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"Draws the reader in like metal shavings to a magnet." That's what New York Journal of Books said about this novel - it was picked up by Atra/Simon & Schuster!

Rashad Harrison, Perfect Pitch Ficton Conference

PITCH: "Our Man in the Dark"

RESULT: Published November 15, 2011

 

"The Non-Fiction Pitch Conference was an invaluable experience. It provided me with the tools and support I needed to get published. I can’t thank the folks who put it together enough."

John Monahan, Non-Ficton Pitch Conference

PITCH: "They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge"

RESULT: Published by Berkley Books in December 2010.

 

"My novel, "Act of Grace", will be published Feb 2011 by independent publisher Plenary Publishing. It is thanks in part to your excellent advice both in the individual consultation you provided (some of the best money I ever spent) and from doing the pitch sessions in New York that I was able to achieve this opportunity".

Karen Simpson, Fiction Pitch Conference

 

"Working with the fabulous super-star editor and author Sally Koslow has been a dream come true! I would have NEVER landed a book deal without the workshop in general and Sally in particular. Sally lent me her expertise, talent and insider knowledge of the publishing world in my relentless pursuit of realizing my potential as a published author. Sally has been with me every step of the way, keeping up with me over the years and made landing a book deal become a reality! I am eternally grateful to her!"

Lisa Baron

PITCH: My Burning Bush: How One Woman’s Career in Christian Politics Went Up in Flames

RESULT: Published in 2011.

 

"I had a good idea for a book on juvenile justice and a ready-made platform, but my proposal lacked focus and clarity. Richard Goodman’s keen analysis and the suggestions of the fine students in the class sharpened my thoughts. I sold the proposal to Kaplan Publishing Company for a nice advance.

Judge Irene Sullivan

PITCH: Raised by the Courts: One Judge’s Insight into Juvenile Justice

RESULT: Published by Kaplan Publishing in November 2010.

Attendee Buzz!

"The best conference I’ve ever attended."

 

"The opportunity to pitch our work to editors of major publishing houses was a once in a lifetime experience. Just terrific!"

 

"The conference was well worth the time and money. It was a fabulous experience."

 

"The conference met and surpassed expectations."

 

"I received great advice regarding my pitch. It was condensed but said much more."

 

"I needed to be able to locate the “gold nugget” in my manuscript and you helped me find that."

 

"Loved the format. Very comfortable from the start."

 

"I will forever be glad I came to this."

About our Conferences

New York Writers Workshop hosts three-day Pitch Conferences in NYC for writers of non-fiction and fiction. Participants polish their pitches with the help of conference leaders, then they present them to three different editors from major NY publishing houses. Editors provide feedback and may request to see proposals or manuscripts after the conference.

Upcoming Conference Dates are …

New York Writers Workshop NON-FICTION Pitch Conference:
October 10-12, 2014

New York Writers Workshop Perfect Pitch FICTION Conference:
November 7-9, 2014

 Agents Panel

 

 

Fiction Pitch Conferences

(includes sections for people writing for Adults and for Children/Young Adults)

 

 

Non-Fiction Pitch Conferences

 

 

 

Workshop Leaders

 

 

 

Editors Who Have Participated in Our Conferences

 

 

 

Agents Who Have Participated in Our Agents Panels

 

 

 

Success Stories: Attendee Comments and Books Published

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ultimate indicator of success is having a pitch that is developed at the conference result in the book’s being published. We’re so proud whenever this happens. But even if a sale does not follow quickly, attendees find the conferences to be of tremendous value. Below are representative comments from published and not-yet-published attendees.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Attendee Comments and Books Published

 

 

Fiction Published as a Result of the Conference

 

 

 

TwerpCover-with blurb“I sold my novel TWERP to Random House at a pitch conference sponsored by New York Writers Workshop, so of course I recommend NYWW to writers of every level. But even setting aside that success, I still wholeheartedly endorse the conference experience. The insight I gained into the realities of the publishing industry over that one weekend has changed my perspective. Before, I was an academic who dabbled in writing. Afterwards, I felt like a professional plying his trade.”

 

Mark Goldblatt, author of Twerp, published by Random House Books for Young Readers (May 2013).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Act of Grace book cover

 

 

“My novel, Act of Grace, will be published thanks in part to your excellent advice both in the individual consultation you provided (some of the best money I ever spent) and from doing the pitch sessions in New York.”

Karen Simpson, from note to Tim Tomlinson, leader of her Fiction Pitch Conference group. The book was published in March 2011 by Plenary Publishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rashad Harrison Cover

“The NYWW Pitch Conference was my first stop on the road to being published. I learned more than how to just string together the compelling plot points of my novel. I learned how to reveal the heart of my book—why it matters to me, and why it should matter to an audience.”

 

 

Rashad Harrison, author of Our Man in the Dark (Atria/Simon & Schuster, November 2011).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Fiction Published as a Result of the Conference

 

 

 

 

Chasing Chaos

“The pitch conference was the first time I felt like this little writing project of mine could turn into an actual book. My workshop leader provided invaluable advice, and fellow writers offered support and helpful feedback. It was a very positive experience and gave me the confidence to throw myself out there and ultimately get published.”

 

Jessica Alexander, author of Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid, published by Broadway Books (October 2013).

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Raised by Courts

 

“I had a good idea for a book on juvenile justice and a ready-made platform, but my proposal lacked focus and clarity. Richard Goodman’s keen analysis and the suggestions of the fine students in the class sharpened my thoughts. I sold the proposal to Kaplan Publishing Company for a nice advance.”
Judge Irene Sullivan, whose book, Raised by the Courts: One Judge’s Insight into Juvenile Justice, was published by Kaplan Publishing in November 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Working with the fabulous super-star editor and author Sally Koslow has been a dream come true! I would have NEVER landed a book deal without the workshop in general and Sally in particular. Sally lent me her expertise, talent and insider knowledge of the publishing world in my relentless pursuit of realizing my potential as a published author.”

 Lisa Baron, whose book, Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All, was published by Citadel in June 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They Called Me Mad

 

“The Non-Fiction Pitch Conference was an invaluable experience. It provided me with the tools and support I needed to get published. I can’t thank the folks who put it together enough.”

John Monahan, whose book, They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge, was presented at the New York Writers Workshop Non-Fiction Pitch Conference and, as a result, was published by Berkley Books in December 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

What Other Attendees Have Said…

 

 

 

 

“The best conference I’ve ever attended.”

 

“The conference met and surpassed expectations.”

 

“I needed to be able to locate the “gold nugget” in my manuscript and you helped me find that.”

 

“Loved the format. Very comfortable from the start.”

 

“I will forever be glad I came to this.”

 

“The opportunity to pitch our work to editors of major publishing houses was a once in a lifetime experience. Just terrific!”

 

“The conference was well worth the time and money. It was a fabulous experience.”

 

“I received great advice regarding my pitch. It was condensed but said much more.”

