What are Appointments?

The SDSU Writers’ Conference offers two distinct opportunities — Advance Reading Appointments and Consultation Appointments — to meet one-on-one with top editors and agents to go over your work and get specific advice about how to take your project forward. You must have registered and paid conference fees before you can sign up for appointments. Please review agent and editor biographies and their specific literary genres before requesting your appointments.

 

Advance Reading Appointments

These one-on-one, 10-minute appointments with editors and agents require that you submit one copy of the first 10 pages of your manuscript to be read in advance. These appointments are best suited for more experienced writers.

Deadline: Fees must be paid and manuscript pages and must be received no later than Jan. 2, 2019. No Advance Reading Appointments will be scheduled after the deadline has passed. If submissions have been sent, but fees have not been paid by the deadline, your submission will be considered late and not accepted.

A completed submission consists of:

  1. Conference registration fees
  2. Appointment fees
  3. Appointment form(s)
  4. The first 10 pages of your manuscript (typed, double-spaced, with your name and page number on each page)

 

Consultation Appointments

These one-on-one, 10-minute appointments with editors and agents provide the opportunity to get feedback and generate interest in your manuscript. If desired, you may bring a one-page synopsis with you to the appointment; however, Consultation Appointments are intended for conversation about the viability, marketability, or quality of your idea or synopsis — there is no advanced reading involved.

Deadline: Fees and Appointment Form(s) must be received by Jan. 28, 2019.

If Consultation Appointments are available after the deadline, you may purchase a session at the conference on Thursday, and up to 10 am Friday. There are no guarantees that appointments will be available after the Jan. 28 deadline. Please do not send manuscript pages or synopsis. You may bring them to your appointment if desired.

A completed submission consists of:

  1. Conference registration fees
  2. Appointment fees
  3. Appointment form(s)

 

Important Appointment Notes

  1. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  2. Payment of fees alone will not reserve any appointments. We must also receive your appointment form(s) and, your first 10 manuscript pages for Advance Reading Appointments.
  3. Missed appointments will not be rescheduled or refunded.
  4. You’ll receive your appointment schedule when you check in at the conference.

 

Previous Appointments by Literary Genre

 

Fiction

Children’s and Young Adult Fiction
Children’s Picture Books
Children’s Middle Grade
Young Adult
Chick Lit
Graphic Novels
Historical
Horror
Inspirational
Literary
Mystery/Crime
New Adult
Paranormal
Romance (all genres)
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Speculative
Thriller
Women’s Fiction Faculty

Nonfiction

Children’s and Young Adult Fiction
Children’s Picture Books
Children’s Middle Grade
Young Adult
Advice Relationships
Anthology
Biography
Business/Investment/Finance
Cooking
Diet
Health
History/Politics/Current Affairs
Humor
Illustrated/Art
Lifestyle
Memoir
Narrative
Parenting
Pop-Culture
Reference
Religion
Spirituality
Science
Sports
True Crime

 

Previous Editors & Agents

If you are interested in being considered as a speaker for a future SDSU Writers’ Conference, please complete the speaker interest form. Questions can be sent to directorsdsuwc@gmail.com.

 

Editors and Agents   —   Appointment Categories
Only Editors and Agents Participate in Consultation or Advance Reading Appointments (Faculty subject to change)

 

Conference Director
Erin Quinn

Whether your goal is to learn what agents look for in writers, how to improve your writing skills, how to develop market awareness, or create a proposal that will attract editors and agents, this conference is designed for you to learn what you need to succeed.

 


 

2017 Conference Editors and Agents

Betsy AmsterBetsy Amster
President, Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises

Betsy Amster is president of Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises. Before opening her agency in 1992, she spent 10 years as an editor at Pantheon and Vintage. She has been described in the Los Angeles Times as “a dogged prospector of … literary talent” and celebrated in the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ newsletter for her “no-nonsense style and whimsical sense of humor.” Her clients include LA Times best-selling authors Maria Amparo Escandon and Joy Nicholson, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winner Sandi Ault, James Beard Award-winning baker Kim Boyce, popular research psychologist Elaine N. Aron, and MacArthur fellow and urban farmer Will Allen.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Graphic Novels, Literary, Mystery/Crime, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction Interests: Advice Relationships, Business/Investment/Finance, Cooking, Diet, Health, History/Politics/Current Affairs, Humor, Illustrated/Art, Lifestyle, Narrative, Parenting, Reference

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Historical, Horror, Inspirational, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance (all genres), Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Anthology, Biography, Memoir, Religion, Spirituality, Science, Sports, True Crime

 

