Calling All Vermont Writers!
It's that time again. The League's biennial Writers Meet Agents Event is here in July, and we have a dynamite line-up of eight agents eager to talk with you and hear about your book projects.
These dedicated agents are actively building their lists, but take a look -- they're also authors who have toiled in the trenches just like the rest of us. What a wealth of advice they have for Vermont writers.
We'll be scheduling pitch sessions with our guest agents throughout the day, as well as offering presentations on the business and skills of writing. This is a conference you don't want to miss--a chance to immerse yourself in your craft and network with peers and professionals.
Space is limited, so register early:
- Registration and Meet and Greet (includes Morning Refreshments) : 8:30 am
- Opening Address and Introduction: 9:00 am
- Agent Panel and Presentations: Throughout the Morning
- Pitches Scheduled: Throughout the Morning
- Lunch, catered, buffet: Noon
- Afternoon Presentations and Pitches
- Afternoon Roundtable Genre Discussions
- Post Conference Cocktail Hour with Cash Bar: 4:30 pm
Literary Agents with us this year:
Dede Cummings, Literary Agent,
author, publisher, and design services
Green Writers Press
West Brattleboro, Vermont
She started her publishing career at Little, Brown after graduating from Middlebury College, where she was the recipient of the Mary Dunning Thwing Award, attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferenceas an undergraduate waiter, and studied with Hayden Carruth at the Bennington Writers’ Workshop. In 2013, Dede was a poetry contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Her poetry has been published in Mademoiselle, The Lake, InQuire, Vending Machine Press, Kentucky Review, Connotation Press, and Bloodroot Literary Magazine. She was a Discover/The Nation poetry semi-finalist and was recently awarded a writer's grant and a partial fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center.
Dede is also a journalist and published author of six nonfiction health and organic lifestyle titles fromHatherleigh Press, distributed by Random House and Skyhorse Publishing in New York. Dede lives in West Brattleboro, Vermont with her family, where she designs books and runs her ownpublishing imprint, DCDesign Books and the startup Green Writers Press.
Green Writers Press is a small Brattleboro-based publishing company founded by Dede in 2014, dedicated to spreading environmental awareness by publishing authors who proliferate messages of hope and renewal through place-based writing and environmental activism. In the past three years, Green Writers Press has expanded significantly, publishing such authors as Julia Alvarez, John Elder, and (upcoming) Clarence Major. Green Writers Press recently debuted their own literary magazine, The Hopper, a cultural space, both online and in print, that allows literature, art, poetry, and interviews to come together toward an invigorated understanding of nature’s place in human life.
Fairbank Literary Representation
Sorche is a good friend of LVW returning this summer with more sage advice.
From her web site: A small, selective agency and member of AAR, the Author's Guild, and Grub Street's Literary Advisory Board, Fairbank Literary Representation is happily entering its eleventh year. Clients range from first-time authors to international best-sellers, prize winning-journalists to professionals at the top of their fields.
Our tastes tend toward literary and international fiction; the occasional mystery or thriller with a firm sense of place; memoir that goes beyond the me-moir; topical or narrative non-fiction with a strong interest in women’s voices, global perspectives, and class and race issues; quality lifestyle books (food, wine, and design); pop culture; craft; and gift and humor books.
We are most likely to pick up works that are of social or cultural significance, newsworthy, or that cause us to take great delight in the words, images or ideas on the page. Genres: Narrative non-fiction, general fiction, literary fiction, international voices, mystery/thriller (selective), reference, biography, works on race and class issues, lifestyle, pop culture, cookbooks, science, architecture and design, food and wine, humor.
Lately we have been doing extremely well in the humor/gift/pop culture category, and we’d love to take on more projects in those categories. We do have a strong sense of humor, but above all, we look for a fresh voice, approach, story, or idea.
Jan L. Kardys, Literary Agent
Black Hawk Literary Agency LLC
Chairman, Unicorn Writers' Conference
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Jan's diverse book publishing career includes executive positions at ten of the major book publishers: Doubleday; St. Martin’s Press; Scholastic, Macmillan, Scribner’s, Little, Brown & Company; Warner Books; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; Lippincott & Crowell Publishers; Simon & Schuster/Prentice Hall; and Condé Nast Publications.Â
Her experience and know-how are in editorial, art/production, subsidiary rights, contracts, copyrights, permissions, book agenting, editing, writer’s conferences, publishing consulting, and freelance editing.
