When and if you feel ready to pitch your work with the goal of finding a traditional publisher, there are plenty of upcoming opportunities for meeting agents one on one at writers’ conferences. Some of these conferences have broad agendas aimed at writers in many different genres while others focus on a single genre, from mystery to romance. To give you some idea of what’s out there and the agents attending various events, I’ve listed a sampling from Chuck Sambuchino’s blog for the 2014 Guide to Literary Agents.
Checking out an agent’s bio and agency Web site will give you a good idea of what his/her interests are and whether your project might have some appeal. As you scan this list, I hope you’ll find it encouraging: There are plenty of dedicated agents willing to meet with aspiring writers and offer advice. Whether you’re still in the revision stage as I am or just launching a new book, just knowing what’s out there can be motivating:
Clarksville Writers Conference, June 5-6, 2014, Clarksville, TN. Attending agents: Malaga Baldi (Baldi Agency); and Ken Sherman (Ken Sherman & Associates).
Carnegie Center Books-in-Progress Conference, June 6-7, 2014, Lexington, KY. Attending agents: Paul S. Levine (Paul Levine Literary); and Laura Biagi (Jean V. Naggar Literary).
Wyoming Writers Conference, June 6-8, 2014, Sheridan, WY. Attending agents: April Eberhardt (April Eberhardt Literary); and Jessica Sinsheimer (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary).
Southeastern Writers Conference, St. Simon’s Island, GA, June 13-17, 2014. Attending agents: Carlie Webber (CK Webber Associates).
Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference, June 27-29, Austin, TX. Attending agents: Brandi Bowles (Foundry Literary); Logan Garrison (The Gernert Company); Robert Guinsler (Sterling Lord Literistic); Scott Hoffman (Folio Literary); Kristyn Keene (ICM Partners); Jonathan Lyons (Curtis Brown); PJ Mark (Janklow & Nesbit); Cameron McClure (Donald Maass Literary); and more.
Romance Writers of America National Conference, July 23-26, 2014, San Antonio, TX. Attending agents: Anywhere between 25-50 agents — see the Web site for the entire (growing) list.
Midwest Writers Workshop, July 24-26, 2014, Muncie, IN. Attending agents: Laura Biagi (Jean V. Naggar Literary); Beth Phelan (The Bent Agency); Katharine Sands (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary); Bridget Smith (Dunham Literary); and Peter Knapp (Park Literary).
Writer’s Digest Conference East, Aug 1-3, 2014, New York City, NY. 50+ agents will hear pitches at the conference’s popular Pitch Slam Event.