“Start clean and simple. Don’t try to write pretty or noble or big. Try to say just what you mean. This is hard because you have to find out what you mean, and that’s work, real work. (Gertrude Stein)”- Rebecca Robins
Advance Submission & Agents
SBWC's 2015 Advance Submission Program has closed.
We look forward to seeing you in 2016!
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 9. 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.
Margaret Bail — Inklings Literary Agency
Laura Chasen — St. Martin's Press
Erin L. Cox — Rob Weisbach Creative Management
Paul Fedorko — N.S. Bienstock, Inc.
Lucas Hunt — Orchard Literary
Kristyn Keene — ICM Partners
Toni Lopopolo — Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Eric Meyers — HarperCollins
Adriann Ranta — Wolf Literary Services
Angela Rinaldi — The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency
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 loves original voices and settings, and particularly the intersection of genre and literature. He doesn't represent any YA. Eric currently lives in Jersey City with his fiancee.
**You do not need to have an agent to meet with Eric.**
Margaret Bail, literary agent with Inklings Literary, has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. With years of experience editing everything from medical documents to manuscripts, as well as teaching university-level English and writing, she looks forward to working closely with new and established authors to help develop their voice and craft. Her lifelong love of stories and storytelling has her looking for books that transport her into the heart of the story, so much so that she’ll forget where she is and lose track of time while she reads. Specific genres Margaret represents include romance, science fiction, mystery, thriller, action adventure, historical fiction, westerns, fantasy, memoir, cookbooks. She does not represent YA, MG, children’s books, steampunk, Christian/religious literature, chick lit, women's fiction, literary fiction, poetry, or screenplays.
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.
SPECIAL ONE-DAY WORKSHOP: Lucas Hunt will also lead a one-day morning workshop called Publishing and Beyond (Friday, June 12, 9-11:30 a.m.)
This workshop focuses on identifying the best opportunities to publish in thriving literary markets. We will discuss how to compose winning query letters, book proposals and pitches, how to successfully self-agent your work, the value of building a platform to land book contracts, and foreign, audio, digital and film rights.
Kristyn Keene is a literary agent at ICM Partners. Prior to joining the company in 2006, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course. She represents literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, young adult, memoir, and pop culture, including New York Times bestseller S.C. Stephens, Lauren Miller, and Charity Shumway on the fiction side, and on the nonfiction side, Kate Coyne, Rachel Jackson, Zac Unger, photographer Tyler Shields and the internet sensations Dogshaming and Dinovember. She holds a degree in English and writing from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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.
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.
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.**