Whether you’re hot in the pursuit of NaNoWriMo fame or polishing your years-in-the-making manuscript one final time, you are about to transition from that cozy creative stage of book publishing into the highly competitive, oftentimes aggravating and confusing world of the publishing industry. You’re moving from creating a product to selling it and the first person who you will most likely interact with during this transition is an entity known as a literary agent.
Everyone will tell you that you need a literary agent to sell your book to a good publisher. And unless you intend to self-publish or sell to a small, indie, regional or university press, this is true. That’s why when we created the San Francisco Writers Conference we made it a hallmark of the event to bring in a large assortment of agents from all over the United States so you can meet them up close and see what kind of agent you want to work with.
Agents specialize in book categories, age categories, fiction or nonfiction, even genres of books. And the agent who acts like a shark to get you the last dollar on a deal is not often the same as the agent who will work hard to polish that prose during the final editing phase before editorial submission. There are as many agent types as there are writer types. That’s why we bring more to this conference than any other.
At this year’s San Francisco Writers Conference we’ve got a good two dozen agents for you to meet. They’ll introduce themselves on panels, talk to you one-on-one for 15 minutes in optional conversations, you can meet them during the phenomena that is Speed Dating, and they’ll be wandering around throughout the four days of the conference for you to casually chat with.
We want you to ask questions and learn how to query, pitch and work with an agent to optimize your writing career. Meeting people in person is one of the best reasons to go to a writers conference. Find out more about the agents at the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference by clicking on SFWriters.org.