MWW Agent Fest, November 20-21, 2020 ~ Ball State Alumni Center, Muncie, IN

Friday – November 20, 2020

Alumni Center floor plan

  • AH = Assembly Hall
  • MR1 = Meeting Room
  • MR2 = Meeting Room
  • BR = Boardroom
  • CR1 = Conference Room 1
  • CR2 = Conference Room 2 (Query Letter “Drop-off”)
  • CR3 = Conference Room 3 (Faulty Green Room)
  • Library = Pitch Practice

12:30-1:00 pm   REGISTRATION, [Conservatory] [coffee]

1:15-1:30 pm

  • Welcome, Introductions [Assembly Hall]

1:30-2:30 pm

  • AGENT PANEL: Q&A (including “Common Pitching Mistakes”) [Assembly Hall]

2:45-3:45 pm

  • #1 Pitches to Agents:  — 3-minute pitches
  • “Rookie Submission Mistakes (and how to avoid them)”
  • “How to Write A Non-Fiction Proposal”
  • Pitch Practice: [Library]

4:00-5:00 pm

  • #2 Pitches to Agents:  — 3-minute pitches
  • “How Much Is Too Much in YA And Middle Grade?” A huge range of topics, once considered taboo, are now part and parcel of YA and Middle Grade literature. Yet there are still certain limits.  Eric will discuss current publishing-industry views on the matter, and will encourage audience members to share excerpts of their own work–in a totally non-judgmental, non-critical atmosphere–so that we can discuss how it may or may not fit the demands of the gatekeepers. – Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management [Assembly Hall A]
  • “Please Read My Manuscript: Quick Tips for Query Questions” — Abby Saul, The Lark Group [Assembly Hall B]
  • Pitch Practice: [Library]

5:00 – 5:30 pm

  • Cash bar – ice breaker – Meet & Greet

5:30-6:45 pm

  • Dinner With the Agents – Italian Buffet (optional / additional $22)

7:00-9:00 pm

“First Page Read – Love It or Leave It, “Okay, Stop” – with all agents [Assembly Hall]

(Moderator: Larry Sweazy). This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with our 9 attending agents/editors commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission. Get expert feedback on your incredibly important first lines and know if your writing has what it needs to keep readers’ attention. (All attendees are welcome to bring a page to the event for this session, and we will choose pages at random for the workshop for as long as time lasts. NOTE: page MUST be in Standard Manuscript Format. Include the genre in top right.)


Saturday – November 21, 2020

8:30-9:00 am      Coffee & community – [Conservatory]

9:00-10:00 am

  • #3 Pitches to Agents:  3-minute pitches
  • “Six Steps from Query to Publication”
  • “Capturing the YA and MG Voice” ]
  • Pitch Practice: [Library]

10:15-11:15 am

  • #4 Pitches to Agents: — 3-minute pitches
  • “Finding, Working with, and Keeping an Agent” — Abby Saul, The Lark Group [Assembly Hall A]
  • “When to Self-Publish”
  • Pitch Practice: [Library]

11:30 am-12:30 pm          DELI BUFFET (provided) [Assembly Hall]

12:45-1:45 pm

  • #5 Pitches to Agents: ]– 3-minute pitches
  • “The Do’s and Don’ts of Querying Agents”
  • “Subsidiary Rights”
  • Pitch Practice: [Library]

2:00-3:00 pm

  • #6 Pitches to Agents:  — 3-minute pitches
  • “360 View of the Path to Publication” –  A look at the full process of publishing a book from a current literary agent and former book scout and editor. This session will cover what you can expect from the submission process, the selling and retaining of rights and subrights, the marketing and publicity a traditional publisher can offer, and what comes next. — Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman [Assembly Hall A]
  • “When You Can’t Find Time to Write”
  • Pitch Practice: [Library]

3:15-4:15 pm

  • #7 Pitches to Agents: — 3-minute pitches
  • “The Editor/Author Relationship” – Loan Le [Assembly Hall A]
  • “Working With Your Agent”- Eric will explore the process from start to finish:  How to construct an effective query letter, what to expect when an agent starts pitching your book, what you can expect from a deal and, once the deal is closed, going forward with your agent through the ins and outs of the publication process. He will discuss what you can expect from your agent, and how you can make and keep yourself one of your agent’s most cherished clients. – Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management [Assembly Hall B]

4:30 pm   CLOSING [Assembly Hall]

Speakers and program sessions subject to change
Every effort will be made to adhere to this schedule; however, all programs and times are subject to change.