Writer’s Conference! Pitches! Winners…OH MY!

Hey friends! Yep, you’re my friends 😀 I had an awesome – Did I say awesome? Time at the Maryland’s Writer’s Conference.

I hobnobbed with Best Selling Author LA Banks (who spoke on ‘How to make a living as a best selling author’, President of the Mid-Atlantic Book Publishers Association and many awesome writers.

I also worked the conference and recruited these awesome publishing professionals to pitch it up with us at the conference.

Lit Agents:

Jason Ashlock
Literary Agent, Movable Type Literary Group

Lauren Hammond
Literary Agent, ADA Management Group

Emmanuelle Morgen
Literary Agent, Judith Ehrlich Lite
rary Management

Jessica Sinsheimer
Associate Agent, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency


Georgia McBride
Freelance Editor and Manager, YALITCHAT.ORG

Roseanne Wells
Literary Agent, Strong Literary Agency

Harrison Demchick
Editor and Marketing Associate, Bancroft Press

Daniel Ehrenhaft
Editorial Director, Soho Teen at Soho Press

Catherine Hiller
President, Executive Editor

John David Kudrick
Editor, JohnDavidKudrick.com

Brittney Ross
Editor, Penguin Group

Fun Picture of Georgia McBride, Founder of Yalitchat.org and Lauren Hammond, Lit Agent

Fun Picture of Georgia McBride, Founder of Yalitchat.org and Little Ole’ me, LM Preston


Picture of the Pitch Sessions: One-on-One

I totally screwed up mine. Yep, you are hearing it from me first. I screwed it up with nervous jitters, but the editors I spoke to were so awesome about it that I didn’t feel horrible when I left. I learned a lot and they helped me a lot.

The great thing about Maryland Writer’s Conference Pitch sessions is that the Agents and Editors read my Query Letter and First Five pages in advance. When I met with them for my 10 min (for $30) they listened to my pitch then reviewed my query letter and first five pages.


Start with a hook, Practice it first with someone else – even video tape yourself doing it, but have it memorized cold before you go.


It went very well, I shared all my secrets of uber energy for promotion and scared the be-juju out of most of the writers, lol! I didn’t mean to, but I was just giving them an idea of what marketing is and shucks, I told them to start at least 8 months before a book comes out. But the information was well received and I also got to sit in on some pretty amazing speakers.


Bandits contest winner is Tracey Goodwin!!!!! Wowsa!!! She’s getting books, she’s getting books!

~ by LM Preston on April 6, 2011.

One Response to “Writer’s Conference! Pitches! Winners…OH MY!”

  1. I was in your session. You were great. Thanks.

    The conference people screwed up my pitch session. They only sent the agent my query, not my first five pages, so I got into a somewhat-awkward situation. Overall it was success though.

    I’m going to follow you from now on. Since I’m writing YA Fantasy, anything you say would probably benefit me.

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