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We will be open for agent appointment registration by February 27, and more information about the agents will be available. Meanwhile here is the list of agents and agencies.

This is a complete list of the 2018 Agents with their agencies.

Annie Bomke             Annie Bomke Agency in San Diego

Amy Cloughley          Kimberly Cameron & Associates

Paul Fedorko             Paul Fedorko Agency

Toni Lopopolo            Toni Lopopolo Literary Agency

Jill Marr                      Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Eric Myers                  Eric Myers Agency

Sarah Phair                Trident Literary Agency

Angela Rinaldi           Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency

BJ Robbins                 BJ Robbins Literary Angency, North Hollywood

Ken Sherman             Ken Sherman & Associates, Los Angeles



The deadline date for receipt of 2018 mailed submissions is May 19. 

Many of our students have gone on to publish their work because of the agents and editors they met during the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

If your manuscript is complete and polished, and you think you are ready for an agent to represent your work, read about the agents below and register for appointments with those who seem interested in your genre or already represent clients whose work you think is similar to your own.

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 your agent appointments are a rewarding and enlightening experience, and at the very least, an opportunity to make  personal and professional connections.

You must be registered for the conference to participate. 

 How it works:

1) Register for the 6-day conference and then, register to meet with one or more agents. We expect some agents will fill their schedules quickly, so register for your appointments early. You may submit to as many readers (agents) 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 19. If you have chosen multiple readers, you must 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. You may include a cover letter to each specific agent and brief synopsis, if you wish. The address to send all your copies is:

Santa Barbara Writers Conference

27 West Anapamu Street, Suite 305

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

3) Once you check into the conference on June 17, 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 meeting for 10 minutes, a chance for you to get personal feedback from an agent or editor. All meetings will take place Tuesday, June 19.

 Submission Fees:

The cost for each submission will be $45, and we will be open for agent appointment registration on February 27. Click the live link in the box at the upper right corner of this page to register. Once you have signed up with an agent, there will be no refunds given for any reason, so please consider your choices carefully.  

Advance Submission Readers:

Agent appointments will be June 19, 2018

Below is the list of agents from the 2017 conference. The agents for 2018 are above and we will be open for registration with 2018 on February 27


Annie Bomke — Annie Bomke in San Diego
Amy Cloughley — Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Paul Fedorko — N.S. Bienstock, Inc.
Julie Hill —  Julie Hill Literary Agency in Del Mar 
Toni Lopopolo — Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Eric Myers —Myers Literary Management 
Patricia Nelson — Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Angela Rinaldi — The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency
BJ Robbins — BJ Robbins Literary Agency in North Hollywood
Ken Sherman — Ken Sherman & Associates


Paul Fedorko - N.S. Bienstock, Inc.

Paul Fedorko

Paul Fedorko is looking for contemporary and literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, suspense and historical fiction from turn of the 20th century through WWII.

He would like to see WWII thrillers, British-style mysteries plus any fiction set in NYC midcentury.   His contemporary fiction interests include mysteries with a female PI, young adult and adult literary fiction.

 A special interest of his is little-known true stories. He will consider business-related projects, humor, sports, travel and biography.

 Paul has a wealth of experience in the publishing industry and understands transactions from both sides, as he has worked as an agent and as a publishing executive. Prior to joining N.S. Bienstock, Inc. Paul was a literary agent at Trident Media Group, ran the Paul Fedorko Agency, and before that was a publishing and marketing executive at Bantam Doubleday Dell, Simon & Schuster and William Morrow. He worked with many well-known names as well as first-time authors.

 His passion is helping authors develop their projects and partnering them with the right editor and publisher. 


Eric Myers - Myers Literary Management

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As an agent, Eric Myers has a strong affinity for young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as adult nonfiction, especially in the areas of history, biography, psychology, health and wellness, true crime, performing arts, and pop culture. He also represents thrillers, urban fantasy and historical fiction. He’s open to memoir from writers who already have a strong platform.

He does not represent poetry, literary fiction, plays, screenplays, short-story collections or children’s picture books.

Eric Myers founded Myers Literary Management in 2017, following two years with Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret LLC and thirteen with The Spieler Agency. A graduate of UCLA and the Sorbonne, Eric entered publishing as a journalist and author.

He is proud to be a member of both the Authors’ Guild and the Association of Authors’ Representatives. His own 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, Time Out New York, Opera News, Art and Auction, Variety, and Quest. 

Among his authors are Chris Grabenstein (Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library), Lydia Kang (Controland Catalyst), MAD MEN cast member Bryan Batt (She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother), David Neilsen (Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom), Bridget Hodder (The Rat Prince), Simon Gervais (The Thin Black Line), Tracey Goessel (The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks), financial advisor Erin Lowry (Broke Millennial), former Soviet spy Jack Barsky (Deep Undercover), and World War II Resistance fighter Justus Rosenberg, whose autobiography will be published by William Morrow in 2018.



Toni Lopopolo- Toni Lopopolo Literary Management

Toni Lopopolo

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 FlashesBarbara RaskinRich and FamousKate 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.


Angela Rinaldi - The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency

Angela RinaldiAngela 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 TimesShe 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 -- HopelessNo 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

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.  


Ken Sherman - Ken Sherman & Associates

Ken Sherman

Ken Sherman is President of Ken Sherman & Associates, a Los Angeles based literary agency. The company was established in 1989, and handles film, television, and book writers, as well as selling film and television rights for books and life-rights. An agent for more than twenty years, Ken is also a popular and accomplished speaker, having taught and lectured extensively at venues including UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, both in New Orleans and Los Angeles, The Santa Barbara Writers Conference, the American Film Institute, The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Maui Writers Conference, and The Eugene International Film Festival where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award.


