“Find the distinctive voices of your characters and then allow them the freedom to lead you through your story.”- Walter Dallenbach
Advance Submission & Agents
Agents and editors who have participated in the past return because they enjoy meeting with writers and hearing about their work. They know SBWC attendees consistently offer high-quality writing. Many of our students have gone on to publish their work because of the agents and editors they met during our conference.
If your manuscript is complete and polished, and you think you are ready for an agent to represent your work, read up on our agents and choose those who seem interested in your genre or already represent clients whose work you think is similar to your own. Note, the complete list of 2016 Agents and Editors will be up by March 1.
Advance Submission is your chance to separate yourself from the thousands of queries agents receive each year. Though SBWC has had many success stories in the past, we make no promises of representation, nor further interest in your manuscript. We do, however, hope this is a rewarding and enlightening experience, and at the very least, an opportunity to make a personal and professional connection.
You must be registered for the conference to participate.
1) Register for the 6-day conference and then, between March 1 and May 1, register to meet with an agent or editor. We expect some agents and editors will fill their schedules quickly, so be sure to register early. You may submit to as many readers (agents or editors) as you like.
2) Mail the first 5 pages of your manuscript. Be sure to allow for transit time as the deadline for pages to be received is May 7. If you have chosen multiple readers, you will include a copy for each reader, as well as an additional copy for the conference. For example: if you have chosen three readers, you will mail four copies of your manuscript.
3) Once you check into the conference on June 5, we will give you the details of the meeting arrangements. Your agents or editors will have read the pages before you meet and will come prepared to talk about your writing. This is a one-on-one for 10 minutes, a chance for you to get personal feedback from an agent or editor. All meetings will take place Tuesday, June 7.
The cost for each submission will be $40, and you will be able to sign up beginning March 1. Once you have signed up with an agent or editor, there will be no refunds given for any reason, so please consider your choices carefully.
Corinna Barsan —Senior Editor, Grove Atlantic
Paul Fedorko— N.S. Bienstock, Inc.
Lucas Hunt — Orchard Literary
Jennifer March Soloway —Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Toni Lopopolo — Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Jill Marr — Sandra Djikstra Agency
Angela Rinaldi — The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency
Erin L. Cox—Rob Weisbach Creative Management
Annie Hwang —Folio Literary Management
Eric Myers —Dystel and Goderich Literary Management
Jill Marr is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces, and promotional features for television.
Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women's commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of history, sports, politics, current events, cookbooks, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor, music, and very select memoir.
Some of Jill's recent and soon-to-be-published non-fiction includes the Travel Channel's Nick Groff's Chasing Spirits (NAL); Maybe We'll Have You Back (Skyhorse) by actor Fred Stoller; The Chosen Few (Da Capo) by USA Today writer Gregg Zoroya; Break Free from the Divortex (Seal Press) by Christina Pesoli; Teaching Kids to Think (Sourcebooks) by Darlene Sweetland, PhD and Ron Stolberg, PhD; Doulas A. Wissing's Funding Our Enemy (Prometheus Books); Press One for English (The New Press) by Washington State Senator Pramila Jayapal; Why We Love Serial Killers (Skyhorse) by Scott Bonn; Mission High (Nation Books) by journalist Kristina Rizga; Don't Lick the Minivan (Skyhorse) by Leanne Shirtliffe; William Jones' More Than the Dream: The Untold Story of the March on Washington(Norton); and Spitting in the Soup (VeloPress) by Mark Johnson.
Some of Jill's new and upcoming fiction includes Brain Storm (Thomas & Mercer) by Anthony-and-Agatha-Award winning author Elaine Viets; A Place We Knew Well (Ballantine Books) by Susan Carol McCarthy; Moving Day and The Teller (Thomas & Mercer) by Jonathon Stone; Fishbowl (St. Martin's Press) by Bradley Somer; Bloodman and American Woman (Thomas & Mercer) by international best-seller Robert Pobi; Dead Souls (Gallery) by J. Lincoln Fenn; The Bomb Maker's Son (Seven Stories Press) by Robert Rotstein; Dragon Springs Road (HarperCollins) by Janie Chang; A Killing at the Creek (part of the Ozarks Mystery series from Witness Impulse) by Nancy Allen; The Cordell Logan thriller series (The Permanent Press) by David Freed; LA Times best-selling Benefit of the Doubt (Tor/Forge) by Neal Griffin; The Dog Year (Berkley) by Ann Garvin; The Change Your Name Store and No More Beige Food (Sky Pony Press) by Leanne Shirliffe; and the Jaden Terrell series that includes the Shamus Award nominee Racing the Devil and A Cup Full of Midnight (The Permanent Press).
Please note that Jill is specifically NOT interested in: YA, children's books, sci-fi, romance, screenplays, graphic novels, or anything involving unicorns.
