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Idaho Writers Guild "Pitchfest" - Meet Literary Agents and Editors
Sat, May 7, 2016, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM MDT
*** Pitch sessions are filling up fast. Register now! ***
Make 2016 the year to focus on your manuscript. The 2016 Idaho Writers Guild Pitchfest is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th at The Riverside Hotel in Boise. This is your exclusive opportunity to meet literary agents and professional editors. Spaces are limited, so register soon!
Four outstanding literary agents will be in Boise taking your pitches. Your registration - $150 for IWG members, $195 for non-members - provides you two, 10-minute, 1-on-1 pitches. You'll also enjoy insider panel discussions and an exciting keynote speaker at our IWG Writing Contest Awards Luncheon. You may meet all the presenters in person at an exclusive cocktail reception on Friday evening, May 6th.
After you register for Pitchfest, you will need to send an email to Idaho Writers Guild with your genre. We will match you to the appropriate agent(s). See your confirmation email for details.
There are only 54 registration slots available for this fantastic opportunity, so secure yours today.
Our outstanding faculty includes:
Kurestin Armada began her publishing career as an intern with Workman Publishing, and spent time as an assistant at The Lotts Agency before joining P.S. Literary. She holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College, as well as a publishing certificate from Columbia University. Kurestin is based in New York City, and spends most of her time in the city's thriving indie bookstores. She reads widely across genres and is looking for good stories in all genres. She has a particular affection for science fiction and fantasy, especially books that recognize and subvert typical tropes of genre fiction. Learn more at http://www.psliterary.com/about_us.html.
Liza Dawson Associates
Jennifer Johnson-Blalock joined Liza Dawson Associates as an associate agent in 2015, having previously interned at LDA in 2013 before working as an agent's assistant at Trident Media Group. Jennifer graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Before interning at LDA, she practiced entertainment law and taught high school English and debate. Jennifer is looking for writers of both prescriptive and narrative nonfiction, as well as commercial and upmarket fiction, especially thrillers/mysteries, women's fiction, contemporary romance, young adult, and middle grade. Follow her on Twitter @JJohnsonBlalock.
Trident Media Group
Before embarking on her career as a publishing agent, MacKenzie wanted to experience working inside a major publisher, and gain valuable insights on marketing, which she could use later to her clients’ advantage. She became Publishing Manager at Touchstone Books (a division of Simon & Schuster). She worked closely with the sales and marketing departments for a wide-array of bestselling authors, such as Philippa Gregory, Lisa Unger, Bethenny Frankel, J.A. Jance, and R.L. Stine. Now MacKenzie’s back at Trident as a literary agent, actively building her client list, discovering new talent, and helping established authors expand their publishing platforms and readership. While she is interested in women’s fiction, “What I look for in every genre is a good story, well told,” says MacKenzie. “And with that in hand, I know that I can make exciting things happen for an author.” Learn more at http://www.tridentmediagroup.com/agents/mackenzie-fraser-bub.
Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She leverages her business and marketing expertise to help authors navigate the complexities of publishing. She is excited to develop talented authors and help advance their careers. She is actively building her client list with both debut and established authors. She is looking to form long-term, collaborative relationships with writers who are committed to putting forth their best work. Lisa responds to well-crafted prose with strong hooks and high personal stakes, to idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, to a tangible sense of place, to multicultural aspects and international settings, to page-turning twists, and to emotionally immersive fiction that explores the human condition, especially within family and close relationships. She is seeking to represent upmarket fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, speculative or medical science thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, NA, YA and middle grade. Lisa does not represent nonfiction, picture books, chapter books or screenplays. Learn more at http://www.kimberleycameron.com/lisa-abellera.php.
The editors will be:
Noah Eaker, from Penguin/Random House, along with Fiona Hallowell, Heather Lazare and John Helfers.
Read complete details on Pitchfest 2016 on our website IdahoWritersGuild.com