Thursday, October 9, 2014

Upcoming Literary Agent Conferences !

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.

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 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 ConferenceOct. 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 WorkshopNov. 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' ConferenceJan. 17-25, 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Attending agents: Bill Contardi (Brandt & Hochman); Lisa Gallagher (Sanford J. Greenburger Associates).

SDSU Writers' ConferenceJan. 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 ConferenceFeb. 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 ConferenceFeb. 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 WorkshopFeb. 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. 

Creating A hooking Plot

Here something else to interest. This was also sent to me in an email from GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS.

Create an Awesome Plot That Grabs Agents & Readers -- Check Out this Month's Webinar and Agent One-on-One Boot Camp

Like I mentioned in the editor's letter, now is an amazing time to check out upcoming WD instruction if you are having trouble laying out your plot.


First of all, tomorrow's (Thursday's) webinar is taught by "The Plot Whisperer" Martha Alderson. It's called "How to Pre-Plot & Complete a Novel or Memoir in a Month," and it all starts at 1 p.m., EST, on Oct. 9. All registrants of this webinar will receive the ebook The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts by Martha Alderson.


    -- How to structure your story in preparation of writing a fast draft
    -- How to pre-plot the dramatic action plot and the character emotional development plot 
    -- The benefits of writing a fast draft from beginning to end
    -- The importance of reaching the end before beginning again
    -- Why pre-plotting ensures you'll finish your story in the allotted time
    -- The best use of your time to reach your goal
    -- The plot items you'll need to begin your one-month writing challenge
    -- How to use the one-month deadline to your advantage

There's much more to know about the webinar. Check out the official page here.


Secondly, later this month, the agents at Talcott Notch Literary are teaching an Agent One-on-One Boot Camp called "Plot Perfect." It starts on Oct. 24. After hearing from agent Paula Munier on how to play out a superior plot, you will talk with the agent instructors on Blackboard and ask them questions; and then you will turn in your entire plot framework (similar to a synopsis) for a full critique from one of the Talcott Notch agents.

Find out all details of the Oct. 24 boot camp here on the sign-up page.

Check out both resources to help your plot.

$ New Literary Agents 10 / 9 / 2015

Back again.

I've been busy. I just completed the 7th draft for my novel. So I've been busy. Now I'm doing a reread.

In today's post I have names of two new literary agents you may be interested in contacting. I got their names and info from an email sent by GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS.

2 New Agents Seeking Clients & Queries NOW

Click on any name below to see the full mini-profile on the GLA Blog (with submission instructions). Good luck querying!  

1. Patricia Nelson of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

She is seeking: Patricia represents adult and young adult fiction, and is actively looking to build her list. On the adult side, she is interested in literary fiction and commercial fiction in the New Adult, women's fiction, and romance genres. For YA, she is looking for contemporary/realistic fiction as well YA mystery/thriller, horror, magical realism, science fiction and fantasy. She is also interested in finding exciting multicultural and LGBTQ fiction, both YA and adult. In general, Patricia loves stories with complex characters that jump off the page and thoughtfully drawn, believable relationships - along with writing that makes her feel completely pulled into these characters' lives and worlds.

2. Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency

She is seeking: Christian and Inspirational Fiction and Nonfiction, Women's fiction (contemporary and historical), New Adult, Southern Fiction, Literary Fiction and Young Adult.