The 2019 Atlanta Writing Workshop: March 9, 2019

Screen Shot 2016-12-25 at 10.34.26 PM.pngAfter successful 2016, 2017, and 2018 events in Atlanta, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2019 Atlanta Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Atlanta, GA on March 9, 2019.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Atlanta Writing Workshop!

WHAT IS IT?

This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel (north central suburbs). In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s agent and editor faculty so far includes:

  • literary agent Moe Ferrara (BookEnds Literary)
  • literary agent Jennifer Unter (The Unter Agency)
  • literary agent Alexis Sattler (HSG Agency)
  • literary agent Susan Velazquez (JABberwocky Literary)
  • literary agent Weronika Janczuk (D4Eo Literary)
  • literary agent Nikki Terpilowski (Holloway Literary)
  • literary agent Diana Flegal (Hartline Literary)
  • literary agent Caroline George (C.Y.L.E. Literary)
  • literary agent Ali Herring (Spencerhill Associates)
  • literary agent Cherry Weiner (Weiner Literary)
  • literary agent Sally Apokedak (Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency)
  • editor Shae Anderson (UrbanEdge Publishing)
  • and possibly more to come.

By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Jessica Bell of Writing Day Workshops, with administration from the Broadleaf Writers Association.

EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS:

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019 — at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel, 111 Perimeter Center W, Atlanta, GA 30346. (770) 396-6800.

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THIS YEAR’S SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (MARCH 9, 2019):

What you see below is a quick layout of the day’s events. The topics below are mostly set, but subject to change. You can see a more detailed layout of the day’s classes on the Schedule Page here.

Please Note: There will be 2-3 classes/workshops going at all times during the day, so you will have your choice of what class you attend at any time. The final schedule of topics is subject to change, but here is the current layout:

8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.

BLOCK ONE: 9:30 – 10:30

1. Getting Published in Today’s World: 10 Tips to Make You the Writer Agents and Publishers Want (Grand Salon 1+2 combined). This workshop discusses the challenges writers face in publishing today and offers up 10 practical tips to help you break through the barriers and find success.

2. Writing Other Worlds — a Guide to Blending Setting, Plot, and Character in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Design/Discovery Room). Writers will learn how to build vibrant worlds, and how the details of setting can be used to add depth to characters and plots.

3. How To Add Comic Relief To Your Fiction (And Make it Better) (Grand Salon 3).  Learn when to use humor in your work, how to get funny ideas, and the various techniques to sharpen your wit.

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 1.44.34 AMBLOCK TWO: 10:45 – 11:50

1. 15 Tips on How to Write Like the Pros (Design/Discovery Room). This workshop is a thorough crash course concerning craft, style and voice.

2. Pitch, Please: An Agent’s Guide to Pitches & Queries (Grand Salon 1+2 combined). Inspired by submissions she received, literary agent Caroline George hosts a discussion-based workshop focused on the dos and don’ts of pitching/querying agents.

3. Strategies for Creating Realistic Romantic Relationships (in Your Novel) (Grand Salon 3). This session, taught by a literary agent who represents romance, examines the keys to the love stories that win over readers (and publishers).

(What you see here is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.)

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN: 11:50 – 1:15

Lunch is on your own during these 85 minutes.

BLOCK THREE: 1:15 – 2:30

1. “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest (Grand Salon 1+2 combined). This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission.
   
2.  How to Sell a Nonfiction Book: The 9 Musts of a Proposal (Design/Discovery Room). This session is completely devoted to nonfiction book proposals.

3. Breaking In With Picture Books (Grand Salon 3). Get an inside view on how to write and sell picture books from a picture book agent.

BLOCK FOUR: 2:45 – 3:45

1. New Southern Writing (Design/Discovery Room). In this workshop you’ll learn how to bring the thick, cozy, downhome vibes that everyone loves about Dixie into cutting-edge political, social, multicultural, and currently relevant settings

2. The Fiendish Art of Crafting Suspense for Thrillers, Mysteries and Crime (& Any Novel, Really) (Grand Salon 3). The presentation will show you how to keep your readers flying through the pages, desperate to know what’s going to happen next.

3. The 10 Principles of Building Platform (Grand Salon 1+2 combined). With platform a must for writers today, here’s all you need to understand to achieve platform so you can build an audience and, ultimately, sell your book..

