Tag Archives: California

San Francisco Writing Workshop

Per the website, the San Francisco Writing Workshop is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). This workshop is a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in San Francisco, CA on October 3, 2020.

For those attending, this sounds like a great day of learning and marketing yourself. (Of course, if the pandemic worsens, they may go online like some of the past workshops. Keep an eye on their website,) Good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.



If you are in the Santa Monica, California area on April 24-25, 2020 and you love books, you might want to attend the Yallwest Book Festivalwhere more than 100 authors are participating in book signings, panels, giveaways. There will be food trucks, rock ‘n’ roll, and photo ops too. Plus notable TV, film, video game, and comic creators will be in attendance.

Some of the fantastic author lineup includes:

  • Stephanie Garber (New York Times Bestselling Author of CARAVAL, also optioned for film)
  • Becky Abertalli (New York Times Bestselling author of SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, also a motion picture)
  • Victoria Aveyard (New York Times Bestselling author of RED QUEEN)
  • Ransom Riggs (New York Times Bestselling author of MISS PERIGRINE’S PECULIAR CHILDREN, also a motion picture)
  • Kacen Callender (Stonewall and Lamda award winner author of HURRICAN CHILD)
  • Hafsah Faizal (New York Times Bestselling author of WE HUNT THE FLAME)
  • Marie Lu (New York Times Bestselling author of LEGEND)
  • Tahereh Mafi (New York Times Bestselling author of SHATTER ME)
  • Adam Silvera (New York Times Bestselling author of MORE HAPPY THAN NOT)
  • Angie Thomas (New York Times Bestselling author of THE HATE U GIVE, also a motion picture)
  • And sooooo many more!

To check out more authors attending, go here. Have fun!

P.D Pabst
Blogger and author of MG/YA fiction.

San Francisco Writing Workshop

Per the website, the San Francisco Writing Workshop is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). This workshop is a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in San Francisco, CA on August 10, 2019.


For those attending, this sounds like a great day of learning and marketing yourself. Good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.



San Jose, California was selected to host the 76th Worldcon on August 16th through 20th 2018. Worldcon is an annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans, writers, artists, musicians, editors, publishers, critics, scientists, and other creators.


  • Spider Robinson is an American-born Canadian Hugo Award- and Nebula Award-winning science fiction author.
  • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is an American author of science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery and thriller novels, and winner of Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.
  • John Picacio is an American artist specializing in science fiction, fantasy and horror illustration. He has won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist twice!

There are over 300 authors, artists, musicians, editors, publishers, critics, and scientists attending. You’ll find David D. Levine, Peter S Beagle, and many more as featured participants! So, you never know who you’ll be having coffee with in the morning. Check out the complete list here.

If you want to go, rooms are filling up fast at nearby hotels. So, hurry if you plan on attending. As always, have fun and happy mingling and learning.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Agent Assistant Job: Bradford Literary Agency

Bradford Literary Agency

The Bradford Literary Agency is hiring a literary agent assistant. This will be 10-15 hours weekly in office, with possible remote working options after training. The office is located in San Diego, California, though they also have offices in New York and Orange County.

Some of their clients include NYT bestselling authors Megan Hart, Lauren Dane, Tessa Bailey and Katee Robert, RITA award-winning authors Jenn Bennett and Clara Kensie as well as debut authors and illustrators in numerous categories.

For complete details and to learn how to apply, go here. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst

Become an Agent Assistant at Paradigm Talent Agency

Paradigm Talent Agency

According to the post on Publishers Marketplace, Paradigm Talent Agency is seeking a highly motivated and qualified assistant to support an agent in their Book Publishing department. In addition to being organized and efficient, candidates should possess a strong understanding and interest in the entertainment industry and will be expected to thrive in a fast-paced, highly competitive and demanding environment.

This full time position will offer health, dental, and 401K. It lists the location as New York/CA, so I’m not certain exactly where it will be. But with offices in Los Angeles, New York City, London, Monterey, Nashville, San Diego, Berkeley, Austin, Chicago, and Toronto, Paradigm provides representation with a personal and purposeful touch to clients across various areas of entertainment including television, music performances, motion picture, theatre, book publishing, digital, commercial/voiceover, content finance, media rights, brand partnerships and beyond.

Some current author’s represented by Paradigm Talent Agency are Stephen King and Danielle Steele. They also represent famous actors as Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas, and actress Jada Pinkett Smith.

For qualifications and how to apply, go here. As always, good luck.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

San Francisco Writers Conference

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The 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference will be held on February 16-19 at the historical Mark Hopkins Hotel. Meet keynoters:  

But the SFWC presenters list also includes many more bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing houses.  There are experts on self-publishing, book promotion, platform building, social media, and author websites.