Stacy CreamerStacy Creamer
Editor

Stacy Creamer, a freelance editor, is a publishing veteran with more than 34 years of in-house industry experience. She has edited manuscripts by many New York Times best-selling authors including J.A. Jance, R.L. Stine, Daniel Silva, Dean Koontz, Catherine Coulter, Robin Cook, Patricia Cornwell, Alice Hoffman, Lauren Weisberger, Christopher Reich, Lance Armstrong, Ed Viesturs, John McEnroe, Elizabeth Edwards, Kurt Eichenwald, Douglas Blackmon, Rick Springfield, Duff McKagan, Marky Ramone, and Billy Idol. As a freelancer, she edits manuscripts (fiction and nonfiction) for publishing houses and for individuals seeking publication, writes book proposals, and ghostwrites books.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Historical, Inspirational, Literary, Mystery/Crime, Thriller
Nonfiction Interests: Diet, Health, Memoir, Narrative, Pop-Culture, Spirituality, Science, Sports, True Crime

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Romance (all genres), Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Anthology, Cooking, Illustrated/Art, Religion

 

Dawn DowdleDawn Dowdle
Literary Agent, Blue Ridge Literary Agency

Dawn Dowdle began Blue Ridge Literary Agency, LLC in Virginia in 2009. Prior to establishing her agency, she was a freelance copy editor. She started her agency to help authors, especially newer authors, and represents mostly mysteries (including cozy mysteries) and romances (no erotica). Murder at Redwood Cove by Janet Finsilver is a USA Today best seller. Other books she represents are: Something’s Knot Kosher by Mary Marks, Hearse and Gardens by Kathleen Bridge, Two Suitors for Anna by Molly Jebber, To Win Her Trust by Mackenzie Crowne, and Wagon Train Sisters by Shirley Kennedy. Querying instructions are on the website.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Inspirational, Mystery/Crime, New Adult, Romance (all genres), Thriller
Nonfiction Interests: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Historical, Horror, Literary, Paranormal, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

 

Melissa EdwardsMelissa Edwards
Literary Agent, Stonesong

Melissa Edwards joined Stonesong as a literary agent in August 2016. Previously, she was a literary agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, where she managed the foreign rights for a 40-year backlist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Edwards began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients, and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond. Edwards represents authors of children’s fiction, adult commercial fiction, and select pop-culture nonfiction. She is looking for warm and timeless middle grade fiction and accessible young adult fiction. For adults, she is looking for fast-paced thrillers and smart women’s fiction. She can be found on Twitter @MelissaLaurenE, where she often tweets her active Manuscript Wish List requests under #MSWL.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Mystery/Crime, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction Interests: Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Cooking, Diet, Health, Humor, Lifestyle, Memoir, Pop-Culture

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Historical, Horror, Inspirational
Nonfiction: Reference, Religion, Sports

 

Hannah FergesenHannah Fergesen
Literary Agent, KT Literary

Hannah Fergesen joined KT Literary as a New York-based agent in 2016 after stints as a bookseller at the famous Books of Wonder in Manhattan, a literary assistant at Trident Media Group, and a freelance editor working with well-known authors. Thanks to her degree in writing for film and television, she is attracted to stories with strong visuals and sharp dialogue, whether presented in edgy speculative or contemporary YA and MG fiction, or dark and lyrical speculative adult fiction.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction Interests: Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Inspirational, Literary, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance (all genres), Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction: Children’s Picture Books, Advice Relationships, Anthology, Biography, Business/Investment/Finance, Humor, Illustrated/Art, Lifestyle, Parenting, Reference, Religion, Spirituality, Science, Sports

 

Heather FlahertyHeather Flaherty
Literary Agent, Bent Literary Agency

Heather Flaherty grew up in Massachusetts, and worked as a playwright in NYC. She then became a literary scout, consulting with foreign publishers and Hollywood to find the next big book. As an agent, she’s thrilled to grow authors for that same success. Currently, Flaherty is looking for middle-grade, young-adult, as well as select adult fiction and nonfiction projects. For YA, she considers all genres, and loves an authentic teen voice. For MG, she’s looking for realistic stories about coping or coming-of-age. In adult, she wants upmarket fiction, female-centric thrillers, and commercial women’s fiction. In nonfiction she likes to see humor, pop-culture, and social-media projects, as well as teen memoir. Follow her on Twitter @HeddaFlaherty.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Historical, Horror, Literary, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction Interests: Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Advice Relationships, Humor, Illustrated/Art, Lifestyle, Narrative, Pop-Culture

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Inspirational, Mystery/Crime, New Adult, Romance (all genres)
Nonfiction: Business/Investment/Finance, Cooking, Diet, Health, Parenting, Reference, Religion, Spirituality, Science, Sports