(What you see here is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.)

BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00

1. 18 Frequently Asked Questions About Publishing All Writers Should Know (Grand Salon 1+2 combined). Before you publish your work or query an agent (and after), there are plenty of things you need to know. This session covers the important topics all writers should understand.

2. How to Make Your YA or MG Book Un-Put-Down-Able (Grand Salon 3). What makes a young adult or middle grade book un-put-down-able? Learn how to write compelling YA & MG that readers don’t want to put down.

3. From A to Z: Strategies for Plotting & Pacing Tightly (Design/Discovery Room). In this class, you will understand a detailed introduction to the three-act screenwriting structure that lends itself to theoretical preparation for novel-writing and outlining.

SESSIONS END: 5:00

At 5 p.m., the day is done. Speakers will make themselves available by the workshop’s bookstore for a short while to sign any books for attendees.

Agent & Editor Pitching: All throughout the day.

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PITCH AN AGENT OR EDITOR:

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 11.27.21 AMSally Apokedak is a literary agent with The Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency. She represents picture books (author-illustrators only, please), middle grade books, young adult, adult inspirational / Christian fiction, and nonfiction. In MG, she loves boy-centric books, science, boys who go on adventures, boy geniuses, and fantasies. In YA, fantasy is her favorite, and if there’s romance, she loves it even more — though she is open to a variety of YA. In terms of nonfiction (for adults or children), she seeks devotional books, Christian living, science for young children, and biography. But you may try her on anything. Lastly, she seeks fantasy and romantic suspense for the adult inspirational market. Learn more about Sally here.

Screen Shot 2019-02-08 at 3.06.33 PM.pngJennifer Unter [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent and the founder of The Unter Agency. The Unter Agency represents quality fiction and general nonfiction. Her nonfiction interests include memoir, food/cooking, nature/environment, biography, pop culture, travel/adventure, true crime, politics and health/fitness. Adult fiction interests are women’s/book club fiction and literary fiction. She is also open to seeing commercial thrillers and mysteries. (No romance or sci-fi or fantasy, please.) The Unter Agency also represents all types of children’s literature — picture books, middle grade, and young adult. Learn more about Jennifer here.

Screen Shot 2018-12-03 at 1.56.58 PM.pngWeronika Janczuk [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with D4E0 Literary. “I am not, and have never been, a single-genre reader. I am eager only for the best-told stories, building out a list of talented novelists and writers in many genres.” She is seeking: young adult, fantasy & sci-fi, literary fiction, commercial fiction, women’s fiction, romance crime, mystery & thrillers. memoir and nonfiction (innovative ideas & research; projects with a potential for social & cultural impact, etc.). Learn more about Weronika here.

Screen Shot 2018-11-13 at 10.07.45 AM.pngNikki Terpilowski [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent and founder of Holloway Literary. She seeks Southern fiction, historical fiction, young adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, romance (contemporary, historical and romantic suspense), cozy mysteries, science fiction (including Afrofuturist fiction), and African-American fiction of all types. For nonfiction, she seeks books related to mindfulness, healthy eating (Paleo, gluten-free, etc.), regional/ethnic/fusion cookbooks, foodie subjects, travel, alternative simple living, i.e. homesteading, minimalism, etc, interesting self-help (personal and professional), military experiences, Civil War, and Southern living. Learn more about Nikki here.

Screen Shot 2018-12-13 at 2.36.02 PM.pngAlexis Sattler [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with HSG Agency. Alexis reads across genre with a particular eye toward literary fiction, contemporary family sagas, science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, mysteries, and historical fiction. She is also open to idea-driven nonfiction in the spaces of science, technology, history, politics, cultural criticism, and narrative journalism. An avid armchair traveler, she looks for works that explore unique clashes of culture and believes deeply in the power of world-building. Learn more about Alexis here.

Screen Shot 2018-11-21 at 4.20.09 PM.pngDiana Flegal is a literary agent with Hartline Literary. She represents mainstream and inspirational titles, fiction and nonfiction, but nothing that conflicts with the Christian Worldview. She is currently looking for nonfiction authors with a substantial platform, as well as outstanding contemporary women’s fiction, issue fiction, and formula romance. Learn more about Diana here.

