Agent Fest Online 2021: October 13-16

Wednesday – October 13, 2021

[ALL SESSIONS EASTERN TIME] [Agent pitches/query letters throughout the day]

10:00 am, ET – 11:30 am, ET

  • Welcome, Introduction of agents/editors. AGENT PANEL: Q&A

12:00 pm, ET – 1:00 pm, ET

  • Practice Pitch (board members)

2:30 pm, ET – 3:30 pm, ET 

  • AGENT PANEL: “How to Pitch; Common Mistakes; What Not to Do When You Pitch”  — through Role Play

7:00 pm, ET – 8:30 pm, ET

  • “First Page Read – Love It or Leave It, “Okay, Stop” – with Amanda, Regina, Savannah. This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with our 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 SUBMIT BY EMAIL (midwestwriters@yahoo.com / First Page Read in subject line) BY OCT 8th. 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 the top right. First Page Read example.)

Thursday – October 14, 2021

[ALL SESSIONS EASTERN TIME] [Agent pitches/query letters throughout the day]

10:00 am, ET – 11:00 am, ET 

  • Practice Pitch (board members)

12:00 pm, ET – 1:00 pm, ET

  • “How to Write A Nonfiction Proposal” — Regina Ryan, Regina Ryan Books

2:30 pm, ET – 3:30 pm, ET

  • “What Agents are Looking for in a Query Letter” — Amanda Orozco, Transatlantic Agency

4:00 pm, ET – 5:00 pm, ET  

  • “The Pros and Cons of Independent vs. Traditional Publishing” — Jeff Ourvan, Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency

7:00 pm, ET – 8:30 pm, ET

  • “First Page Read – Love It or Leave It, “Okay, Stop” – with Mina, Claire, Rita. This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with our 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 SUBMIT BY EMAIL BY OCT 8th. 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 the top right.)

Friday – October 15, 2021

[ALL SESSIONS EASTERN TIME] [Agent pitches/query letters throughout the day]

10:00 am, ET – 11:00 am, ET 

  • Practice Pitch (board members)

12:00 pm, ET – 1:00 pm, ET 

  • “The Do’s and Don’ts of Querying Agents” — Dani Segelbaum, Carol Mann Agency

2:30 pm, ET – 3:30 pm, ET 

  • “So you’ve signed with an agent – now what?” — Claire Harris, P.S. Literary 

4:00 pm, ET – 5:00 pm, ET

  • “Trust Falls: The Editor/Author Relationship”  — Loan Le, editor, Simon & Schuster

7:00 pm, ET – 8:30 pm, ET

  • “First Page Read – Love It or Leave It, “Okay, Stop” – with Loan, Jeff, Dani.  This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with our 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 SUBMIT BY EMAIL BY OCT 8th. 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 the top right.)

Saturday – October 16, 2021

[ALL SESSIONS EASTERN TIME] [Agent pitches/query letters throughout the day]

10:00 am, ET – 11:00 am, ET 

  • Practice Pitch (board members)

12:00 pm, ET – 1:00 pm, ET

  • “Using Facts in Fiction,” Savannah Brooks, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

2:30 pm, ET – 3:30 pm, ET

  • “All About the Author/Agent Relationship,” Rita Rosenkranz, Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency

4:00 pm, ET – 5:00 pm, ET  

CLOSING/WRAP-UP/FINAL Q&A with Agents 

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.