MWW Agent Fest, May 10-11, 2019

Friday – May 10, 2019 [L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Ball State]

Special rooms for: Pitch Practice & Query Letter Review

1:00 pm

  • Registration – Cardinal Hall, 2nd Floor, Pittenger Student Center

1:00-1:30 pm

  • Welcome, Introductions

1:30-2:30 pm

  • “Ask the Agent Anything” Panel – All Agents

2:45-3:45 pm

  • #1 Pitches to Agents (Noah Ballard, Elizabeth Bewley, Savannah Brooks, Joanna MacKenzie will hear 3-minute pitches)
  • Session #1: “Author Experience” (finding an agent, through the pub process: an overview w/nuts & bolts) – JL Stermer, New Leaf Literary
  • Query Letter Workshop: Any agents

4:00-5:00 pm 

  • #2 Pitches to Agents (Brenna English-Loeb, Devin Ross, JL Stermer will hear 3-minute pitches)
  • Session #2: “What Agents and Editors Are Looking for in First Pages — Joanna MacKenzie, Nelson Literary
  • Query Letter Workshop: Any agents

5:00-7:00 pm

  • Dinner on your own – Walk to various restaurants in The Village [1 block from Student Center]

7:00-9:00 pm

  • First Page Read – Love It or Leave It, “Okay, Stop” – with all agents (Moderator, Sarah Schmitt). “A Page One Critique-Fest.” This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with our 7 attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission. Get expert feedback on your incredibly important first page, and know if your writing has what it needs to keep readers’ attention. (All attendees are welcome to bring pages to the event for this session, and we will choose pages at random for the workshop for as long as time lasts.)

Saturday – May 11, 2019 [Ball State Alumni Center]

8:30-9:00 am

  • Coffee & community – Conservatory, Alumni Center

9:00-10:00 am   

  • #3 Pitches to Agents (Noah Ballard, Savannah Brooks, Joanna MacKenzie, Devin Ross will hear 3-minute pitches)
  • Session #3: “Writing a Successful Query Letter” — Elizabeth Bewley, Sterling Lord Literistic
  • Query Letter Workshop: Any agents

10:15-11:15 am

  • #4 Pitches to Agents (Brenna English-Loeb, Elizabeth Bewley, JL Stermer will hear 3-minute pitches)
  • Session #4: “The Successful Synopsis” — Devin Ross, New Leaf Literary 
  • Query Letter Workshop: Any agents

11:30am-12:30 pm

  • Lunch (provided) & community 

12:45-1:45 pm 

  • #5 Pitches to Agents (Savannah Brooks, Joanna MacKenzie, Devin Ross, Brenna English-Loeb will hear 3-minute pitches)
  • Session #5: “How to Navigate an Agent/Author Relationship” — Noah Ballard, Curtis Brown, Ltd. 
  • Query Letter Workshop: Any agents

2:00-3:00 pm

  • #6 Pitches to Agents (Noah Ballard, Elizabeth Bewley, JL Stermer will hear 3-minute pitches)
  • Session #6: “Revise and Resubmit Survival Guide”: What agents are looking for when they request an R&R, the etiquette when you have multiple submissions out, and a primer on integrating editorial suggestions — Brenna English-Loeb, Transatlantic Literary Agency
  • Query Letter Workshop: Any agents

3:15-4:15 pm

  • #6 Pitches to Agents (Joanna MacKenzie, Devin Ross, Brenna English-Loeb will hear 3-minute pitches)
  • Session #7: Reconstruction: Bringing History to Life — Savannah Brooks, Jennifer DeChiara

4:30 pm

  • CLOSING

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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.