PITCHING YOUR NOVEL - REGISTER NOW
The Book Market and the Ask a Pro sessions are available to all registered participants in the Writers Conference of the International Women's Fiction Festival. Whether you are unpublished or the author of fifty books, whether you write literary fiction or genre fiction or even non fiction, the Writers Conference is for you.
Pitch your novel to an editor or an agent. The Women's Fiction Festival calls in editors and agents from the US and Europe and the afternoon pitching sessions are part of the conference program.
We have an exciting range of editors and agents this year at the 12th International Women's Fiction Festival:
From the US:
Christine Witthohn, Book Cents Literary Agency
Meghan Farrell, editor Tule Publishing
From the UK:
Julia Churchill, AM Heath LtD Literary Agency
Andrew Lownie, Literary Agency Ltd
Kate Stephenson, editorial director Harper Collins
Penelope Holroyde, Literary Agency
Alessandra Bazardi, Alessandra Bazardi Literary Agency
Alice Di Stefano, editor Fazi
Chiara Ferrari, editor tr60/Nord
Enrico Racca, editorial director Mondadori Ragazzi
Angela Rastelli, editor Einaudi
Vicky Satlow, Vicky Satlow Literary Agency
Chiara Scaglioni, editor Harlequin Mondadori
Alessandra Tavella, Acquisitions editor Italy
ASK A PRO
Most writers need help with their writing career--sometimes they need help with plotting and craft issues, sometimes they need help with navigating the new world of publishing, with its many opportunities and challenges, sometimes they need help with promotion. The International Women's Fiction Festival Writers Conference has instituted each year several 'Ask a Pro' sessions to provide answers and concrete help. Below is a list of the professionals you can consult.
THE TRANSLATORS CORNER
Porter Anderson Media
Ricardo Fayet, Reedsy
Camile Mofidi, Kobo Inc
REQUEST APPOINTMENTS (ONLY FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS)
HOW TO PITCH
Prepare a brief synopsis of your book. You have ten minutes to close the deal so be organized, succinct and persuasive. If you're interested in the foreign market, you might want to bring a translated synopsis of your book to present to the foreign agent or editor. It would be helpful to have business cards with your contact info printed up.
The pitching sessions will have interpretation available, make sure you ask for interpretation beforehand.
The Festival will do everything in its power to ensure that writers will be able to communicate with foreign editors and agents.
The Book Market does not issue day passes.
As always with pitching sessions, the Festival makes the sessions possible but is not responsible for delayed or negative responses. In any event, access to top agents and editors from your own country and to top foreign agents and editors is a fabulous opportunity which you shouldn't miss. You can learn even from a no. Remember Stephen King's first book was rejected 30 times and Twilight was rejected 14 times.
WOMEN'S FICTION DISCOVERIES
The Women's Fiction Festival has a great track record in recognizing new talent. This is a list of books discovered in Matera: Margaret Moore, Tuscan Terminator (Worldwide Mystery); Elizabeth Edmondson, Doume (Sourcebooks), Cristina Cassar Scalia, La seconda estate (Sperling & Kupfer), Elisabetta Flumeri e Gabriella Giacometti, L'amore è un bacio di dama (Sperling & Kupfer), Giovanni Ziccardi, L'Ultimo Hacker (Marsilio), Giuseppina Torregrossa, Il Conto delle minne (Mondadori), Emilia Marasco, Famiglia femminile plural (Mondadori), Daniela de Prato, Il Sole negli occhi (Tea Libri), Gabriella Genisi, La Circonferenza delle arrange (Sonzogno) which will be shortly made into a TV series. Many other books are still under consideration by international editors and agents.