Future Cincinnati Writing Workshop — And Online Conferences Happening Now

Our past Cincinnati Writing Workshop events were successes — thank you to all who attended! The CWW conference has happened multiple times before, and we at Writing Day Workshops have loved connecting writers and literary agents, and seeing so many success stories from our events.

We are not certain exactly when the next CWW will happen (and whether it will be online vs, in person). That said, if you’d like to attend a writers conference before then, we have online events coming up in 2022-2023 to keep everyone safe. Please note that even though the events below are for different cities around the country, since these events are online, anyone can attend from anywhere. Each event has 30-40 attending literary agents! Details:

If you have questions, or want to register for any 2022-2023 writers conferences, either online events or in-person events, contact us (Brian Klems) at WDWconference@gmail.com and we are happy to assist. Just let us know which event(s) you want to register for. For online events, you can attend from anywhere since the events are virtual. Writers can sign up for more than one event. If you and several people from your writing group all want to register together, ask us about a group discount.

All classes are recorded and sent out to attendees afterward, so you can study the instruction and enjoy the experience. All pitches are one-on-one with literary agents seeking writers, and done over Zoom (though phone is also an option). Thanks, all, and we hope to see you in 2022-2023 at an event!

The 2020 Cincinnati Writing Workshop: May 16, 2020

screen-shot-2014-07-23-at-12-58-51-pm.pngWriting Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2020 Online Cincinnati Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Cincinnati, OH, on May 16, 2020.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (150 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Cincinnati Writing Workshop!

(IMPORTANT APRIL 2020 UPDATE: The 2020 CWW is now an Online Conference to keep everyone safe. There is much more to say about this, but immediately you should understand 1) This will be easy and awesome, 2) You do not have to be tech-savvy to do this, and 3) We are keeping all aspects of the event, including one-on-one agent & editor pitching, which will now be done by Skype or Zoom or phone. Learn all details about the new May 16 CWW Online Conference here and what everything means. Please note this website may still have outdated language on it that suggests an in-person event, but the event is now Online.)


This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. 

We will have many new literary agents willing to take virtual pitches in 2020 — by Zoom or Skype or phone. Get to know all agents better by reading their full bios here. This year’s faculty so far includes:

  • literary agent Erica Bauman (Aevitas Creative Management)
  • literary agent Jacqueline Lipton (Raven Quill Literary)
  • literary agent Chrysa Keenon (CYLE Literary)
  • literary agent Denise Barone (Barone Literary)
  • literary agent Kenzi Nevins (CYLE Literary)
  • literary agent Weronika Janczuk (Janczuk Literary)
  • literary agent Cortney Radocaj (Belcastro Agency)
  • literary agent Hope Bolinger (C.Y.L.E. Literary)
  • literary agent Kaitlyn Johnson (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Cate Hart (Harvey Klinger Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Eric Smith (P.S. Literary)
  • literary agent Sherry Robb (The Robb Company)
  • literary agent Jessica Schmeidler (Golden Wheat Literary)
  • literary agent Katherine Wessbecher (Bradford Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Vicki Selvaggio (Storm Literary)
  • literary agent Garrett Alwert (Emerald City Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Ben Miller-Callihan (Handspun Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Kelly Van Sant (Red Sofa Literary)
  • literary agent Rae Loverde (Donald Maass Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency)
  • literary agent Kelly Peterson (Rees Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Carlie Webber (Fuse Literary)
  • literary agent Courtney Miller-Callihan (Handspun Literary)
  • literary agent Michael Carr (Veritas Literary)
  • and more possibly to come. Again, see all full agent bios online here.

By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Chuck Sambuchino of Writing Day Workshops.


9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2020, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. (513)421-9100.

(Remember the event is now online on May 16. All details & FAQ info about the online event can be found here. Ignore any wording on this page that still reflects the old in-person event.)

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8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.

9:30 – 10:30: “How to Write a Submissions Package That Stands Out Among the Crowd,” taught by Jacqueline Lipton. This session, taught by a literary agent, provides handy tips and tricks for creating the perfect submissions package, making the query letter do its best work for you, and learning how to avoid wasting the valuable real estate that makes up the first 10-20 pages of your novel. We might also talk briefly about the dreaded synopsis!

