Agent Pitches: 8 minutes
An agent pitch comes free with each registration. A second pitch may be available on Conference Day when writers check in. No extra charge.
Born to Pakistani expatriates in Sri Lanka, and knowing how to express myself only in English for the first fifteen years of my life, I found comfort in reading about other culturally displaced people, unable to communicate in their native tongues, and hesitant to assert themselves in environments where there were few examples of people like them. Moving to Pakistan and absorbing what it meant to be an educated woman in a traditional Islamic society contributed greatly to my desire to learn more about similar narratives, especially from other women. In an effort to understand how it felt to be surrounded by other ambitious women with the desire to shatter patriarchal restrictions, I enrolled as an undergraduate at Wellesley College, majoring in economics and Middle Eastern studies. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Later, I studied modern Persian Literature at the University of Chicago, where edited our department’s academic journal. And it finally hit me—working closely with writers to hone their craft; seeing a piece of writing from its inception through to its eventual publication; and advocating for what I believed was stellar prose worthy of recognition—this was my calling. So I interned at various newspaper and magazine publications, worked as an editorial intern at Sourcebooks, and then wound up at Talcott Notch, where I’m excited to begin my career as a literary agent.
I’m currently open to the following genres:
Adult: up-market literary and commercial fiction, romance (all subgenres except paranormal), character-driven psychological thrillers, cozy mysteries, and memoir.
Young Adult: all subgenres except paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi. I’m particularly interested in contemporary realistic YA — anything with heart, humor, and personality. But if you’ve got a fast-paced, chilling mystery, I’m all ears.
Middle Grade: anything that’s smart, accessible and written with flair. Whether it’s quirky and funny, or just plain sweet and heartwarming — it’s no big secret that this is my favorite category. Also, I’d love anything Roald Dahl-esque.
I’m looking for strong voices and unconventional narratives that really make me sit up, pay attention, and move me. Introduce me to unforgettable characters with complex, deep relationships, and show me worlds where things aren’t necessarily as they seem. Intelligent, sharp writing with soul is my biggest weakness, and if you can offer a fresh perspective on top of that, I’ll probably be sold.
My website is (sabasulaiman.com) and you can follow me on Twitter:
Keely Boeving is an Agent with WordServe Literary. After receiving her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, she went on to attend the Denver Publishing Institute and then began her career in New York working in the editorial departments of Bloomsbury and Oxford University Press, where she acquired books for the trade history list. She moved back to Colorado in 2014 and began her own freelance editorial company before joining WordServe the following year. She lives in Denver with her husband and their twins. You can find out more about her editorial work at www.keelyboeving.com.
Keely is looking for smart, well-crafted contemporary and literary fiction; narrative nonfiction and memoir; and well-researched nonfiction books in the areas of health and wellness, business (especially books targeting women in the workplace), parenting and family life, social justice, and religious studies; as well as projects from diverse and under-represented voices. For the Christian market, she is seeking books in the areas of Christian Living, spiritual transformation, devotion and worship, and women’s topics including motherhood, relationships and marriage, work-life balance, and calling. She is *not* looking for thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, or romance. www.wordserveliterary.com
One-on-One Critique Sessions: 15 minutes
For One-on-One Sessions: Feedback will be given on 10 pages, plus a 1-2 page synopsis (optional). Your session will be approximately 15 minutes.
Email manuscript to CastleRockWriters@gmail.com">CastleRockWriters@gmail.com. Manuscript due September 1st. Required: 1″ margins, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 12 pt.
For Poetry One-on-One Sessions: Feedback will be given on up to five pages of poetry, Sessions will be approximately 15 minutes. Required : Times New Roman, 12 pt. May be single-spaced. Email to CastleRockWriters@gmail.com">CastleRockWriters@gmail.com.
Julie Cameron is an award-winning author and screenwriter of contemporary romance and romantic comedy. She has been a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA) since before her first book was published in 2015, and a member of Lighthouse Writers Workshop since 2012. She is also a member of Heart of Denver (HOD). Julie is a long-time resident of Denver, Colorado where she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also does content/development editing, coaching for writers, and writing workshops.
Anita Mumm is a freelance novel editor and writing teacher. Her home base is Salida, Colorado, but when wanderlust kicks in, she enjoys working from just about anywhere. Her editing clients include traditionally published and indie authors at all levels of experience, from international bestsellers to first time novelists. In addition to her editing projects, Anita frequently teaches classes about writing and publishing. You can read more about her work at www.anitamumm.com.
Feedback will be given on up to five pages of poetry, Sessions will be approximately 15 minutes. Required manuscripts: Times New Roman, 12 pt. May be single-spaced. Lindsey will also give feedback on fiction and non-fiction, with manuscripts prepared as described above.
Lindsey Lewis Smithson has her MFA from UC Riverside’s Low Residency program. She is the Editor of Straight Forward Poetry and has previously served as the Managing Editor for The Coachella Review. Some of her poetry has appeared on The Nervous Breakdown, This Zine Will Change Your Life, The Cossack Review and WordRiot.