Jon Agee, children’s book author/illustrator
Nina Amir
, author, speaker, journalist, nonfiction editor/coach/consultant
Kathleen Antrim,
author, Co-President, of International Thriller Writers
Jim Azevedo
, Smashwords Marketing Director
Aya de Leon
, author and poet
Frances Caballo
, SFWC social media director
Zoe FitzGerald Carter
, author of Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go
Stephanie Chandler
, author, speaker and CEO
Mark Coker
, Smashwords Founder
Rana DiOrio
, Chief Executive Officer of Little Pickle Press
Julia Drake
, co-founder of Wildbound PR
Selden Edwards
, author of The Lost Prince
Kate Farrell
, author, librarian, storyteller
Steaphen Fick
, founder of the Davenriche Martial Artes School
Elizabeth Fishel
, author of Getting To 30:  A Parent’s Guide to the 20-Something Years (coauthored with Jeffrey Arnett)
Diane Frank
, poet and author of six books of poems
Joel Friedlander
, award-winning book designer and blogger
Tanya Egan Gibson
, author, freelance editor and consultant
Cali Gilbert
, author
Jewelle Gomez
, author, poet, critic and playwright
Constance Hale
, journalist and author
Melissa Hart
, author and contributing editor at The Writer Magazine
K.J. Howe
, author and Executive Director of ThrillerFest
Stuart Horwitz
, founder and principal of Book Architecture
Carla King
, adventure travel author, Founder of Self-Pub Boot Camp and Author Friendly
Michael Larsen
, author, co-founder/co-director of the SFWC
Linda Lee
, web site designer and WordPress expert 
Donna Levin
, author/writing teacher
Richard Loranger
, writer, performer, visual artist
Mary Mackey
, novelist, poet, screenwriter
Susie Meserve
, memoirist, essayist, and poet
Tim McCanna
, author of Bitty Bot and Watersong
Jennie Nash
, author, teacher and CCO of AuthorAccelerator
Louise Nayer, co-authored How To Bury A Goldfish: 113 Rituals for Everyday Life.
Kathryn Otoshi, children’s book author
Douglas Rees
, children’s book author and librarian
Olivia Rivers, children’s book author
Jordan E. Rosenfeld, author, editor and writing coach
Orna Ross, Irish indie author. She writes and publishes novels, poetry and the Go Creative!
Naheed Senzai, children’s book author
Lida Sideris, author of Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters
Justin Sloan
, video game writer, novelist and screenwriter
Steven Spatz
, writer,marketer and President of BookBaby
Elizabeth Stark
, author,mentor and podcaster
Penny Warner, author and Agatha Award winner
Dylan Yates
, author, writer and vocal coach

The lists for attending agents and editors looks topnotch! Some of the agents will even be accepting pitches during the Speed Dating For Agents. You can see a list of those participating here. Their are also editors doing eight minute consultations. More information on the consults is here. But for an idea of the many agents and editors that will be in attendance, here is a list:

Lisa Abellera, Kimberley Cameron and Associates (CA)
Peter Beren
, Peter Beren Literary Agency (CA)
Jennifer Chen Tran, Fuse Literary (CA)
Amy Cloughley
, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc. (CA)
Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank
, Fairbank Literary Representation (NY)
Mark Gottlieb
, Trident Media Group, LLC (NYC)
Sarah Levitt, Aevitas Creative Management (NY)
Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary (CA)
Mary C. Moore, Kimberley Cameron & Associates (CA)
Dana Newman, Dana Newman Literary (CA)
Kim Perel, Irene Goodman Literary Agency (NY)
Jody Rein, Jody Rein Books (CO)
Andy Ross, Andy Ross Agency (CA)
Rayhané Sanders, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin (NY)
Ken Sherman, Ken Sherman & Associates (CA)
Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (CA)
Gordon Warnock, Fuse Literary (CA)
Carlie Webber, CK Webber Associates (CA)
Ted Weinstein, Ted Weinstein Literary (CA)
Anna Worrall, The Gernert Company (NY)
Adriann Ranta Zurhellen, Foundry Literary + Media (NY)

Chuck Adams
, Executive editor at Algonquin Books
Brenda Copeland
, St. Martins Press
Jason Gardner
, New World Library
Mary Knippel, Independent Editor
Heather Lazare, Editor & Publishing Consultant
Tyler Moss, Managing Editor at Writers Digest
Taylor Norman, Chronicle Books
Jane Ormerod, Founding editor at great weather for MEDIA
Mary Rakow
, Independent Editor
Leila Sales
, author and Associate Publishing Manager at Viking Children’s Books
Lauren Spiegel
, Senior Editor at Touchstone (S&S)
Liz Stein
, Editor at Park Row Books, a division of Harlequin/HarperCollins
Annie Tucker
, independent writing coach, developmental editor, and copy editor 
Monica Wesolowska
, Editor and teacher of fiction and creative non-fiction
Lisa Westmoreland
, Executive Editor at 10 Speed Press

For those attending, this sounds like a great four days of learning and marketing yourself!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

The 2016 Sacramento Writing Workshop

Philadephia Writing Workshop

The Sacramento Writing Workshop is fast approaching! The good news? It looks like there are still spots opened to pitch and agent. Yippee! This is a full-day “How to Get Published” writers conference on Sept. 9, 2016 at the Courtyard Sacramento Midtown. This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. This year’s faculty so far includes:

Seats are limited to 100 and the gap is closing. If you’re in the area and want to spend a day with writerly folks and learn a thing or two, hurry and sign up.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.