic efforts throughout the South, founded Magic Time Literary Agency in 2008. It was her way of responding to the need she perceived within the publishing arena, and ensuring that her favorite authors could afford to continue to write. With the encouragement of bestselling authors, Kathie discovered her mission: to be an Author Advocate. "Their success is my success," says Bennett. As a champion of books, Magic Time will provide services as a publicist and booking agent--securing speaking engagements for academic, corporate and non-profit arenas.

Elizabeth Fletcher
Event Planner

Elizabeth Fletcher, owner and founder of I Do Events, created an event planning company out of a love and passion for parties and special events. Elizabeth is a certified interior designer and has experience in set design, graphics and etiquette seminars. During her career in the field of event management, Elizabeth launched “I Do for Brides,” a regional bridal magazine that circulated in five states. After the sale of “I Do for Brides” in 2007, Elizabeth turned to what she was most passionate about… event planning and founded I Do Events; is the wedding and event planning company of choice. I Do Events has a competitive edge in the corporate arena orchestrating highly successful events. From concept to completion, combining innovative marketing strategy and stellar services Elizabeth will work closely with you to bring your ultimate vision to fruition. From private weddings, parties or corporate events, to large-scale, red carpet events, we do it all.  Contact I Do Events today to schedule your complimentary consultation. www.idoeventsatlanta.com

Elizabeth is excited to partner with Magic Time Literary, to create best in class events for Magic Time's authors.

Michael Leleux
Brand-Design Strategist, Web & UX Designer, Social Media & Advertising Strategist

In addition to the years of strategic branding and web design experience that Michael Leleux brings to Magic Time Literary, his unique understanding of today's Social Media trends and digital advertising outlets rounds out the Magic Time staff's capabilities.  

Leleux is excited to partner with Kathie to share this knowledge, from his years of working with big brands like Colgate-Palmolive and Dannon, with both established and up & coming authors. His unique, comprehensive approach to book promotion is rooted in the fundamentals of marketing, but tweaked for a contemporary, fast moving, marketplace in which a book's success largely depends upon the attention it gains in the first six weeks after publication. And he believes that books need to be marketed. His services include Web Design & Implementation, Social Media Planning & Implementation, Digital Advertising Planning & Implementation, Promotional Merchandising Planning & Implementation. For more information or pricing, please contact him at: ml@allthingsauthor.com.

Ashley Wade
Intern

Ashley Wade currently lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she is a sophomore in high school. She is published in two poetry books: Stars in Our Hearts (World Poetry Movement) and Celebration of Poets (Creative Communication), as well as in her high school’s literary magazine. When she isn’t writing, playing volleyball or practicing cello, Ashley enjoys searching for opportunities which provide inspiration for her literary work. She especially loves travelling, as she lived in Switzerland for a semester, and being outside with her friends and two dogs.

Susan Zurenda
Publicist & Media Outreach Coordinator

Susan Beckham Zurenda is a literary publicist who taught English for 33 years before retiring as AP English teacher at Spartanburg High School. Prior to teaching at SHS, she taught English as a full-time faculty member at Spartanburg Community College for 20 years. With her extensive literary knowledge and journalism experience as a newspaper reporter early in her career, Susan determines the best ways for writers to engage in readership with varied audiences. Her approach to building an author’s platform is based on personal communication that connects writers to media, booksellers, and direct audiences in meaningful ways. Her fiction writing accomplishments include winner in The Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Fiction Contest, two-time winner of the Jubilee Writing Competition, two-time winner of The South Carolina Fiction Project with one story reprinted in Inheritance: Selections from the SC Fiction Project, winner of the Hub City Hardegree Creative Writing Contest in Fiction, and winner in the Porter Fleming Writing Competition. Her newest story will appear in The Flash in the Attic anthology published by Fiction Attic Press in summer, 2013. She holds a BA in English and Masters in English Education from Converse College.

Wayne Zurenda
Senior Writer & Marketing Strategist

Wayne Zurenda (B.A. Journalism, M.Ed. English) retired from teaching English and public speaking at the Technical College of the Lowcountry after 30 years. Over the past 10 years he has been an adjunct English faculty member at USC Upstate, Limestone College, and Spartanburg Community College and will begin teaching adjunct English at Spartanburg Methodist College, fall 2014. 

For five years, Zurenda was also a marketing communications specialist for Spartanburg (SC) Regional Healthcare System’s Marketing Department. He wrote and edited numerous in-house and exterior publications, including Healthy Partners magazine, Health Matters newsletter, The Steering Wheel, and various annual reports and publications for different departments. He wrote articles for four monthly magazines, ghost-writing for physicians and other clinicians. 

He also conducts presentations in business and professional communication, public speaking, and grammar skills. In addition, Zurenda edits and proofreads manuscripts and various printed material.