2017 Pitch Sessions and Manuscript Consultations

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Special Guest Agents

 

Sara Crowe (Harvey Klinger, Inc.)

Elizabeth Harding (Curtis Brown Literary)

Ammi-Joan Paquette (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)

Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency)

Gordon Warnock (Fuse Literary)

Special Guest Editors

 

Michelle Frey (Executive Editor, Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Heidi Taylor (Editor, Shadow Mountain)

Carly Springer (Editor, Deseret Book)

Kathy Gordon (Editor, Covenant Communications)

 

Manuscript Consultations - $50.00

Limited space available

Participating Agents and Editors: Sara Crowe, Elizabeth Harding, Ammi-Joan Paquette, Nicole Resciniti, Gordon Warnock, Michelle Frey

 

What Is A Manuscript Consultation?

A manuscript consultation is a fifteen-minute meeting with an agent or editor of your choice to discuss the first ten pages of your manuscript. The agent/editor will have pre-read your pages and prepared a detailed critique. The manuscript consultation is for serious submissions only.

 

Manuscript Consultation Submission Guidelines:

The ten pages you submit should be from a completed work that is ready to be seen by agents and editors. It should be read by beta readers/critique partners, revised, and polished prior to sending in your pages. Out of respect for the agent/editor’s time and the high demand for these consultations, it is important that your work is ready to be seen by an agent/editor.

Do your research. Make sure the type of novel you have written is suited to the tastes and interests of the agent/editor you will be seeing and is in a genre they typically represent.

More detailed submission guidelines will be emailed to those attendees who register for the manuscript consultation.

Registration Instructions for Manuscript Consultations

* Registration opens 10 AM MDT, January 23, 2017 *

Due to the limited amount of manuscript consultations available and the high demand, we will be implementing a lottery system for the openings. All attendees to register for a manuscript consultation during the lottery period will be pooled together and then openings will be assigned through a random selection process. If you are chosen for a spot, you will be notified by email and given 48 hours to pay the additional fee. If you decline or neglect to pay, you will lose your pitch slot and it will be given to another.

The lottery period runs from 8 a.m. MDT on January 23rd to 10 p.m. MDT on January 28th. You will be notified by January 29th if you received a spot. If you did not, you will be automatically placed on a waiting list and notified in the event of an opening.

Steps:

  1. Register for the LDStorymaker Conference. Check out to complete your registration.
  1. AFTER REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE, you will be given the option to select up to four pitch or manuscript consultation options in your order of preference. The cost is zero at this time. You will only pay for a pitch if your name is chosen from the lottery.
  1. Although you may select up to four pitch or manuscript consultation options, it’s important to note that you will only be eligible for one one-on-one meeting with an agent or editor, so research your options well and choose wisely.
  1. Those whose names have been drawn will be notified by January 29th.
  1. If you are notified that you have received a manuscript consultation, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to pay within 48 hours.

Pitch Sessions $25.00

Only ONE session per attendee. Limited sessions available.

Participating Agents and Editors Sara Crowe, Elizabeth Harding, Ammi-Joan Paquette, Nicole Resciniti, Gordon Warnock, Michelle Frey, Liz Alley, Heidi Taylor, and Kathy Gordon

What is a Pitch Session?

Pitch sessions are a ten minute, face-to-face meeting with an agent or editor.

  • It is the attendee’s responsibility to thoroughly research the agents/editors in order to find the one that will be the best fit. Choose carefully to ensure you get the most out of your pitch experience.
  • Having a pitch session does not guarantee the agent/editor will want to read more of your manuscript. However, this is a prime opportunity to learn from industry professionals and receive specific feedback on your book.
  • You may bring a printed copy of your query for critique.

Pitch Session Registration Instructions

Registration opens 10:00 AM MDT, January 23rd, 2017

Due to the limited amount of pitch sessions available and the high demand, we will be implementing a lottery system for the openings. All attendees to register for a pitch session during the lottery period will be pooled together and then openings will be assigned through a random selection process. If you are chosen for a spot, you will be notified by email and given 48 hours to pay the additional fee. If you decline or neglect to pay, you will lose your pitch slot and it will be given to another.