Screen Shot 2018-11-13 at 3.00.24 PM.pngCaroline George [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with CYLE Literary Elite. She is a generalist, and seeks many genres of fiction, including: picture books, middle grade contemporary, middle grade sci-fi/fantasy, YA contemporary, YA sci-fi/fantasy, historical, women’s, mystery, thriller, romance, adult science fiction and fantasy, Christian/inspirational fiction, horror literary fiction, and mainstream fiction. Regarding nonfiction, she likes memoir, inspirational, self-help, and socially relevant titles. Learn more about Caroline here.

Screen Shot 2017-03-03 at 12.24.27 AM.pngMoe Ferrara is a literary agent with BookEnds Literary Agency. Moe is interested in books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers in most genres–especially science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and light horror. The right contemporary or paranormal romance (sans-vampires of course) will spark her interest. She’s LGBTQ friendly, so send her that male/male erotic romance in your back pocket. Learn more about Moe here.

Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 6.33.46 PM.pngAli Herring is a literary agent with Spencerhill Associates. She is seeking commercial young adult and middle grade (espescially sci-fi, fantasy and adventure), romance, Southern women’s fiction, and Christian/inspirational fiction – all with a marketable hook, captivating voice, fantastical world building and inventive plots. Learn more about Ali here.

Screen Shot 2018-12-10 at 1.05.01 PM.pngSusan Velazquez is a literary agent with JABberwocky Literary Agency. Susan is looking for fantasy novels, science fiction (preferably speculative/near-future), literary/upmarket fiction, narrative non-fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, and young adult novels. Learn more about Susan here.

Screen Shot 2018-11-13 at 2.54.30 PM.pngShae Anderson is an editor with UrbanEdge Publishing.  She seeks submissions for drama (no street lit), crime/mystery, romance (chick lit), and nonfiction self-help. “Our authors represent a variety of life experiences, backgrounds, and interests – it’s what makes us unique. UrbanEdge is not just about contemporary fiction, urban fiction, or nonfiction.  Instead, we seek good books – life changing books. UrbanEdge publishing only takes on projects that we believe in 150% – nothing less.” Learn more about Shae here.

Screen Shot 2017-11-05 at 9.38.15 PM.pngCherry Weiner is the founder of her own agency, Cherry Weiner Literary Agency. She represents many types of novels, including fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery/crime, romance, women’s fiction, and horror novels.

        More 2019 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.

These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.

(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings, and pricing/detail is explained below.)

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PRICING:

$189 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2019 ATLWW and access to all workshops, all day. As of October 2018, registration is now OPEN.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents or editors in attendance. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $29/session — pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10. Here are four quick testimonials regarding writers who have signed with literary agents after pitching them at prior Writing Day Workshops events. (Our bigger, growing list of success stories can be seen here.)

Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 11.11.29 AM.png“I met my client, Alison Hammer, at the 2017 Writing
Workshop of Chicago and just sold her book.”
– literary agent Joanna Mackenzie of Nelson Literary

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 11.47.54 PM.png“Good news! I signed a client [novelist Aliza Mann]
from the 2017 Michigan Writing Workshop!”
– literary agent Sara Mebigow of KT Literary

Screen Shot 2018-11-05 at 12.56.10 PM“I signed author Stephanie Wright from
the 2018 Seattle Writing Workshop.”
– literary agent Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary

Screen Shot 2018-05-17 at 9.07.44 PM“I signed an author [Kate Thompson] that I
met at the 2017 Philadelphia Writing Workshop.”
– literary agent Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary

Screen Shot 2016-10-16 at 2.54.50 PM.png“I signed novelist Kathleen McInnis after meeting her
at the 2016 Chesapeake Writing Workshop.”

– literary agent Adriann Ranta of Foundry Literary + Media

Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Brian Klems, one of the day’s instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Atlanta Writing Workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the specially-priced critique, so they can send out their query letter with confidence following the workshop. Also, if you are meeting with an agent at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting?