Annie Hwang, originally from Los Angeles, first worked in journalism before moving to New York to pursue her love of book publishing. She joined Folio Literary Management in 2012 and has since had the pleasure of working with both debut and seasoned authors alike.Annie works on book club, literary, and upmarket fiction with commercial appeal as well as select nonfiction in the areas of popular science, diet/health/fitness, lifestyle, narrative nonfiction, pop culture, and humor. As an advocate of talented writers with diverse backgrounds, she curates a highly selective and dynamic client list. She believes that sometimes the best stories can be found in the unlikeliest places and that those with the most talent can be someone wholly unexpected.
Annie is particularly drawn to: dysfunctional family sagas, braided narratives, strong voices, layered plots, complex characters with deep emotional resonance, and anything with a cultural element. I also love any kind of writing that illuminates something about the human condition in a fresh way, teaches me something new and interesting about the crazy world in which we live, or challenges any of her preconceived notions.
Currently, she’s on the hunt for a taut novel in which high concept and voice are woven into a compelling and atmospheric narrative. On the nonfiction side, she’s really looking for anything to do with strong female leaders in pop science, pop culture, diet/health/fitness, lifestyle, and humor. That said, she’s also always looking for the next project to be excited about whether it be the next Donna Tartt or Tina Fey. Some of her favorite authors include: Celeste Ng, Paula Hawkins, Hannah Kent, Siddartha Mukherjee, Bill Bryson, Elizabeth Kolbert, M.L. Steadman, Dean Koontz, Randall Munroe, Mindy Kaling, the list goes on. In short: she loves to feel, to learn, and to laugh—and not always necessarily in that order.
She is NOT looking for: romance, political thrillers, science fiction/fantasy, cozy mysteries, children’s/YA, screenplays, poetry.
Erin L. Cox develops and represents writers for Rob Weisbach Creative Management, focusing on literary fiction and narrative nonfiction in the areas of memoir, history, pop culture, fashion, and psychology. In addition to representing writers, Erin also provides publicity and marketing consulting services for publishing clients. Erin began her career in book publishing in 1999 in the publicity department at Scribner, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors Frank McCourt, Linda Fairstein, Kathy Reichs, and Al Roker, and critically-acclaimed writers Colm Toibin, Meg Wolitzer, Maile Meloy, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. In addition to creating and implementing traditional book campaigns, Erin also worked on the publicity team responsible for innovative e-book initiatives for Stephen King and Robert Jordan. In 2005, Erin was named Associate Director of Publicity at HarperCollins, where she worked on bestsellers by Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, and Tony Hillerman, among others. In 2006, she became Book Publishing Director at The New Yorker, where she oversaw book advertising and developed book programs on the business and editorial sides of the magazine.
Prior to joining Bienstock, Paul Fedorko had been a literary agent at Trident Media Group for more than five years, ran The Paul Fedorko Agency and spent more than 20 years as a publishing and marketing executive at Bantam Doubleday Dell, Simon & Schuster and William Morrow working with many brand name as well as first-time authors. Having worked on both sides of the book business, my passion is helping authors develop their projects and partnering them with the right editor and publisher. In general I am looking for fiction ranging from World War II thrillers and British-type mysteries to contemporary mysteries featuring a female PI, plus any fiction set in New York in the 40's or 50's. I would also like to see young adult and adult contemporary fiction, and am always looking for little-known true stories, except true crime.
Lucas Hunt wrote for The Daily Iowan newspaper, and attended the Poetry Writer’s Workshop. He received an MFA from Southampton College, published two volumes of poetry, won a John Steinbeck Award, and founded Hunt & Light. Prior to becoming Agency Director at Orchard Literary, Hunt was a rights manager and agent at the Philip Spitzer Literary Agency. He cultivated the careers of best-selling authors Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, Andre Dubus III, and Simon Van Booy. Hunt actively sought and closed major deals in print, audio, digital and foreign markets. He is interested in literary and international fiction, travel memoir, music and spirituality, along with creative and authoritative works of non-fiction. Hunt’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, East Hampton Star, Fiction Writers Review, Slice, and Clarion, among others.
Eric Myers joined Dystel and Goderich Literary Management in 2015 after thirteen years at The Spieler Agency. A graduate of UCLA and the Sorbonne, Eric entered publishing as a journalist and author. His books include Screen Deco: A Celebration of High Style in Hollywood, Forties Screen Style: A Celebration of High Pastiche in Hollywood, and Uncle Mame: The Life of Patrick Dennis, all published by St. Martin’s Press. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Arts and Leisure sections, as well as Time Out, Variety, Opera News, and Art and Auction. As an agent, Eric has a strong affinity for Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction, as well as adult non-fiction, especially in the areas of history, biography, psychology, health and wellness, mind/body/spirit, and pop culture. He also loves a good thriller, and is open to memoir from authors who already have strong platforms. Among his authors are Chris Grabenstein (Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library), Lydia Kang (Control and Catalyst), MAD MEN cast member Bryan Batt (She Ain’t Heavy; She’s My Mother), Tracey Goessel (The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks), Simon Gervais (The Thin Black Line), Kym Brunner (the upcoming Flip the Bird) and former East German spy Jack Barsky (the upcoming Deep Undercover).