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.12.02 AM10:45 – 11:45: “Making Social Media Work For You,” taught by Kenzi Nevins. As authors, most of us wish we could spend more time writing and leave marketing to the experts, but in today’s world, social media is a necessary part of our job. Fortunately, with a little work, you can turn it in to a vehicle for reaching the world with your words, rather than a frustrating time-waster.

11:45 – 1:15: Lunch on your own. There are several restaurants within quick driving distance on the block.

1:15 – 2:30: “Writers’ Got Talent: A First Page Critique-Fest.” In the vein of American Idol or America’s Got Talent, this is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with our attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission. Get expert feedback on your incredibly important first page, and know if your writing has what it needs to keep readers’ attention. All attendees are welcome to bring pages to the event for this session, and we will choose pages at random for the workshop for as long as time lasts. This is for fiction and memoir only — no picture books or prescriptive nonfiction.

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.07.06 AM2:50 – 3:50: “Pitch, Please! How to Strike the Right Tone (and Other Helpful Tips) in Your Query Letter,” taught by Courtney Miller-Callihan and Ben Callihan. In this lively workshop, literary agents Courtney and Ben Miller-Callihan will guide you through some of the key dos and don’ts of putting your best self forward in your query letter. Can you be funny? Is there such a thing as being too clever? How much do rhetorical questions suck? [A: yes, yes, and a lot.] We’ll cover these questions and more and offer tons of insight from the agent’s side of the desk, so you can ensure that your query stands out (in a good way.)

4:00 – 5:00: “You Have an Agent Offer or Book Contract — Now What?” taught by agent Carlie Webber. Many writers seek to get an agent and book deal. But what happens after these steps? Hear from literary agent Carlie Webber on how to effectively work with a literary agent, what to expect in the submission process, what it’s like to work with a publishing house editor, how to sell multiple books in your career, and much more.

All throughout the day: Agent & Editor Pitching.

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These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.

(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings, and pricing/detail is explained below.)

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$139 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2020 CWW and access to all workshops, all day, on Saturday, May 16, 2020. As of fall 2019, event registration is now OPEN.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents in attendance. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $29/session — pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10. Here are some quick testimonials regarding writers who have signed with literary agents after pitching them at prior Writing Day Workshops events. (Our bigger, growing list of success stories can be seen here.)

Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 11.11.29 AM.png“I met my client, Alison Hammer, at the Writing
Workshop of Chicago and just sold her book.”
– literary agent Joanna Mackenzie of Nelson Literary

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 11.47.54 PM.png“Good news! I signed a client [novelist Aliza Mann]
from the Michigan Writing Workshop!”
– literary agent Sara Mebigow of KT Literary

Screen Shot 2018-11-05 at 12.56.10 PM“I signed author Stephanie Wright from
the Seattle Writing Workshop.”
– literary agent Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary

Screen Shot 2018-05-17 at 9.07.44 PM“I signed an author [Kate Thompson] that I
met at the Philadelphia Writing Workshop.”
– literary agent Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary

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at the Chesapeake Writing Workshop.”

– literary agent Adriann Ranta of Foundry Literary + Media

Screen Shot 2019-12-17 at 11.35.46 AMAdd $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Chuck Sambuchino, former longtime editor of the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS for Writer’s Digest Books. (This rate is a special event value for Cincinnati Workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the specially-priced critique, so they can send out their query letter with confidence following the workshop. Also, if you are meeting with an agent at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting? (Chuck is also teaching a session at the conference on dos and don’ts for contacting agents.)

Add $79 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees get an in-person meeting at the workshop. Options:

