Writers Meet Agents July 19 in Burlington

Angela Palm has a really intriguing post up on her website: There will be a ‘Meet the Agents’ day in Burlington on July 19th. Hosted by the Vermont League of Writers, the event is designed to steer authors to agents, the first step in the publication process:

On Saturday, July 19, seven agents from New York, Boston, and other cities will be at the Hampton Inn Burlington, ready to meet with writers that want to pitch their books or get advice on works-in-progress. These agents represent a broad range of interests. They’re looking for everything from mainstream fiction, self-help, and parenting books to sci-fi and romance novels.

Here’s the agents who’ll be showing up, thanks to the VLW page:

Maria Ribas: the Howard Morheim Literary Agency
Maria graduated with English Honors from the University of Richmond and began her career at Atria with Simon and Schuster, moving to Harlequin Nonfiction and Adams Media, before joining the Morheim Agency.

She specializes in practical non-fiction and has a firm grasp of how to assess and build an author’s platform. She’s interested in cookbooks, self-help, health, diet, home, parenting, humor, from authors with a strong platform.

She’s also interested in some narrative non-fiction, but she’s very selective.

Visit the Morheim Literary Agency’s web site for more: http://www.morhaimliterary.com/agents.html

Eric W. Ruben: Literary Agent, Attorney at Law
Eric is a graduate of New York’s Cardozo School of Law and a veteran entertainment professional with more than twenty-five years experience as an attorney, literary agent, talent manager, and professional performer.

His interests include YA, all romance, erotica, LGBT, mystery, and more. Check out his submissions guidelines (very specific!) on his web site: http://www.rubenlaw.org/contact/

Katharine Sands: Sarah Jane Freymann Agency
Katharine Sands, a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Agency in New York City, is the author and “agent provocateur” of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye. She has been a guest speaker on writing and publishing topics for the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the New York State Council on the Arts, and was a faculty member at the 2006 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. This is her third event with the League of Vermont Writers.

Katharine is interested in a broad range of categories: from commercial fiction and nonfiction, including popular culture, personal growth, leisure activities, lifestyle, wisdom, relationships, parenting, home arts, entertainment, and cookbooks to serious nonfiction, including psychology, social thought, history, health to the more eclectic popular reference, travel, spirituality.For memoir and femoir, she looks for a world rarely or newly observed. Visit the Sarah Jane Freymann Agency at Sarahjanefreymann.com.

Beth Campbell: BookEnds, LLC
Beth Campbell is an agent with BookEnds, LLC, an innovative and energetic literary agency. They represent a diversity of authors, from true crime, self-help, and business writers to mystery, romance, and women’s fiction novelists. BookEnds works with authors and publishers to produce the books they all want to see on their own shelves.

Beth Campbell’s interests include fantasy, YA, and sci-fi novels and also romantic suspense, women’s fiction, and cozy mysteries. She also works on some non-fiction titles.

Visit the web site to view an extensive list of fiction and non-fiction topics represented at BookEnds, LLC: http://www.bookends-inc.com/

Kaylee Davis: Dee Mura Literary
Kaylee Davis received a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Sociology from Miami University, and she is certified in Copyediting from Emerson College.

As associate literary agent, her special interests include sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, young adult, new adult, steampunk, urban fantasy, social commentary, and counter-culture.

Visit the agency web site to see current titles at Dee Mura Literary: http://www.deemuraliterary.com/

Kimiko Nakamura: Dee Mura Literary
Kimiko Nakamura works with new and emerging writers. She looks for page-turning fiction and non-fiction that leaves people inspired and offers readers a full range of emotions.

Her special interests are contemporary fiction, young adult, new adult, women’s lit, romance, upmarket literary, mystery, urban fantasy, satire, memoir, narrative nonfiction, mind and body, cookbooks, spirituality, and health.

Visit the agency web site to see current titles at Dee Mura Literary: http://www.deemuraliterary.com

Emily Mitchell: Wernick & Pratt Agency
Emily Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard, a master’s in secondary English education from Syracuse, and an MBA from Babson. She lives outside Boston with her husband, daughter, and son.

Emily is accepting new clients in all genres for children.

Visit the Wernick & Pratt Agency web site to see current titles: http://www.wernickpratt.com/

It’s an impressive list, and it looks like it’ll be a really productive day for everyone.


  • Standard Registration [March 21 – July 7]: LVW Members – $125; Non-members – $140, open thru June 30.
  • Late Registration [July 8 – July 15]: LVW Members – $140; Non-members – $160
  • Pitch Sessions: $25 each, first come, first served. Registration for Pitches Open: use credit card or mail-in form.

Space for this conference is limited, and to schedule a pitch session with the agent of your choice, be sure to register early!

Sign up here.

Via Ang Palm

Green Writers Press Takes Local Approach

Publisher’s Weekly covers a local press here in Vermont: Green Writer’s Press. Here’s the writeup from their website:

Last April, writer, designer, and literary agent Dede Cummings had a dream that convinced her that she needed to do something to improve the environment. As a member of the book industry, that something was launching Green Writers Press, which Cummings sees as a “locavore” publisher—one that publishes locally produced books. She runs it from her home in West Brattleboro, Vt.

To meet her objective of publishing environmentally friendly books, Cummings prints her titles at Springfield Printing, a local family-run press, and uses soy-based inks on paper made from postconsumer waste. Cummings’s first lists cover a wide variety of topics, but her goal is to release titles for children and adults that deal with green subjects. And though many of her authors are from Vermont, Cummings is interested in signing writers who share her vision of creating locally produced books.

Give the rest of the article a read over on Publisher’s Weekly.