The lottery period runs from 8 a.m. MDT on January 23rd to 10 p.m. MDT on January 28th. You will be notified by January 29th if you received a spot. If you did not, you will be automatically placed on a waiting list and notified in the event of an opening.

Steps:

  1. Register for the LDStorymaker Conference. Complete the registration process.
  1. AFTER REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE, you will be given the option to select up to four pitch or manuscript consultation options in your order of preference. The cost is zero at this time. You will only pay for a pitch if your name is chosen from the lottery.
  1. Although you may select up to four pitch or manuscript consultation options, it’s important to note that you will only be eligible for one one-on-one meeting with an agent or editor, so research your options well and choose wisely.
  1. Those who have been drawn will be notified by January 29th.
  1. If you are notified that you have received a pitch session, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to pay within 48 hours.

2017 Agents & Editors

Sara Crowe

Agent

Eighteen years ago, Sara Crowe started her career at The Wylie Agency. She has spent the last decade at Harvey Klinger, Inc., where she has developed the careers of dozens of New York Times Bestselling and Award winning children’s and Young Adult authors and adult authors including Betsy Cornwell, Peggy Eddleman, Laura Marx Fitzgerald, Jeff Hirsch, Varian Johnson, Erin Entrada Kelly, Nina LaCour, Jonathan Maberry, Michael Northrop, Lisa Schroeder and Dan Wells, among many others.

She is regularly ranked as a top children’s agent on Publisher’s Marketplace. She is committed to actively pursuing film and television and other subsidiary rights for her clients. Building on seven years of experience working in foreign rights, she attends major international rights fairs to hand sell her author’s work. She loves finding new talent to champion and nurturing and developing careers.

 

Michelle Frey

Executive Editor

Michelle Frey is an executive editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers, where she acquires books for children of all ages, including picture books, middle grade novels, young adult fiction, and nonfiction.  Some of the books she has edited include the international bestseller Eragon (and the full Inheritance Cycle) by Christopher Paolini, the New York Times bestselling Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birsdall, the first of which was a National Book Award winner, Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama, illustrated by Loren Long, and Grover Cleveland, Again! by Ken Burns, illustrated by Gerald Kelley.  She lives in New York City, where she was born and raised.

 

Elizabeth Harding

Agent

Elizabeth Harding is an agent with Curtis Brown Literary. She represents authors and illustrators of picture books, middle-grade and young adult fiction. She started at the agency almost 20 years ago as an assistant to the legendary Marilyn E. Marlow. Elizabeth’s list includes New York Times bestsellers, Newbery, National Book Award, Printz, and Coretta Scott King honor and award winners. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), a devoted and hopeful fan of her hometown Cleveland teams and lives in Manhattan with her husband and four sons.

 

Ammi-Joan Paquette

Agent

Ammi-Joan Paquette is a senior agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency, representing all types of children’s and YA literature. She is also the author of many picture books and novels for young readers, including the Princess Juniper series, Nowhere Girl, and Ghost in the House. Joan is particularly drawn to richly voiced, unforgettable characters and settings, as well as tightly-paced, well-plotted stories with twists and turns that keep you guessing right until the end. Visit her on the web at www.ajpaquette.com

 

Nicole Resciniti

Agent

Nicole Resciniti is a Senior Agent with The Seymour Agency. She has been listed by Publisher’s Marketplace as a top dealmaker in the country, and named ACFW’s 2012 Agent of the Year. She loves discovering new talent and helping established authors take their career to the next level. Do you have the next project to feed her book addiction? A smart, tight read she won’t be able to put down? A signature voice she’ll fight to represent?

Romance, mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, YA, NA, MG, picture books, nonfiction, cookbooks, and inspirational novels are welcome. A consummate science geek and card-carrying Mensa member, Nicole would love to find the next great science fiction/fantasy novel or action/adventure masterpiece. Currently on her wish list: high concept middle grade, any kind of romance, and really fresh voices in YA.