 

 

 

Agents at Pitch 

 

Twice a year New York Writers Workshop offers three-day Pitch Conferences for writers of fiction. Participants refine pitches for their proposals or manuscripts, then meet with and pitch to three different editors from major New York publishing houses (Bantam Dell, Berkley Publishing Group, Dutton, Random House, Rodale, St. Martin’s Press, and others).

Allison at Pitch

 

Conference Info

DATE:

November 7-9, 2014

 

PLACE:
Ripley-Grier Studios (NY Spaces)
520 Eighth Ave (36th/37th), 16th Fl

 

 

COST:
$425 for 3-day Fiction Pitch Conference,
including Agents Panel

 

 

 

FICTION PITCH CONFERENCE

 

Schedule

Day 1 – Friday

9:30 am – 4:00 pm   Participants workshop their pitches with a workshop leader from New York Writers Workshop. After people sign in, there are short introductory remarks, and you’re assigned to a group (usually between 10 and 15 people) and a group leader. From 10:00 till around 4:00, with a break for lunch, you and the other members of your group work on your pitches.  Each participant reads his/her draft. The NYWW instructor provides guidance in revision for clarity, concision, and impact. In true workshop fashion, you’ll be able to learn from the leader’s and other participants’ feedback on your pitch as well as everyone else’s.

Day 2 – Saturday

10:00 am – 12:00 pm   Literary Agents Panel: Literary agents discuss the current market for fiction: commercial, genre and literary.  Is it possible, in this economic climate, to sell fiction? What are the current trends? How to query an agent? What do agents look for? What are the publishers looking for? How to market oneself? Q&A session follows the panel discussion.

 

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm  Participants make two pitches to editors. The first pitch is “public,” meaning participants pitch to an editor in the presence of their group. A short Q&A session with the editor follows. The second pitch is private, one-on-one with an editor, with an NYWW instructor present. You’ll have some free time while others are doing their one-on-one pitches. (Ripley-Grier is a fun place to hang out, as many theater groups and dance companies rehearse there.)

Day 3 – Sunday

10:00 am – 12:30 pm  Each participant makes one private pitch to an editor, again with an NYWW instructor present. The day wraps with a group conference with an NYWW instructor.

 

Your Homework Assignment

Before arriving at the conference, your “homework assignment” is to prepare a draft of your pitch. The pitch is a tool to persuade editors–or possibly, future agents–that yours is a book they should publish or represent. It should begin with a working title and include a succinct summary of your plot, setting, characters–whatever best captures what is unique about your book. Include information about your background if it’s relevant for your story, as well as any other ways you will be able to attract readers. Be aware of comparable books (not necessarily bestsellers), since editors might ask you about this. If you want ideas for preparing your pitch, it sometimes helps to look at the “flap copy” (what’s on the back cover or the inside of the paper covering a hardcover book) of other relevant books.

 

Your pitch will be made orally, so practice saying it out loud. You’ll be able to have notes or your computer with you when you meet the editors, so don’t worry about memorizing. Aim for two minutes, tops. There’s no need to send us your pitch in advance—just have it with you when you arrive. You won’t need copies of your manuscript or proposal at the conference.

 

For those participating in the children’s and YA session, be sure to include the genre of your book (picture book*, middle grade novel, YA novel, etc.), the target age-range of your audience, and know the word count. Try to keep your pitch under 250 words.
 
      *For a picture book, you should only plan to present illustrations if they are quality samples done by a professional artist or illustrator.

When You Arrive

We’ll be meeting at Ripley-Grier Studios, on the 16th floor of 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37thStreets.

 

Dress is casual—whatever you’re comfortable wearing.

 

Many people bring their laptops and use them to revise their pitches during the conference. There’s free wi-fi at Ripley-Grier, and there’s a Staples nearby (and sometimes a working printer at Ripley-Grier) if you want to print out your revisions.

 

There’s a snack bar right on the 16th floor at Ripley-Grier and also one in the building lobby where you can purchase snacks, sandwiches, and drinks. There is nothing scheduled after 4:00 on Friday, but many people use some of the time to revise their pitches for Saturday’s presentations.

 

 Workshop Leaders

Workshop leaders, editors, and members of the Agents Panel will be announced closer to the date of the conference.

 

How to Apply

If you’d like to attend a conference, send an email following these five steps:

    1. Subject: Fiction Conference
    2. A brief description of the project (up to 100 words)
    3. What you do for a living
    4. Contact information (mail address, phone)
    5. Send the email to Charles Salzberg charles@ducts.org

We’ll get back to you within ten days to let you know if your application has been accepted and, if so, where you should send your check.

 

Note: Please do NOT contact the JCC–while they handle registration for our writing classes, they are not involved with the conferences.

 

 

Agents at Pitch Twice a year New York Writers Workshop offers three-day Pitch Conferences for writers of non-fiction.Participants refine pitches for their proposals or manuscripts, then meet with and pitch to three different editors from major New York publishing houses (Bantam Dell, Berkley Publishing Group, Dutton, Random House, Rodale, St. Martin’s Press, and others).

 

 

Allison at Pitch

 

 

 

Conference Info

DATE:

October 10-12, 2014
 

PLACE:

Ripley-Grier Studios (NY Spaces),

520 Eighth Ave (36th/37th), 16th Fl

 

COST:

Cost $425 for 3 day Non Fiction Pitch Conference,

including Agents Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule

Day 1 – Friday

9:30 am – 4:00 pm   Participants workshop their pitches with a workshop leader from New York Writers Workshop. After people sign in, there are short introductory remarks, and you’re assigned to a group (usually between 10 and 15 people) and a group leader. From 10:00 till around 4:00, with a break for lunch, you and the other members of your group work on your pitches. Each participant reads his/her draft. The NYWW instructor provides guidance in revision for clarity, concision, and impact. In true workshop fashion, you’ll be able to learn from the leader’s and other participants’ feedback on your pitch as well as everyone else’s.

Day 2 – Saturday

10:00 am – 12:00 pm   Literary Agents Panel:  Literary agents discuss the current market for non-fiction books.  What is required in this economic climate, to sell memoirs, how-to books and other types of non-fiction? What are the current trends? How to query an agent? What do agents look for? What are the publishers looking for? How to market oneself? Q&A session follows the panel discussion.   

 

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm  Participants make two pitches to editors. The first pitch is “public,” meaning participants pitch to an editor in the presence of their group. A short Q&A session with the editor follows. The second pitch is private, one-on-one with an editor, with an NYWW instructor present. You’ll have some free time while others are doing their one-on-one pitches. (Ripley-Grier is a fun place to hang out, as many theater groups and dance companies rehearse there.)

Day 3 – Sunday

10:00 am – 12:30 pm  Each participant makes one private pitch to an editor, again with an NYWW instructor present. The day wraps with a group conference with an NYWW instructor.

Your Homework Assignment

Before arriving at the conference, your “homework assignment” is to prepare a draft of your pitch. The pitch is a tool to persuade editors–or possibly, future agents–that yours is a book they should publish or represent. It should begin with a working title and include a succinct summary of your topic, story, setting, characters—whatever best captures what is unique about your book. Include information about your background if it’s relevant for your topic, as well as any other ways you will be able to attract readers. Be aware of comparable books (not necessarily bestsellers), since most editors will ask you about this. If you want ideas for preparing your pitch, it sometimes helps to look at the “flap copy” (what’s on the inside of the paper covering a hardcover book) of other relevant books.
 
