Consult lottery closes 6:00 PM MST, February 8, 2022
Announcement of the lottery winners will be on February 15, 2022.
- Please do your research prior to adding agents or editors to your conference cart. These will be chosen via lottery and we will not be giving refunds if you get an agent or editor who does not represent what you write, or if you change your mind.
- Attendees are allowed only ONE consultation unless otherwise authorized by the conference chairs. Intentional violation of this policy will result in a warning, and the additional sessions will be deleted from the account and will not be refunded. Further violations may result in the loss of consultation privileges.
- Consultations are non-refundable.
- If you can no longer make your consultation, please let us know so we can give your spot to the next person on the waiting list. Remember, there are no refunds for consult sessions.
- In case of a virtual conference, you will receive an email one week before the conference with your Zoom meeting ID and time.
- If you have a scheduling conflict that cannot be moved, let us know. We’ll do our best to accommodate.
GUEST AGENTS AND EDITORS
The Purcell Agency
Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong is an Oklahoma native transplanted in Minnesota for nearly 30 years. A proud alumnus of The University of Oklahoma, she holds a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in History and is a rabid fan of OU Sooners Football.
A prolific reader of many genres, Cathie represents Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary and Historical Romance, Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Mysteries, and Thrillers. She deliberately keeps her client list small to give her authors the attention each deserves while still allowing herself time for her own writing career as an author of issue-driven young adult and women’s fiction.
Cathie looks for manuscripts that catch her attention within the first few pages. If you can evoke an emotional reaction in the opening pages—make her laugh out loud, cause her pulse to race, make her cry—you’ve got a winner.
Cathie is never interested in Science Fiction or High Fantasy in any genre; however, fantasy grounded in the real world is usually a good fit if they contain paranormal aspects in the vein of Victoria Laurie’s Abby Cooper Psychic Eye or Ghost Hunter series, Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft Mysteries series, Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series, or Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse or Harper Connelly series.
The information on the MSWL website is current, but she’s especially looking for YA Paranormal in the vein of Charlaine Harris’s Harper Connelly Series.
Folio Literary Management
Quressa Robinson joined Folio Literary Management in 2022 after working at previous agencies, including the Nelson Literary Agency, and as an editor for five years. She is originally from San Francisco but has been living in New York City for over a decade. As a New York based agent, she is eager to build her MG, YA, and Adult lists. Quressa is also a member of the 2017-2020 WNDB Walter Grant Committee and holds an MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction from Columbia University. In 2020, she was named a Publisher's Weekly Star Watch finalist. In 2021 she was named an influential gatekeeper in Book and Film Globe’s inaugural Publishing Power 30 list alongside phenoms like Reece Witherspoon, Celeste Ng, and Lisa Lucas.
Her MSWL can be found here.
Melanie Figueroa is a literary agent at Root Literary. She represents middle grade, YA, and adult fiction along with select nonfiction and picture book titles. What she loves most about the job is the balance of creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating with a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University, she worked as an in-house editorial project manager and then as a freelance editor for several years before joining the agency in 2018. Melanie was born and raised in Southern California in a multicultural, blended family, so she has a soft spot for books that shine a spotlight on the nuances of relationships and identity. She currently lives in Southern California and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @wellmelsbells.
She recently updated her MSWL on her website.
Irene Goodman Agency
Natalie Lakosil began her career as a literary agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and Bradford Literary Agency before joining the Irene Goodman Agency in 2021. An honors graduate of the University of San Diego, California, Natalie holds a B.A. in Literature/Writing. For over a dozen years she has championed and helped to build the careers of numerous award-winning, critically acclaimed and bestselling authors. Natalie represents adult nonfiction, adult cozy mystery/crime, female-driven thrillers, upmarket women’s/general fiction, illustrators, and all ages (picture book, chapter book, MG, YA) of children’s literature, both fiction and nonfiction. Read more on her website: www.adventuresinagentland.com
Stephen Barr is a senior literary agent at Writer House, where he started out as an intern in the winter of 2008 after graduating from UCLA with a degree in something. He represents a broad stripe of authors across all genres, with a steady hankering for audacious YA, intricate picture books, mysteries that handcuff humor and tragedy to the same radiator, world-bending middle grade, and really any fiction that tackles heavy themes with a light touch. He's also the author of The Upside Down Hat, illustrated by Gracey Zhang, and the owner of a drum kit he built in his basement that he's hoping the other people in his apartment building will somehow not notice. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, daughter, and books.
Lisa Mangum has worked in publishing since 1997. She has been the Managing Editor for Shadow Mountain since 2014 and has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors. While fiction is her first love, she also has experience working with nonfiction projects.
Lisa is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello), several short stories and novellas, and a nonfiction book about the craft of writing based on the TV show Supernatural. She has edited several anthologies. She currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.
