NY TIMES BESTSELLER ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
Author of Barefoot in the Sand, nominated for a 2013 RITA
[Permission granted to use author’s photograph with credit: Stanley Studios]
Early-bird registration is now open!
The Connecticut Romance Writers Fiction Fest 2013 will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013. The keynote speaker this year is 6-time RITA Nominee, Winner, and NY Times Bestselling Author, Roxanne St. Claire. We’ll also be welcoming Jim Azevedo from Smashwords for a double session workshop, and life coach/organizer Lisa Lelas.
The all-day conference will be held at the luxurious Hilton Hotel in Mystic, CT. Just tell them you are with the CT Romance Writers, and you will receive the discount room rate of $169.
Fiction writers of all genres, but especially romance writers, are welcome. Once again, the conference will feature workshops on craft, industry, and the writer’s life. We will have an exciting raffle, an editor/agent hot-seat luncheon (where THEY get to answer YOUR questions), and a few surprises. In addition, editors and agents will be available for pitch appointments. Stay tuned for the workshop schedule and complete list of agents and editors. This conference drew 160 participants last year, so be sure to register early to reserve your spot!
Scroll down below registration for more info on the agents/editors and the form that allows you to tell us your pitch preferences.
Mary Sue Seymour, The Seymour Agency
Emmanuelle Morgen, Stonesong Literary Agency
Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary Management
Rachael Dugas, Talcott Notch Literary Services
Chelsey Emmelhainz (Avon Harper Collins)
Susan Litman (Harlequin) (Can take pitches for all lines)
Debby Gilbert (Soul Mate)
Early bird registration rates are as follows (includes registration, breakfast, and lunch):
CTRWA/CORW/Colony Romance Writer Members: $115
New Member Special: $141 (includes member rate registration, plus discounted membership to CTRWA!)
These rates will go up in July. Register now to reserve your spot.
Vendors, authors, and others who would like to become sponsors of Fiction Fest and be advertised in our program, please contact email@example.com
More information, agents and editors
Rachael Dugas joined Talcott Notch Literary in 2011. During her tenure as associate agent, Rachael has judged contests and attended conferences in New York and beyond, working with groups such as Writer’s Digest, ASJA, YA Lit Chat, the National Publicity Summit, and the Hampton Roads Writers. Recent sales include titles in young adult and romance to imprints at Hachette, Perseus, and Month 9 Books. Rachael is a former Sourcebooks editorial intern and a proud Ithaca College graduate. She welcomes fiction submissions in the following categories: YA, MG, women’s fiction, contemporary and historical romance, historical fiction, and general commercial fiction. Her non-fiction wishlist includes memoir with an amazing voice and cookbooks or performing arts-related books with outstanding platforms.
Rachael says, “I am looking for pretty much everything that falls under romance, with the exception of erotica. I will consider all other sub-genres of romance and I am particularly partial to women’s fiction. I would particularly love a really good cooking or chef romance. Outside romance fiction, I am looking for YA and MG fiction of all shapes and sizes, historical fiction… pretty much anything except Sci-Fi/Fantasy.”
Editorial Assistant Chelsey Emmelhainz has been with Morrow/Avon since 2010 and is building a list that focuses on smart, sexy, high-concept romances and fiction that straddles the line between literary and commercial. She is actively acquiring for Avon’s digital-first romance line, Avon Impulse, and William Morrow’s digital-first suspense line, Witness. For Avon Inspire, she serves as the editorial point person for Amish romance author and New York Times bestseller, Shelley Shepard Gray. While fiction is her first love, she is also interested in branching out into narrative nonfiction, keeping an eye out for books in which the reader enjoys learning something fascinating. In her spare time she enjoys roller derby and catching up on the latest episodes of Downton Abbey and Mad Men. You can find her on Twitter @CKEmmelhainz
Chelsey says that for romance, she is looking for:
- Unique, fresh historicals that stand out in today’s competitive market: They’ve got to be sexy, smart, and witty – think Eloisa James. Creative, high-concepts with series potential are a must.
- Sexy, gritty contemporaries: I’m not the right person for your sweet, small-town story, but if you’ve got hard-edged heroes, sassy heroines, and a great hook, I want to see it.
- Thrilling, romantic suspense: Sexy, heart-pounding, and action-packed, a la Cindy Gerard. I want page-turners that take your breath away!