Your pitch will be made orally, so practice saying it out loud. You’ll be able to have notes or your computer with you when you meet the editors, so don’t worry about memorizing. Aim for two minutes, tops, which often corresponds to a two-page written pitch. There’s no need to send us your pitch in advance—just have it with you when you arrive. You won’t need copies of your manuscript or proposal at the conference.

When You Arrive

We’ll be meeting at Ripley-Grier Studios, on the 16th floor of 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37thStreets.

 

Dress is casual—whatever you’re comfortable wearing.

 

Many people bring their laptops and use them to revise their pitches during the conference. There’s free wi-fi at Ripley-Grier, and there’s a Staples nearby (and sometimes a working printer at Ripley-Grier) if you want to print out your revisions.

 

There’s a snack bar right on the 16th floor at Ripley-Grier and also one in the building lobby where you can purchase snacks, sandwiches, and drinks. There is nothing scheduled after 4:00 on Friday, but many people use some of the time to revise their pitches for Saturday’s presentations.

 Workshop Leaders

Workshop leaders, editors, and members of the Agents Panel will be announced closer to the date of the conference.

 

 

How to Apply

If you’d like to attend a conference, send an email following these five steps:

    1. Subject: Non-Fiction Conference
    2. A brief description of the project (up to 100 words)
    3. What you do for a living
    4. Contact information (mail address, phone)
    5. Send the email to Charles Salzberg charles@ducts.org

We’ll get back to you within ten days to let you know if your application has been accepted and, if so, where you should send your check.

 

Note: Please do NOT contact the JCC–while they handle registration for our writing classes, they are not involved with the conferences.

 

 

 

 

  • STEPHEN BARR I spent the first 21 years of my life in Southern California, and the only thing I really knew about publishing before I moved to New York City was Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal of Terry Crabtree in Wonder Boys—he’s an editor, and he flies into Pittsburgh (wearing a big, comfy looking east coast coat) to coax a second novel out of his troubled but probably brilliant author, and then come the hijinks. That sounded pretty swell to me, so I read Wonder Boys on the flight over to New York, and over the course of six or seven months of interviews and internships, I realized that I still wanted the coat and the authors, but would be more comfortable playing the role (so to speak) of their agent (though editing is perhaps my favorite thing in the whole wide world, and I work very closely with my clients to polish and perfect their manuscripts before and after submission). I landed at Writers House in 2008, became its biggest fan about four seconds later, started taking on my own clients in 2010 (I represent a pretty broad spectrum of adult and children’s titles, including picture books, middle grade, young adult, memoir, literary fiction, graphic novels, and some bizarre, unclassifiable stuff) and just got my coat back from the dry cleaner.
  • WILLIAM CALLAHAN    William Callahan, an agent at Inkwell Management, attended Fordham University and the University of Iowa. He has edited and published a zine of short fiction, edited crosswords, and is the writer for, and co-founder of, the New York-based Three Sciences Productions, a theatre group whose plays have been performed at the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and The Tank, among others. He is interested in a similarly wide range of fiction and non-fiction. He is also very interested in innovative presentations and formats for books. He would like to represent a cookbook of recipes you can execute in your bedroom.
  • JOHN CUSICK John Cusick is an agent with Greenhouse Literary, representing picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels. He is the author of GIRL PARTS and CHERRY MONEY BABY (Candlewick Press), as well as managing fiction editor at Armchair/Shotgun, a literary magazine. He is a regular speaker at writers’ conferences, and keeps a blog at www.JohnMCusick.com. You can also find him on twitter: @johnmcusick. He lives in Brooklyn.
  • B.G. DILWORTH   With over 20 years of experience as a New York-based literary agent, B.G. Dilworth represents a broad range of mid-list and bestselling authors in the fields of history, memoir and biography, health and fitness, true crime, business, economics, pop culture, and cooking. B.G. works closely with his clients in the creation and sale of their projects, offering advice on book conception and organization; editorial assessment; image and brand management; co-writer selection; marketing asset development; rights licensing; and contract negotiations. Before founding his own agency, B.G. Dilworth was a senior literary agent with a 15-year tenure at Authors and Artists Group, one of New York City’s premier boutique literary agencies.
  • SCOTT GOULD     Scott Gould is a literary agent at RLR Associates Ltd. in Manhattan, a boutique agency founded nearly 30 years ago, where he oversees all book development within the firm. Scott began his career in the editorial department of Playboy Magazine and later in publicity at Tor/Forge. At RLR, he represents both commercial and literary fiction, as well as general audience nonfiction. Scott is a graduate of New York University, where he received a BA in English and American Literature.
  • LISA GRUBKA Lisa Grubka spent a decade first at the William Morris Agency and then Foundry Literary + Media, before joining Fletcher and Co. in 2012. Lisa works with a broad variety of authors, from debut novelists to Food Network stars, and has represented several New York Times bestsellers. She represents and is looking for both fiction (literary, upmarket women’s, and young adult) and non-fiction (narrative, food, science, and more). She takes a very hands-on approach in working with her authors, and is a thorough editor, ensuring the best possible proposal or manuscript. She works closely with her authors every step of the way, and takes pleasure in matchmaking her authors with the right publishing home. She began her career at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
  • PATRICK KENNEDY A partner at the Second Sight Literary Agency, Patrick Kennedy specializes in nonfiction and memoir projects. He was trained at Johns Hopkins (Phi Beta Kappa BA 2008, Writing Seminars MFA 2010) and McGill University (English Research MA 2011), and began his career as an education journalist and university professor. Patrick’s Second Sight clients include experts in fitness, the performing arts, pet care, and international politics, as well as select authors in suspense, romance, and literary fiction. He is presently interested in signing memoir and autobiographical projects (all age levels) and instructional books (particularly cooking, career advice, and self-help).

KATIE HENDERSON ADAMS  Katie Henderson Adams is an editor at Liveright (a new imprint of W.W. Norton) acquiring literary fiction and non-fiction. She has formerly worked at Other Press, Doubleday, Bloomsbury Press, and Oxford University Press.

 

IBRAHIM AHMAD   Ibrahim Ahmad has worked in various capacities for Akashic Books since 2000, where he is now senior editor. He resides in Brooklyn, New York.

 

HEATHER ALEXANDER Heather Alexander is an Assistant Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers. Some of her favorite projects she’s edited are NERVE by Jeanne Ryan, MY FAMILY FOR THE WAR by Anne C. Voorhoeve, CIRCLE OF CRANES by Annette LeBox, and the Charlie and Lola series. She loves ghost stories, horror stories, and nearly anything funny. She’d love to find a good book about mutants, some really funny YA, and some magical Middle Grade. Her favorite picture books are the unexpected and off-the-wall kind, with a memorable main character.