Add $89 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees get an in-person meeting at the workshop. Options:

  • Thriller, mystery, suspense, horror and humorous fiction: Faculty member Jeff Strand, a published author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Literary fiction, mainstream fiction, romance, women’s fiction, memoir: Faculty member Ricki Schultz, a published author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Paranormal, horror, urban fantasy, thrillers, mystery, suspense: Faculty member Michelle Muto, a published writer, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. (She accepts her critique categories for adult fiction, new adult fiction, and young adult fiction.)
  • Young adult, middle grade, and kids chapter books: Faculty member Rachael Allen, a published writer, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. (No picture books please.)
  • Southern fiction, literary fiction, mainstream/upmarket fiction, women’s fiction: Faculty member Lorna Hollifield, a published Southern fiction author, will get your work in advance and edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story. She will then meet with you for 10 minutes at the event to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • More possibly forthcoming.

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: WDWconference@gmail.com, and she will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by either PayPal or check. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Atlanta workshop specifically.

REGISTRATION:

Because of limited space at the venue (Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel), the workshop can only allow 200 registrants, unless spacing issues change. For this reason, we encourage you to book sooner rather than later.

Are spaces still available? Yes, we still have spaces available. We will announce RIGHT HERE, at this point on this web page, when all spaces are taken. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked, then yes, we still have room, and you are encouraged to register.

How to Register: The easy first step is simply to reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: WDWconference@gmail.com. She will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by PayPal or check. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The ATLWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Atlanta workshop specifically.

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason at any time, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments and manuscript editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your work.)

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Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Atlanta Writing Workshop.

 

 

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Weronika Janczuk of D4E0 Literary

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Weronika Janczuk is a literary agent with D4E0 Literary.

Weronika (pronounced like Veronica) broke into publishing in 2009, through a high school workshop that placed me with former young adult editor Brian Farrey at Flux (now North Star), a small imprint in Minnesota, where she pulled, from the slush pile, the lovely Out of the Blue by Holly Schindler, which received a starred review in Booklist. She then moved on to intern with Kathleen Anderson at Anderson Literary Management, Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency, and Mary Kole, formerly with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. From 2010-2011, as an undergraduate at NYU, she worked with Bob Diforio and sold an array of projects. Weronika’s parents immigrated from Poland to Canada, where she was born. “I grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota; and now I reside in New York City, NY. I studied at New York University’s Gallatin School, where I finished a self-designed degree in the philosophy of the human person. I love Earl Grey tea and lattes, Sudoku, rivers, and pierogi with blueberries. I am also a writer, as are many other agents and editors. I queried my first project when I was 13, and have never queried again, tinkering in silence, perfecting craft, with my current project a science fantasy.

She is seeking:

“I am not, and have never been, a single-genre reader. I am eager only for the best-told stories, building out a list of talented novelists and writers in these genres:”

  • young adult
  • fantasy & sci-fi
  • literary fiction
  • commercial fiction
  • women’s fiction
  • romance
  • crime, mystery & thrillers
  • memoir
  • nonfiction (innovative ideas & research; projects with a potential for social & cultural impact, etc.)

“Human nature fascinates me, and I am drawn to stories that share the rawness and truth of what is and what is possible. I love beautiful writers, worlds, characters; smart, quirky and genre-bending stories. I love underdogs, and stories about characters that rise above limitations. I love romance, whether genre- or element-wise, that is visceral in its rawness. I love dark contours, intense in their immediacy, and world-building that catches your breath with its precision and distinctness.

“I am very much a reader that likes to be challenged, and expanded; very carefully constructed projects, which reveal a writer’s capacities, are most often those that awaken my heart and mind. I would prefer to work with writers eager to grow in their skill as novelists and build long-term, sustainable careers.

“I will not consider middle grade, children’s, or picture books, nor am I the right agent for illustrators or graphic novels.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Diana Flegal of Hartline Literary

Screen Shot 2018-11-21 at 4.20.06 PM.pngDiana Flegal has been an agent with Hartline Literary Agency for eleven years.

She represents mainstream and inspirational titles, fiction and nonfiction, but nothing that conflicts with the Christian Worldview. She is currently looking for nonfiction authors with a substantial platform, as well as outstanding contemporary women’s fiction, issue fiction, and formula romance.

When she is not reading submissions or stealing away with a recreational read, she is hiking in the mountains, or kayaking.

 

 

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Carolina George of CYLE Literary Elite

Screen Shot 2018-08-30 at 5.59.32 PM.png[SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS]

Caroline George is a literary agent with CYLE Literary Elite.

