Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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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 20. 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 18, 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 20.

 Submission Fees:

The cost for each submission will be $40, and we are open for registration. 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.  

2017 Advance Submission Readers:

Agent appointments will be June 20, 2017

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 —Dystel and Goderich 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 FedorkoPrior 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.


Eric Myers - Dystel and Goderich Literary Management

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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 HollywoodForties 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).


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/Hill Media has been in business since 1990, first in La Jolla, and now in Del Mar, CA. Julie specializes in nonfiction, representing authors with established audiences and platforms. She handles movie and tv rights as well as books. Her websites are both on Publishers Marketplace, one for the Agency and one titled Astrology for Writers. is Astrology for Writers. 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 established her Los Angeles-based agency in 1992 after a multi-faceted career in book publishing in NY, first in publicity at Simon & Schuster and later as Marketing Director and then Senior Editor at Harcourt. Her agency represents quality fiction, both literary and commercial, and general nonfiction, with a particular interest in narrative history, biography, pop culture, sports, travel/adventure, medicine and health. Clients include NY Times bestselling authors and award-winning writers such as J. Maarten Troost, James Donovan, Deanne Stillman, Chris Erskine, John Hough, Jr., Max Byrd, Nafisa Haji, Renee Swindle, Stephen Graham Jones, and the late James D. Houston. A member of AAR, Ms. Robbins has led workshops at UCLA Extension, UC Irvine Extension, The Writer’s Pad, and at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Fiction Workshop.  She is looking for fiction and nonfiction projects of literary merit that are fresh and original. 

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.