  • Screen Shot 2019-04-01 at 10.56.14 PM.pngMiddle grade and young adult: Faculty member Emma Carlson Berne, a children’s book writer, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. No picture books, please. Emma is the author of dozens of kidlit books, both fiction and nonfiction, both original series and commissioned works (such as Star Wars novels by Disney/Lucasfilm). Emma is a former writer-in-residence of the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Library.
  • Screen Shot 2019-12-18 at 11.44.01 PMLiterary fiction, mainstream fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thriller, crime, suspense, romance, science fiction, fantasy, children’s picture books: Faculty member Eve Porinchak, a freelance editor and former literary agent, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, and pass along written critique notes. Picture books should be 1,000 words, maximum, and can or cannot include illustrations. Unlike the other critquers at the Cincinnati event, Eve will not be there in person. Instead Eve is happy to have her 10-minute meetings with writers over the phone or Skype, either before or after the event.
  • Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 9.26.21 PM.pngMystery, thriller, general fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, romance, women’s fiction: Tara Bailey is the founder and CEO of Bailey Publishing House. Tara founded Bailey Publishing House, LLC in 2016. She serves as Chief Executive Officer and Senior Editor. At the 2020 Pittsburgh Writing Workshop, Tara is meeting with writers for add-on manuscript critiques. She is also co-teaching the day’s class on social media. Tara is a ghostwriter and author of Dracula of the West Side and Number Seven (2018). She’s the author of the dark comedy play, “Deadbeat” (2017). The play premiered on May 21, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, downtown Pittsburgh. The production was produced by Wali Jamal Abdullah and directed by Kim El. She was the featured speaker at the Celebration of Reading in June 2017 and Pittsburgh’s Write On: Black Book Expo in November 2017. Along with speaking at book festivals, BPH hosts an annual writers workshop. She’s been a featured guest on WAMO 100 radio programs and Soul Pitt Quarterly wrote an article about her company in Summer 2017 edition. In addition to her commitment to BPH, she is also Editor-in-Chief for a personal care home monthly magazine in Pennsylvania.

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Chuck Sambuchino via email: writingdayworkshops@gmail.com, and he will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by either PayPal or check. Because Chuck plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Cincinnati workshop specifically.


(IMPORTANT APRIL 2020 UPDATE: The 2020 CWW is now an Online Conference to keep everyone safe. There is much more to say about this, but immediately you should understand 1) This will be easy and awesome, 2) You do not have to be tech-savvy to do this, and 3) We are keeping all aspects of the event, including one-on-one agent & editor pitching, which will now be done by Skype or Zoom or phone. Learn all details about the new May 16 CWW Online Conference here and what everything means. Please note this website may still have outdated language on it that suggests an in-person event, but the event is now Online.)

Because of limited space at the venue of the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, the workshop can only allow 150 registrants, unless spacing issues change. For this reason, we encourage you to book sooner rather than later.

Are spaces still available? Yes, we still have spaces available. We will announce RIGHT HERE, at this point on this web page, when all spaces are taken. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked, then yes, we still have room, and you are encouraged to register.

How to Register: The easy first step is simply to reach out to workshop organizer Chuck Sambuchino via email: writingdayworkshops@gmail.com. He will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by PayPal or check. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The CWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Chuck plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Cincinnati workshop specifically.

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your letter.)

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The 2020 CWW is Now an Online Conference — Here’s What to Know

Hi CWW attendees,

Chuck Sambuchino here with the Cincinnati Writing Workshop on May 16, 2020.

I hope you are staying safe and healthy. I wanted to update on you on our plans for the 2020 CWW. Because of faculty and attendee concern about health, we are excited to announce that we are moving the event to an all-day Live Online Conference on May 16, 2020. There will be no in-person event this year.

We will spell out details below in terms of what that means, but the important and immediate things to know are

  1. This will be great and easy.
  2. This will not eliminate any aspect of the event, so you will still get every part of the event that you want (and more!). We will still have great classes teaching you how to get published, one-on-one video/phone pitches with agents, and helpful critiques. In fact, moving the event to a teleconference on the computer not only will keep attendees & faculty 100% safe, but it also adds some new awesome elements that we’re excited about.
  3. Regarding new awesome elements that an Online conference brings, there is info on that below. Put immediately note that besides the original several agents that would take pitches at the conference, we now have lots more around the country willing to take virtual pitches as part of the CWW.
  4. We just moved recent events in Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Louisville, Michigan and Seattle to online events, and the feedback was excellent.

We understand that an Online Conference may be new to some attendees, but do not worry. It is quite easy to do, and we will have detailed steps on what to do and when. Essentially, all you need is access to a working computer, tablet, or phone with Internet, and then you watch the conference on your computer screen live. You’ll click links in emails and be able to watch live classes and ask questions. That’s it.