Her MSWL: Historical fiction, Women's fiction, Historical romance, Contemporary middle grade, Contemporary young adult, Cookbooks
Samantha Milburn is the managing editor of Covenant Communications. She’s been reading books in every spare moment she has since elementary school, so why not make a career of it? She collaborates with extremely talented writers and is proud of every story they create together and the many awards her authors have won over the years. She currently lives in Rigby, Idaho, with her husband, Matthew, and their five beautiful children. Besides reading, Samantha enjoys watching and playing sports, cooking, and being with family.
Covenant’s Wish List:
Contemporary Christian Romance (not necessarily LDS based; just Christian based)
Historical Romance (not LDS based)
Suspense (not LDS based)
Romantic Suspense (not LDS based)
LDS Event Books (baptism, temple endowment, Easter, Father’s Day)
We do not want to see memoirs, poetry, family histories, or personal journals.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2022 CONFERENCE
These consults are 10 minutes long and cost $35.00, which is non-refundable.
Please prepare your query of your manuscript and submit it via a Google Form link that will be sent in the beginning of March.
All query submissions are due March 15th, 2022 by 10:00pm MST.
Please follow query formatting guidelines below.
Manuscript consults are 15 minutes long and cost $45.00, which is non-refundable.
Please prepare your query letter and the first 10 pages of your manuscript and submit via a Google Form link that will be sent in the beginning of March. Submit them in one document by March 15th, 2022 by 10:00pm MST.
Please follow the manuscript formatting guidelines below.
Please note: There will be NO VIRTUAL pitches this year.
Consult Registration Instructions
Consult lottery closes 6:00 PM MST, February 8, 2022
Announcement of the lottery winners will be on February 15, 2022.
Due to the high demand and limited supply, we use a lottery system for assigning consultation sessions. All attendees who register for a consultation during the lottery period will be pooled together, and then openings will be assigned through a random selection process.
BE AWARE: If you are chosen for a spot, you will be notified by email (the one you registered with) and given 48 hours to pay the additional fee. If you decline or neglect to pay, you will lose your slot and it will be given to another.
The lottery period runs from 6:00 a.m. MST on February 8 to 6:00 p.m. MST on February 14, 2022. You will be notified by February 15th, 2022 if you received a spot. Those who do not receive a spot will be automatically placed on a waiting list and notified in the event of an opening.
Sign Up Steps
- Register for the Storymakers Conference. Check out to complete your registration.
- AFTER REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE, you will be given the option to select up to three (3) query or manuscript critique options in your order of preference. The cost is zero at this time. You will only pay for a critique session if your name is chosen from the lottery.
- Although you may select up to three (3) query or manuscript critique options, it’s important to note that you will only be eligible for one (1) critique session with an agent or editor, so research your options well and choose wisely. Please only choose agents or editors you would be happy working with, as we cannot switch your registration after the lottery has opened.
- You may want to pick a mix of manuscript and query critique sessions, as there are fewer manuscript critiques available, thus they will be harder to get into.
- Those whose names have been drawn will be notified by February 15th, 2022.
- If you are notified that you have received a critique session, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to pay within 48 hours. NOTE: If you do not pay in the 48-hour window, your spot will be given to the next person on the waiting list.
- Attendees will be choosing their own times for consultations using Sign Up Genius. Two weeks before the conference, you will receive an email notifying you that we’ve opened the sign ups. These will be first come, first served, and you are responsible for managing your schedule. You may have to miss parts of classes or intensives. See the Consultation Time Sign Up Instructions section for more details.
Manuscript Formatting Guidelines
- Submit the first ten (10) pages of your manuscript, double-spaced
- 12-point, Times New Roman font
- One-inch margins
- Include the title of your book, your full name, and the genre of your book on a title page or on top of the first page. The title page does not count toward your ten (10) pages.
- Save the document with your last name and book title.
Query Formatting Guidelines
- Authors will need to submit a polished copy of the query letter to the critique session.
- While the query letter may be single spaced, it should not be more than one page.
Consultation Time Sign Up Instructions
For 2022, attendees will sign up for their own consultation session time through Sign-Up Genius.
The conference committee will no longer be assigning sessions.
How It Works
- Attendees will use Sign Up Genius to sign up for their consultation time.
- Times are first come, first served. You MAY NOT put your name on more than one time slot to save them for yourself or for others.
- Attendees can only sign up themselves, not other people.
- Sign ups will open one to two weeks before the conference, so you will have plenty of time to figure out your schedule. We will notify you via email when sign ups will open.
- Yes, we understand that the ideal time slot may not be available. It is up to you to decide what breakouts/intensives you can miss part of.
- If you have an unavoidable conflict (for example, you are attending only one day and there are no available openings for that day), please contact us.
- We will not be sending out reminder emails or including reminders on name badges. YOU are responsible for keeping track of your own consultation time. If you forget, we’re sorry. There is no guarantee the agent/editor will be able to fit you in some other time.
- If you sign up for a slot, without having received one through the conference, your agent/editor consultation privileges will be revoked.