Literary Agent, Toni Lopopolo, has a book-publishing resume that began in 1970 in the publicity department of Bantam Books, where she publicized authors Philip Roth, Barbara Cartland, Louis L'Amour, and others. When Macmillan offered Toni the title of Executive Editor, she published Judy Mazel's Beverly Hills Diet, Elvis 56 by Al Wertheimer among other hits. Next, Toni became executive editor for St. Martin's Press: 1981 to 1990, published Hot Flashes, Barbara Raskin, Rich and Famous, Kate Coscarelli, plus Elsa Lanchester, Herself, by Elsa Lanchester, & many more. In 1991, Toni opened Literary Management, sold books for authors: Sol Stein, Robin Tiffney, Kathleen O’Donnell.Gloria Arenson, Shelly Lowenkopf, (the later four Santa Barbara Writers) Lee Silber, Lillian Glass, Steve Duno, Nancy Baer, and others. Known for her Fiction Bootcamps, Memoir Writers Intensives, she uses unique methods that help first novelists master skills needed to write successful fiction, and helps nonfiction writers produce compelling narrative nonfiction, using fiction techniques. Toni’s noted for her popular lecture, “The Ten Most Common Mistakes First Novelists Make.” Toni Lopopolo Literary Management is located in in Santa Barbara County, CA. Toni scouts novels in Latina/Latino fiction, mysteries both cozies and mainstream, mainstream women’s fiction and nonfiction, noir thrillers, paranormal, thrillers, LGBTQ fiction and nonfiction, young adult, and new adult, as well as paranormal within mainstream fiction, speculative and steam punk fiction. Nonfiction: personal journey, health, family, and business., and anything with/about dogs. Toni’s agency now features an Editorial Department.
Jennifer March Soloway works closely with Executive Agent Laura Rennert. She enjoys all genres and categories, such as laugh-out-loud picture books and middle-grade adventures, but her sweet spot is young adult. Jennifer is a suspense junkie. She adores action-packed thrillers and mysteries, full of unexpected twists. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! She’s a sucker for conspiracy plots where anyone might be a double agent, even the kid next door. She is a huge fan of psychological horror that blurs the lines between the real and the imagined. But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens, especially those focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. In such stories, she is particularly drawn to a close, confiding first-person narrative.
Prior to joining ABLA, Jennifer worked in marketing and public relations in a variety of industries, including financial services, health care, and toys. She has an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, and was a fellow at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto in 2012.
Angela Rinaldi is a literary agent and president of The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency. The agency was founded in 1994. Prior to starting the agency, she was Executive Editor at NAL and Bantam Books, Senior Editor at Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster) and started the book publishing program for The Los Angeles Times. She has been a member of the Literature Panel for the California Arts Council in addition to the board for PEN and the membership committee for AAR.
She represents the eight million copy bestseller Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson (Putnam). Other titles on her list include Quirky, Yes -- Hopeless, No by Dr. Cynthia Norall (St. Martin’s), Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game by Dr. Joseph Parent (Doubleday), From Seed to Skillet by Jimmy Williams and Susan Heeger (Chronicle), Blood Orange and The Good Sister by Drusilla Campbell (Grand Central Publishing), Calling in the One by Katherine Woodward Thomas (Ballantine), The Someday Jar, Allison Van Rooy, The Thyroid Solution by Dr. Ridha Arem (Ballantine), The Deadly Legacy by Julie Vail (Crooked Lane Press), Handcrafted Candy Bars by Susan Heeger and Susie Norris Epstein, The Little Vanilla Book, Lux Alani (Beyond Words). For a complete list please see website rinaldiliterary.com.
She is interested in commercial and literary fiction, upmarket contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, narrative non-fiction, food narratives, lifestyle, memoir, current affairs, and psychology, health books that address specific issues, business and career.
Corinna Barsan is a senior editor at Grove Atlantic, acquiring literary fiction and narrative nonfiction in the areas of social and cultural history, memoir, and investigative journalism. Authors she works with include American novelists Michelle Hoover, Bonnie Nadzam, Margaret Wrinkle, and Alice LaPlante; international writers Yan Lianke, Kenzaburo Oe, Andrea Molesini, and Gustavo Faverón Patriau; and nonfiction writers Rob Spillman and Bryan Denson. She is drawn to unconventional voices and unexpected stories that are thought-provoking, culturally nuanced, and emotionally weighted. Previously she worked at Other Press and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
**You do not need to have an agent to meet with Corinna.**