 

Erin GeorgeErin George
Senior Associate Editor, Henery Press

After graduating with honors and a B.A. in English, Erin George, now a senior associate editor, quickly found a home at Henery Press. Her interest in publishing stemmed from a lifelong dream of reading fabulous books all day, every day, and editing was a perfect fit. She currently lives in Dallas with her spoiled-rotten Maltese named Wesley. George is looking for all types of mysteries (with a particular love for cozies) and chick lit. She’s also a sucker for a sassy protagonist, quick wit, plot twists, and a happy ending. Erin accepts unagented submissions.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Chick Lit, Mystery/Crime, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction Interests: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Horror, Inspirational, Literary, New Adult, Romance (all genres), Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

 

Diana GillDiana Gill
Executive Editor, Tor/Forge/Tor Teen

Diana Gill is an executive editor at Tor/Forge/Tor Teen. Prior to Tor she was at Ace/Roc and HarperCollins, where she ran Harper Voyager for 12 years. Authors she has worked with include Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, Richard Kadrey, Mark Lawrence, Zen Cho, Genevieve Cogman, Alastair Reynolds, Brom, and many more. She also teaches at NYU.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Young Adult, Historical, Horror, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller
Nonfiction Interests: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Inspirational, Literary, New Adult, Romance (all genres)
Nonfiction: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

 

Mark GottliebMark Gottlieb
Literary Agent, Trident Media Group

Mark Gottlieb attended Emerson College and was president of its Publishing Club, establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature, and publishing, he began his career as production assistant to the VP of Penguin Group USA. Gottlieb next moved into foreign rights at Trident Media Group, Publishers Marketplace’s No. 1-ranked literary agency, based on sales. After executive assisting the chairman, he ran the Audio Department, and now works with his own client list, helping to manage and grow author careers with the unique resources available to Trident. He has ranked No. 1 among literary agents on PublishersMarketplace.com in overall deals and other categories.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Historical, Literary, Mystery/Crime, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction Interests: Advice Relationships, Biography, Business/Investment/Finance, Diet, Health, History/Politics/Current Affairs, Humor, Lifestyle, Narrative, Pop-Culture, Science, True Crime

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Horror, Inspirational, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance (all genres)
Nonfiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Anthology, Cooking, Illustrated/Art, Memoir, Parenting, Reference, Religion, Spirituality, Sports

 

Steven HutsonSteven Hutson
Literary Agent at WordWise Media Services

Steven Hutson is a native of Los Angeles, a child of the ’60s, and a storyteller almost from birth. (He’s convinced that the Wimpy Kid books are based on his childhood, but he can’t prove it.) After several years of freelance editing and directing a writers’ conference, he branched out as a literary agent and consultant in early 2011. He has placed his clients’ works with Dutton, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Potomac, David C. Cook, Writer’s Digest Books, and others. Several clients have won prestigious awards for their works. He speaks frequently at writers’ events and writes an eclectic blog.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Historical, Inspirational, Literary, Mystery/Crime, Romance (all genres), Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction Interests: Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Advice Relationships, Biography, Business/Investment/Finance, Diet, Health, History/Politics/Current Affairs, Humor, Lifestyle, Parenting, Pop-Culture, Religion, Spirituality, Science, Sports, True Crime

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Historical, Horror, New Adult, Paranormal
Nonfiction: Children’s Picture Books, Anthology, Illustrated/Art, Memoir, Narrative

 

Michelle KlaymanMichelle Klayman
President/CEO, Boroughs Publishing Group

Michelle Klayman has had a love affair with reading since childhood. During her law school days, romance novels kept her sane, balancing the countless hours she spent in the law library. After years of practicing law, she made her passion a reality when Boroughs Publishing Group opened its doors in 2011. In addition to their romance catalogue of books, this year BPG has begun to accept submissions in the genres of women’s fiction and chick lit. Klayman is thrilled to be able to help make authors’ and readers’ dreams come true.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Chick Lit, Romance (all genres), Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction Interests: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Inspirational, Literary
Nonfiction: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

 

Paul S. LevinePaul S. Levine
Lawyer and Literary Agent

Paul Levine has practiced entertainment law (PaulsLevine.com) for over 35 years, specializing in the representation of writers, producers, actors, directors, composers, musicians, artists, authors, photographers, galleries, publishers, developers, production companies and theatre companies in the fields of motion pictures, television, interactive multimedia, live stage, recorded music, concerts, the visual arts, publishing, and advertising. In 1998, he opened the Paul S. Levine Literary Agency (PaulSLevineLit.com), specializing in the representation of authors and the sale of book rights for motion picture and television. Levine has sold over 150 adult, young adult, and children’s fiction and nonfiction books to at least 50 different publishers and has had many books developed as movies for television, television series, and feature films.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Inspirational, Literary, Mystery/Crime, New Adult, Romance (all genres), Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction Interests: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Horror, Paranormal, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

