The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference features two opportunities to meet our literary agents. Writers can attend Unveiling the Mystery, where they have the opportunity to ask general industry questions of a panel of professionals—agents who know the secret to success. Or, come for Close Encounters of the Literary Kind, one-on-one meetings with literary agents that allow writers to ask questions specific to their project and talk about what really matters—their books!
Close Encounters of the Literary Kind
This is a remarkable opportunity for you to meet one-on-one with one of our literary agents for fifteen minutes to discuss your book ideas. Since our inception 10 years ago, our literary agents have secured major publishing contracts for dozens. Whether your ideas have been rendered into a formal proposal or are in the conception stage, you’ll find these sessions valuable. If your idea is well formed, we recommend you bring a one page synopsis of your book proposal to the session. A second session may be purchased upon request to Jo Ann Livingston, our writing contest coordinator. Jo Ann arranges appointment times for all conferees. You can view her contact information below.
The cost of each session is $50.
What to bring to the Close Encounters session
If writers are interested in participating, each should come prepared to verbally pitch his or her book project and bring supporting material.
- One page biography, which should include why you are the best person to write the book
- One to two page synopsis of your book idea. Our agents will give you an honest assessment, and offer suggestions for shaping your story into a proposal.
Unveiling the Mystery: Writing, Editing, and Publishing for the Literary Market
Writing a book and building a career in literary nonfiction publishing requires an understanding of the larger literary world – a Byzantine and mysterious world to most of us. What sort of ideas grab a nonfiction book editor’s attention? How do you shape that idea into a book proposal? Do you really need a literary agent to help you prepare and sell the proposal, or can you do it on your own? And if you need them, how do you get them interested in your book idea? A panel consisting of a book editor and several literary agents will address these questions and answer your own. Want to build a career in literary publishing? Your journey begins here.
This agent panel session is included in the price of your conference registration; it will be the first session on Saturday morning.