Included with your conference registration is the opportunity for one individual session with a literary agent and one consultation session with a writing coach. These are optional sessions, which must be scheduled in advance unless otherwise announced.
These appointments are not transferable to others and no one can have more than one agent meeting and one writing coach consultation.
When you register for the conference you will be able to select your first and second choices for agents and one choice for a writing coach. Your second agent choice indicates who you would like to see if your first choice is not available. It is not a second meeting.
By early September, we will send you further information about your scheduled appointment(s). Please do not contact us with questions about scheduling until after that time.
These individual meetings are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis and may fill up. Early registration is recommended to ensure you can take advantage of these opportunities.
Fifteen (15) minutes before your meeting is scheduled, please report to the check-in desk at room E11B, and let the volunteers know you’re present for your meeting. One-on-one meetings with agents are limited to eight (8) minutes. The meetings with writing coaches are no more than (16) sixteen minutes.
If you are on the waitlist, please check in at the one-on-one desk outside E11B when you arrive and let the volunteers know the best way to contact you if a slot becomes available. Checking in is the only way for us to know if we should keep you on the wait list.
On Selecting an Agent or Writing Coach
How to make the best use of your appointment slot(s)
We are pleased to offer a diverse selection of agents who represent a wide range of genres. However, please note, not all genres are available. When reviewing which agents you would like to select as your first and second choices on your conference registration form, review each bio carefully to make sure you are selecting agents who represent the type of work you write. It’s a waste of your time and theirs (not to mention taking an appointment that might be a good match for someone else) if you pitch an agent on your inspirational memoir when the agent primarily represents young adult science fiction and fantasy. Choose carefully to maximize the benefit to everyone.
When selecting a writing coach, review each of their bios carefully so you can select someone who can offer advice on the genre in which you write. If they are a nonfiction writer, for example, they might not be able to help you with your zombie apocalypse novel.
Here is our list of agents and writing coaches who will have one-on-one appointments available this year:
Brenna English-Loeb comes to Transatlantic Agency (TLA) after working for several years at Janklow & Nesbit Associates and Writers House, where she had the pleasure of working with New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors across multiple genres. At TLA she’s excited to grow her list of speculative and suspenseful fiction in both YA and adult, as well as adult nonfiction, in collaboration with senior agents.
Anna Knutson Geller
Anna Knutson Geller has nearly twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, ranging from editor to literary scout to rights director to agent. She founded Write View, a literary agency with a focus on practical nonfiction, spirituality, and inspirational memoir, in 2016. She previously worked at Maria B. Campbell Associates and at The Book Group, and she has been on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course since 2011.
Marie Lamba is author of the picture book Green Green(Farrar Straus Giroux), of the upcoming picture book A Day So Gray(Clarion), and of the YA novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head, and Drawn. Marie is also a Literary Agent at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency (jdlit.com), where she represents picture book writers and illustrators, middle grade, YA and adult fiction, plus memoir.
Beth Marshea is the owner and Lead Agent at Ladderbird Literary Agency. She represents work from diverse authors with a special focus on underrepresented voices in both Adult and YA. She represents literary fiction, speculative fiction, mystery, and thriller. as well as narrative nonfiction and memoir.
Tanya McKinnon is the co-founder of the McKinnon Literary where she represents New York Times Bestselling non-fiction, award-winning public intellectuals, award-winning children’s books, and New York Times bestselling graphic novels. She specializes in non-fiction that addresses cultural issues as well as gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. She is most drawn to work that pushes political and cultural boundaries. This can be in categories such as history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, medicine, cultural criticism, memoir, popular culture, journalism, and sheer whimsy. She looks for story-driven fiction that takes us into the lives of complicated and deeply human characters. She has a particular interest in politically progressive work, Latinx work, and African American work.
Christina Morgan has worked in book publishing since 2005. She has worked for Curtis Brown LTD., HarperCollins, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt prior to joining Serendipity.
Carol Taylor, a former Random House book editor, is a 25-year publishing veteran. She has worked as an editor, co-author, book doctor, and ghostwriter with literary and commercial writers, noted academics, public figures, and celebrities. She is editorial director at McKinnon McIntyre Literary Agency. Carol teaches Introduction to Publishing and The Editorial Process in the Publishing Certificate Program at City College.
Eric Smith is a literary agent and Young Adult author from Philadelphia. An agent with P.S. Literary, he’s worked with New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, focusing on Young Adult books, genre-blending literary fiction, accessible sci-fi and fantasy, and an array of non-fiction from memoir to pop culture to cookbooks. In his author life, his latest novel, The Girl and the Grove, was published by Flux in 2018. His next novel, Don’t Read the Comments, will be published by Harlequin’s YA imprint, Inkyard Press, in 2020. You can learn more about his list and sales on his website.
These writing coaches are available to meet in one-on-one sessions with conference attendees.
Phaedra Hise is a lifelong journalist who started her career at Inc Magazine. She has written five books, and has worked with national publications including Fortune, Popular Mechanics, Glamour, and the Wall Street Journal. Phaedra currently works in brand publishing and heads the content department for Legacy Navigator. She also writes regularly about food, and lives in Richmond, VA, with her family. @hiphaedra
Phaedra will offer feedback on your article idea or written pitch, help you brainstorm possible markets, and give you expert tips to prepare your pitch to send off to editors. If you have a written pitch, please arrive with two copies.
Dean King is the author of The Feud, which the WSJ called, “popular history as it ought to be written,” and nine other books. His national bestseller Skeletons on the Zahara was translated into ten languages and optioned by Steven Spielberg. Dean is the chief story teller of two History Channel documentaries and a producer of its unscripted series Hatfields and McCoys. His writing appears in Esquire, Granta, Outside, and The New York Times. @deanhking
Dean will offer feedback on the first page of your nonfiction manuscript and/or your nonfiction book proposal. Please arrive with two copies of your first page or proposal.
David L. Robbins
David L. Robbins began writing fiction in 1997 and has published fourteen novels, with repeated visits to the NY Times best-seller list. He is also an award-winning screenwriter, essayist, and playwright. David is a founder of James River Writers; co-founder of the Podium Foundation, which supports the practice of writing for Richmond area youth; and creator of The Mighty Pen Project, helping Virginia veterans turn their memories of service into written narratives. The Virginia Commission for the Arts named David one of the two Most Influential Literary Artists in the state for the last 50 years. @DavidLRobbins
Take advantage of this opportunity to hone your book’s first pages as David offers you his personal insights to help make your first pages shine. Please arrive with two copies of your first five pages.