2019 Conference 10-Minute Agent Pitches

The 10-minute elevator pitch provides you the chance to present the idea of your book the way you would if you were on a slow elevator ride with an agent or publisher. Your job is to learn how to pitch so compellingly that the agent or publisher tells you to send the entire manuscript for consideration of representation.

Conference attendees have the opportunity to sign up for three 10-minute pitch sessions FREE of charge. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to members of Hampton Roads Writers. Come prepared to pitch your project.

Literary Agents & Indie Publisher

L. Diane Wolfe is the senior editor at Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Her book titles include How to Publish and Promote your Book Now! and Overcoming Obstacles With SPUNK! The Keys to Leadership & Goal-Setting. Wolfe's young adult series,"The Circle of Friends," which includes Lori--Book 1, Sarah--Book 2, James--Book 3, Mike--Book 4, and Heather--Book 5, has been described as “encouragement personified.”

Known as “Spunk On A Stick”, Wolfe, who is a member of the National Speakers Association, conducts seminars on marketing, book publishing, websites, leadership, and goal setting.

Wolfe maintains several websites & blogs, including the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

Wolfe opened Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. in 2008. It now boasts over 30 titles, including several best sellers and award winners.

Dancing Lemur Press is seeking:
  • Nonfiction: Self-help, family & relationship, inspirational, and business & economics. We are looking for fresh perspectives and new information & ideas. No poetry.

  • Science fiction: Prefer adventure/space opera genres. Salacious, negative and R-rated material will not be considered.

  • Fantasy: All genres, including paranormal. No young adult or salacious, R-rated material considered.

  • New Adult/Young Adult: Seeking fresh stories in all genres, especially contemporary. Prefer an inspirational or more wholesome slant - no salacious, R-rated material considered.

  • Middle Grade: Select middle grade accepted, all genres. History aspect a plus. No picture books.

  • Paranormal: Romances, light horror, mystery, etc. Salacious, negative and R-rated material will not be considered.

  • Mystery/Thriller: No salacious or R-rated material considered.

  • Christian: Nonfiction, inspirational, and contemporary fiction.

  • Rebecca Scherer began her publishing career as an intern at JRA while earning a BA in English Literature, Political Science, and German from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter. Immediately upon graduating, she was offered the unique opportunity to work within each department at the agency to gain a deep understanding of the business before going on to become an agent.

    She represents commercial fiction across genres, with particular interest in women’s fiction, crime/mystery, suspense, book club fiction, and upmarket/literary-leaning fiction.

    Rebecca is a lifelong New Yorker with an affinity for the German language, and on the rare occasion that she is not reading or crunching numbers, you might just find her zip lining through Ecuador or parasailing over the Mediterranean, plotting her next travel adventure.

    Literary Agent, Steven Salpeter, is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. A graduate of the University of Florida, Steven edited Tea and founded the Palmetto Prize for Fiction.

    He began his publishing career at Writers House and Brandt & Hochman before moving to Curtis Brown to assist Mitchell Waters and help Timothy Knowlton manage many of the agency’s venerable estate clients, including W. H. Auden, Stanley Ellin, John Knowles, Alfred Lansing, and Ayn Rand, among other bestsellers and literary award winners.

    He is now actively building his list, seeking literary fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, young adult, and authors who can blend elements of these genres. Steven is also interested in narrative nonfiction, gift books, history, humor, and popular science. He lives in New York City.

    Caitie Flum joined Liza Dawson Associates in July 2014 as assistant and audio rights manager. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2009 with a B.A. in English with a concentration in publishing studies. She interned at Hachette Book Group and Writers House. She was an editorial assistant then coordinator for Bookspan, where she worked on several clubs including the Book-of-the-Month Club, The Good Cook, and the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club.

    Caitie is looking for commercial and upmarket fiction with great characters and superb writing, especially historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers of all kinds, romance, and book club fiction. She is open to science fiction and fantasy that crosses over to a young adult market.

    She is also looking for Middle Grade and Young Adult projects, particularly romance, historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, and contemporary books with diverse characters.

    In nonfiction, she is looking for narrative nonfiction, especially history that’s impossible to put down, books on pop culture, theater, current events, women’s issues, and humor.

    Caitie would love to see:
  • A mystery featuring an investigative journalist. Think Rory Gilmore doing her dream job.

  • Women’s fiction with millennials (THE ASSISTANTS)

  • Historical fiction from perspectives we usually do not see and untold stories (BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY)

  • Multi-POV told from different sibling perspectives. Characters that are lovable and flawed like the Bravermans

  • Adult and YA books that feature a child-free MC who doesn’t change her mind

  • LGBTQ+ projects from all genres and age groups

  • YA SFF, please send me your epics. If it has huge battles, sweeping love stories, and twists and turns (THE CROWN’S GAME, ILLUMINAE)

  • Middle grade projects that have a voice that sounds like a kid, but also has beautiful writing (SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS, THE REAL BOY)

  • Any feminist projects, fiction or nonfiction, but the feminism needs to be intersectional

  • Complex, difficult girls/women as the main character (ALL THE RAGE), characters making decisions readers might not agree with

  • Narrative nonfiction looking at the impact pop culture can have on American culture at large, especially written by diverse voices.

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