Agent Conference Opportunities
There are plenty of opportunities for writers to meet agents face to face at writers' conferences and pitch their work in 2012. 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.
Clarksville Writers Conference, June 7-8, Clarksville, TN
Attending agents: Debbie Carter (Muse Literary Management); and Barbara Scott (Wordserve Literary Group).
Books-in-Progress Conference, June 8-9, Lexington, KY (held at the Carnegie Literacy Center)
Attending agents: Sorche Fairbank (Fairbank Literary); and Janet Reid (FinePrint Literary Management).
Crested Butte Writers Conference, June 22-24, Crested Butte, CO
Attending agents: Mary Kole (Andrea Brown Literary); Hannah Bowman (Liza Dawson Associates); Ken Sherman (Ken Sherman Associates); and one more agent to be named.
Jackson Hole Writers Conference, June 28-30, Jackson Hole, WY
Attending agents: Lisa Bankoff (ICM); Katharine Sands (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary); and Alex Glass (Trident Media).
Midwest Writers Workshop, July 26-28, Muncie, IN
Attending agents: Kathleen Ortiz (Nancy Coffey Literary); Brooks Sherman (FinePrint Literary); J.L. Stermer (NS Bienstock); and Sarah LaPolla (Curtis Brown).
Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, July 26-28, Fort Bragg, CA.
Attending agents: Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen (Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents); and Gordon Warnock (Andrea Hurst Literary Management).
Killer Nashville (MWA), Aug. 23-26, Nashville, TN
Attending agents: Jill Marr (Sandra Dijkstra Literary); Holly McClure (Sullivan Maxx Literary); and Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency).
Chicago Writers Conference, Sept. 14-16, Chicago, IL
Attending agents: Jennifer Mattson (Andrea Brown Literary); Danielle Egan-Miller and Joanna Mackenzie (Browne & Miller); and more to be announced.
Writer's Digest WEST Conference, Oct. 19-21, Los Angeles, CA
Attending agents: Mary Kole (Movable Type Management); Sara Sciuto (Full Circle Literary); Ken Sherman (Ken Sherman & Associates); Jamie Weiss Chilton and Jen Rofe (both Andrea Brown Literary); Dana Newman (Newman Literary); Paul S. Levine and Loren Grossman (Paul S. Levine Literary); Thao Le (Sandra Dijkstra Literary); and many more as the months go on.
Pet Writing Conference, Feb. 9, 2013, New York, NY
Attending agents: Several TBD.
San Francisco Writers Conference, Feb. 14-17, 2013, San Francisco, CA
Attending agents: Kimberley Cameron (Kimberley Cameron & Associates); Verna Dreisbach (Dreisbach Literary); Mandy Hubbard (D4EO Literary); Michael Larsen (Larsen/Pomada); Taylor Martindale (Full Circle Literary); Jill Marsal (Marsal-Lyon Literary); Laurie McLean (Larsen/Pomada); Elizabeth Pomada (Larsen/Pomada); Katharine Sands (Sarah Jane Freymann Agency); Ken Sherman (Ken Sherman and Associates); Nephele Tempest (The Knight Agency); Gordon Warnock (Andrea Hurst & Associates); and Ted Weinstein (Weinstein Literary)