Tag Archives: February

San Francisco Writers Conference

San Francisco Writers Conference

The 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference will be held on February 14-18 at the historical Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. 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.

2019 SFWC PRESENTERS:
Rick Acker
, author
Nina Amir, author and writing coach
Kathleen Antrim, author, Co-President of International Thriller Writers
Rachelle Ayala, author
Jim Azevedo, marketing director at Smashwords
Beth Barany, creativity coaching for writers
Jordan Bernal, author and past president of CWC Tri-Valley Branch
Chaya Bhuvaneswar, author
Gail Carriger, bestselling author
Stephanie Chandler, is an author and CEO of the NonfictionAuthors Association
Paula Chinick, author and  past president of California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch
Mark Coker, author and founder of major eBook publisher Smashwords
Christine Conradt, screenwriter, director, producer, author
EJ DeBrun, animator, author and TV/film professional
Kate Farrell, author, librarian, storyteller
George Fong, author
Cali Gilbert, author, photographer, filmmaker
Alessandra Harris, author
Sam Horn, founder and CEO of the Intrigue Agency
Anne Janzer, author, writing coach and consultant
Carla King, author and self publishing expert, founder of Self-Publishing Boot Camp
Mary E. Knippel, Independent editor, writing mentor and author
Kristen Lamb, author, blogger and social media Jedi
Linda Lee, web site designer and WordPress expert
Kerry Lonsdale, author of Everything We Give
Richard Loranger, poet and performance artist
Karl W. Palachuk, author, speaker and blogger
Lissa Provost, poet and author
Douglas Rees, author
Jordan Rosenfeld, author, editor and coach
Barbara Santos, author of Practice Aloha and two cookbooks…and Marketing Director for SFWC
Nina Schuyler, author
Rusty Shelton,  founder and CEO of Zilker Media
Ransom Stephens, physicist, author, award winning technologist, speaker
Alex White, author

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:

AGENTS:
Lisa Abellera, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.
Peter Beren, Peter Beren Agency
Andrea Brown, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.
Dawn Frederick, Red Sofa Literary
Annie Hwang, Folio Literary Management
Taylor Martindale Kean, Full Circle Literary
Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary
Patrick Miller, Fearless Books and Literary Services
Kristen Moeller, Waterside Productions
Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Monica Odom, Liza Dawson Associates
Gabrielle Piraino, DeFiore and Company
Nicki Richesin, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.
Andy Ross, Andy Ross Agency
Jennifer March Soloway, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Chen Tran, Bradford Literary
Gordon Warnock, Fuse Literary
Carlisle Webber, Fuse Literary

EDITORS:
Brenda Knight, Author, President of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter
Tyler Moss,  Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest magazine
Daniela Rapp, Senior Editor at St. Martins Press
Mekisha Telfer, Roaring Book Press, Macmillan

INDEPENDENT EDITORS:
Pamela Feinsilber, Editorial and Writing Services
Suzanne (C.S.) Lakin, Indie Editor
Mary Rakow, Indie Editor and novelist
Monica Wesolowska, Author, teacher,and independent editor 

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

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

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#FaithPitch Twitter Event For Faith-Based Fiction

A Twitter pitch event exclusively for faith-based fiction is being hosted by Little Lamb Books on February 28, 2018 between 8am –  8pm CST. This is for board books, picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction that fall under the categories of inspirational, faith-based, biblical worldview, or Christian. Different denominations, ethnicities, a POV in this niche are encouraged. Be sure to use the hashtag #FaithPitch and only pitch 4 times per manuscript during the pitch window. (Maximum of 4 manuscripts are permitted.)

As with all pitch events, any agent or editor can troll the feed. Be sure to do you research before sending off your book baby to them! For complete guidelines, go here. And as always, good luck!

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

@WriteOnCon Campaign Has Begun for Critiques and Chats. You Can Also Register for the Conference in February 2018!

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WriteOnCon is an online conference for kidlit writers and illustrators to teach, learn, and mingle. You do not have to be published to attend, nor do you have to leave your house! And if you think I’ve been sitting on my laptop waiting for the campaign to start, YOU ARE RIGHT! The campaign often has very affordable critiques and I WANT IN!

During the campaign, writers can purchase critiques of their queries, partial pages, or full manuscripts from NYT Best Selling Authors, publishing editors, or literary agents. Writers can even purchase calls from a couple of literary agents to discuss the publishing industry. Some of the participants of the crits or chats include:

All purchases appear to include conference registration and entry into a raffle to win a critique, book ARC, or a phone call from an agent! (There will be multiple winners.) And of course, you can purchase only the conference if not interested in any of the critiques. The prices are:

  • General Admission: $1
  • Full Conference Admission: $5
  • Extended Admission: $10

No, you’re not reading those numbers wrong! This will be the cheapest conference you will ever attend that will be packed with hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of information from the comforts of your home! What else could you ask for? For complete information of what the tiered admissions cover and to search through critiques you might want to purchase, go to the campaign page. The crowdfunding will end on December 7, 2017. so hurry if you want to purchase a critique. They’re going fast.