Also, the day’s classes can be viewed again and again because it’s all recorded! Many writing conferences are switching to teleconferences during these months, and it’s going well. Lastly, we the CWW coordinators are available all day long before and during May 16 to help and assist. You can always call on us. Email me (Chuck) personally at writingdayworkshops@gmail.com


What do attendees have to do right now: Nothing right now. All is well. Just read through this email whenever you like so you understand how the day will work. That’s it. We will continue to stay in touch all the way through May 16. As always, we are happy to answer any questions.

Are we still accepting new attendees for the online events? Yes. Thank you for any word-spreading you do. People who want to register can contact me (Chuck) at writingdayworkshops@gmail.com

Timing of the day: We are still having the event on Saturday, May 16, from 930-500. The classes will be online live during that time for you to watch. Concerning your one-on-one meetings with agents & editors, you will have personal Skype or phone conversations for your agent pitches and critiques. Many of those may happen on May 16, or some in the days before/after the event.

How classes work: We send you an email, and on the morning of May 16, you open the email, click on a link, and log in to our “Classroom.” At that point, you are IN the conference with all other attendees—watching speakers teach classes on your screen. Then faculty members will be able to teach over the computer and speak directly to you. There is a Chat Box where you can type your questions at any time. For the workshop, our policy is that no question goes unanswered. That means if you type in a question and the presenter runs out of time to address all questions, those questions get answered following the event and emailed out to everyone.

Classes are recorded (and this is amazing news)! With an in-person conference, attendees would miss snippets of classes because they leave the classroom to pitch, or make a phone call, or anything else. But the 5 classes happening during May 16 are all recorded, which means we will send the whole day’s recording following the event. You can watch it as many times as you want during the next six months. This is an exciting new element that we couldn’t include before. Also, we will be sending out all handouts for all classes to attendees in advance.

You get 7 FREE bonus classes on the side! Lastly, having this new technology allows us WDW faculty members to pre-record sessions, too—meaning we will actually send attendees extra FREE classes as part of their attendance. (It’s like you’re getting two days worth of instruction for the price of one.) In addition to getting the day’s 5 classes sent to you to watch over and over again, we will also send you the following 7 pre-recorded sessions for free as a nice bonus:

  • “15 Tips on How to Write Like the Pros”—a class on craft and voice, by Brian Klems
  • “How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal”—a class on selling nonfiction, by Brian Klems
  • “10 Query Letter Tips”—a class to help your submission chances, by Chuck Sambuchino
  • “An Overview of Your Publishing Options Today”—a class on understanding the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing, by Chuck Sambuchino
  • “Submissions and Beyond”—a class on how to best contact agents and editors, by agent Vicki Selvaggio of Storm Literary
  • “Writing the 8 Point Synopsis”—a class on how to construct your plot and synopsis, by author Amber Royer
  • “How to Apply the 5 Most Powerful Methods of Story Creation to Your Novels”—a class on story technique taught by author Jim Rubart

How agent & editor pitches work: Agents and editors are blocking off their whole day on May 16 to take pitches via Skype (or a comparable video software) from attendees. So you will still get your individual 10-minute one-on-one pitches with agents and editors. If you’re not familiar with Skype, you can always do the pitches by phone—you can choose.

ALSO: Because the agents no longer need to come to Cincinnati, we have agents from all over that have volunteered to do virtual pitches as part of the 2020 CWW.

See the entire new list of 2020 CWW literary agents here.

To switch an existing pitch to one of them, email me at writingdayworkshops@gmail.com. To buy new pitches with any of these new agents, you can issue payment via PayPal here. Just make a clear note in the payment memo that explains who you want to pitch.

Query critiques: Those will be done before the event and emailed out to you. Nothing is changed. This is an add-on feature for people who opted for a query critique.

Manuscript critiques: This is also an add-on element. If you paid for a manuscript critique, your critique faculty member should be in touch with you directly with their notes, and to schedule a 10-minute phone call (or Skype call). Thanks.

First Pages Panel: The panel is still happening. We will collect your first pages in advance over email and pick them at random for the agents to critique during this midday centerpiece panel. Having this panel taped (so you can rewatch it) is an exciting opportunity!

Other notes: We considered rescheduling, but since there is no end date to the problem, it doesn’t work. We are excited about the online conference on May 16, and hope to have the conference as a live event again in 2021 and beyond.