Jan worked for Google for three years where she added Internet sales and marketing to her already extensive expertise.
As chairman of the Unicorn Writers Conference, she brings writers and publishing professionals of all stripes together year after year, and now she's bringing that expertise to Vermont in July.
Paula Munier, Senior Literary Agent
Author, Blogger, Coach, and Content Strategist
Talcott Notch Literary Services, LLC
On her web page, Paula says: for nearly twenty years, this framed quotation has graced my office: “Après les choses qui sont de première nécessité pour la vie, rien n’est plus précieux que les livres.” The quote is from Pierre Simon Fournier’s 1764 typography manual, and it means: “After all the basic necessities of life, there is nothing more precious than books.”
The only thing I love more than books are the writers who write them, Paula says. She has worked with talented writers in a wide range of endeavors—reporters, nonfiction authors, content creators, from memoirists to novelists, screenwriters, graphic novelists, cartoonists, comic book writers, short story writers, and poets.
From Gannett, Greenspun and Prima Games to Disney, Quayside, and F+W Media, Paula has worked in the cause of good writing and good writers.
Her specialties include mystery/thriller, SF/fantasy, romance, YA, memoir, humor, pop culture, health & wellness, cooking, self-help, pop psych, New Age, inspirational, technology, science, and writing.
P.S. from Paula: "If you write crime fiction…you should know that I’m very involved with the mystery community, having served four terms as President of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America as well as on the MWA board. (I’m currently VP of that organization.) I’ve also served as both co-chair and Agents and Editors chair on the New England Crime Bake committee for seven years and counting. And I’m an active member of Sisters in Crime.
A great friend to LVW over the years with scads to tell us and teach us, we're eager to see Katharine again this summer.
From her web bio: Katharine is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. She recently contributed “Grey is the New Black” to Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, a nonfiction look at the cultural phenom of the bestselling novel.
Actively building her client list, Katharine likes books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and a fresh look at issues, life challenges, or popular culture. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir and femoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.
Genres: History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle,. Cookbooks, Science,General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Reference, Biography, Business/investing/finance.
Rebecca Podos, Literary Agent
Rees Literary Agency
Rebecca is a graduate of the MFA Writing, Literature and Publishing program at Emerson College. Her debut YA novel, The Mystery of Hollow Places, was recently published by Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins).
Rebecca is interested exclusively in Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction; particularly books about complex female relationships, beautifully written contemporary, romance with more at stake than "will they/won't they," genre fiction with a strong focus on character, books featuring marginalized voices and cultures, and LGBTQIA stories across all genres.
Janet Reid, Literary Agent
Fine Print Literary Management
New York City
Seen on her web site: Janet Reid specializes in compelling fiction, particularly crime fiction; and narrative non-fiction. She’s always on the lookout for fabulous projects.Â
Her publishing background includes fifteen years in book publicity with clients both famous and infamous. In her spare hours she drinks scotch and stalks Jack Reacher.
And do not forget her wildly helpful, popular and incredible web site on writing the killer query: Query Shark. See it at: http://queryshark.blogspot.com
Heather Flaherty, Literary Agent
The Bent Agency
New York City
Heather grew up in Massachusetts, between Boston and the Cape, and started working in New York City as a playwright during college. After much country hopping and some work in editorial, Heather became a YA and Children's Literary Scout, consulting with foreign publishers and Hollywood regarding what the next big book will be. Now as an Agent, she's thrilled to grow authors for that same success.
Currently, she's looking for authors of Middle-Grade and Young-Adult fiction, as well as select Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction projects. For YA, she's looking across all genres, and loves an excellent and authentic teen voice. For MG, she's looking for more realistic stories (either contemporary or period), about coping, coming-of-age, or situations seen through the eyes of a young person. In Adult, she's specifically wanting female-centric thrillers and commercial woman's fiction with solid storytelling and strong voices. She’s also always on the lookout for fantastic upmarket projects that bridge the gap between commercial and literary lists.
On the non-fiction side, she leans towards pop-culture, humor, and social-media based projects, as well as teen memoir. @HeddaFlaherty
FEES for Writers Meet Agents 2016:
For LVW Members: $125.00
[Late Registration, after July 15: $135.00]
For Non-Members: $155.00
[Late Registration after July 15: $165.00]
SPACE AT THIS CONFERENCE IS LIMTED, SO REGISTER NOW!
Ten-minute Pitch Sessions: $25/ea. [limit 2 sessions per writer until all have had a chance to sign up for a pitch.]
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