2017 Conference 10-Minute Agent Pitches


The 10-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 or publisher. Your job is to learn how to pitch so compellingly that the agent or publisher tells you to send the entire manuscript for consideration of representation.

Conference attendees have the opportunity to sign up for a 10-minute pitch session with two of the three literary agents and/or indie publisher FREE of charge. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to members of Hampton Roads Writers. Come prepared to pitch your project.

Literary Agents & Indie Publisher


Valerie Noble is the senior agent at the Donaghy Literary Group. While studying chemistry at California State University, Long Beach, Valerie mastered the art of doing proper research, particularly for technical writing. Her love of science and reading merged when she began penning her first novel in the midst of her studies. In true scientific fashion, Valerie researched all there was to know about publishing. She connected with agents, editors, and other writers, and interned for Jessica Sinsheimer of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.

An education is never finished and Valerie continues to cultivate relationships and hopes to use her knowledge and skills in finding fresh new voices for Donaghy Literary Group. Her client list includes: Pamala Brondos, Emily B. Martin, Erin Beaty, Karen Kaufman, Erin Michelle Sky, Steven Brown, Serra Swift, Jennifer L. Austin, Brooke Findley, Sarah Ignatius and Shane Dix.

Valerie loves science fiction and fantasy (think Kristin Cashore and Suzanne Collins) but reads everything under the sun. For her, itís more about the writing and less about the genre. In saying that, Valerie is generally not interested in romance or paranormal.

Valerie is seeking Young Adult, and New Adult in the following areas:
  • Science Fiction

  • Fantasy

  • Historical Fantasy

  • Historical Fiction



  • Irene Goodman, founder of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, has been a leading member of the publishing community for over 30 years. She has sold over 1500 books and counting. Her clients are regulars on the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Bookscan bestseller lists. She began her career as the assistant to the agent who represented Stephen King, and she established her own agency shortly after that. Her fiction list includes upmarket women's fiction, middle grade, young adult, thrillers, historical fiction, and mysteries. Her non-fiction list includes pop culture, Jewish interest, science, self-help, Francophilia, and lifestyle.

    Irene has written columns and articles for a number of writers' publications and is also a frequent speaker at writers' conferences, including keynoting at the Historical Novelists Society and Novelists Ink. She has presented workshops at the San Francisco Writers Conference, the Surrey International Writers Conference, the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, SEAK, the South Carolina Writers Workshop, Malice Domestic, and many regional events.

    Originally from the Midwest and still trying to lose the accent, Irene has a B.A. and a master's degree from the University of Michigan. She and her husband divide their time between New York and the Berkshires and have two grown children.


    Denise Camacho, is the president of Intrigue Publishing. With over 15 years in the publishing industry, she brings her knowledge and expertise to those wanting to branch out and become published authors. As the president, Denise has the responsibility to review new submissions and make recommendations to the acquisitions team. Denise also enjoys working with authors to understand the industry and manage their expectations when having their work published.

    As its name implies, Intrigue Publishing, LLC strives to publish books that intrigue the reader, that is, they will arouse the readerís curiosity with their unusual, new, fascinating and compelling qualities.

    Intrigue Publishing, LLC is interested in novels between 60,000 and 100,000 words in length that fall into the following genres: urban drama, young adult, crime drama and romance.


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