Thanks for reading all this! Be in touch if you have any questions. We will see everyone on May 16. More emails to come.

Chuck Sambuchino

UPDATED: 2020 Cincinnati WW Agents to Pitch — Full List

Because the 2020 Cincinnati Writing Workshop is now online, lots of new agents from all over the country have agreed to take virtual pitches as part of the event. These agents will set up pitches by Zoom or Skype or phone. (If you are not tech-savvy and just want a regular phone call, that is fine.) We have done virtual pitches recently as part of other workshops and they have gone great.

See below for the full 2020 Cincinnati Writing Workshop list.

If you have any existing CWW pitches and want to switch to any of these agents, you can do so. Just email me (Chuck) at writingdayworkshops@gmail.com and let me know. If you want to purchase any new pitches, they are $29 a piece and you can pay via PayPal here. If you do, make a note in the payment memo such as “For [your name] to pitch [agent name(s)] in Cincinnati.” If you want to purchase additional agent pitches and prefer to do it via credit card, contact me (email is above) and let me know which agents. Thanks.

All pitches will happen on Saturday, May 16, during Eastern time hours, unless the agent is marked with a note.


Screen Shot 2019-10-27 at 2.58.15 PMCortney Radocaj is a literary agent with Belcastro Agency. She is seeking young adult, new adult, and adult fiction in the following genres & categories: LGBTQIA+ (particularly F/F), neurodiversity, contemporary, horror, fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, cyberpunk, mythology/fairytale retellings, Gothic fiction (particularly Southern gothic), paranormal and magical realism. Learn more about Cortney here.

Screen Shot 2019-12-09 at 10.06.32 AM.pngWeronika Janczuk [SOLD OUT FOR CINCINNATI] is a literary agent and founder of The Janczuk Literary Agency. “I am not, and have never been, a single-genre reader. I am eager only for the best-told stories, building out a list of talented novelists and writers in many genres.” She is seeking: young adult, fantasy & sci-fi, literary fiction, commercial fiction, women’s fiction, romance crime, mystery & thrillers. memoir and nonfiction (innovative ideas & research; projects with a potential for social & cultural impact, etc.). Learn more about Weronika here.

Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 1.04.33 PM.pngEmma Sector is a literary agent with Prospect Agency. She is seeking: “I’m open to middle grade and young adult of all types, but I’m especially drawn to fantasy adventure, magical realism, and historical fiction. I love picture books with big ideas and few words and chapter books with quirky, vibrant characters. Learn more about Emma here.

Screen Shot 2019-11-04 at 9.04.19 PM.pngRachelle Gardner is a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Agency. For adult fiction, she seeks submissions in both the general and Christian markets — for women’s fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller, family saga, historical, legal, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, and romance. For nonfiction, she seeks both Christian market and general market projects: memoirs, home life, current affairs, health & diet, narrative nonfiction, popular culture, self-help, women’s and issues. Platform is important, so be sure to highlight it in your pitch. She occasionally looks at devotionals. Learn more about Rachelle here.

Screen Shot 2019-09-27 at 1.37.27 PMPaul S. Levine is a literary agent and the founder of Paul S. Levine Literary. He is also an attorney. His fiction interests include adventure novels, mainstream fiction, mysteries, romance, thrillers, and women’s fiction. His nonfiction interests include business/commerce, pop culture, how-to, self-help, politics/law, relationships, and sports. Learn more about Paul here.

Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 1.27.12 PMHope Bolinger is a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. Literary. She is seeking young adult and middle grade with a speculative flair, some adult romance, and some adult historical. She is also sometimes interested in children’s picture books (especially nonfiction or with STEAM elements), nonfiction & memoir with a strong platform, some books for the religious market with a strong platform. She is not interested in: nonfiction that doesn’t have a strong platform, erotica, poetry, or new adult (YA crossover is fine). Learn more about Hope here.

Screen Shot 2020-01-18 at 9.55.15 PMKaitlyn Johnson is a literary agent with Corvisiero Literary. She is seeking upper middle grade, young adult, new adult romance, fantasy works (yes, that very much includes urban!) and time travel, romance (erotic elements OK), historical fiction (anything other than Henry VIII, Shakespeare, American Civil War, Greek gods/myths), contemporary (can grab her attention only if the concept is unique and well executed, LGBT welcome in all noted genres. Learn more about Kaitlyn here.

