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The WD Writing Conference in New York! (and Other WD News and Opportunities, Too)

Categories: Children's Writing, Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents Blog, Genre Writing, Nonfiction, Pitching, Writers' Conferences.
Every year, Writer’s Digest Books puts on an awesome one-day writers’ conference in conjunction with BookExpo America. This year’s BookExpo event is in Manhattan in late May, and our writers’ conference is on Wednesday, May 27, 2009.

Well have I got some good news for writers. The numbers of literary agents who will be in attendance taking pitches from writers just keeps getting bigger. We are at about 60 agents right now and that number will certainly grow by a few.  We’ll basically just keep signing up agents until representatives from the Jacob Javits Center in NYC stop us because of fire codes. (Only half joking.)

Below you will find the list of attending agents who will be taking pitches at the conference. Here are the details: The slam is the finale of our event on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the Jacob Javits Center in Midtown, NYC. The slam goes from 3 to 5 p.m., and pitches last three minutes total. You get to pitch as many agents as you can in that time. I don’t care what category/genre of fiction or nonfiction you’re writing, we have multiple agents attending who are looking for what you write. Memoir? Check.  Children’s stuff. Check. How-to business? Check. Romance bordering on erotica? Check. Everything in between? Check.

Prior to the slam, the day is chock full of presentations and panels with authors, agents and editors.

For space purposes, we can’t fit the complete agent bios on this blog post; however, you can see everything these agents accept and “want” on the official conference BEA page right here.  That link will also show you who is presenting at the conference itself.


Literary agents (and some editors)
in attendance at the 2009
Writer’s Digest Books Writers’ Conference:

EMMANUELLE ALSPAUGH (Judith Ehrlich Literary)
MICHELLE ANDELMAN (Lynn C. Franklin Associates)
MICHAEL BOURRET (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management)
JAMIE BRENNER (Artists and Artisans)
REGINA BROOKS (Serendipity Literary)
ANDREA BROWN (Andrea Brown Literary)

SHEREE BYKOFSKY (Sheree Bykofsky Associates)
DEBBIE CARTER (Muse Literary Management)
JENNIFER CAYEA (Avenue A Literary)
DANIELLE CHIOTTI (Firebrand Literary)

ADAM CHROMY  (Artists and Artisans)
VIVIAN CHUM (Prospect Agency)
GINGER CLARK (Curtis Brown, Ltd.)
GREG DANIEL (Daniel Literary Group)

STACIA DECKER (Firebrand Literary)
RACHEL DOWNES (Caren Johnson Literary)
VERNA DREISBACH (Dreisbach Literary Management)
JENNIE DUNHAM (Dunham Literary)
STEPHANY EVANS (FinePrint Literary Management)
SORCHE FAIRBANK (Fairbank Literary Representation)
MOLLIE GLICK (Foundry Literary + Media)
GARY HEIDT (Signature Literary)
BLAIR HEWES (Dunham Literary)
LEAH HULTENSCHMIDT (editor, Dorchester Publishing)
CAREN JOHNSON (Caren Johnson Literary)
ABIGAIL KOONS (Park Literary)
MIRIAM KRISS (Irene Goodman Literary)
MICHAEL LARSEN (Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents)
MEG LEDER (editor, Penguin imprint, Perigee)
SANDY LU (L. Perkins Associates)

DONALD MAASS (Donald Maass Literary Agency)
ALEXANDRA H. MACHINIST (Linda Chester and Associates Literary Agency)
MICHAEL MANCILLA (Greystone Literary Agency)
SHARLENE MARTIN (Martin Literary Management)
JEFFERY McGRAW (The August Agency)
COURTNEY MILLER_CALLIHAN (Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc.)
JUDITH ANN MIRAMONTEZ (Book Cents Literary Agency)
ROBIN MIZELL (Robin Mizell Literary Representation)
CHRIS MOREHOUSE (Dunham Literary)
ELLEN PEPUS (Signature Literary)
LORI PERKINS (L. Perkins Agency)
BARBARA POELLE (Irene Goodman Literary)
ELIZABETH POMADA (Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents)
ALANNA RAMIREZ (Trident Media Group)
JENNY RAPPAPORT (The Rappaport Agency)

JESSICA REGEL (Jean V. Naggar Literary)
JANET REID (FinePrint Literary Management)
CHRIS RICHMAN (Firebrand Literary)
JANET ROSEN (Sheree Bykofsky Associates)
RITA ROSENKRANZ (Rita Rosenkranz Literary)
ELANA ROTH (Caren Johnson Literary Agency)
KATHARINE SANDS (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary)
JESSICA SINSHEIMER (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary)
MICHAEL STEARNS (Firebrand Literary)
NICOLE STEEN (Elyse Cheney Literary)
GRETCHEN STELTER (Baker’s Mark Literary)
JOANNA STAMPFEL-VOLPE (Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation)
UWE STENDER (TriadaUS Literary Agency)
BROOKE WARNER (editor, Seal Press)

CHERRY WEINER (Cherry Weiner Literary)
TED WEINSTEIN (Ted Weinstein Literary)
JENNIFER WELTZ (Jean V. Naggar Literary)
JOHN WILLIG (Literary Services, Inc.)
TOM WILLKINS (Jeff Herman Agency)
CHRISTINE WITTHOHN (Book Cents Literary Agency)———————

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Want to pitch agents at a conference?
More than 50 literary agents will be
taking pitches at WD’s own conference
in New York, January, 21-23, 2011.


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One Response to The WD Writing Conference in New York! (and Other WD News and Opportunities, Too)

  1. mbt shoes says:

    I queried Spiridon Agency in Jan/09, then in Apr/09, and just phoned to see if they ever received my letter. The phone number has apparently been disconnected and I had read somewhere else that they are no longer in business, so I guess it’s true

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