8:15 to 9:00 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 to 9:30 am — Morning Keynote Speaker, Magdalena Gómez
NOTE: Individual agent meetings will run concurrently with the morning panels, 9:45 to 12:30, by pre-arranged appointment.
PANEL SESSION I — 9:45 to 11:00 am -- Pick one
We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Launching Your Book in Cyberspace Moderator: Jean Marie Ruiz Panelists: Jedediah Berry, Holly Black, Barry Eva, Cheryl Malandrinos An author website is a great launching pad, but is it enough? Should you start a buzz on book blogs and unpack your bags for a virtual book tour? How about posting a book trailer on the Web? Follow the yellow brick road to a discussion on the ups and downs of promoting your book in cyberspace.
Not Your Grandmother’s Harlequin: Writing the 21st Century Romance Moderator: Julie Winberg Panelists: Linda Cardillo, Kristan Higgins, Barbara Keiler (Judith Arnold) Romance spans far more than the stereotypical “bodice-rippers” most often associated with its titles. This panel brings together three current romance authors who love to tell stories that resonate with readers about the possibilities inherent in love. Hear from those who write them how to create damn good stories that lift readers out of their day-to-day world.
Truth or Consequences in Memoir Writing Moderator: Katherine Mayfield Panelists: Richard Hoffman, Robert Meeropol, Jennifer Rosner What are the benefits and consequences of telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, vs. using your imagination to embellish and/or limiting your truth for personal reasons? Join us for a lively discussion of creative nonfiction vs. truth in memoir with authors who have been there and done that.
PANEL SESSION II — 11:15 am to 12:30 pm -- Pick one
Are you ready to look for an agent for your book? If so, WriteAngles will match you with an agent for a very quick chat. Four agents will be available to speak with writers to provide them with feedback and suggestions. We can’t guarantee you a contract, but we can give you a few minutes of a face-to-face meeting with a seasoned agent. Here’s how you do it. When you register, write in your email: “Sign me up for a meeting with an agent”. Then, after you have paid your registration fee, we will send you instructions about writing a query letter and deadlines. Once we have an acceptable query letter from you, we will match you with an agent and forward the query letter to him/her. We cannot give you a time slot with an agent without a query letter. If all time slots are filled, we will put you on a waiting list.
Participating literary agents
Jenny Bent founded The Bent Agency in March 2009, after six years at Trident Media Group, most recently as a Vice President. She specializes in fiction, from the very literary to the very commercial, as well as memoir, women’s lifestyle, and humor. Her New York Times bestselling clients include Jacqueline Sheehan, Lynsay Sands, Julia London, Michael Farquhar, John Kasich, and Laurie Notaro.
Colleen Mohyde, an agent since 1992 after a decade as an editor at Little, Brown & Company, represents an eclectic list of authors, including Pulitzer Prize winners, PEN Award recipients, and New York Times bestsellers. She is first and foremost interested in gifted storytelling, whether in literary fiction or narrative non-fiction, and is interested in biography, business, psychology, health, sports, music, history, and politics.
Jon Sternfeld joined the Irene Goodman Agency after a stint in both the creative and the development sides of the film world. He has taught English Literature and Creative Writing and considers himself a book-lover, first and foremost. His favorite authors are David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Alain de Botton, all geniuses at getting readers to think differently.
A literary agent in the Boston area since 1992, Christina (Kit) Ward was previously an editor with Little, Brown & Company. After more than 18 years as sole proprietor of Christina Ward Literary Agency, Kit and a longtime friend and colleague, Richard Balkin of The Balkin Agency, have joined forces to become The Ward & Balkin Agency, Inc., effective July 1, 2010.
Write Angles is a non-profit conference run by a committee of volunteers and presented for the benefit of writers.