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Advance Submission & Agents
SBWC’s Advance Submission program is an opportunity for conference participants to meet agents and editors, and receive individual feedback on their writing.
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.
Advance Submission is your chance to separate yourself from the thousands of other single-space, one-page, letters 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 and choose your readers either online by credit card, or by mail. We expect some agents and editors will fill their schedules quickly, so be sure to register early. You may submit to as many readers 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 2. 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 7, we will give you the details of the meeting arrangements. Your reader 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 9.
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.
Adriann Ranta--Wolf Literary Services
Laura Chasen — St. Martin's Press
Erin L. Cox — Rob Weisbach Creative Management
Paul Fedorko — N.S. Bienstock, Inc.
Lucas Hunt — Orchard Literary
Michael Larsen — Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
Toni Lopopolo — Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Eric Meyers — HarperCollins
Elizabeth Pomada — Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
Angela Rinaldi — The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency
Laura Chasen is originally from the Washington D.C. area, but after eleven years in NYC she’s been converted. She holds a B.A. in English and Dance from Barnard College, and an M.A. in English from Georgetown University. Since 2010 she’s worked as an editor at St. Martin’s Press, and is constantly on the hunt for stories that leave readers with a desire to share and converse. At St. Martin’s Laura has had the pleasure of working on a wide range of fiction and narrative non-fiction. She looks for literary and reading group novels, realistic young adult, upmarket commercial women’s fiction (the kind with real heart and nuanced characters), historical fiction, narrative nonfiction, current affairs, and memoir. She’s particularly drawn to international and immigrant stories, issue-driven novels, coming-of-age stories, good family dramas, school environments, and anything set in the dance world.
**You do not need to have an agent to meet with Laura.**
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.
Michael Larsen, born and educated in New York City, worked in promotion for Bantam, William Morrow, and Pyramid (later assimilated into Berkley). He and his wife Elizabeth Pomada started Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco in 1972. They are members of AAR and have sold books to more than 100 publishers.
Mike is eager to find nonfiction books that will excite big and midsize houses: how-to’s, self-help, business, personal finance, popular culture, biography, current affairs, history, health, medicine, spirituality, inspirational books, trends, technology, the future, and other books with practical, social, or literary value.
He is the author of the third editions of How to Write a Book Proposal and How to Get a Literary Agent. With Jay Conrad Levinson, Rick Frishman, and David Hancock, he is co-author of the second edition of Guerrilla Marketing for Writers: 100 Weapons for Selling Your Work.
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 Shelly Lowenkopf, Sol Stein, Lee Silber, Lillian Glass, Steve Duno, Nancy Baer, and others. Known for her Fiction Bootcamps, 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 Alexandria, Va. & in Santa Barbara, CA. Toni scouts novels in Latina fiction, noir thrillers, young adult, and new adult, as well as speculative and steam punk fiction. Nonfiction: personal journey, health, and business.
Elizabeth Pomada worked at David McKay, Holt Rinehart & Winston, and the Dial Press in New York City before moving to San Francisco in 1970 with her partner and husband, Michael Larsen. Together, they started Michael Larsen – Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents in 1972. Since then, they have sold books from hundreds of authors to more than 100 publishers. Elizabeth is a member of the Association of Author’s Representatives, The Author’s Guild, ASJA, WNBA, and co-founder with Michael of the San Francisco Writers Conference and the Writing for Change conference. She travels extensively, speaking at conferences, universities and in front of other groups of writers. She represents narrative nonfiction (memoir), adult commercial and literary fiction, women’s fiction, romance, thrillers and mysteries. She loves to find promising new writers who are writing books that will interest New York publishers.
Adriann Ranta- Wolf Literary Services
Adriann Ranta is Senior Agent and Vice President at Wolf Literary Services. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Arizona, Adriann’s first introduction to publishing was at The Editorial Department, a freelance editorial firm based in Tucson, AZ. After making the move to New York, Adriann spent two years at Anderson Literary Management before moving to Wolf Literary in 2009.
She represents New York Times bestselling, award-winning authors, journalists, illustrators and graphic novelists, as well as actors, stuntwomen, makeup artists, and many other pioneering creative thinkers and leaders in their fields. She is actively acquiring all genres for all age groups with a penchant for edgy, dark, quirky voices, unique settings, and everyman stories told with a new spin. She loves gritty, realistic, true-to-life stories with conflicts based in the real world; women’s fiction and nonfiction; accessible, pop nonfiction in science, history, and craft; and smart, fresh, genre-bending works for children.
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 www.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.
Eric Meyers is an associate editor at HarperCollins. He acquires a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, especially in the political and business market. Eric began his career under the guidance of Adrian Zackheim at Penguin. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he studied journalism. Eric currently lives in Jersey City with his fiancee.
**You do not need to have an agent to meet with Eric.**