Pitch Slam

Where’s John?

Conferences, expos, and pitch slams- oh my!

Who says agents are hard to find? Here’s where I’ll be in 2013:

SCBWI Austin: February 8-10, 2013

Unicorn Writers’ Conference, Connecticut: March 9, 2013

Bologna Book Fair, Italy: March 25-26, 2013

Writers Digest Pitch Slam, New York: April 6, 2013

Book Expo, New York: May 29-31, 2013

Midwest Writers Workshop, Indiana: July 25-27, 2013

NESCBWI, New Hampshire: September 6-8, 2013


The Writer’s Voice Twitter Pitch Slam is Tomorrow! Check out my competition:

It all starts tomorrow at noon, EST. If two agents request the same manuscript, it’s up to you, the writer, to decide which of us gets to read (full rules on Brenda Drake’s fabulous blog). Talk about cutthroat. And my competition is mighty indeed:


Vickie Motter
Code Name: Black Widow 
Literary Agent with Andrea Hurst Lit www.andreahurst.com. Agent slash book blogger. Compulsive reader of Adult ParaRom&UF and YA. Terrified of robots.
Natalie M. Lakosil 
Code Name: The Oncoming Storm
Literary Agent at the Bradford Literary Agency, making my way through adventures in agent land.
Pam van Hylckama
Code Name: The Bullet Dodger
Associate Agent at Larsen-Pomada Literary. Queen of Slush, mother, dog owner, wife of a Dutchman.http://bookalicious.org · http://bookalicio.us 
Hannah Bowman
Code Name: Black Mamba
Literary agent at Liza Dawson Associates. Cornell alumna. Reader. Writer. Organist. http://hannahbowman.tumblr.com
Seriously folks, it’s an honor to participate in this great event with such rad agents. Let the pitching begin!

March Madness Agent Pitch Match is Nigh

These Handsome Faces Are A Metaphor for the Brilliance and Poignancy of Your Writing

On March 12th-14th, a handful of amazing, brilliant, and physically appealing agents (including me) will be reading your young adult and middle grade pitches at the March Madness Agent Pitch Match, hosted by Brenda Drake, Shelley Watters, and Cassandra Marshall.

You may remember that these things can get nuts.

Now: Initial slots go to the lucky few who participated in Brenda and company’s February Pitch Workshop.

But: For those who weren’t in the pitch workshop, we will have two submission times on March 2.

1ST SUBMISSION TIME: 12:00 pm EST for the first 50.
2ND SUBMISSION TIME: 6:00 pm EST for the next 50. 
Only the best of the best will make it to the final round.
Make sure to check their sites on March 1 for instructions on how to format your entries.There’s a big embarrassing hole on my client list where *your* name should be, so mark your calendars, and get in there!


Join Me at the Writer’s Digest Pitch Slam This Weekend!

Do you know about this? How can you not know about this??

Sixty agents.

Three hours.

A veritable sudden-death cagematch of queries.

Hundreds of writer-hopefulls.

And you.

It’s the Writer’s Digest Pitch Slam, this Saturday, January 21st, all part of the 2012 Writer’s Digest Conference running from Jan. 20-22 at the Sheraton New York.

These people found agents through this conference. You can too!

You can register here, or by clicking the below image, which is a visual representation of the Awesomeness of Your Pitch about to slam into my BRAIN.

And there’s more. You can use the promo code below to save $50 off the price of admission.


Stay tuned for updates @WritersDigest. See you there!