Agents and Editors
Pennwriters offers many ways for our attendees to meet and get feedback from agents and editors in the publishing industry.
- Pitch Sessions: One-on-one agent/editor appointments are available at no additional fee. You must have a finished manuscript to sign up for a pitch session. Spots are limited and are filled on a first-registered, first-assigned basis. Sign up for 10-minute pitch sessions when you register for the conference. Please note: A pitch session does not guarantee publication.
- Agents will also be leading workshop sessions and participating in panel discussions. Bring your questions about the publishing process and hear these experts talk about the state of the industry.
- Agents and editors are also part of our Friday night read-and-critique sessions, where you can get feedback on your writing from industry pros.
- And you’ll see them at meals and in the hallways.
Exclusive to Pennwriters…
Your Agent for 20 Minutes
Want an agent to answer your questions or read your material right now? When you sign with a literary agent, your agent becomes your business partner, often providing you with insight, strategy, and expertise to grow and manage your writing career. “Your Agent for 20 Minutes” is an exclusive opportunity to meet with literary agent Louise Fury of The Bent Agency or Sandy Lu of the L. Perkins Agency for 20 minutes on a one-on-one basis. In this time, Louise and Sandy will use their experiences to relay opinions and answers to your industry-related questions, and/or review related material, such as the first 5 pages (max) of your manuscript, your query letter, or your synopsis. There is no extra fee to participate, but the number of slots is limited to 48, and they will be filled on a first registered, first assigned basis. Note these are NOT pitch sessions and neither Louise, Sandy, or Pennwriters can guarantee publication. Please bring printed pages, double spaced and 12pt font.
Sandy Lu / L. Perkins Agency
Sandy is looking for submissions that will draw her in with a unique voice, make her miss her subway stop and keep her up all night. She especially loves historical fiction and anything dark, twisted, or with a supernatural bent. Commercial and upmarket fiction, mystery/crime, thriller, horror, sci-fi/fantasy, and YA. Non-fiction: narrative, history, biography, science, and pop culture.
Louise Fury / The Bent Agency
Louise is looking for writers with a unique voice and an unforgettable story, whether it be for kids or adults, fiction or nonfiction. “I’m particularly drawn to manuscripts that are written with an unforgettable voice—this can be deep, dark and gritty or literary, lyrical and emotional. I love unique or unusual formatting as well as art and/or graphics. Both fiction and nonfiction.” She is also interested in Graphic novels, mysteries and thrillers. “I want high-concept ideas, sports books, humor and pop culture manuscripts. I also love cooking and craft books.”
Ronald Gerber, Lowenstein Associates
Ronald joined Lowenstein Associates in 2019 as a literary agent and manager of foreign rights, permissions, and contracts, following several years in literary scouting. He is currently building his list in both fiction and nonfiction, focusing on cinematic stories with strong hooks and relatable characters. Ronald is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and received his B.A., summa cum laude with high honors, from Clark University. He is a proud native New Yorker. You can find him on Twitter (@Daysleeper95).
Looking for: Contemporary and historical fiction; Thriller/mystery/detective; Romance; Grounded sci-fi; Short stories; Memoir/biography; Narrative nonfiction; Middle grade.
Does not represent: Christian; Erotica; Poetry; Puzzles and Games; Business/investment; Craft/Hobbies/DIY; Health/diet; Technical/How-to; Texbooks; Picture books; Stage plays/screenplays.
Noah Ballard, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Noah is an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He studied creative writing at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency. Noah has appeared at graduate writing programs and writers conferences across the country speaking about query letters, building non-fiction platforms and submission etiquette. A New Jersey native, Noah currently lives in Brooklyn.
Looking for: Literary fiction; Short story collections; Narrative non-fiction, including memoir, journalism and pop culture.
Workshop: Crafting Memoir Proposals
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