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Events Saturday, July 21, Writers Meet Agents in Burlington!

This year's biennial conference was a Writers Meet Agents Event in Burlington.

On Saturday, July 21, five literary agents joined us on campus at Champlain College to talk about the world of publishing and writer/agent relationships, and to hear one-on-one pitches from Vermont writers.

The League extends a heartfelt Thank You! to these agents who attended:

Helen Zimmermann, Zimmermann Literary Agency, NYC <http://zimmermannliterary.com> (fiction, nonfiction health and wellness, relationships, popular culture, women's issues, lifestyle, sports, memoir) Helen says: "I am currently concentrating my non-fiction efforts in health and wellness, relationships, popular culture, women's issues, lifestyle, sports, and music. I am also drawn to memoirs that speak to a larger social or historical circumstance, or introduce me to a new phenomenon. And I am always looking for a work of fiction that will keep me up at night!"

Paula Munier, Talcott Notch Literary Services, CT <http://www.talcottnotch.net/agents/paula_munier> (mystery/thriller, SF/fantasy, romance, YA, memoir, humor, pop culture, health & wellness, cooking, self-help, pop psych, New Age, inspirational, technology, science, and writing) Paula says: "If you write crime fiction…you should know that I’m very involved with the mystery community..." including four terms as President of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America; currently VP of MWA; on New England Crime Bake committee; active member of Sisters in Crime.

Lauren Macleod, Strothman Agency, Boston <www.strothmanagency.com> (young adult fiction and nonfiction, middle grade novels and highly polished literary fiction and narrative nonfiction) Read her interview on GalleyCat here.

Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Agency, NY, <www.andreabrownlit.com/agents.php> (young adult and middle grade fiction) Jennifer  is "Always on the lookout for sparkling YA and middle grade fiction with unusual and unforgettable characters and vivid settings, she is drawn to all kinds of books, whether realistic comedies or richly imagined magical adventures."

Sarah Joy Freese, WordServe Literary, Denver, <http://tinyurl.com/SarahFreese> (fiction and nonfiction: Christian romance, Christian historical romance, Christian suspense, and paranormal romance, women’s fiction, suspense/thriller, historical, Amish, Biblical, Americana, Regencies, and mainstream. In non-fiction: Christian apologetics, current affairs, political, home life, marriage, crafts, parenting, health and diet, how-to, popular culture, psychology, narrative non-fiction, science, self-help, women’s issues, devotionals, and memoir) Sarah says: " I am looking for full-length fiction, 65,000-100,000 words in either the general or Christian market...In non-fiction I will accept authors with a strong platform..."

Not to be forgotten, sincere Thank You's also go out to our presenters:

  • Amy Kolb Noyes, VPR radio personality
  • Josie Leavitt, co-owner of The Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne
  • Katharine Britton, author of Her Sister's Shadow, from Berkley, 2011
  • Lin Stone, book editor at Wind Ridge Publishing in Shelburne


And one more shout-out for a surprise appearance from David Hodges at Fox44 news (ABC 22)! Check out the story and video that ran on Saturday night: New Writers Pitch to Literary Agents (http://www.fox44now.com/category/108945/news)

As always, we thank our many writers who support the League as we strive to support your writing efforts. Thanks for being there. -- LVW

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