The 7th Meet the Agents Event
March 16-17, 2019
The Geneva Writers' Group will be offering it's seventh Meet the Agents event on March 16-17, 2019. This event has always been informative, fun and eye-opening. All activities will take place at WEBSTER UNIVERSITY. Registration and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees (all in Swiss francs) for the event are as follows:
Members: morning only—30; afternoon only—30; all day—50
Non-members: morning only—40; afternoon only—40; all day—60
Hot lunch available for 15 francs but must be ordered by March 9!
60 for a 20-minute one-on-one session (limited participation).
Saturday March 16
All day: Participants will have the opportunity to put bite-sized pitches onto a pitch board where the agents can have a look at it during the day. Index cards and instructions will be available on the spot.
10:00-12:15: Literary Agents Lucy Morris from Curtis Brown, Tom Witcomb from Blake Friedmann, and Laura Williams from Greene & Heaton will talk about their work and experiences and the changing face of publishing today. There will be time for questions.
(agent bios are posted below)
Lunch: Soup, vegetarian biryani, and dessert. Cost: 15 francs, order by March 9.
14:00-17:00: First Page readings and discussion. This is a fun (but heart-wrenching) opportunity to see what the agents and editors think of the first page of your manuscript! Attendees may come with their first page, which is put into a box with all the other first pages. Each one is read aloud anonymously. At any point in the reading, the agents indicate whether they would continue or discontinue reading the work if they'd received it in the mail. Then they discuss why. First pages are chosen randomly and we may or may not get through all of them. Bring 4 copies of your A4 double-spaced 12 pt first page to the event. Please do not put your name on it. First pages that do not follow guidelines will not be read out.
17:00-18:00: Potluck reception. Time to talk with each other and get to know the agents. Agents announce favorite pitches from pitch board. Please bring finger food or drinks.
Sunday March 17
9:30-15:00: One-on-one 20-minute consultations. Participation is limited. Only GWG members can participate and those members are taken first-come first-served based on availability. Participants send query letter and up to 15 pages (double-spaced, 12 point, max 3500 words) of their manuscript ahead of time to GWG (deadline February 15) . The agent reads the work and gives constructive criticism on the manuscript and query. Fee: 60 francs
Please do not contact the agents ahead of the event.
We hope to see many of you at this event. All registrations and queries to email@example.com
Tom Witcomb from Blake Friedmann is looking for commercial and upmarket genre fiction, crime and thrillers, psychological/domestic suspense, police procedural, action/espionage, good SF (both core genre, and more speculative/literary crossover). In terms of non-fiction he likes popular science, most sport and self-help books saying something new and interesting.
Laura Williams from Greene & Heaton is looking for literary fiction, edgy commercial fiction, psychological thrillers and high-concept contemporary young adult, as well as narrative non-fiction of all types. Her taste is quite dark, and she loves gothic, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister. She also loves books that make her cry, from big love stories to intense family dramas.
Lucy Morris from Curtis Brown wants clever storytelling and brilliant observations. She is looking for reading group and accessible literary fiction, including returning detectives, suspense, and family stories. In non-fiction she is drawn to memoir and narrative non-fiction.
Please do not contact agents ahead of event.