A Preview of our July 17 & 18, 2010 Conference

Dear Regional Members,

Our planning committee has been hard at work on all the details for our July 17 & 18, 2010 conference–“Leaps of Imagination: Fact, Fiction, and Fantasy.”  I think we’ve planned something for everyone, and we’re very excited.  We’ll have the brochures in the mail and all the information up online by the end of next week.  In the meantime, I thought you might like some previews of our speakers and sessions.

Let’s start with the agents:

Stephen Fraser is a literary agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in New York City, a full-service agency which handles both juvenile and adult books. At Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, Stephen edited such creative talents as Mary Engelbreit, Gail Gibbons, Michael Hague, Ann Rinaldi, Kathryn Lasky, Brent Hartinger, Stephen Mitchell, Dan Gutman, Gregory Maguire, and Daniel Pinkwater. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, he has a Master’s Degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College in Boston. Stephen is a popular speaker at writer’s conferences throughout the country.

Stephen will give critiques and present a session, entitled “Leaping into Action: How an Agent Sells Your Book.”

Discussing the simple principle, which an agent uses to sell your book, agent Stephen Fraser of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency talks about some recent sales, how and why they sold, how to succeed in today’s economy, and how to be your best creative self.

Elana Roth is an agent with the Johnson Literary Agency (www.johnsonliterary.com), representing picture books through young adult novels. She began her career at Nickelodeon Magazine, followed by 5 years as an editor at Parachute Publishing, a packager specializing in children’s book series. She’s spent the last two years as an agent, and her clients include: Pam Bachorz (CANDOR), David Patneaude (EPITAPH ROAD) and Darren Farrell (DOUG-DENNIS AND THE FLYAWAY FIB).

Elana will give critiques and present both a general session and a breakout workshop on writing query letters.

“The Scoop on High-Concept”

We keep hearing agents say they’re on the look-out for this mysterious beast called the high-concept project. But what is it? Is it just the simple Hollywood pitch? Also, if there’s high-concept, does that mean there’s low-concept? And does high-concept have to mean low-quality? In this talk, Elana will demystify this term and give you the scoop on why these high-concept books are so appealing in the market.

“The Great Query Caper”

Querying an agent is often the first step to breaking into today’s market, but even if you’ve written a novel, these brief letters of introduction can be intimidating. Elana will lead participants in a real-time simulation of her slush pile experience, followed with a group critique of those very real query letters she has received and reveal why they worked—or didn’t work—for her.  Please note this is not a pitch session but a chance to learn how an agent thinks and how you can stand out in the crowd.

Stay tuned for more previews over the next week…


About ediehemingway

I am an author of children's middle grade novels and the Regional Advisor for the MD/DE/WV SCBWI chapter.
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