Julie Hill - Julie Hill Literary Agency/Hill Media

Julie Hill

Julie Hill Literary Agency’s specialty is nonfiction. She handles movie and TV rights as well as books. She seeks unique, innovative but market viable projects in the following subjects: reference, biography, history, religious, mind/body/spirit, health, travel, lifestyle, science as well as memoir, self-help, and advice.  She’s also interested in anything in regard to Jewish titles, such as books about the Holocaust.

 She especially appreciates authors who have an established audience already and a strong platform or active plans for building one. She advises all nonfiction writers to be able to write a great book proposal.

 While she specializes in traditional publishing in nonfiction, she considers viable nonfiction publishing projects of all kinds, including self-publishing. She’ll oversee editing, cover design, printing, and promotion for self-published authors. She consults on contracts and agreements between entities, example: co- authoring agreements.

Julie Hill Literary agency has been in business since 1990, first in La Jolla, and now in Del Mar, CA.  The agency's most recent release was in March 2017, titled Leadership Secrets of the Wizard of Oz by BJ Gallagher, author of over 30 business and self-help books. Oz has been granted full rights by Warner Brothers for movie characters and genuine images, an uncommon granting in the book world.


Patricia Nelson - Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson

Patricia Nelson has been a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency since 2014, representing women's fiction, contemporary and historical romance, and select literary fiction, as well as all genres of young adult and middle grade fiction. Recent sales include books placed with St. Martin's Press, Simon and Schuster, and Penguin Random House, among others. Patricia holds master's degrees with the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California and, prior to joining the world of publishing, spent several years teaching literature and writing at the college level. She is actively building her list and is currently seeking new talent in all genres she represents.


Annie Bomke - Annie Bomke in San Diego

Annie Bomke

Annie Bomke is a literary agent with more than a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She represents a wide range of projects—hard-nosed business books to otherworldly historical novels.  Prior to founding her own agency, Annie spent eight years at Margret McBride Literary Agency, where she worked withinternationally bestselling authors such as Ken Blanchard, Spencer Johnson, Bob Burg and John Assaraf.  

Annie has loved the publishing industry since internship at Zoetrope: All-Story, a literary magazine founded by Francis Ford Coppola.  She explored her love of books managing a rare bookstore, and even had a brief stint as a technical writer for a Department of Defense contractor.  Authors have called her the pH test for good writing, and a bedrock for literary quality control. 

She is looking for a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, including commercial and literary fiction, upmarket fiction, mysteries (hilarious cozies to gritty police procedurals and everything in between), historical fiction, women’s fiction, psychological thrillers, literary/psychological horror, YA fiction, self-help, business, health/diet, cookbooks, memoir, relationships, current events, psychology, and narrative nonfiction.  Especially if the book features diverse characters.

She is not interested in representing: middle grade, chapter books, picture books, poetry, screenplays, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, or paranormal.


BJ Robbins - BJ Robbins Literary Agency in North Hollywood

BJ Robbins

BJ Robbins Literary Agency represents quality fiction, both literary and commercial and general nonfiction -- mystery, suspense/thriller, biography, history, health, travel, sports, African-American, science, pop culture and memoir.  

 She currently represents more nonfiction than fiction, but is open to any project that is fresh, original and well written. However, genres that her agency does NOT represent are: sci-fi, westerns, romance, horror, poetry, or screenplays. 

 She has much experience in many aspects of the publishing industry and is able to offer this range of expertise to her clients. She opened her Los Angeles-based agency in 1992 after a multifaceted career in book publishing in NYC. She began in publicity at Simon & Schuster and then marketing director and later senior editor at Harcourt.

 Her clients include NY Times bestselling authors and award-winning writers such as J. Maarten Troost, James Donovan, Deanne Stillman, Chris Erskin, John Hough, Jr. Max Byrd, Nafisa Haji, Renee Swindle, Stephen Graham Jones, and the late James D. Houston.

Ms. Robbins has led workshops at UCLA Extension, UC Irvine Extension, the Writers Pad, and at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Fiction Workshop. She is a member of AAR and Pen USA West.  She has been a guest speaker in numerous cities in the West as part of PEN’s Writers Toolbox programs.

 She works with both established and first-time authors and is looking for projects with strong literary merit. Her advice to potential clients is to learn how to write an effective query letter, because no matter how fantastic your manuscript is, it is unlikely to be considered without a great query to introduce your project.  

In her opinion, a good emailed query letter and follow-up sticks with the agency’s guideline for submission. The query should be addressed individually to the agent and should not feel general or generic. 

Amy Cloughley - Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Amy Cloughly

Amy Cloughley came to Kimberley Cameron & Associates in 2012 with a background in editing, writing, and marketing. She seeks authors with unique, clear voices who put forth smart, tightly-written prose. She is actively building her client list with both debut and veteran writers.

She enjoys literary and upmarket fiction of all types in addition to commercial—including well-researched historical and well-told women's fiction. She also loves a page-turning mystery or suspense with sharp wit and unexpected twists and turns. She has a soft spot for distinctive, strong, contemporary characters set in small towns. Amy always looks for an unexpected story arc, a suitable pace, and a compelling protagonist.

She is interested in narrative nonfiction when the plot and characters are immersed in a culture, lifestyle, discipline, or industry. She will also consider a travel or adventure memoir.

She is not currently focusing on military/government thrillers, fantasy, or YA projects.

Amy has studied creative writing, journalism, and literature and holds a B.S. in magazine journalism. She worked in editorial and marketing roles in magazine publishing and corporate business before shifting her professional focus to her lifelong love of books. She leverages her background in both words and business to benefit her clients.