My Adventures in Austin at the Writers League of Texas 2008…

Just got back from the Agents & Editors Conference in Austin, put on by the Writers League of Texas. Good conference in a crazy city that brings out the fun in everyone. There was so much to see and do. Live music everywheretoo much to handle, actually. Music overload. Amazing amount of tattoo parlors per capita. We saw the bats fly out from underneath the bridge, which is a famed Austin spectacle each day at dusk. I also got to see the Barton Springs pool. Just imagine if the UT kids would have been all there. Insanity.

The conference seemed to go real well. Sara Nelson from Publishers Weekly was the keynote speaker.  There were plenty of agents and editors around, who were taking pitches day and night (though agent Lilly Ghahremani and editor Toni Plummer did stop long enough one night to get owned by me and editor Brooke Warner at pool. Lilly and Toni will deny this up and down, perhaps even adding that they did indeed “win” the first game. But there is no proof of this. So we’ll just go with how I remember things: They got owned). 

I did three sessions, including a pre-conference workshop on pitching to agents. Everything went well. All pictures below courtesy of photo master Deanna Roy!


Me (Chuck Sambuchino) presenting on how to woo
an agent. This session was pretty packed.


I love this photo. The man
on the left is Uwe Stender
of Triada U.S. Literary Agency.
He’s talking to writers and hearing
pitches, but secretly I think
they’re all playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker.


Each day had a cocktail party where
writers, editors and agents all
informally schmoozed and talked.
Pictured here: Agent Andrea Somberg
of Harvey Klinger (right) listens to writers.


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6 thoughts on “My Adventures in Austin at the Writers League of Texas 2008…

  1. Austin HVAC

    Austin is indeed a great place. There’s so much to do and everyone seems to be so nice. I have a cousin there that invites me over during the summer. I think I’m gonna pay her a little visit.

  2. Diane

    Hi Chuck – I am the leader of a women’s writing group – we meet monthly to write, share, give feedback, and encourage each other in this crazy endeavor we call writing. Some of the women in my group have or have almost competed manuscripts and are seeking representation. Can you point me (and them) in a good direction for resources to help with: finding an agent (by genre) and perhaps some examples for a good, concise, marketable query letter? Thanks – I appreciate your insights.


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