 

Lori NowickiLori Nowicki
Owner/Agent, Painted Words

Painted Words’ founder Lori Nowicki holds a master’s degree in education and worked extensively as a teacher and specialist in public schools for 10 years prior to starting her agency — dedicated to highlighting unique voices in children’s books. Painted Words represent illustrators, authors, and designers.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Children’s Picture Books
Nonfiction Interests: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Historical, Horror, Inspirational, Literary, Mystery/Crime, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance (all genres), Science Fiction/Fantasy, Women’s Fiction, Thriller
Nonfiction: Advice Relationships, Anthology, Biography, Business/Investment/Finance, Cooking, Diet, Health, History/Politics/Current Affairs, Humor, Lifestyle, Memoir, Narrative, Parenting, Pop-Culture, Reference, Religion, Spirituality, Science, Sports, True Crime

 

Jonathan OliverJonathan Oliver
Editor-in-Chief for Solaris, Abaddon Books, and Ravenstone

Jonathan Oliver is the editor-in-chief for Solaris, Ravenstone, and Abaddon Books — an imprint he established with Jason Kingsley. Oliver has been commissioning fiction for more than 11 years, has published hundreds of books, and for five years worked as a graphic novels editor for 2000 AD. As well as being an editor, Oliver is the author of two novels and numerous short stories.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Horror, New Adult, Paranormal, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller
Nonfiction Interests: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Historical, Inspirational, Romance (all genres), Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

 

Stephanie PittsStephanie Pitts
Editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Stephanie Pitts is an editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, where she mostly works on picture books and middle grade novels. Prior to joining the team at Putnam, Pitts worked at Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. She once pulled a darling picture book manuscript out of the slush pile — Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf — which published to four-starred reviews. She is also the editor of the middle grade novels My Brother’s Shadow and Not as We Know It, both by Tom Avery; and the picture book Jackrabbit Mccabe and the Electric Telegraph by Lucy Margaret Rozier, illustrated by Leo Espinosa; among others.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult (Interested in all genres of Children’s and Young Adult books.)
Nonfiction Interests: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult (Interested in all genres of Children’s and Young Adult books.)

NOT Interested in
Fiction: No adult fiction, please.
Nonfiction: No adult nonfiction, please.

 

David PomericoDavid Pomerico
Executive Editor, Harper Voyager US

David Pomerico is the executive editor of Harper Voyager US, where he works on fantasy and science fiction novels. Previously, he was an editor at Amazon’s 47North, Del Rey, and Bantam Spectra. He’s worked with a diverse group of authors, including Pierce Brown, Richard Kadrey, Seanan Maguire, Christopher Golden, and Neal Stephenson. Pomerico is an alum of NYU, Washington University in St. Louis, and Binghamton University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, and — perhaps surprisingly — has never seen an episode of Doctor Who.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction Interests: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Historical, Inspirational, Mystery/Crime, New Adult, Romance (all genres), Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

 

Angela RinaldiAngela Rinaldi
Literary Agent/President, Angela Rinaldi Literary

Prior to founding the agency in 1994, Angela Rinaldi established her publishing expertise in editorial and management positions at NAL, Bantam Books and Pocket Books. She started the book publishing program for the Los Angeles Times and has taught at UCLA. She has been on the board of PEN and is currently on the membership committee for AAR. Rinaldi is actively seeking literary and commercial fiction and upmarket women’s fiction. For nonfiction, authors with platforms and marketing savvy and writers in the areas of narrative nonfiction, memoir, business, health, lifestyle, parenting, cooking, food and travel narratives, psychology and relationship. For more information go to RinaldiLiterary.com.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Historical, Literary, Mystery/Crime, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction Interests: Advice Relationships, Business/Investment/Finance, Cooking, Diet, Health, Lifestyle, Memoir, Narrative, Parenting, Pop-Culture, Reference, Science

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Horror, Inspirational, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance (all genres), Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller
Nonfiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Anthology, Diet, History/Politics/Current Affairs, Humor, Illustrated/Art, Religion, Spirituality, Sports, True Crime

 

