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Picture Book Party To Get An Agent


Holy-moly! It’s another picture book contest. Things are looking up for the PB writers and illustrators, indeed. On March 19 2019 Michelle Hauck, along with Sharon Chriscoe and Mindy Alyse Weiss, will host a Picture Book Party. Submissions will open at 4pm EST and will remain open for one hour. You need to have a completed and polished PB manuscript and illustrations are encouraged to be submitted (if you’re an illustrator).

Past Participating Agents and Editors

The agent round will be between March 27-29, 2019. Be sure to checkout the complete guidelines on the website. You can also follow helpful hints for all writers on the twitter hashtag #PBParty.

As always, good luck.

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

Philadelphia Writing Workshop 2018

Chicago Writing Workshop

Per the Philadelphia Writing Workshop website, this writing event (November 17, 2018) 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. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). They will inform everyone directly on the website when seats are closed.

Here are a few of this years faculty that will be in attendance:

Since the seats are limited, don’t delay in registering. Hopefully, I’ll see you there!

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



SavvyAuthors is sponsoring Sweetheart Pitchfest from 9am February 14, 2018 through 11:59pm February 16, 2018. (My apologies, but the site doesn’t specify the time zone.) Their are confirmed agents and editors participating, but others could stop by the blog. Be sure and do research before submitting your book babies to requesting agents/editors!



For complete rules on pitching during this event, go here. And as always, good luck!

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

Insecure Writer’s Support Group Pitching Contest on Twitter

Insecure Writer’s Support Group is hosting a twitter pitching contest on January 18, 2018 from 8am-8pm EST. This is for completed and polished manuscripts only! Be sure to pitch only once per hour and include the hashtag #IWSGPit. (As with all pitching events, do NOT fave a pitch unless you are a literary agent or publishing editor.)

There has been some chatter about this being a newer pitching event and caution due to no participating agents listed. However, I can assure you that legitimate agents and editors participated in their previous pitch event. Some of them were:

  • Samantha Wekstein, agent assistant from Writers House
  • Jessie Devine, literary agent from D4EO
  • Erica Bauman, literary agent from Aevitas Creative
  • Jennifer Wills, literary agent from The Seymour Agency
  • Sharon Pelletier, literary agent form Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret
  • Mary Cain, associate editor from City Owl Press
  • Mark Gottlieb, Literary agent from Trident Media
  • Meg LaTorre & Justin Wells, literary agents from Corvisiero Agency
  • And several more!

Like all pitch events, be sure to research the agents or editors that favorite your pitch before submitting your materials. For complete details, go here. And as always, good luck!

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

Nightmare On Query Street 2017

It’s getting close to Halloween, which means Nightmare On Query Street is soon! But don’t let the title fool you into thinking you’re manuscript won’t qualify. The title is more about when the contest takes place. You can enter any age category or genre, excluding picture books and erotica.

The submission window opens at 4:00 pm (EST) on October 13th. All entries sent before this time will be deleted. For this years contest, there are 24 agents lined up! TWENTY FOUR! How awesome is that? But you’d better be on your toes if you want to submit. They will close submissions when they reach 250 entries or in two hours, whichever is first.

Participating Agents

Michelle, Mike, and Laura will make 13 picks each. Then a few mentors they’ve selected will help the authors hone their entries before the agent round. Here are all the dates for the event:

  • Submission Window Opens: October 13th 4:00 pm EST
  • Final Picks are Announced: October 20th
  • Mentors Go to Work: October 21th – 26th
  • Revised Entries Due Back: October 26th at 11:59 pm EST
  • Agent round: October 30th – 31th

Some rules to take note of:

  • You are not eligible if you’ve been in an agent round in the last six months. (This does not include open twitter pitches.)
  • You can enter if you have a different manuscript to enter than previous agent round you were in.
  •  Only ONE entry per person. (No using multiple emails or pen names!)

You’ll need to send you query and first 250 words, along with a short paragraph (no more than 100 words) answering this question: What is your main character’s most stressful relationship? Who really makes them sweat?

For complete details and submission formatting, go here. As always, good luck!

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

2017 Tennessee Writing Workship

Tennessee Workshop

The Tennessee Writing Workshop  will take place July 22, 2017 and is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course the event, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. The event is held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Nashville, Tennessee.

Some of the agents participating are:


Note that there are limited seats at the event (150 total). So hurry if you want to attend, especially if you want to pitch to an agent!

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

Alabama Writing Workshop 2017

Alabama Workshop

The Alabama Writing Workshop 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. Note that there are limited seats at the event, so don’t delay.

The event will take place Friday, February 24, 2017 from 9:30am-5pm at Embassy Suites by Hilton Birmingham, 2300 Woodcrest Pl, Birmingham, AL 35209. (205)879-7400.

Learn lots and have fun!

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 Philadelphia Writing Workshop

Philadephia Writing Workshop

Writing workshops are great to get professional advise on writing, marketing, and how to land an agent. The Philadelphia Writing Workshop will be held on April 9, 2016.  This year’s faculty so far includes literary agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin (Trident Media Group); literary agent Maria Lamba (Jennifer De Chiara Literary); literary agent Mackenzie Brady (New Leaf Literary); Adriana Dominguez (Full Circle Literary); literary agent Jordy Albert (Booker Albert Literary Agency); literary agent Eric Smith (P.S. Literary); and hopefully more editors & agents to be announced soon. Also, the presenter will be author/editor Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest.

As always, book your seat right away because seats are limited.

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