Agents and Editors at the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference

By Don Lafferty | Writing

Jun 10

If you’re still trying to land a literary agent, happen to be available tomorrow afternoon, and have your pitch dialed in, spending five minutes at the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference might get you one step closer to getting your book published.

Tomorrow, Friday, June 9th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, agents and editors will be on hand for interviews with registered attendees of the conference.

The sessions will be five minutes each, and conferees may sign up for only one session on a first-come, first-serve basis after the general conference registration.

Please DO NOT bring manuscripts.

DO bring  questions and be prepared to discuss your work. Condense your pitch to take no more than the five minutes allotted.

Sign-up begins at 9:00 a.m.; conference registration is required.

Here’s the lineup:


Loretta Barrett: Loretta Barrett Books

For fiction: Crime fiction Historical Fiction Mainstream Fiction Multicultural Fiction Paranormal Fiction Romantic Suspense. Suspense and Thrillers, Urban Fantasy, Women’s Fiction, Women’s Mysteries, Suspense and Thrillers

For nonfiction: Animals, Biography, Current Affairs, Environment/Nature, Historical Nonfiction, Popular Culture, Psychology.
Self-Help, Social Issues, Spirituality,Women’s Issues.

Regina Brooks: Serendipity

For Fiction: Adventure, Confession, Literary, Ethnic, Historical, Juvenile, Multicultural, Picture book, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, African American, Commercial, Young Adult, Juvenile.

For Nonfiction: Juvenile, Newage, Business, Current affairs, Education, Ethnic, History, Memoirs, Money, Multicultural,Popular culture, Psychology, Religion, Science, Self help, Sports, Women’s, Health/medical, Popular Science, Biography, Politics, Crafts/design, Food/cooking, Contemporary culture.

Fran Collins and Sarah Yake: Frances Collin Literary Agency

History, Biography, Literary Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Science and Health, Narrative Nonfiction and Memoir.

Sarah Yake is especially interested in Young Adult (but, please, no picture books or books for young children), but also enjoys memoir, general and literary fiction and nonfiction.

Scott Miller and Alex Glass: Trident Media Group

Scott Miller: Commercial fiction including thrillers, crime and mysteries, literary fiction, graphic novels.

Commercial nonfiction including narrative nonfiction, current events, military, and books dealing with pop culture.

Authors include New York Times Best Selling Authors W. Bruce Cameron’s 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,  Selden Edwards’ The Little Book, Dalton Fury’s Kill Bin Laden, Ronald Kessler’s In The President’s Secret Service , Chris Kuzneski, Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) and Joel C. Rosenberg.

Alex Glass: Literary fiction, mainstream commercial fiction, mystery/crime, thriller, young adult/teen, middle grade. Narrative nonfiction, memoir, sports, pop culture, humor.

Not looking for romance, genre science fiction or fantasy, or picture books for children

Books/authors include  Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan, The Average American Male  by Chad Kultgen, The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant, The Official High Times Potsmokers Handbook by Matt Bondurant, Brothers by Da Chen, Alice Fantastic by Maggie Estep, Dope Thief  by Dennis Tafoya, Rough and Tumble by Mark Bavaro, The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh and Positively by Courtney Sheinmel (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).


Margaret McGuire: Editor, Quirk.

Margaret McGuire specializes in cookbooks, crafts, pop culture, and a host of other subjects.

Philadelphia publisher Quirk publishes “Practical Books, Impractical Books, Children’s Books, Adult Books, Illustrated Books, Reference Books, Irreference Books, Adventure Books, Survival Books, Humor Books, Gift Books, Pop Culture Books.”

David Pomerico: Assistant Editor, Del Rey Spectra

Focuses primarily on traditional fantasy, dark fantasy, urban and contemporary fantasy, dystopian literature, near-future SF thrillers, and quirky literary fiction.  Some nonfiction (humor and sports).

He has been at Random House for three years, starting in the Associates Program with Bantam Dell before becoming an Editorial Assistant at Spectra.  Since then, he’s worked with Alan Cambpell on The God of Clocks, David J. Williams on The Burning Skies and The Machinery of Light, Greg van Eekhout on Norse Code, C.L. Anderson on Bitter Angels, Felix Gilman on Gears of the City, Darin Bradley on the forthcoming Noise, and Ari Marmell’s The Conqueror’s Shadow.  He also works in the Del Rey Star Wars program.  A graduate of Binghamton University, he holds Masters Degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and NYU.  You can follow him on Twitter at @DelReySpectra.

Emily Rapoport: Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group

Drawn to new and different points of view in historical mystery, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. Non-fiction pursuits have been in light business, psychology, and pop culture.

Not looking for horror, science fiction/fantasy, romance or political subjects. Recent titles have been Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim, Death Threads: A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery by Elizabeth Lynn Casey, and Sand Daughter by Sarah Bryant.

To learn more about the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, click here: The 62nd Annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference: Just the Facts


About the Author

I'm a father, a son, a grandfather, a brother, an ex-husband and a friend to many. I am born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia where I still live, work and play. My cup runneth over.