Jamie Harrington stated that she has signed a contract with literary agent Victoria Horn of the Lisa Dawson Associates. Jamie's book, Sketch, is a Young Adult superhero novel. Additionally, Mary Malcolm commented that the full manuscript of her romance novel, Texas Billionaire's Runaway Wife, was requested by Melissa Jeglinks of The Knight Agency.
In other news, A. Lee Martinez will speak at the monthly meeting of the Mystery Writers of America - Southwest this Saturday, October 31 at the Texas Land & Cattle restaurant in Richardson, Texas. Workshop members were reminded that nominations for the 2010 Board of Directors opens during the November 4 business meeting. Gabe Guerrero, winner of the Glenn Bavousett Conference Fund, gave a presentation about what he learned at the Bedford Writers' Workshop presented by fantasy author Sarah A. Hoyt.
Finally, several brave souls met in a dark room decorated with plastic skulls, tombstones, and lots of Halloween candy. They read to a glow of a flickering electric candle, and enjoyed this fun holiday tradition at the Workshop.
Appointments With Some Agents Are Filling Fast; Early Registration for 2010 DFW Writers' Conference Recommended
For example, authors interested in pitching their books to Joshua Bilmes, Lucienne Diver, or Gina Panettieri had better register now. The slots for all three agents are over a quarter of the way full and going fast. Appointments with many of the other agents are also filling quickly. This is definitely a case where if you snooze, you could lose, so register early to secure your place in line.
Members were also told that the tenth, and final, agent had been named. Mary Kole, who represents children's picture books as well as Middle Grade and Young Adult authors, has been added to the roster. The agents attending the 2010 DFW Writers' Conference are:
Anne Hawkins | John Hawkins & Associates, Inc.
Gina Panettieri | Talcott Notch Literary Services
Joshua Bilmes | JABberwocky Literary Agency
Laurie McLean | Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents
Lucienne Diver | The Knight Agency
Melissa Shultz | Jim Donovan Literary
Paul S. Levine | Paul S. Levine Literary Agency
Victoria Horn | Liza Dawson Associates
Mary Kole | Andrea Brown Literary Agency
In other news, A. Lee Martinez signed the contract for the German rights to his upcoming novel, Divine Misfortune. (Those Germans sure do love his work.) Russell C. Connor has a book signing for his horror novels on October 3 at the Cat and the Candle Bookstore in Lake Whitney from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Pioneer Days.
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Jodi Thomas, has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the 2010 DFW Writers' Conference. A native Texan, she is the award-winning author of several novels. We look forward to her presentation.
Eight literary agents have also agreed to attend the event, including Anne Hawkins and Gina Panettieri who missed this year's conference due to illness. Joining them are Joshua Bilmes, Laurie McLean, Lucienne Diver, Melissa Shultz, Paul S. Levine, and Victoria Horn. More agents may be added later, but the number of pitch sessions will be limited, so early registration is recommended.
The 2010 conference is looking to bring you more value for your registration dollars. We already offer free parking ($7 - $10 at other conferences), include the keynote luncheon (a $35 extra cost elsewhere), and the agent appointments (as high as $50 at other conferences). As an added benefit in 2010, on-line classes, such as "How to Get the Most from Your Agent Appointment" will be offered - you guessed it, for free (a $50 to $100 extra fee elsewhere). Join us for the best conference value in the Southwest.
The conference will be held April 10-11, 2010 at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Early registration starts soon. See the information box in the right hand column on this site, or get more details at www.DFWWritersConference.org.