Would you like to meet with an agent personally and talk one on one?
Falling is a list of conferences that will occur across the country this year and the start of next year. If you live in an area where any of them will be held I highly advise you to attend.
There are plenty of opportunities for writers to meet agents face to face at writers' conferences and pitch their work in 2014 and 2015. 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.
Atlanta Writers Conference, Oct. 24, 2014, Atlanta, GA
Attending agents: Jennifer Udden (Donald Maass Literary); Beth Phelan (The Bent Agency); Elizabeth Kracht (Kimberley Cameron & Associates); Katie Grimm (Don Congdon Associates); and Nadeen Gayle (Serendipity Literary Agency).
Indiana Writing Workshop, Nov. 1, 2014, Indianapolis, IN
Attending agents: Jen Karsbaek (Foreword Literary); Whitley Abell (Inklings Literary); and Laura Crockett (Triada US). Also in attendance is editor Andrew Scott of Lacewing/Engine Books.
Windsor International Writers Conference, Nov. 13-16, 2014, Windsor, ON, Canada.
Attending agents: Nikki Terpilowski (Holloway Literary); and Christopher Rhodes (James Fitzgerald Agency).
Colorado Writing Workshops, Boulder, CO (Nov. 14) and Denver, CO (Nov. 15)
Attending agents: Rachelle Gardner (Books & Such Literary); Sarah Freese (Wordserve Literary); Shannon Hassan (Marsal Lyon Literary); Alex Barba (Inklings Literary); Sara Megibow (Nelson Literary); Sandra Bond (Bond Literary); Renee Nyen (KT Literary); Erin Buterbaugh (MacGregor Literary).
Arizona Writing Workshops, Phoenix, AZ (Nov. 21, 2014) and Tucson, AZ (Nov. 22, 2014)
Attending agents: Adrianna Ranta (Wolf Literary); Steve Laube (The Steve Laube Agency); and Claire Gerus (Claire Gerus Literary). The two workshops are identical, with the same schedule and faculty.
Eckerd College Writers' Conference, Jan. 17-25, 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Attending agents: Bill Contardi (Brandt & Hochman); Lisa Gallagher (Sanford J. Greenburger Associates).
SDSU Writers' Conference, Jan. 23-25, 2015, San Diego, CA
Attending agents: This event hasn't posted its exact faculty yet, but has 10-25 agents in attendance each year.
The Kentucky Writers Conference, Feb. 6, 2015, Louisville, KY
Attending agents: Victoria Lea (Aponte Literary); Natalia Aponte (Aponte Literary); Brent Taylor (Triada US); and Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary).
Tennessee Writers Conference, Feb. 7, 2015, Nashville, TN
Attending agents: Greg Daniel (Daniel Literary); Lauren MacLeod (Strothman Agency); Brent Taylor (Triada US); Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency); and Cate Hart (Corvisiero Literary).
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.
Portland Writers Workshop, Feb. 20, 2015, Portland, OR
Attending agents: Sandra Bishop (Transatlantic Agency); Adam O'Connor Rodriguez (Hawthorne Books).
The Seattle Writing Workshop, Feb. 21, 2015, Seattle, WA
Attending agents: Kathleen Ortiz (New Leaf Literary); Kristin Vincent (D4EO Literary); Genevieve Nine (Andrea Hurst & Associates); and Fleetwood Robbins (Waxman Leavell Literary).
Writer's Digest Conference East, late summer 2015, New York, NY
Exact dates coming when available, but this conference usually happens somewhere in late July or early August over the course of one weekend.