Screen Shot 2019-07-09 at 2.56.29 PM.pngCate Hart is a literary agent with Harvey Klinger Literary Agency. She specializes in historical, whether in young adult, women’s fiction and romance, or narrative nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to oft-forgotten stories of the past and underrepresented voices, and especially personal to her is unexplored Southern history and culture. She also loves high-concept fantasy in YA and Adult fiction. Cate seeks the following nonfiction categories: narrative, history, film, TV, theatre, pop culture, and music. She also seeks the following fiction genres: historical, commercial, women’s fiction, romance, fantasy, mystety, psychological thriller, middle grade, and young adult. Learn more about Cate.

Screen Shot 2019-10-29 at 8.50.51 PMEric Smith is a literary agent with P.S. Literary. Eric is seeking: Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), and Literary and Commercial Fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of nonfiction, he’s interested in Cookbooks, Pop Culture, Humor, essay collections, and blog-to-book ideas. Learn more about Eric here.

Screen Shot 2019-10-04 at 2.43.30 PM.pngSherry Robb is a literary agent and founder of The Robb Company. In her own words: “Book development and selling books to publishers has been my main focus my whole professional life. Over the years I have launched the publishing careers of over 300 writers. My main interests are: psychological thrillers/suspense, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, and how-to nonfiction books (any subject if the writer is an expert in the field of her/his choice). Another, more subtle desire is to find novels that have a unique and/or quirky voice even if the story line is unusual — or a story we have heard but told in a different way.” Learn more about Sherry here.

Screen Shot 2019-11-16 at 1.15.07 PMJessica Schmeidler is a literary agent with Golden Wheat Literary. She is seeking: general/mainstream fiction, mystery, romance, suspense/thriller, fantasy, science fiction, young adult and middle grade, religious nonfiction, children’s picture books, and Christian fiction. Golden Wheat Literary was founded in an effort to help connect Christian writers with the vast market of both Christian and secular publishers. To that end, the manuscripts that are accepted do not need to be overtly Christian, but must exist within the realities of Christian faith. If your manuscript’s elements can all be true without any part of God’s Word needing to step aside or be discounted, it is acceptable for submission/pitch. Learn more about Jessica here.

Screen Shot 2020-01-15 at 3.07.23 PM.pngKatherine Wessbecher is a literary agent with Bradford Literary Agency. In middle grade and young adult, historical fiction and fantasy have been favorites since she was young. But more than genre, she’s looking for the kinds of stories that transport her: to the past, an imagined world, or a perspective wholly different from her own. She’s drawn to stories that push readers to question their assumptions of the world. Her favorite picture books are the kind that make both kids and grown-ups laugh. Inventive premises, twist endings, and quirky characters are all good ways to pique her interest. Katherine is looking for upmarket adult fiction that straddles the literary and commercial divide. Books that inspire her list run the gamut from Where’d You Go, Bernadette to Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing. She loves unexpected takes on familiar stories and flawed yet endearing characters. Katherine is actively seeking adult and juvenile narrative nonfiction—particularly projects that highlight stories the history textbooks left out. In the same vein, she’d love to work with nonfiction graphic novel projects like John Hendrix’s The Faithful Spy. Learn more about Katherine here.

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 9.50.27 AMVicki Selvaggio is a literary agent with Storm Literary (formerly with Jennifer De Chiara Literary). She is currently looking for lyrical picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, new adult, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, fantasy, narrative nonfiction, and adult fiction. Vicki is especially drawn to middle grade and young adult. “I especially love thrillers and all elements of weird, creepy stuff. If it’s out of the box, and it will make me think and think, long after I’m done reading, send it to me! On the flip side, I yearn for books that make me laugh, cry and wonder about the world.” Learn more about Vicki here.

Screen Shot 2019-10-29 at 8.54.34 PMGarrett Alwert is an associate literary agent with Emerald City Literary Agency. He is actively seeking new clients. He and the agency represent young adult and middle grade — specifically in the areas of romance, thriller/mystery, magical realism and sci-fi (no kidlit fantasy for him). Learn more about Garrett here.

