2000 Heartland Writers Conference
Agents and Editors Conducting Appointments:
- Doris Booth, commercial fiction and nonfiction
- Kate Egan, young adult fiction and nonfiction
- Evan Marshall, literary and commercial fiction, adult only
- Seth Robertson, literary and commercial fiction
- Bob Robison, genre fiction, particularly men's adventure, westerns,
mystery and some romance and inspirational titles
- Steve Wilson, nonfiction reference and scholarly monographs, including
film, automotive history, baseball, old-time radio, U.S. and world history,
- Sue Yuen, commercial adult fiction
be offered the opportunity to participate in at least one group appointment
with an agent or editor of their choice. These "pitch sessions" are
20 minutes in length with enrollment limited to five persons per group. Sign-up
will be conducted in advance, and everyone interested in participating should
carefully peruse the speaker line-up to determine which agent or editor might
be most interested in the type of work you will be presenting.
Because of the obvious limitation on the number of appointments
available, your registration fee guarantees you participation in only ONE
appointment. Additional appointment options may be made available during
In deciding whether you would be interested in enrolling,
please consider the following:
- This year, each session will be strictly limited
to 20 minutes, with new sessions beginning every half hour. With five participants
per session, you should plan to take no more than three minutes to make
- Since time is extremely limited, you should come
prepared with a one paragraph verbal synopsis of the work you are proposing.
Confine yourself to describing the essence of the book and rehearse your
presentation. The agent/editor may also want to know the targeted market
and length of the work.
- Although it is unlikely that anyone will request
it, you may want to have a one page synopsis of your work available should
an agent or editor express interest in seeing it. Remember, you must never
try to hand an agent or editor your manuscript or proposal. If they are
interested in your work, they will ask to see it or ask to have it mailed
to their office. These guests are traveling and have no room in their luggage
for bulky manuscripts.
- Remember, too, that it is generally considered unprofessional
to discuss your project outside of the agent/editor appointment venue unless
the person (agent, editor, or fellow writer) with whom you are conversing
specifically invites you to tell him/her the plot of your book.
- Don't use the appointment as a gripe session. Be
positive and upbeat. Present yourself as a professional.
- If you have never participated in an agent/editor
appointment before, it is perfectly acceptable for you to sign up for a
session solely for the purpose of observing the "pitch" process.
When it comes your turn, simply state that you are observing. You may also
sign up for a session if you wish to ask a brief specific question about
the session leader's publishing house or literary agency.
If you wish to participate in a session, please complete
the Agent/Editor Appointment Sign-Up section of the Conference Registration
Form. Be sure to include your first, second and third
choices. Every effort will be made to schedule you with your first choice.
Assignment cards will be distributed at the Registration Desk at the beginning
of the conference.