I'm very excited to announce that we are at 20 agents and still growing for our new Writer's Digest West Coast Conference that happens in Hollywood on Oct. 19-21, 2012. Our large Agent Pitch Slams have been a hallmark and highlight of all our conferences, including our January 2012 event when at least two attending writers signed with agents in the month following the event.
If you're looking for an opportunity to meet lots of agents in person and pitch your work, this is a great opportunity!
Learn more about our conference and its sister events here. WD is very excited to bring its conference to the west coast. Join us!
NEW AGENT TO QUERY
Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they're likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you're just wasting time and postage.
1. Thao Le of Sandra Dijkstra Literary
She is seeking: Thao is currently building her list and is specifically interested in middle grade and YA, as well as adult science-fiction and fantasy. She's particularly drawn to smart, strong and sassy characters (whether they be robots, fairies, demons or of the human variety) and twisty plots with a compelling narrative. She's always on the lookout for the type of stories that make you stay curled up in bed, turning page after page even after the sun has come up. Please note that Thao is specifically not interested in: biographies, business books, cookbooks, picture books, poetry, religious/spiritual books, screenplays, self-help, short stories, travel books.
BUILD AN AUTHOR WEBSITE IN 24 HOURS OR LESS
If you want to find success as an author — whether through traditional publishing or self-publishing — you must make an effort to connect with other people. That's the whole point of social media like Twitter and Facebook — to connect with readers and writers. But fundamentally more important than social media is simply having a comprehensive author website. That's why we've enlisted eMedia professor and guru Jane Friedman to teach the webinar "Create an Author Website in 24 Hours or Less" at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, September 20, 2012. The intensive class lasts two hours.
Speaking from an editor's perspective, I can tell you that having a simple, neat website is absolutely essential. You must have something show up when people Google you or try to connect with you. You must have a website that clearly states who you are, what you write, and has a picture of you. Learn more about Jane's workshop here. All attendees get to ask Jane as many questions as she wants, and no question goes unanswered.
THE 2013 GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS IS OUT!
The new and updated 2013 Guide to Literary Agents is now available! I'm very excited about this edition. In the listings of agencies, you will find special "New Agent Spotlights" that help you identify new/newer literary reps are seeking writers now. Plus, we've got the usual array of helpful articles about queries, synopses, platform, craft, and much more. If you're looking for an agent, this book will be a great resource on your journey to publication. It's the biggest database of literary agents, anywhere.
There are plenty of opportunities for writers to meet agents face to face at writers' conferences and pitch their work in 2012. Remember: Meeting agents in person is a great way to get past the slush pile. If an agent is interested in your work and requests a sample or book proposal, you can write "Requested Material" on your submission, making sure it gets a fair read and consideration.
Know that there are two types of conferences. There are general writers' conferences, that address a variety of subjects, and then there are specialized conferences, which usually tend to focus on a single genre—such as western, romance, or mystery. You will find both kinds in this list below.
Chicago Writers Conference, Sept. 14-16, Chicago, IL
Attending agents: Danielle Egan-Miller and Joanna Mackenzie (Browne & Miller); and more to be announced.
Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference (Children's Writers), Sept. 21-22, Cleveland OH
Attending agents: Tina Wexler (ICM Partners); Quinlan Lee (Adams Literary); as well as a few acquiring editors from houses.
Writer's Digest WEST Conference, Oct. 19-21, Los Angeles, CA
Attending agents: Mary Kole (Movable Type Management); Sara Sciuto (Full Circle Literary); Ken Sherman (Ken Sherman & Associates); Jamie Weiss Chilton and Jen Rofe (both Andrea Brown Literary); Dana Newman (Newman Literary); Paul S. Levine and Loren Grossman (Paul S. Levine Literary); Thao Le (Sandra Dijkstra Literary); and many more.
Florida Writers Association Conference, Oct. 19-21,
Attending agents: Amy Boggs (Donald Maass Literary); Judith Engracia (Liza Dawson Agency); Dawn Frederick (Red Sofa Literary); Nicole Resciniti (Seymour Literary); and more.
Pet Writing Conference, Feb. 9, 2013, New York, NY
Attending agents: Rita Rosenkranz (Rita Rosenkranz Literary); and Gina Panettieri (Talcott Notch Literary).
San Francisco Writers Conference, Feb. 14-17, 2013, San Francisco, CA
Attending agents: Kimberley Cameron (Kimberley Cameron & Associates); Verna Dreisbach (Dreisbach Literary); Mandy Hubbard (D4EO Literary); Michael Larsen (Larsen/Pomada); Taylor Martindale (Full Circle Literary); Jill Marsal (Marsal-Lyon Literary); Laurie McLean (Larsen/Pomada); Elizabeth Pomada (Larsen/Pomada); Katharine Sands (Sarah Jane Freymann Agency); Ken Sherman (Ken Sherman and Associates); Nephele Tempest (The Knight Agency); Gordon Warnock (Andrea Hurst & Associates); and Ted Weinstein (Weinstein Literary).
PennWriters Conference, May 17-19, 2013, Pittsburgh, PA
Attending agents: Several always attend. Agent Donald Maass (Maass Literary) is the first to be confirmed.
Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, July 25-28, 2013, Seattle, WA
Attending agents: Usually 15 or so agents atte
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