Screen Shot 2019-11-12 at 6.31.13 PMBen Miller-Callihan is a literary agent with Handspun Literary Agency. His interests include: humor, young adult and middle grade novels, science fiction & fantasy (especially decolonial SF/F), cookbooks, mainstream-ish fiction a la David Mitchell and William Gibson, and anything food-related. Learn more about Ben here.

Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 6.06.26 PM.pngRae Loverde is an agent assistant at Donald Maass Literary Agency. At the 2020 LA event, she will be acting as a literary scout — taking pitches at the workshop on behalf of her co-agents. Her co-agent Kiana Nguyen is seeking the following: contemporary romances like Alisha Rai and Alyssa Cole, adult sci-fi that feels like “Black Mirror,” and psychological thrillers. In YA, she’s looking for thrillers and contemporary that’s queer, POC, or features a mystery. Co-agent Caitlin McDonald is seeking the following: all science fiction & fantasy fiction for adult, YA, and MG, especially secondary world fantasy and alternate history; genre-bending or cross-genre fiction, and stories that examine tropes from a new angle; diversity of all kinds, including (but not limited to) race, gender, sexuality, and ability, in both characters and worldbuilding. Learn more about Rae here.

Screen Shot 2018-11-10 at 10.37.40 AMKelly Van Sant is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary. She says, “I am seeking middle grade, young adult, and very limited women’s fiction across all genres — including fantasy, science fiction, adventure, historical, and contemporary. I love character-driven stories with intricate plots, and am always drawn to explorations of friendship and found family. I am especially interested in #ownvoices, inclusive narratives, and diverse writers.” Learn more about Kelly here.

Screen shot 2014-09-25 at 10.27.21 PMJulie Gwinn is an agent with The Seymour Agency, and was formerly an editor with many years of publishing experience. Her primary areas of interest include Christian and inspirational fiction and nonfiction, women’s fiction (contemporary and historical), new adult, Southern fiction, literary fiction, as well as young adult novels. Learn more about Julie here.

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 9.58.43 AM.pngKelly Peterson (pitches only on May 17) is a literary agent with Rees Literary Agency. Kelly seeks manuscripts in various genres within Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult age ranges. In Middle Grade, she loves fantasy, sci-fi, and contemporary that touches on tough issues for young readers. Her Young Adult preferences vary from contemporary to high fantasy, sci-fi (not the space kind) to paranormal (all the ghost stories, please!), and historical all the way back to rom-coms. Kelly is proud to continue to represent Adult manuscripts in romance, fantasy, and sci-fi. She is very interested in representing authors with marginalized own voices stories, witty and unique characters, pirates, witches, and dark fantasies. Learn more about Kelly here.

Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 1.17.01 AM.pngCarlie Webber is a literary agent with Fuse Literary. She represents fiction in the genres of: young adult, middle grade, new adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, and romance. She does not want to rep picture books, easy readers, poetry, scripts or curriculum nonfiction. She no longer seeks nonfiction (or memoir) of any kind. Learn more about Carlie here.

Screen Shot 2019-11-12 at 6.31.09 PMCourtney Miller-Callihan is a literary agent and founder of Handspun Literary. She is always looking for stories she can’t stop reading. For adult fiction, Courtney represents mainstream/upmarket fiction (including historical fiction and women’s fiction), romance (all subgenres except inspirational), mystery novels, and speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy). For nonfiction, Courtney represents work targeting all age groups (children and adults). Though she will consider nonfiction on any topic, work that deals primarily with issues of religion or spirituality is unlikely to be a good fit. Learn more about Courtney here.

Screen Shot 2019-03-30 at 3.10.25 PM.pngErica Bauman [SOLD OUT FOR CINCINNATI] is a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management. Erica represents a wide variety of authors for both children and adults, including acclaimed YA author Andrew Auseon and Broadway performer Tiffany Haas. Erica is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and has worked in the publishing industry for the last seven years. Before coming to Aevitas she worked at Spectrum Literary Agency. Based in New York, Erica is currently focused on representing a wide range of authors across middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, as well as some select narrative nonfiction projects. She is most interested in novels that straddle the line between literary and commercial, imaginative tales with a speculative twist, fearless storytellers that tackle big ideas and contemporary issues, and working with and supporting marginalized authors and stories that represent the wide range of humanity.