BTV Write Club

It looks like there’s going to be a new writer’s group standing up in Burlington later this month. The BTV Write Club

Here’s their blurb:

The first rule of Write Club…just kidding. Write Club is for people who want to explore creative writing without all the fuss of the “workshop” format. No formal critiques or working drafts allowed. At Write Club, we’ll spend 10-15 minutes spilling out free-form pieces inspired by writing prompts and take turns sharing our work. That’s all. A little bit of peer accountability in an otherwise low-pressure environment where all writers, especially beginners, are welcome. Let’s make writing fun!

The first meeting is on June 24th at 6:30pm at Oakledge Park in Burlington.

Look interesting? Head over to Meetup to sign up.

Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference

Middlebury College is hosting it’s first annual environmental writer’s conference, which will focus on all things writing and the environment:

The Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference is an annual, week-long writers’ conference, based on the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference model, that’s designed to hone the skills of people interested in producing literary writing about the environment and the natural world. The conference is co-sponsored by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Orion magazine, and Middlebury College’s Environmental Studies Program.

While there’s not time to apply for the program, there are a number of public events scheduled. Here’s what you can attend this week:

June 9th:

  • 8:00pm, Opening Event

June 10th:

  • 9:00 am, Lecture by Alan Weisman, “Where Environmentalists Fear to Tread”
  • 3:30 pm, Publishing panel with Jennifer Sahn of Orion magazine, Deanne Urmy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Joan Wyckoff of Carol Mann Agency, and moderator H. Emerson Blake.
  • 8:00 pm, Reading by Camille Dungy.

June 11th:

  • 9:00 am, Lecture by Maurice Manning, “How Landscape Went From Being the Setting of a Poem to Being the Subject of the Poem.”
  • 8:00 pm, Reading by Alison Hawthorne Deming.

June 12th:

  • 9:00 am, Lecture by Rick Bass
  • 8:00 pm, Reading by Maurice Manning

June 13th:

  • 9:00 am, Lecture by Alison Hawthorne Deming, “To See Beyond Earth’s Noise: New Relationships Between Art and Science.”
  • 8:00 pm, Reading by Jane Brox.

June 14th,

  • 9:00 am, Lecture by Camille Dungy, “Like Taming Something Wild: Why Setting, Smile, and Metaphor Make Sense.”
  • 8:00 pm, Reading by Alan Weisman.

Full details are here.

RWC/Burlington Book Fest Writing Contest


The Renegade Writer’s Collective will be running a short work writing contest to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Burlington Book Festival. Submissions of up to 750 words will be collected between now and August 1st. Here the details:

  • One winner in each genre will have the opportunity to share their work at a special reading during the festival.
  • Winners will have their pieces published in Green Mountains Review Online.
  • Phoenix Books in Burlington is offering a $100 honorarium to the winner in each genre.
  • Send submissions to renegadewritersvt@gmail.com with the subject heading “Writing contest submission.” Include a brief bio and the genre in which you are submitting. The contest is open to all writers, but submitters should plan to attend the festival for the reading, should they be selected as the winner in their genre.

Guest Judges

  • Fiction: Kim Addonizio
  • Nonfiction: Leslie Jamison
  • Poetry: Elizabeth Powell

We’re guessing that Genre here refers to the Fiction/Non-fiction/Poetry categories, rather than Romance/SF/Fantasy, etc.

Go, submit!

Support the Burlington Writer’s Workshop

The Burlington Writer’s Workshop is doing a fundraising drive at the moment, and they need a couple of additional backers to help them keep the lights on.

Become a sustaining member of the BWW at $12/month or more and a group of anonymous donors and Cope & Associates will give the BWW $25 AND you’ll be entered to win tickets to see Patty Griffin at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, June 14th.

Donate here.

Best of Burlington Writers Workshop 2014 Reading

The Burlington Writer’s Workshop recently released their 2014 anthology. Now, they’re headed to Phoenix Books in Burlington with several of its authors to read from it. The event will be held on May 1st, and starts at 7:00pm.

Here’s the lineup:

Peter Biello is a Vermont Public Radio producer/announcer. His work has appeared in Lowestoft Chronicle, The Drunken Odyssey, Three Percent, and several NPR programs. He has an MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He lives in Essex.

Martin Bock, Lic. Ac. is an author, sculptor, and specialist in complimentary treatments for cancer. He lives with his wife Melly in Burlington.

Paul Hobday is a native Vermonter. Since completing a B.A. in Literature at Burlington College, he has concentrated on writing long and short fiction. He lives in Burlington.

Amanda Vella is a poet, painter, singer, guitarist, and songwriter who enjoys writing short fiction and poetry on her manual typewriter. She has led numerous workshops for the Burlington Writers Workshop and lives in Burlington.

RSVP here.

Paul Hobday read his story for the Vermont SF Writer’s Series a couple of weeks ago, and it’s a good one!

Geek Things for August 22nd

  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation: Meteors that Changed the World 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Astronomy)

Geek Things for August 19th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Murder Mysteries Live! 2011, 6PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $30; ages 18 and up only; formal or period costume preferred; preregister. (Murder Mystery)
  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk, 8–9PM, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $14. (Ghosts)
  • ‘Rango’, 3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ 11AM, 2PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $5-10. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 6:45–8:45PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Ghosts)
  • Visiting Artist & Writer Series, 8PM, Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. Free. (Arts)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Draft – $15 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Hoopster Gliders and Paper Craft, 11:00am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Open Gaming Convention – http://nescifievents.org/?p=2505, Aug 19 – 21, 2011, Nashua, NH (Conventions)
  • Planetarium presentation: Meteors that Changed the World 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • Public Star Gazing, Castleton State College Observatory, 7:45 to 10:30 PM, Castleton State College, Castleton. (Astronomy)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6:30pm – 10:30pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)