BJ RobbinsBJ Robbins
Literary Agent, BJ Robbins Literary Agency

BJ Robbins established her Los Angeles-based agency in 1992 after a multi-faceted career in book publishing in New York, 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, memoir, biography, pop culture, sports, science, travel/adventure, medicine, and health. Clients include New York Times best-selling authors and award-winning writers such as J. Maarten Troost, James Donovan, Chris Erskine, Max Byrd, Nafisa Haji, Stephen Graham Jones, and Deanne Stillman. For more information, visit publishersmarketplace.com/members/bjrobbins

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Historical, Literary, Mystery/Crime, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction Interests: Biography, Health, History/Politics/Current Affairs, Narrative, Pop-Culture, Science, Sports, True Crime

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Horror, Inspirational, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance (all genres), Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Advice Relationships, Anthology, Business/Investment/Finance, Cooking, Diet, Illustrated/Art, Lifestyle, Memoir, Parenting, Reference, Religion, Spirituality

 

Peter SenftlebenPeter Senftleben
Editor, Crooked Lane Books

Peter Senftleben joined Crooked Lane Books in the fall of 2016 as editor after nearly ten years with Kensington Publishing. Often drawn to distinctive voices, stunning writing, realistic characters, and stories that will make him skip meals (good luck with that), he is currently acquiring all subgenres of mystery, suspense, and thrillers. He especially wants to be surprised by plot twists and unexpected characters or settings, and does not want to see anything with terrorists of any kind. Follow him on Twitter @gr8thepeter.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Mystery/Crime,Thriller
Nonfiction Interests: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Historical, Inspirational, Paranormal, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

 

Alice VolpeAlice Volpe
Owner/Agent, Northwest Literary Agency

Before agenting, Alice Volpe worked on the publishing "inside" as a book publicist, staff writer, editor and publisher in New York, Tokyo and Seattle with Macmillan, Harcourt Brace, Time-Life, Kodansha, and Britannica. She opened Northwest Literary Agency in the ’80s to work closely with authors to help develop careers in an industry little understood and hard to navigate. She has sold techno-thrillers, police procedurals, psychological suspense and cozies, and has particular interest in commercial fiction with strong characters and storylines. She is looking for writers who want to work hard at writing. Together, her clients, Carola Dunn and J.A. Jance have authored over 100 works of fiction, and they continue to write every day.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Historical, Literary, Mystery/Crime, Romance (all genres), Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction Interests: Cooking, Diet, Health, History/Politics/Current Affairs, True Crime

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Horror, New Adult, Paranormal, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Advice Relationships, Anthology, Religion, Spirituality, Sports

 

Miriam WeinbergMiriam Weinberg
Editor, Tor Books/Tor Teen

Miriam Weinberg has been acquiring for Tor Books/Tor Teen since 2012, fulfilling a lifelong dream to make a living working with books about dragons, witches, and spaceships. Since her first acquisition, V. E. Schwab’s Vicious, Weinberg has built a list of phenomenal talent, including Fran Wilde, Ian McDonald, Marie Brennan, and Charlie Jane Anders. She lives with her fiancé in Brooklyn, where she will one day be found underneath a pile of perfectly organized books.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Young Adult, Historical, Literary, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction Interests: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Inspirational, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance (all genres), Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Nonfiction: I am not interested in appointments with nonfiction writers.

 

Eleanor WoodEleanor Wood
Founder/Co-President, Spectrum Literary Agency

Eleanor Wood founded Spectrum Literary Agency in 1976, which merged with Lurton Blassingame’s agency in 1978. Eleanor Wood and Justin Bell are now co-presidents. While our list includes a few nonfiction authors, we are best known for representing commercial fiction, notably science fiction, fantasy, thrillers and mystery novels. Authors and estates represented by Spectrum include Robert A. Heinlein, David Eddings, Lois McMaster Bujold, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Nancy Kress and Catherine Asaro.

Interested in
Fiction Interests: Mystery/Crime, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller
Nonfiction Interests: Biography, True Crime

NOT Interested in
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Inspirational, Literary, Romance (all genres)
Nonfiction: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Middle Grade, Children’s Young Adult, Advice Relationships, Anthology, Business/Investment/Finance, Cooking, Diet, Health, History/Politics/Current Affairs, Humor, Illustrated/Art, Lifestyle, Memoir, Parenting, Pop-Culture, Reference, Religion, Spirituality, Sports

 


 

Conference Director

Erin QuinnErin Quinn, SDSU Writers’ Conference Director, Author

Erin Quinn is a New York Times best-selling author who writes dark paranormal romance for the thinking reader. Her books have been called "riveting," "brilliantly plotted" and "beautifully written" and have won, placed or showed in numerous awards. Go to ErinQuinnBooks.com for more information or follow Erin on Facebook or Twitter.