2019 Consults with Agents and Editors
Lottery for agent/editor sessions begins on January 23rd, 2019
and closes January 30th, 2019
Registration opens 10am MST on January 23, 2019
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*Please note: If you can no longer make your critique session, please let us know so we can give your spot to the next person on the waiting list. Remember, there are no refunds for consult sessions.
Special Guest Agents
- Linda Camacho, Gallt and Zacker
- Thao Le, Dijkstra Literary
- Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon
- Eric Smith, P.S. Literary
- Uwe Stender, Triada Literary
Special Guest Editors
- Tu Books – Stacy Whitman
- By Common Consent – Christian Harrison
- Covenant – Samantha Millburn
- Deseret Book – Celia Barnes
- Immortal Works – Crystal Liechty
- Shadow Mountain – Lisa Magnum
* Registration opens 10 AM MST, January 23, 2019 *
Due to the limited amount of critique sessions available and the high demand, we will be implementing a lottery system for the openings. All attendees to register for a critique 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 critique slot and it will be given to another.
The lottery period runs from 10 a.m. MST on January 23rd to 10 p.m. MST on January 30th. You will be notified by February 1st 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.
- Register for the Storymakers Conference. Check out to complete your registration.
- AFTER REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE, you will be given the option to select up to four query or manuscript critique options in your order of preference. The cost is zero at this time. You will only pay for a critique session if your name is chosen from the lottery.
- Although you may select up to four query or manuscript critique options, it’s important to note that you will only be eligible for one critique session with an agent or editor, so research your options well and choose wisely. Please only choose agents or editors you would be happy working with, as we cannot switch your registration after the lottery has opened.
- You may want to pick a mix of manuscript and query critique sessions, as there are fewer manuscript critiques available and they will thus be harder to get into.
- Those whose names have been drawn will be notified by February 1st.
- If you are notified that you have received a critique session, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to pay within 48 hours.
These fifteen-minute consult sessions provide feedback on the first ten pages of the manuscript. The agent will not be providing feedback on the query, though authors may bring a copy of the query letter to the consult session to help the agent understand the story. The agent/editor will pre-read the pages before the consult and offer detailed feedback.
Pages are due to the agent co-chairs by March 8, 2019.
You will need to submit the first ten pages of your manuscript as a single attachment (.doc or .docx). The pages should be formatted as follows:
- double spaced
- 12 point, Times New Roman font
- one inch margins
- Include the title of your book, your full name, and the genre of your book on a title page or on top of the first page. (The title page does not count toward your ten pages).
- Save the document with your last name and book title
- check which committee member you are required to send your materials to (listed below).
In the email subject line, please write: Manuscript Critique for [AGENT or EDITOR name here] (example: Manuscript Critique for Eric Smith).
For manuscript critiques with the following agents and editors, send your pages to Rosalyn Eves at rosalyneveswriter gmail dot com:
- Thao Le (Agent at Dijkstra Literary)
- Eric Smith (Agent at P.S. Literary)
- Stacy Whitman (Editor at Tu Books)
- Christian Harrison (Editor at By Common Consent)
For manuscript critiques with the following agents and editor, send your pages to Brittany Larsen at bblarsen at live dot com
- Patricia Nelson (Agent at Marsal Lyon)
- Uwe Stender (Agent at Triada Literary)
- Samantha Millburn (Editor at Covenant)
- Celia Barnes (Editor at Deseret Book)
- Linda Camacho (Agent at Gallt and Zacker)
- Crystal Leichty (Editor at Immortal Works)
- Lisa Mangum (Editor at Shadow Mountain)
In these fifteen minute critique sessions, the agent or editor will provide feedback on the query and first page of the author’s manuscript. These pages will not be sent to the agent or editor in advance, but will be critiqued during the session.
Authors will need to bring a polished paper copy of the query letter and first page of the manuscript to the critique session. While the query letter may be single spaced, it should not be more than one page; the first page should be double spaced, with 12 point, Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins.
We will contact you a week before the conference with the time and room assignment for the critique session.
Why is the cost/approach different this year than last year?
After much discussion with the attorneys at AAR, we learned that conferences can charge for sessions with agents (last year, we charged a minimum that did not quite cover costs). We’ve adjusted the prices just enough to cover the basic cost of bringing in our guests.
What happens if I don’t win the lottery?
If you don’t win the lottery, your name will be put on a waitlist in case of openings (as people cancel or change their minds). In the (unlikely) event that an agent or editor’s critique sessions don’t fill, they will be offered to other attendees after the lottery period.
What if I can’t get a session with the agent/editor of my choice?
Most visiting agents and editors accept queries from conference attendees. Information on how to submit to the visiting agents and editors will be available after the conference.
Can I have more than one session with an agent?
No. As stated above, only one session per attendee. The only exceptions to this are – 1. giveaways or 2. If we still have open sessions in the final couple of weeks before conference, we MAY open up for people to have dual sessions.
When will I find out the time for my critique session?
The agent/editor co-chairs will be contacting authors with critique session times one week before the conference.
What if my critique session conflicts with my schedule?
The co-chairs will have your registration information and will not schedule the critiques during intensives or classes authors may be teaching. If there are other conflicts (not classes you want to attend, but extreme circumstances), please contact the co-chairs as soon as possible (see “Manuscript Critique” above for contact information).
Can I transfer my critique?
No. If you can’t make it to your critique session, please contact one of the agent/editor co-chairs (listed under “Manuscript Critique” above) to let them know that you cannot make your session. They will then offer that spot to someone on the waiting list. It’s not fair to people on the waiting list if sessions are offered to other authors.
Can I get a refund if I can’t make my critique session?
How can I prepare for my critique session?
- Submit the best possible work: have beta readers give you feedback and revise and polish before submitting/appearing at the session. Make sure that the work fits the agent/editors wish list.
- Arrive a few minutes early to your appointment (we suggest 10 minutes). It’s better to take the time to catch your breath and steady your nerves before you’re in the spotlight.
- Dress professionally.
- Take your time. Settle in, set down your bag, introduce yourself, take a deep breath.
- If you are doing a query critique, give the agent your query and first page.
- Come prepared with questions (about your query, the manuscript idea, the market, etc.) in case you have extra time at the end of the session.
- Please do not bring extra materials (sample chapters, etc.) to give to the agent/editor. Each agent/editor is seeing about 25 people so it would be a lot of paper for him/her to haul back on the plane. All of them are willing to look at submissions after the conference. This is standard conference protocol. The agent/editor will also give you additional instructions if needed.