Thursday, August 14, 2014

Literary Agent Conference

Here is one more thing from the email I got from GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS. There will be agent conferences across the county, United States. If one of these conferences are in your area, take some time out to visit it.

Agent-Conference Opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities for writers to meet agents face to face at writers' conferences and pitch their work in 2014. 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.

Writer's Digest Conference West, Aug. 15-17, 2014, Los Angeles, CA
Attending agents: There will be several agents in attendance participating in pitch one-on-ones, including Ken Sherman (Ken Sherman & Associates), Jill Marr (Sandra Dijkstra Literary), Carlie Webber (CK Webber Associates) and more.

Killer Nashville, Aug 21-24, 2014, Nashville, TN
Attending agents: Elizabeth Copps (Maria Carvainis Agency); Cate Hart (Corvisiero Literary); Michelle Johnson (Inklings Literary); Jill Marr (Sandra Dijkstra Literary); and Adrienne Rosado (Nancy Yost Literary Agency).

Minnesota Writing Workshop, Sept. 6, 2014, St. Paul, MN
Attending agents: Dawn Frederick, Laura Zats. Jennie Goloboy (all from Red Sofa Literary). Also in attendance taking pitches will be Graywolf Press editor Steve Woodward as well as Scarletta Children's Press editor Josh Plattner.

Atlanta Writers Conference, Oct. 24, 2014, Atlanta, GA
Attending agents: This website is not live yet, but the fall conference, put on by the Atlanta Writers Club, usually has 6 literary agents in attendance taking pitches.

Indiana Writing Workshop, Nov. 1, 2014, Indianapolis, IN
Attending agents: Jen Karsbaek (Foreword Literary); and Whitley Abell (Inklings Literary). Also in attendance is editor Andrew Scott of Lacewing/Engine Books.

Windsor International Writers Conference
, Nov. 13-16, 2014, Windsor, ON, Canada.

Arizona Writing Workshops,
Phoenix, AZ (Nov. 21, 2014) and Tucson, AZ (Nov. 22, 2014)
Attending agents: Adrianna Ranta (Wolf Literary); and Claire Gerus (Claire Gerus Literary). The two workshops are identical, with the same schedule and faculty.

San Francisco Writers Conference, Feb. 12-15, 2015, San Francisco, CA
Attending agents: There are already about 20 agents confirmed. You can see them all on the conference faculty page on the site.

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