Nicole is a member of AAR, ACFW, RWA, and Mensa. She holds degrees in biology, psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. “I have the best job in the world. I read for a living and make author’s dreams come true.”

 

Gordon Warnock

Agent

Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Fuse Literary, serving as a literary agent and the editorial director of Short Fuse Publishing. His nonfiction tastes are broad, and he especially enjoys self-help, pop-culture, current events, business, and memoir for adults – YA. His fiction list includes high-concept commercial, suspense, women’s fiction, and contemporary literary fiction for adults – YA. He also represents graphic novels and verse novels for adults – MG.

Fiction:

EVERYTHING WE KEEP by Kerry Lonsdale

COOKING FOR GHOSTS by Patricia V. Davis

LINNY’S SWEET DREAM LIST by Susan Schild

Nonfiction:

TURNING JAPANESE by MariNaomi

PERCEPTUAL INTELLIGENCE by Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler

CREATIVE VISUALIZATION FOR WRITERS by Nina Amir

www.fuseliterary.com

 

Heidi Taylor, Editor

Shadow Mountain

(Friday Only) Heidi Taylor has been with Deseret Book for the past nine years. She graduated from the University of Utah where she had the opportunity to study English and Creative Writing with some of the best minds in the business. Heidi works as a publishing manager for the Shadow Mountain imprint of Deseret Book. She publishes children, teen, and young adult fiction and non-fiction, and manages the Proper Romance brand – Shadow Mountain’s line of clean romances. She has had the pleasure of working with New York Times Bestselling author, Brandon Mull, and his Candy Shop War series, Christmas Jar’s author, Jason F. Wright, as well as the award-winning Julianne Donaldson. Her job allows her to work one-on-one with authors to acquire and develop their manuscripts from conception to publication. She loves searching for diamonds in the slush pile!

Things she is looking for:

  • Clean romances
  • Children’s fantasy and science fiction
  • Teen and Young adult
  • Historical Fiction
  • Christmas Novellas

Heidi will be doing pitch sessions on Friday only. She will not be pre-reading manuscripts prior to meeting with attendees, so be prepared to give her a verbal pitch.

 

Carly Springer, Editor

Deseret Book

(Friday Only) Deseret Book is looking for fresh voices in the genres of children’s, young adult, and gospel topics.

 

Kathy Gordon, Editor

Covenant Communications

(Saturday Only) With forty-four years of professional experience in corporate and internal communications, public relations, media relations, marketing communications, and publications management, Kathryn Gordon currently serves as the managing editor at Covenant Communications. Prior to her current position, she was press secretary for a U.S. Congressman; vice-president of Aspen West Publishing Company; manager of strategic communications for software manufacturer Novell, Inc.; director of public relations at Westminster College, a private college in Salt Lake City; and held communications management positions at a variety of national and international corporations.

Former president-elect of the Association of Utah Publishers, she was also on the board of directors of the Mental Health Association of Utah County and the Constitutional Principles Policy Council. She has held membership in the Consortium of Utah Women in Higher Education, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the International Association of Business Communicators, the National Association of Earth Science Editors, and the National Association of State Poetry Societies. She was president-elect of the Republican Women of Utah County and was actively involved in political campaigns at the state and national level. A former member of Sigma Delta Chi, she was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America.

She is the author or co-author of more than seven dozen published books, most of them in the health and wellness field. She wrote an award-winning book-length poetry manuscript recognized by the governor of Utah and is the author of the regional bestseller, Butch Cassidy and Other Mormon Outlaws of the Old West. She and her husband, Glenn, are co-presidents of the Association for Mormon Letters.

Kathryn is looking for exceptional writers for the LDS market. She is particularly interested in inspirational nonfiction from an LDS point of view and intriguing fiction, especially in the categories of suspense, mystery, historical fiction, romance, and historical romance. She is not interested at this time in middle-grade fiction, science fiction, or fantasy.

Kathryn will not be pre-reading any submissions prior to the conference and will not accept hard copies during pitch sessions. If you both agree your manuscript would be a good fit for Covenant, she will request an electronic submission at the end of your pitch session.