Deborah Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing Founder and Senior Editor, graduated from Nazareth College, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in English and an M.S. in Reading. She taught high school English for sixteen years and joined RWA in 1998. Noting the tightening New York market and the trend toward digital publishing, she opened Soul Mate Publishing in October, 2011. From sweet to sexy, readers can find the romance they’re look for at Soul Mate Publishing. She is currently seeking submissions in all areas of romance except YA. Learn more about Soul Mate Publishing at www.SoulMatePublishing.com
Mary Sue Seymour, (http://www.theseymouragency.com/) Literary Agent and Founder of The Seymour Agency, and nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Agent of the Year, has been agenting for 20 years, and is listed as a top deal-maker for inspirational fiction on Publisher’s Marketplace. She has sold multi-book deals to Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Harvest House, Bethany House, Cook, Harper One, Abingdon Press, B&H, Guideposts, and others. She travels the country and world presenting writing workshops, mentoring writers, and doing appointments with them. She has been a guest agent at The Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, has attended the London Book Fair, and has traveled to almost every American city for writing conferences, and she’d loved every minute of it. If you’d like to see current sales, conference pictures or recent covers of books she’s sold, please visit her web site. Mary Sue and her co-agent, Nicole, are writing a book titled The Smart Guide to Getting Published which will be released in 2013.
Mary Sue represents several best selling Christian authors such as New York Times best selling author Shelley Shepard Gray, Mary Ellis, Amy Clipston, Vannetta Chapman, Ruth Reid, Don Reid of the Statler Brothers and others; her writers have won numerous publishing industry awards and have been the subject of articles and starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and other publications.
Mary Sue likes to keep busy since her sons, Matt and Luke, have grown up. She ran the Disney half marathon this past January and took 317th place in her age category of 55-59. She teaches art on cruise ships in exchange for a complimentary cruise for two [which has made her exceedingly popular with her friends!].
Emmanuelle Morgen has been an agent at Stonesong since January 2012. Previously she was at Judith Ehrlich Literary and Wendy Sherman Associates, and before that she was an editor at Fodor’s, the travel arm of Random House. She enjoys developing long-term relationships with her clients, working closely with them to build their literary careers.
Emmanuelle represents adult and children’s fiction, as well as memoir and select narrative nonfiction projects. In children’s books, she represents mainly YA but is also looking for thoughtful, serious middle grade novels. In adult books, she is looking for novels and memoirs that will have a long shelf life. She has sold books in the women’s fiction, historical fiction, romance, and new adult categories.
Emmanuelle represents Dear Author contributor Alison Atlee (The Typewriter Girl, Gallery/Simon & Schuster), RITA nominees Alissa Johnson (Nearly a Lady, Berkley) and Marcella Burnard (Enemy Within, Berkley), Cecilia Grant (A Lady Awakened, Bantam), Katja Millary (The Sea of Tranquility, Atria), Jeanette Murray (Honor Bound, Sourcebooks), Christina Phillips (Forbidden, Berkley), and Danielle Younge-Ullman (Falling Under, Plume).
In young adult fiction, she represents Jamie Blair (Leap of Faith, Simon & Schuster Children’s), Kathleen Peacock (The Hemlock Trilogy, Katherine Tegen Books), Louise Rozett (Confessions of an Angry Girl, Harlequin Teen), and Kat Zhang (What’s Left of Me, Harper Children’s).
Her nonfiction sales include family therapist Catherine McCall’s UK bestseller When the Piano Stops (Seal Press), M.E. Thomas’s Confessions of a Sociopath (Crown), and Candace Walsh’s Licking the Spoon (Seal Press).
Emmanuelle is looking for:
- women’s fiction
- historical fiction
- young adult fiction
- middle grade fiction
- general and literary fiction
You can find Stonesong Literary Agency at stonesong.com
Stephany Evans, President, Fine Print Literary Management For more than twenty years, Stephany has represented nonfiction writers in the areas of health and wellness, spirituality, lifestyle (including home renovating, decorating, food and drink, and sustainability), running and fitness, memoir and narrative nonfiction. In fiction, she represents a range of women’s fiction, from literary to romance, including mystery, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense, and the occasional novel not aimed at women. She is looking for fine, accomplished writing, whether the work is by a first time or established author.
Stephany is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, the Women’s National Book Association, and member and former co-chair of New York Women in Publishing. She has served as ghostwriter on seven published books in the categories of memoir and spirituality. She splits her time between her offices in New York City and Marfa, TX.
Susan Litman came to Harlequin ten years ago after spending several years working in film development in New York. She is an editor for Harlequin Special Edition, but acquires for multiple series including Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Love Inspired Suspense. Some of the authors she has the privilege of working with include New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Beth Kery, USA TODAY bestselling author Judy Duarte, Vicki Hinze, and Karen Rose Smith, and RITA nominees Loreth Anne White and Gail Barrett.
Susan started reading in first grade and never stopped – and she’s got the (over)crowded bookshelves to prove it! In her spare time (what’s that?!) she reads cookbooks, watches Mad Men, Homeland and Top Chef and still obsesses over the unresolved mysteries of LOST. You can follow her on Twitter at @susan_litman.
General submission guidelines for Harlequin Digital First. http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1734&chapter=0
SHIVERS Guidelines: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1785&chapter=0
Cosmo Red Hot Reads program, but just in case, here is a link to those guidelines as well: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1784&chapter=0