ChrysaChrysa Keenon is a literary agent with CYLE Literary Elite. She is seeking: For adult novels, she seeks humorous romance, LGBTQ+ romance, and low fantasy. In young adult, she seeks humorous/lighthearted contemporary romance, fantasy LGBTQ+, diverse romance, magical realism, and stories about characters from marginalized backgrounds. She also will consider fairytale retellings/spinoffs and middle grade fantasy. Chrysa holds a degree from Taylor University in Professional Writing with minors in Public Relations and Creative Writing. She began her agenting career as an intern at The Seymour Agency and gained experience in the editorial world at GenZ Publishing. She is the recipient of the Blue Seal Award for 1st place YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy fiction and 1st Place News and Feature Story from the Indiana Collegiate Press, among others. She has over 400 publications and currently works as a content writer for a Midwest bridal magazine. Chrysa enjoys puns, coffee, and traveling to oceanside cities.

Screen Shot 2020-01-02 at 2.50.21 PMJacqueline Lipton is the founder of Raven Quill Literary Agency and the author of Law & Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers (forthcoming, University of California Press, fall 2020). She is seeking most kinds of middle grade and young adult fiction — especially contemporary, romance, science-fiction, mystery, and/or anything with engaging characters and plot! She also seeks MG and YA nonfiction. Jacqueline has been an avid reader since elementary school, back in the days when “YA” wasn’t even a thing. Her background is also eclectic. At university (yes, in Australia and England they call it “university”), she studied law, psychology, drama, languages, and information technology. She practiced as a banking and finance attorney in Australia, and has worked as a law professor in Australia, the U.K. and the United States where her teaching and writing has focused on laws relating to the publishing industry, digital technology law, copyright, trademark, privacy, and defamation. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and regularly teaches classes on writing and on legal aspects of publishing around the country for organizations like The Writing Barn, Savvy Authors, and a variety of adult education courses, M.A. and M.F.A. programs, and libraries. Before founding Raven Quill Literary Agency, she was an Associate Agent at Storm Literary Agency, and, prior to that, a reader for literary agent Susan Hawk, and a reader and member of the social media team for The YA Review Network (Y.A.R.N.).

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Kenzi Nevins is a junior literary agent with CYLE Literary Elite. Kenzi personally seeks picture books (text only is fine, but author-illustrators are her favorite), middle grade (all kinds), young adult (all kinds, including graphic novels with images), and adult fantasy. “My personal interests lie in mythology and retold fairy tales, so I would say that fantasy and magic realism generally get me the most excited, but I will look at anything.” She is also happy to take pitches on behalf of her many co-agents, and pass on great submissions to them after the event. That means she will take pitches for romance (all kinds), literary fiction, mainstream fiction, science fiction, high & low fantasy, historical, mystery, thriller, suspense, women’s, and Christian/inspirational. For nonfiction, she will take pitches for parenting, leadership, ministry, devotionals, and self-help. She will also take pitches for board books and chapter books Kenzi is an award-winning writer with a passion for magic realism and mythology. A graduate of Taylor University’s professional writing and theatre programs, she spent two semesters studying in the story-laden Wicklow Mountains of eastern Ireland. Previously, she won second place for theatre journalism and critique from the Kennedy Center for American College Theatre, and her short story, “The Last Freedom,” was published in eBook and paperback by StoryShares. When she isn’t writing, Kenzi can be found watering her fairy garden, experimenting with little-known tea flavors, or wandering the aisles of her Kentucky library.

Screen Shot 2018-12-04 at 9.40.23 PM.pngDenise Barone is a literary agent and the founder of Barone Literary Agency. She is seeking: horror, young adult, new adult, erotic romance, women’s fiction, and romance (single title, category, or historical). She does not want: No picture books, middle grade, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, or nonfiction. “I opened my literary agency on June 1, 2010. A lawyer licensed to practice in the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, I am also a published writer. After writing for many years, I have acquired a knowledge of books, book contracts and the publishing world. I have been a member of RWA since 2000. I do not accept any previously published materials.”


Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 10.27.32 PMMichael Carr is a literary agent with Veritas Literary. Michael is seeking: historical fiction, women’s fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction of all stripes. Learn more about Michael here.