As for the conference, it’ll be February 9th – 11th, 2018. Mark your calendars and I hope to see you there, uh, virtually of course!

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

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This Friday (March 24th) will be the second pitch event of 2017 for Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency and Conville & Walsh. These events are held on the fourth Friday of every month (so you can catch the next event if you miss this one), hosted by Rebecca Ritchie and Richard Pike of Curtis Brown

In order to submit, prepare a 140 character pitch including #PitchCB hashtag for your completed manuscript. The window will be open for 24 hours and remember to only pitch once. Also, they request no retweeting or favoring (leave this to the agents). If your pitch is “liked”, submit directly to that agent following the agencies’ submission guidelines.

As always, good luck!

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

 

Operation Awesome: Pass or Pages

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Operation Awesome is hosting a Pass or Pages contest finally this year. Woot! For this round, the category is for adult science fiction or fantasy. Submissions are open NOW from February 13-15, 2017. This is an opportunity to get feedback from an agent on your query and first 250 words of you manuscript. Peeps, this is priceless! And as a possible bonus, the agent reserves the right to request your FULL.

The participating agents are:

There will be a form for submissions on Operation Awesome when the entry window opens. For complete rules and previous feedback reveals, go here. As always, good luck!

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

Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh’s #PitchCB on #Twitter

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This Friday (February 24th) will be the first pitch event of 2017 for Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency and Conville & Walsh. These events are held on the fourth Friday of every month (so you can catch the next event if you miss this one), hosted by Rebecca Ritchie and Richard Pike of Curtis Brown

In order to submit, prepare a 140 character pitch including #PitchCB hashtag for your completed manuscript. The window will be open for 24 hours and remember to only pitch once! If your pitch is “liked”, submit directly to that agent following the agencies’ submission guidelines.

As always, good luck!

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

Pitch Madness via @brendadrake Is Approaching!

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If y’all don’t already know, Brenda Drake is an amazing author that hosts some amazing opportunities for writers via contests. Pitch Madness is one of these awesome events that helps connect writers with literary agents! Writers submit a 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of their completed manuscript on submission day. Then a team of readers choose the top sixty (60) entries to go onto the agent round.

The submission window for 2017 Pitch Madness is February 24, 2017. This is a blog contest, so stay tuned to Brenda’s site for entry information!

As always, good luck!

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

Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest

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The deadline for Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest is approaching. All unpublished entries must be received by February 17, 2017. This is also a chance to get feedback on your work. There are twelve categories:

  1. mainstream
  2. historical
  3. romance/women’s fiction
  4. mystery/thriller
  5. sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal
  6. young adult
  7. middle grade
  8. nonfiction/memoir
  9. poetry
  10. short story
  11. children’s picture/chapter book
  12. adult short topics (articles/essays/memoir)

There are three monetary prizes:

  • FIRST PLACE: $600
  • SECOND PLACE: $300
  • THIRD PLACE: $100

Eight finalist will receive two critiques on their submissions. The agents and editors participating in the PNWA‘s summer conference will pick winners out of the finalists. Go here for complete details. As always, good luck!

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

Manuscript Wish List

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If you don’t know what Manuscript Wish List, you’re in for a treat. This fantastic blog was created by agent Jessica Sinsheimer for agents (and some editors) to let writer’s know what they’d like to see in their inbox. Yes, it’s that simple! So, before you decide to query that shiny new manuscript, check out the website to see if any agents would be a perfect fit. Even more exciting, they’ve created a sign-up for upcoming newsletters!

So when will the next one take place? On February 8th, 2017, tweeting of wishes will unfold on twitter using the hashtag #MSWL. But remember, this IS NOT for direct pitching. Please make a list of agents and/or editors stating your MS might be what they’re looking for. Then send queries as directed by the agent/editor. (If you have trouble locating the information, most can be found on the agency/publisher websites.

Then stay tuned to twitter on February 8th, 2017, as Jessica promises a BIG announcement!

As always, good luck!

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

San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival

The best thing about writing conferences and literary festivals is the luxury of learning while on vacation! If you have an itch to get away but want to keep your writing skills tuned, escape to San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival.

 

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajurato, Mexico

 

 

As the largest and most prestigious co-cultural, bi-lingual literary gathering in the Americas, each February the San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival attracts distinguished authors, established and emerging writers, industry experts, teaching professionals, and avid readers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

And don’t forget, conferences are tax deductible! Get you seat fast because the conference is February 15-19, 2017. Have fun!

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