 

ADRIENNE AVILA   Adrienne Avila is an Editor at Berkley, a division of Penguin, where she acquires a range of nonfiction. She acquires in the areas of memoir, women’s issues, lifestyle, business, wellness, self-help, how-to. Recent non-fiction titles include the New York Times Bestseller and Wall Street Journal Bestseller WILL WORK FROM HOME by Tory Johnson and Robyn Spizman, 365 NIGHTS by Charla Muller with Betsy Thorpe, and the essay anthology IT’S A WONDERFUL LIE: 26 Truths About Life in Your Twenties. She is also interested in multicultural fiction and quirky women’s fiction, and acquired and edited award winning Lorraine Lopez’s THE GIFTED GABALDON SISTERS, a [Border's] National Latino Book Club pick.

 

TALIA BENAMY Talia Benamy is an editorial assistant at Philomel Books, a division of the Penguin Young Readers Group. Talia works closely with two editors on a list of titles that includes pictures books and middle grade and YA novels, with authors such as Jane Yolen, Floyd Cooper, Erin Moulton, Lisa Graff, Andrea Cremer, Tom Barron, and Ruta Sepetys. Talia is mainly looking for YA and middle grade novels with strong protagonists and distinct voices, though she’s also happy to look at picture books with wit, whimsy, and charm. She’s interested in stories that pack an emotional punch and that make readers think about a new thing or in a new way. She also likes books that play with language in an interesting, fun, or funny way. Her primary genre for consideration is realistic fiction, though she is also happy to look at historical fiction, fantasy, or science fiction with a strong character focus.

 

KATIE BIGNELL Katie Bignell is an Associate Editor in the Katherine Tegen Books imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books. She specializes in picture books, tween fiction, and contemporary teen fiction, and has worked with debut authors and bestselling authors alike, including Patricia MacLachlan, Michael Grant, Angie Sage, Patrick Carman, as well as seasoned and emerging illustrators, including Bob Staake, Sarah Massini, and Heather Ross.

 

MOLLY BOYLE   Molly Boyle is an assistant editor at Bantam Dell, where she works with Kate Miciak on a list of authors that include New York Times bestsellers Lee Child, Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter. She acquires commercial fiction and mysteries, particularly for women, as well as memoir, narrative, and pop culture nonfiction, and has a particular fondness for offbeat and dark edges. She began her publishing career at NAL/Penguin.

 

JACKIE CANTOR Jackie Cantor is an Executive Editor at The Berkley Publishing Group, a division of Penguin. Prior to joining Berkley in August 2005, she was a Vice President and Executive Editor at Bantam Dell, where her list included a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles in all formats. She is proud to have discovered the New York Times bestselling authors Diana Gabaldon and Eloisa James. Other major authors whose work she has acquired include John Grisham, John Lescroart, and Hope Edelman (Motherless Daughters). At Berkley, her list includes the nationally bestselling authors Kate Furnivall (The Russian Concubine, Shadows on the Nile), Kate Quinn (Mistress of Rome, The Serpent and the Pearl), Laura Brodie (The Widow’s Season), Lucy Dillon (Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts, The Secret of Happy Ever After), and Lucy Ferriss (The Lost Daughter).

 

TOM COLGAN   Tom Colgan is an Executive Editor at the Penguin Book Group. He has been a publishing professional for 27 years and has edited both fiction and nonfiction. Authors he has worked with include Tom Clancy, Ed McBain, Clive Cussler, and Nevada Barr. He’s been the editor of New York Times Bestsellers such as Tom Clancy’s Threat Vector, and Last Man Down by FDNY Capt. Rich Picciotto.

 

BRENDA COPELAND  Brenda Copeland is an Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she publishes a robust list of fiction and non-fictionquality books with strong commercial appeal. She looks for compelling stories told with a unique voice and an identifiable audience, with emphasis on that growing category of “literary light” novels that the book groups are ravenous for.

 

ANNA DEVRIES Anna deVries has worked in publishing for more than ten years. She spent seven years in the editorial department at Scribner where she acquired and published Alys, Always by Harriet Lane, named an Editors’ Choice title by the New York Times Book Review; 1222 by Anne Holt, nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel; and Bad Traffic by Simon Lewis, nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She joined Picador as a Senior Editor in 2012 where she edited the debut novel The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd. She is looking for narrative non-fiction that includes subjects such as memoir, history, and science, as well as upmarket and literary fiction.

 

CHELSEA EBERLY  Chelsea Eberly is an associate editor with Random House Books for Young Readers. Recent projects include Elsie Chapman’s dystopian YA, Dualed; Amy Christine Parker’s YA thriller, Gated; and Mark Goldblatt’s literary middle-grade novel, Twerp. Her picture book projects include It’s Milking Time by Phyllis Alsdurf/illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher and The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland/illustrated by Freya Blackwood. She’s also had the pleasure of working with Mallory Loehr on The New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series and with The New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce. Chelsea is on the lookout for strong voices, commercial hooks, and unique structures that tell stories in interesting ways.

 

CLAIRE EVANS  Claire Evans is an editorial assistant at Dial Books for Young Readers, where she works with Kathy Dawson and Jess Garrison on a list of authors who write for YA (like Franny Billingsley and Kristin Cashore), middle grade (authors such as Gennifer Choldenko and Jacqueline West), and who write and illustrate picture books (Joe Berger and Kevin Sherry). She is on the look out for middle grade and young adult fiction, especially action or sports stories with strong characters. She also likes character-driven tales in the edgy fantasy and magical realism genres—anything that puts a new and surprising twist on things.

 

SHAUNA FAY  Shauna Fay is Assistant Editor, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, A Division of Penguin Young Readers Group. Shauna works on everything from picture books to young adult novels. She edited the 2010 Children’s Choice Book Award winner, Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby, and the 2010 IRA Children’s Book Award winner, Wanted: The Perfect Pet by Fiona Roberton, as well as the upcoming debut novel, The Vindico by Wesley King. While open to books for all ages, she is particularly interested in middle grade fiction with a strong voice (magical realism always welcome!), historical fiction with a commercial hook, and young, funny/quirky picture books.

 

KELLI FILLINGIM  Kelli Fillingim is an Associate Editor at the Random House Publishing Group. She acquires and edits a wide variety of women’s fiction, historical fiction, general fiction, mystery and literary suspense. Some of her authors include Elizabeth Joy Arnold, Molly Shapiro, Laura Andersen and Edgar award nominated, Frank Tallis.

 

ALEXIS GARGAGLIANO   Alexis Gargagliano, an editor at Scribner, began her publishing career in the marketing department of Simon & Schuster. After working in the Knopf editorial department she joined Scribner, where she had the opportunity to work with Nan Graham on such books as The Glass Castle,Brick LaneEat the Document and Living History by Hillary Clinton. Her current list includes Matt Bondurant, Staceyann Chin, Adam Gollner, Mira Kamdar, Robin Romm, Joanna Smith Rakoff and Jennifer Gilmore, whose first novel, Golden Country, was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Book Prize.