She is a generalist, and seeks many genres of fiction, including: picture books, middle grade contemporary, middle grade sci-fi/fantasy, YA contemporary, YA sci-fi/fantasy, historical, women’s, mystery, thriller, romance, adult science fiction and fantasy, Christian/inspirational fiction, horror literary fiction, and mainstream fiction.

Regarding nonfiction, she likes memoir, inspirational, self-help, and socially relevant titles.

Caroline commits her time and energy to telling stories in their many forms. As a Belmont University graduate with a double-major in publishing and public relations, Caroline aims to pursue a career committed to helping authors, publishers and organizations project their stories to their publics. She spends her time blogging, writing for various magazines and authoring young adult fiction books (her current publications include “The Prime Way Trilogy” and “The Vestige”). She considers herself a not-so-southern Georgia peach, coffee-junkie, bona fide goofball and delights in being best known for writing the phrase, “Coffee first. Save the world later.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Moe Ferrara of BookEnds Literary

Screen Shot 2017-03-03 at 12.24.27 AM.pngMoe Ferrara is a literary agent with BookEnds Literary.

Moe is interested in books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers in most genres–especially science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and light horror. The right contemporary or paranormal romance (sans-vampires of course) will spark her interest. She’s LGBTQ friendly, so send her that male/male erotic romance in your back pocket!

At this time she’s not looking for nonfiction, women’s fiction, or cozy mysteries.

Becoming a literary agent was fitting for the girl who, as a small child, begged her dad to buy her a book simply because “it has a hardcover.” Growing up, she had a hard time finding YA books outside of Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine, and instead tackled Tom Clancy or her mom’s romance novels. Though her career path zigzagged a bit—she attended college as a music major, earned a JD from Pace Law School, then worked various jobs throughout the publishing industry—Moe was thrilled to join the BookEnds team in May of 2015 as a literary agent and the subsidiary rights director.

A Pennsylvania native, she is the former mum of a rambunctious guinea pig who was a master at stealing treats. When not reading, she is an avid gamer and always awaiting the next Assassin’s Creed release.

Get to Know a Literary Agent in Attendance: Alexis Sattler of HSG Agency

Screen Shot 2018-12-13 at 2.36.02 PM.png[SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS]

Alexis Sattler is a literary agent with HSG Agency.

Alexis worked and interned her way across the U.S., from The Oxford American in Arkansas to McSweeney’s and Chronicle Books in California. She eventually landed in the editorial department of Putnam, an imprint of Penguin Random House. During her four years there she edited over a dozen #1 New York Times-bestselling titles. She then made the transition to the agency side of the industry, joining HSG to provide support to Jesseca Salky and develop her own list of clients. In her free time, she paints portraits of her favorite characters on everything from dresser drawers to salt shakers.

Alexis reads across genre with a particular eye toward literary fiction, contemporary family sagas, science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, mysteries, and historical fiction. She is also open to idea-driven nonfiction in the spaces of science, technology, history, politics, cultural criticism, and narrative journalism. An avid armchair traveler, she looks for works that explore unique clashes of culture and believes deeply in the power of world-building. Whether your story is set on another planet, in another time, or at your local convenience store, she wants to know the rules your characters live by. She appreciates big ideas grounded in relatable details and opportunities to dive right into the hearts and minds of characters.

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Shae Anderson of UrbanEdge Publishing

Screen Shot 2017-01-12 at 10.26.05 AM.pngShae Anderson is an editor with UrbanEdge Publishing.

She seeks submissions for drama (no street lit), crime/mystery, romance (chick lit), and nonfiction self-help.

Shae Anderson, co-owner of UrbanEdge Publishing, started UrbanEdge along with her business partner, Skyy Banks, 10 years ago. Shae has an extensive background in English and writing with 15 years as an educator; she holds a B.A. in English (Bennett College), an M.A. in Technical & Professional Writing (Georgia State Univ) and a PhD in Rhetoric & Composition also from Georgia State University. 

“UrbanEdge is a small publishing company that operates like a close knit extended family. We’re a team. Our authors support one another, communication is our first priority, and diversity is embraced at all times. Our authors represent a variety of life experiences, backgrounds, and interests – it’s what makes us unique; what bonds them is a fierce passion for what they do. UrbanEdge is not just about contemporary fiction, urban fiction, or nonfiction.  Instead, we seek good books – life changing books. UrbanEdge publishing only takes on projects that we believe in 150% – nothing less”