Agent Fest Online 2021: October 13-16

Wednesday – October 13, 2021

[ALL SESSIONS EASTERN TIME] [Agent pitches/query letters throughout the day; scheduled by agent assistants]

10:00 am, ET – 11:30 am, ET

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

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 with Jeff Ourvan and Rita Rosenkranz

7:00 pm, ET – 8:30 pm, ET

  • “First Page Read – Love It or Leave It, “Okay, Stop” – with Amanda, Regina, SavannahThis 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. We will choose pages at random for as long as time lasts.  All attendees are welcome to SUBMIT BY EMAIL by Oct 8th:
    • midwestwriters@yahoo.com / “First Page Read” in subject line
    • One submission only
    • Attach Word document without your name
    • 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, RitaThis 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. We will choose pages at random for as long as time lasts.

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. We will choose pages at random for as long as time lasts.

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.