 

BRIAN GEFFEN Brian Geffen is an editorial assistant at Philomel Books, a division of the Penguin Young Readers Group. He is the editor of Hunter by Michael Carroll, the fourth installment of the Super Human series (Summer 2014). Brian works closely with senior editors on a list of titles that include the picture books of Oliver Jeffers and Loren Long, middle grade novels such as QB 1 by Mike Lupica, John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series, and the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, and YA novels like the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer. Brian is primarily looking for YA and middle grade novels with strong protagonists that may have smatterings of philosophical elements in the genres of: multiple POV and first-person fantasy (with particularly unique magic systems and world building), historical fiction, some science fiction, a bit of mystery, a touch of humor, and stories with fantastical elements that are grounded in realism. He is also looking for humorous, thoughtful picture books filled with sarcasm that both kids and parents can appreciate.

 

SARA GOODMAN   Sara Goodman has been acquiring young adult for St. Martin’s Press for the last four years. She loves gritty, contemporary young adult novels with strong female characters and anything with high stakes, a fast pace, and a plot driven storyline.

 

MICHAEL HOMLER   Michael Homler is an Editor at St. Martin’s Press. He acquires in a wide range of areas which include general and literary fiction, mystery/thrillers, graphic novels, narrative nonfiction and biography. He has worked on such books as the NBCC winning biography JAMES TIPTREE JR. by Julie Phillips, THE FAULT TREE by Louise Ure, Lee Child’s anthology KILLER YEAR, the Edgar-nominated PYRES by Derek Nikitas, and Don Mattingly’s HITTING IS SIMPLE by Don Mattingly and Jim Rosenthal.

 

BRONWEN HRUSKA   Bronwen Hruska is the Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of Soho Press, an independent publisher of literary fiction. Founded twenty-four years ago, Soho has launched the careers of authors including Edwidge Danticat, Garth Stein, Stephen Fry, Dan Fesperman, Jacqueline Winspear, Cara Black and Robert Hellenga. Soho publishes between 60 and 80 titles a year under three imprints—Soho, Soho Crime and Soho Constable—and specializes in literary fiction and memoir, and mystery series set overseas.

 

DANA ISAACSON   Dana Edwin Isaacson is a Senior Editor with the Random House Publishing Group, where he edits both fiction and non-fiction. He has worked as an abridger, a writer and a literary agent. He has also been an editor at ReganBooks, St. Martin’s Press and Pocket Books. Recent non-fiction titles he has worked on include NOBODIES: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy by John Bowe, WRESTLING WITH GRAVY: A Life, with Food by Jonathan Reynolds, and THE DEVIL’S GENTLEMAN: Power, Privilege and the Trial that Ushered in the Twentieth Century by Harold Schechter.

 

KAYLIE JONES  Kaylie Jones is the Founder and Publisher of Kaylie Jones Books. She is the author of five novels, including A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, which was made into a Merchant-Ivory film, and the memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me. She teaches in the MFA program at SUNY Stony Brook – Southampton, and in the Wilkes University low-residency MFA program in professional writing.

 

LYSSA KEUSCH Lyssa Keusch is an Executive Editor at Morrow/Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, where she primarily acquires a range of commercial fiction, including thrillers and suspense, as well as women’s fiction. Among her authors in the thriller/suspense genre are New York Times bestsellers James Rollins (THE DOOMSDAY KEY), JA Jance (QUEEN OF THE NIGHT) and International Thriller Writers award winner Jamie Freveletti (RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL). In the romance genre, Lyssa works with #1 New York Times bestseller Julia Quinn (TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU) and New York Times bestsellers Elizabeth Boyle (MAD ABOUT THE DUKE) and Samantha James (THE SECRET PASSION OF SIMON BLACKWELL). Among her commercial women’s fiction authors are Jean Reynolds Page (THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER) and Jessica Jiji (SWEET DATES IN BASRA).

Lyssa also acquires selected non-fiction, with interest in memoir and narrative nonfiction with a commercial slant. Her most recent titles are SELF-COMPASSION: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff, PhD and REAL FOOD FOR HEALTHY KIDS by Tanya Wenman Steele and Tracey Seaman. Other titles include NOT FADE AWAY: A Short Life Well Lived by Laurence Shames and Peter Barton and LOVE & MADNESS: The Murder of Martha Ray, Mistress of the Fourth Earl of Sandwich. Lyssa is also currently in the process of developing a popular science book with biologist Daniel Riskin, PhD for acquisition.

 

ADAM KORN Adam Korn is an executive editor in the William Morrow Books division of HarperCollins Publishers.  He has been on both sides of the industry as an editor and agent, and has specialized in non-fiction in both capacites.  Titles on which he’s worked include actor/director/writer Billy Bob Thornton’s THE BILLY BOB TAPES, former pitcher and current MLB commentator John Smoltz’s STARTING AND CLOSING, and fighter Urijah Faber’s THE LAWS OF THE RING, former football star Jerry Rice’s GO LONG!, fighter Forrest Griffin’s GOT FIGHT?, TOMS Shoes CEO Blake Mycoskie’s START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS, Wine to Water Founder and President Doc Hendley’s WINE TO WATER, rock guitarist Zakk Wylde’s BRINGING METAL TO THE CHILDREN, ESPN radio host Mike Greenberg’s WHY MY WIFE THINKS I’M AN IDIOT, John Weisman’s KBL: KILL BIN LADEN (a novel based on true events), Trey Hamburger’s brilliant send-up to the paranormal investigation GHOSTS/ALIENS, and Craig Heimbuch’s autobiographical tribute to manhood, fatherhood, and the great American hunt AND NOW WE SHALL DO MANLY THINGS (on-sale 10/30!). 

 

JESSICA MACLEISH Jessica MacLeish is currently an assistant editor at HarperCollins Children’s books, where she works on a list that includes the Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce and novels and picture books by Walter Dean Myers, as well as many other picture books, middle grade, and teen novels. She works very closely with Seymour Simon on his non-fiction photographic essay picture books, and other recent projects include THE BULLY BOOK, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, and ZITS: CHILLAX. Jess is particularly interested in contemporary/realistic middle grade and teen projects.

 

KRISTA MARINO   Krista Marino is an Executive Editor at Delacorte Press (Random House Children’s Books) where she acquires and edits Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. Authors she works with include Frank Portman, Michael Scott, Carrie Ryan, James Dashner, Matt de la Peña, and Jennifer Donnelly.

 

SAMANTHA MARTIN   Samantha Martin acquires fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and select parenting titles for Scribner. The fiction she has published includesModel Home by Eric Puchner, Alex Award winner and bestseller The God of Animals and Boys and Girls Like You and Me: Stories by Aryn Kyle,Lost by Alice Lichtenstein, and The Cure for Grief by Nellie Hermann. Current and upcoming nonfiction includes Henry’s Demons by NBCC finalist Patrick Cockburn and Henry Cockburn, Amen, Amen, Amen by Abby Sher, The Last of the Tribe by Monte Reel, The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch, Animal Investigators by Laurel Neme, Hippocrates’ Shadow by Dr. David Newman, The Blessing of a B Minus by New York Times bestselling author Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., Lost at School by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., and Eat, Sleep, Poop by Dr. Scott W. Cohen.

