FREE 10-minute One-on-One Literary Agent Pitch Sessions

The10-minute "elevator pitch" provides you the chance to present the idea of your book the way you would if you were on a slow elevator ride with an agent -- so compellingly that the agent would say, "Send me the whole manuscript."

Conference attendees have the opportunity to sign up for 10 minutes with an agent FREE of charge. Slots will be filled on a first-come basis, with priority given to members of Hampton Roads Writers. Please indicate your order of agent preference on the conference registration form.  Come prepared to pitch your project.




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of Molly JaffaMolly Jaffa -- a literary agent at Folio Literary Management, has been working closely with Folio authors’ projects since 2008, and is now aggressively and selectively building her list of clients. In addition to agenting, Molly utilizes her editorial background, previous work experience in the e-publishing industry, and intimate knowledge of the Folio list in her position as Subsidiary Rights Associate. She actively pursues sales of all unsold subsidiary rights and attends the major international book fairs, helping Folio clients’ books reach wide audiences in as many formats as possible. She is thrilled to be part of the recent launch of Folio Jr., a division within the agency dedicated to developing and nurturing the careers of YA and children’s authors. Molly is an avid reader, and when she’s not devouring manuscripts, she can usually be found camped out in the aisles of her local bookstore (until they kick her out at closing time).

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of Rachael DugasRachael Dugas -- a literary agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, has just completed a six-month internship with Sourcebooks, represents authors of cookbooks and young adult, middle grade, and adult fiction in the contemporary, paranormal, women’s, and romance genres. She would love to receive more cookbooks (especially with a unique perspective, distinct voice and sense of place, and stellar marketing platform), beautifully written historical and/or literary fiction, really terrific memoir, and fun, contemporary YA or adult fiction, especially pertaining to food or the performing arts.

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of Brooks ShermanBrooks Sherman -- an agent working at FinePrint Literary Management, is actively seeking a range of both fiction and nonfiction projects. He is seeking: On the adult side, literary and upmarket fiction running the gamut from contemporary (with an eye toward multicultural or satirical) to speculative (particularly urban/contemporary fantasy, horror/dark fantasy, and slipstream). Brooks also has a weakness for historical fiction and a burgeoning interest in crime fiction. For nonfiction, he is particularly interested in works that focus on current events, history, and pop science/sociology. On the children’s side, he is looking to build a list of boy-focused Middle Grade novels (all subgenres, but particularly fantasy adventure and contemporary), and is open to YA fiction of all types except paranormal romance. He seeks work that balances strong voice with gripping plot lines; he particularly enjoys flawed (but sympathetic) protagonists and stories that organically blur the lines between genres. Stories that make him laugh earn extra points. Recent favorites include Whiteman by Tony D’Souza, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, the Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey, The Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer, and Horns by Joe Hill.

  • If you want to participate in the agent pitch, you won't want to miss the following FREE* workshop on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 from 6:30 to 8 PM.

    Mastering the 10-minute Agent Pitch
    In this workshop designed for both fiction and nonfiction writers attendees will learn what things go into a successful agent pitch and how best to deliver that pitch. If you intend to take advantage of an agent pitches this year this workshop will markedly increase your chance to deliver a superb pitch. Should time allow, Ms Jaffa and the rest of the workshop attendees may be able to listen to the beginning of your pitch, followed by a short critique of it. This workshop is available to all conference attendees, whether they plan to pitch or not.
    Presented by Molly Jaffa

    * Free with Paid conference registration

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