 

MATT MARTZ  Matt Martz is an associate editor at St. Martin’s Press. He publishes nonfiction in the categories of business, history, science, and current affairs as well as crime fiction. Authors he’s worked with include thought leaders in business like Carmine Gallo, author of Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds and investigative journalists like Frank Sennett, author of Groupon’s Biggest Deal Ever. The acclaimed historians and scientists at the cutting edge of their fields whom he’s published include such award-winning scholars as Thom Hatch, author of Glorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer.

As an editor for Minotour Books, Matt publishes crime fiction ranging from explosive, high concept thrillers to more traditional mysteries. Authors include Karen Salvalaggio, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Kelli Stanley, and Barry Award nominee Tim O’Mara.

 

LEAH MILLER   Leah Miller is an editor at Free Press. With a specialty in narrative non-fiction and memoir, her list includes bestselling memoir The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok, Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan, and the upcoming Crazy River by Richard Grant. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars program, Miller interned with Oxford University Press and worked at Sterling Lord Literistic in both domestic agenting and foreign rights. Among the authors with whom she has worked are Peter Bergen, Annie Murphy Paul, Julia Scheeres, Mikal Gilmore, Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

 

DAVID MOLDAWER   David Moldawer is an associate editor at St. Martin’s Press, where he acquires and edits nonfiction books. His titles include RULE THE WEB by Mark Frauenfelder, THE MAD FISHERMAN by Charlie Moore with Charles Salzberg, THE INDIE BAND SURVIVAL GUIDE by Jason Feehan and Randy Chertkow of the band Beatnik Turtle, and LAWYER BOY, a memoir of law school by Rick Lax. David lives in New York City.

 

LEIS PEDERSON   Leis Pederson is currently an Associate Editor with the Berkley Publishing Group. She acquires commercial fiction, including romance, erotic romance, urban fantasy, women’s fiction, mysteries, thrillers and general fiction. Her titles include AND FALLING, FLY by Skyler White, DON’T KILL THE MESSENGER by Eileen Rendahl, THE SILVER BEAR by Derek Haas, TOWN IN A BLUEBERRY JAM by B. B. Haywood and INSIDE OUT by Lauren Dane.

 

AUBREY POOLE Aubrey Poole got her start as an editor correcting her friends’ grammar in high school, an effort which naturally guaranteed instant popularityShe is now an associate editor at Sourcebooks, acquiring children’s books from picture books through young adult. Her first YA novel, Send by Patty Blount, was a Junior Library Guild pick. Her middle grade novel This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy Cavanaugh received a Starred review from Kirkus and is a Florida State Bookaward winner. Aubrey hopes to continue shamelessly courting librarians with her forthcoming middle grade series The Ninja Librarianswhich also received a Starred review from Kirkus. Some of Aubrey’s authors include NYT and USA Today bestseller Suzanne Brockmann, USA Today bestseller Juliana Stone, award-winner Mari Mancusi, award-winner Jen Calonita, Janet Gurtler, Natalie D. Richards, Anna Staniszewski and illustrator Tracy Dockray.

 

DANIELA RAPP   Daniela Rapp is an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she acquires a wild and eclectic mix of projects in various genres, including mysteries and thrillers, books on animals/pets/nature, travel, food, humor, language/writing, and history, as well as memoirs. She is also interested in being introduced to high-concept narratives in fiction and is actively looking for Native American writers and books.
Recent and forthcoming projects include AND THEN LIFE HAPPENS by Auma Obama, THE STARBOARD SEA by Amber Dermont, SHUCKED by Erin Byers Murray, and ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS by Yangzom Brauen.

 

RUTA RIMAS Ruta Rimas edits and acquires picture books, middle-grade novels, and teen novels for both the Atheneum and Margaret K. McElderry imprints at Simon & Schuster. Ruta has had the honor and privilege of working with some of the most talented authors and illustrators in the industry including Kimberly Derting, Claire Caterer, Elissa Brent Weissman, Melissa Wiley, Lucy Cooke, M.M. Vaughan, Janet Ruth Young, and many others. Ruta loves characters that come to life on the pages, stories that resonate long after the last page is read, and fiction that challenges our preconceived notions of the world.

 

BRANT RUMBLE   Brant Rumble is a Senior Editor at Scribner. His list includes Esquire columnist Chuck Klosterman, ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer, and nationally syndicated ¡Ask a Mexican! columnist Gustavo Arellano. Brant’s recent titles include Benjamin Nugent’s American Nerd: The Story of My People and Daniel Radosh’s Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture. Brant acquires and edits a variety of narrative nonfiction, memoir, and literary fiction; usual subjects include pop culture, subcultures, music, and sports. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

 

SARA SARGENT As an Assistant Editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, Sara Sargent acquires picture books through YA and has worked with New York Times bestselling authors Candace Bushnell, Mo Willems and Doreen Cronin as well as many exciting debut authors. She is particularly interested in middle grade and YA fiction in the following genres: horror, psychological thriller, contemporary realism, and light fantasy. Her favorite books include 13 Reasons Why, The Summer I Turned Pretty, Wither, and Before I Fall. You can find Sara on Twitter @Sara_Sargent.

 

DENISE SCARFI Denise Scarfi is an Assistant Editor at W. W. Norton & Company, where she has worked for over four years. She began at Norton as the assistant to Executive Editor Alane Salierno Mason and poetry and literary fiction editor Carol Houck Smith shortly after graduating from NYU with a degree in Comparative Literature and a focus in Latin American literature. Her first acquisition for Norton, Gun Dealers’ Daughter by Gina Apostol (July 2012), is a Borgesian literary puzzle set in the Marcos-era Philippines.

 

EMILY SEIFE  Emily Seife is an associate editor at Scholastic Press. She is looking for middle grade fiction with an authentic voice and a good hook. Previously she was at Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, where she worked with many talented authors and illustrators, including Polly Horvath, Laurel Snyder, and Red Nose Studio.

 

LORA SICKORA Lora Sickora is an Associate Editor at Rodale. She is looking to acquire prescriptive non-fiction titles and specializes in the genres of health & wellness, diet, and fitness. Lora began her publishing career at Elsevier, where she served as a Developmental Editor for the nation’s leading health professionals.

 

DENISE SILVESTRO   Denise Silvestro, a graduate of New York University, has been in the publishing industry for seventeen years and is currently Executive Editor at the Berkley Publishing Group. Although she acquires both fiction and nonfiction, 90% of her list is nonfiction. She works within all genres, including narrative nonfiction, memoir, self-help/motivational, personal finance, health/well-being, and spirituality. She has worked with bestselling authors such as Don Piper, psychic-medium John Edward, minister T. D. Jakes, and financial expert Julie Stav.

 
VIANA SINISCALCHI  As an Assistant Editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, Viana Siniscalchi supports the Co-Publisher and a Senior Editor, and edits everything from picture books to young adult fiction. She works with many acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors and illustrators, including Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, Kadir Nelson, Adam Rex, and Maryrose Wood. Before joining Harper, Viana attended the Columbia Publishing Course and interned at W.W. Norton & Company. She is interested in acquiring picture books, and middle-grade and YA fiction in the following genres: contemporary realism, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, and re-imaginings.

 
YANIV SOHA   Yaniv Soha has been working in book publishing for nine years, at both literary agencies and book publishers. He is an associate editor at St. Martin’s Press, where he publishes in the areas of narrative nonfiction, pop culture, humor, and popular psychology. He has published books by Pulitzer-winning reporters, film producers, rock journalists, professors, and stand-up comedians. He is also the fiction and prose editor of 2 Bridges Review, the literary/arts journal of CUNY City Tech.

 

NICOLE SOHL Nicole Sohl joined Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, in March 2011 after interning at industry landmarks such as Workman Publishing, Regal Literary, Folio Literary Management, and assisting at the agency powerhouse WME. At Thomas Dunne, she has assisted on the young adult series by Julie Cross that follows a 19-year-old time traveler, as well as the Conquered Earth young adult series by J. Barton Mitchell and the Grimm City young adult series by Gareth Jefferson Jones and genre-icon, K. W. Jeter. She is eager to acquire fiction for both middle school and young adult audiences, especially contemporary fiction with crossover appeal in the mystery and horror genres.

 

HILARY TEEMAN   Hilary Rubin Teeman joined St. Martin’s Press as an Associate Editor in May 2006. Prior to that, she spent three years at Trident Media Group, where she represented her own list of authors and handled audio rights for the company. At St. Martin’s Press, Hilary is looking to acquire commercial and literary women’s fiction, historical fiction and romantic suspense, as well as memoirs, pop-culture, sociology, and prescriptive non-fiction titles.

 

ALISON WEISS   Alison Weiss has been with Egmont USA for nearly four years, almost since the company’s start. As an assistant editor, she focuses mainly on middle grade and young adult fiction. In addition to assisting on projects from Egmont’s stable of talented authors, including Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers, Tony Abbott, and Myra McEntire, she’s worked with Lindsay Eland (A Summer of Sunday’s), Mike A. Lancaster (Human.4; The Future We Left Behind), Kristina McBride (One Moment), Lynn Kiele Bonasia (Countess Nobody), Aimee Ferris (Will Work for Prom Dress), Glenn Dakin (The Candle Man series), Kristin Clark Venuti (The Butler Gets a Break), Ali Sparkes (Frozen in Time), and Kate le Vann (Things I Know About Love).

Alison is Egmont’s resident Twitter correspondent (@EgmontUSA) and hosts monthly Q&A sessions with teen writers at www.writeonteens.blogspot.com

Egmont USA is part of the Egmont Group, an international media company in more than thirty-five countries. Egmont USA’s first list came out in Fall 2008, and the company has since grown into a publisher of diverse commercial children’s and young adult fiction with an emphasis on quality, innovation, and author care.

 

JULIE WILL   Julie Will is a Senior Editor at Rodale. She acquires and edits in the categories of health & wellness, science, psychology, self-help, mind/body, relationship, and memoir. Her authors include former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler, Discovery Channel host and conservationist Jeff Corwin, journalist Julia Savacool, and Men’s Health sex columnist Debby Herbenick. She also oversees the best-selling Intellectual Devotional and Biggest Loser franchises.

 

JUNE CLARK   June Rifkin Clark is a partner in Get There Media, Inc., a promotion and brand development company, providing strategic guidance to writers, experts, and businesses, by building platforms, creating awareness, and providing PR outreach to consumers and the media.For over 20 years, June worked in marketing and promotion, retained by numerous agencies to write and develop promotional materials for companies like Food Network, Bravo, A&E, NBC, AOL, eBay and Kraft Foods, many of which won PMA and Reggie Awards. June also worked in cable TV at Showtime, Group W Cable, and as head of her own agency, Concepts. She is the recipient of a Cable ACE/Emmy award.After receiving her MA in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College, June became a literary agent at the Peter Rubie Literary Agency in New York (now FinePrint Literary Management), specializing in nonfiction books. Clients include floral designer Michael George, Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini, Cosmopolitan’s “Bedside Astrologer” Hazel Dixon-Cooper, I Love Lucy writer Madelyn Pugh Davis, Soupy Sales, and The Friars Club. She is still an Agent-at-Large at FinePrint to serve her long-term clients.A published author and playwright, June wrote (and co-wrote) four books, several plays, and has given workshops on topical issues on writing and publishing.For more information, visit www.juneclark.com.

 


 

ALLISON ESTES   Allison Estes grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, playing on Faulkner’s grave. She has written fifteen middle grade and young adult novels, including the Short Stirrup Club series (Simon and Schuster.) Her most recent book is Paw & Order: Dramatic Investigations by an Animal Cop on the Beat (adult nonfiction, April 2008.) Her picture book, Izzy & Oscar, is due out in spring 2015.

Allison has been teaching children and adults in various venues for more than twenty years. She has an older daughter and a young son, and when she isn’t busy writing, editing, teaching and soccer-momming, if the grave of a famous author is not readily accessible, she plays softball as much as possible.

Visit Allison’s web site at www.allisonestes.com.

 

 

 

 

Doug Garr Doug Garr has nearly four decades of experience as a journalist, author, editor, ghostwriter and speechwriter. He most recently has specialized in ghostwriting, including books and a blog.

With “Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat (Ecco, 2009), Garr was co-author with Henry J. Cardello.
Garr is the author of “IBM Redux: Lou Gerstner and the Business Turnaround of the Decade,” (HarperBusiness, 1999).
He is also the author of “Woz: The Prodigal Son of Silicon Valley,” a biography of the cofounder of Apple Computer, and the co-author (with Mike Edelhart) of “The Complete Computer Compendium” (Avon), and “Mr. Mint’s Guide to Investing in Baseball Cards and Collectibles” (Warner, with Alan Rosen). Garr’s most personal work is a memoir, “Between Heaven and Earth: An Adventure in Free Fall” (Greenpoint Press, 2009).
He has researched and written several books as ghostwriter with Douglas Schoen and Michael Berland, partners in the world-renowned polling firm, Penn, Schoen and Berland. These include “Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two Party System,” (Random House, 2008) and “What Makes You Tick? How Successful People Do It — And What You Can Learn from Them” (HarperCollins, 2009). As a speechwriter, he has written for former New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo and several high-profile corporate CEOs.
His shorter published work has appeared in several national publications, including Business Week, Fortune’s Technology Review, GQ, Popular Science, Worth, New York, Strategy & Business, and MIT’s Technology Review. Essays have appeared in Newsweek, The East Hampton Star and the Op-Ed Page of The New York Times.
He was editor-in-chief of Video magazine, and associate editor at Popular Science magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

RICHARD GOODMAN   Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France, The Soul of Creative Writing, A New York Memoir and The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker’s Journey Through 9-11. He has written for The New York Times, Harvard Review, Creative Nonfiction, Commonweal, Vanity Fair, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Louisville Review, Saveur, Ascent, and the Michigan Quarterly Review.

Richard is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Orleans. He is a founding member of the New York Writers Workshop. Richard travels around the country conducting workshops on writing. For more information, and an extensive sampling of Richard Goodman’s writing, please go to his homepage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAURENCE KLAVAN    Laurence Klavan wrote the mystery novels, The Cutting Room and The Shooting Script, which were published over the past few years by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award for the novel, Mrs. White, written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, Germantown and The Fielding Course, co-written with Susan Kim, will soon be published by First Second Books. His work has been published or is forthcoming in such print and online journals as Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Playgirl, The Alaska Quarterly, The Literary Review, Conjunctions, Louisville Review, Cafe Irreal, SN Review, Foliate Oak, Brink, Conte, Sliptongue, and Killing the Buddha. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics to Bed and Sofa, the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York. His one-act, The Summer Sublet, produced in the Ensemble Studio Theater Marathon in New York, is included in Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.

 

 

 

 

 

SALLY KOSLOW   Sally Koslow is the author of four novels: The Widow Waltz, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx (chosen by Target as a Book Pick,) With Friends like These and Little Pink Slips, inspired by her tenure as editor-in-chief of McCall’s Magazine, as well as a work of non-fiction, Slouching Toward Adulthood. Her articles and essays appear frequently in magazines, newspapers and online venues including The New York Times, More, Real Simple, O the Oprah Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, The Guardian and Readers’ Digest as well as the anthologies DIRT and Wedding Cake for Breakfast. She often teaches at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College. Sally invites you to visit her website, www.sallykoslow.com, “like” her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SallyKoslowAuthor) and follow her on Twitter: @sallykoslow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JENNY MILCHMAN  Jenny Milchman is a literary suspense writer whose debut novel just sold to Ballantine. COVER OF SNOW will be published in early 2013. Her short fiction has appeared on Amazon bestseller lists, and another story is forthcoming in an anthology called ADIRONDACK MYSTERIES II. Jenny teaches courses on polishing, pitching, and publishing your work for New York Writers Workshop. She co-hosts the series Writing Matters, which draws speakers from both coasts to events held at a local independent bookstore. Last year she founded Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which was celebrated in 30 states, Canada, England, and this year spread to Australia. Jenny welcomes authors in the Made It Moments forum on her blog. Jenny worked on her pitch at the Perfect Pitch Conference in 2009. This January her debut novel, Cover of Snow, will be published by Ballantine. Please look for her at http://jennymilchman.com.

 

 

 

CHARLES SALZBERG  Charles Salzberg  is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Esquire, New York Magazine, GQ, Elle, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times Arts and Leisure, The New York Times Book Review, and various other publications. He is the author of From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, An Oral History of the NBA, and On A Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place, Baseball’s 10 Worst Teams of the Century (with George Robinson) and co-author of My Zany Life and Times, by Soupy Sales, and The Mad Fisherman, with Charlie Moore. He has been a visiting professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and now teaches at the Writer’s Voice and the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member. He was cited by New York Magazine as one of New York’s Great Teachers. His novel, Swann’s Last Song, was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel. He is also author of the sequel, Swann Dives In, a Swann short story featured in Long Island Noir, and Devil in the Hole, which was published in 2013. His third Swann novel, Swann’s Lake of Despair, will be published in 2014. Please visit CharlesSalzberg.com and HenrySwann.com.

 

 

 

RACHEL SHERMAN   Rachel Sherman is the author of the The First Hurt (Open City Books, 2006), a book of short stories. The First Hurt was a finalist for The 2006 International Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, short-listed for the 2007 Story Award, and was chosen as one of the 25 Books to Remember from 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Open City, Post Road, Conjunctions, n+1, and Story Quarterly, and in the book Full Frontal Fiction: The Best of Nerve Anthology(Three Rivers Press, 2001), among other publications. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Her forthcoming novel, Shooting the Gap, will be published in Spring 2009 by Macadam/Cage.

 

 

 

 

 

TIM TOMLINSON  Tim Tomlinson’s fiction has appeared in many venues, including The Missouri ReviewThe Gettysburg ReviewLibidoHampton ShortsColumbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and The North American Review. Recent stories can be found online at Pifand Del Sol Review. He has published haiku in Black BoughModern HaikuParnassus Literary JournalPotpourri, and Time Haiku. His articles on travel, scuba diving, and the arts have appeared in The New York TimesThe New York PostThe New York Daily NewsMusicianDowntown Express and Spa Magazine.

He has taught fiction and screenwriting workshops in the Philippines and Thailand. He consults with television and screenwriters for the Media Development Authority in Singapore. He is fiction editor of the webzine ducts.org. At NYU he teaches courses on writing and contemporary culture.

Twice a year New York Writers Workshop offers three-day Pitch Conferences for writers of non-fiction. Participants refine pitches for their proposals or manuscripts, then meet with and pitch to three different editors from major New York publishing houses (Bantam Dell, Berkley Publishing Group, Dutton, Random House, Rodale, St. Martin’s Press, and others).

Before the conference begins, participants prepare drafts of their pitches that can be presented orally in about three minutes. The draft should include the book’s premise and hook, and the writer’s platform.

Day 1:

Participants workshop their pitches with a workshop leader from New York Writers Workshop. Each participant reads his/her synopsis. The NYWW instructor provides guidance in revision for clarity, concision, and impact. The instructor also discusses, as appropriate, the realities of the publishing market. The rest of the group participates, as appropriate, and learns from each example.

Day Two:
Participants make two pitches to editors today. The first pitch is “public,” meaning participants pitch to an editor in the presence of their group. The public session is followed by a short Q&A with the editor. The second pitch is private, one-on-one with an editor, with an NYWW instructor present. Each pitch lasts approximately five minutes.

Day Three:
Today each participant makes one private pitch to an editor, again with an NYWW instructor present. The day wraps with a group conference with an NYWW instructor.

Conference times:

Friday: 9:30 to 4:00
Saturday: Optional Agents Panel 10:00 to 12:00; Conference 1:30 to 5:00

Sunday: 10:00 to 12:30

Non-Fiction Agents Panel

Day Two: Morning (Optional)

Additional $25 Fee

Three literary agents discuss the current market for non-fiction books. What is required, in this economic climate, to sell memoirs, how-to books, and other types of non-fiction? What are the current trends? How to query an agent? What do agents look for? What are the publishers looking for? How to market oneself? Q&A session follows the panel discussion.

Workshop Leaders and Editors

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Participating Agents

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How to Apply

If you’d like to attend the workshop, prepare an email with the following information: brief description of the project (up to 100 words); what you do for a living; and contact information (mail address, phone). Send it to Charles Salzberg charles@ducts.org. Note in the subject line of your email whether you are applying for the Fiction or Non-Fiction conference. We’ll get back to you within ten days to let you know if your application has been accepted and, if so, where you should send your check. Note: please do not contact the JCC–while they handle registration for our writing classes, they are not involved with the conferences.