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Proposals Accepted
1/1/15 – 3/31/15

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Conference Cost

The base cost of registration for the 2014 Colorado Gold Conference:

  • Early Bird (May 1st through May 31st) Members $319, Non-Members $364
  • Regular (June 1st through June 30th) Members $339, Non-Members $384
  • Summer (July 1st through July 31st) Members $359, Non-Members $404
  • Late (August 1st through August 31st) Members $379, Non-Members $424
  • Last Minute (September 1st through September 5th) Members $399, Non-Members $444
  • At the Door (September 11th only) Members $425, Non-Members $470

Refund Policy: Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers will gladly refund your conference registration fees, less a $50.00 processing fee. You must notify the conference chair to cancel your conference registration 31 or more days before the conference date. Please contact, to cancel. RMFW is unable to refund any conference registration fees 30 days or fewer before the conference date.

Registration fee includes:

  • A free pitch appointment with one of your top-choice agents, editors or publishers.
  • A free author reading of your work in progress to an audience of supportive peers (sign-up space is limited to 24 readers)
  • Entry to the Friday-night book sale and author-signing extravaganza.
  • Access to all open programming.
  • Access to hotel amenities, including business center, wireless Internet in hotel lobby and bar, restaurant, lounge, coffee shop, and gift shop.
  • Tote bag containing conference literature and small gifts.
  • Friday-night Italian buffet.
  • Saturday and Sunday continental breakfast.
  • Saturday-night awards and recognition banquet.
  • Sunday-afternoon luncheon.

Optional special sessions and add-ons include:

  • $50 for a 4-hour Friday-Morning Master Class. Choose 1 of 5 offered this year. Space is limited.
  • $35 for a 15-minute one-on-one pitch-coaching session with Susan Spann or Heather Webb. Space is limited.
  • $35 for a 15-minute one-on-one critique with guest authors Jeffrey Deaver, Jack Ketchum and Desiree Holt. Space is limited.
  • $35 to participate in a 4-hour Friday-morning or Friday-afternoon critique workshop with a small group moderated by an attending agent, editor or publisher. Space is limited.
  • $15 to audit a 4-hour Friday-morning or Friday-afternoon critique workshop with a small group moderated by an attending agent, editor or publisher. Auditors attend but do not submit pages for critique. Space is limited.
  • $40 to add a guest to the Friday-night dinner. (Limit: 3 guests)
  • $60 to add a guest to the Saturday-night banquet. (Limit: 3 guests)
  • $40 to add a guest to the Sunday luncheon. (Limit: 3 guests)

Travel Arrangements

  • Coming soon.

2015 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Colorado Gold Conference

September 11-13, 2015
The Westin, Westminster, Colorado

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About Colorado Gold Conference

Every year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is pleased to present the Colorado Gold Conference, where hundreds of writers from all over the US and beyond gather for a full weekend of writerly camaraderie, exciting programming, and opportunities to pitch projects to the industry’s top agents and editors. Programming focuses on the following key areas:

  • Craft improvement
  • Genre knowledge
  • Career management
  • Industry savvy
  • Continuing education and professional development for published authors

Whether you’re new to the idea of becoming a writer or you’re a veteran published author, whether you hope to pursue a traditional publishing contract with a big New York publishing house or launch a self-publishing venture, you’re sure to find the skills, knowledge, inspiration, motivation, and support you need at Colorado Gold.

2015 Proposal Submission Info

RMFW’s conference chair accepts workshop proposals for the Colorado Gold Conference January 1st through March 31 of 2015. Please note the competition for faculty positions is fierce. To help you create the best possible proposal, here are some suggestions to help you make your proposal stand out:

  • Make your topic fresh, unique, and relevant to the industry’s current climate.
  • Focus your proposal on concrete knowledge or skills attendees can take away and apply to their own writing.
  • Reflect genuine enthusiasm for the topic.
  • If you proposal is based upon a traditional topic, approach it from a unique angle.
  • Share your credentials and speaking/teaching experience.
  • Be detailed so that the committee can understand what attendees will learn in your workshop.
  • Be very clear about the level (beginner, intermediate, professional) of workshop you are presenting.
  • Prepare an outline of your workshop to submit with your proposal.

2015 Keynote Speakers

Jeffery Deaver, Author
Mystery, Crime, Thriller

A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and have been translated into over twenty-five languages.

The author of thirty-two novels, three collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, he’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association, and his Lincoln Rhyme thriller The Broken Window and a stand-alone, Edge, were also nominated for that prize. He has been awarded the Steel Dagger and the Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers’ Association and the Nero Wolfe Award, and he is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year and a winner of the British Thumping Good Read Award. The Cold Moon was named the Book of the Year by the Mystery Writers Association of Japan, as well as by Kono Mystery Wa Sugoi magazine. In addition, the Japanese Adventure Fiction Association awarded the The Cold Moon and Carte Blanche their annual Grand Prix award.

Deaver has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award and a Gumshoe Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.

His book A Maiden’s Grave was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and his novel The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His novel The Devil’s Teardrop was adapted for the screen and aired on Lifetime; it starred Tom Everett Scott and Natasha Henstridge. And, yes, the rumors are true; he did appear as a corrupt reporter on his favorite soap opera, As the World Turns. Here are the pictures to prove it!

He was born outside Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. Learn more about Jeffery Deaver by reading the Q & A with the most frequently asked questions.

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Jack Ketchum, Author
Horror/Thriller/Western/Dark Fantasy

Jack Ketchum has published twenty-eight books to date — novels, story collections, novellas, essays and poetry. Five of his novels have been filmed, The Lost, Red, Offspring, The Girl Next Door, and The Woman, which he co-scripted with director Lucky McKee, and which won the prize for best screenplay at the Sitges Film Festival in Germany. He is the four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, was elected Grand Master by the World Horror Convention, and his novella The Crossings was cited by Stephen King in his speech before the 2003 National Book Awards. He lives with cats.

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2015 Author Guests

Desiree Holt, Author
Erotic Romance

Referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, Desiree Holt is the world’s oldest living published erotic romance author with over 170 published works. A graduate of the University of Michigan with double majors in English and History, her earlier careers include agent and manager in the music industry, public television, associate vice president of university advancement, public relations, and economic development.

She is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature.

She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times, The Huffington Post and numerous other national and international publications. She is also the Authors After Dark 2014 Author of the Year.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

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2015 Agents & Editors

Please check back regularly. We’ll add more agents, editors and publishers as they confirm their attendance.

Danielle Burby, Agent
Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency
Contemporary YA / Medieval Fantasy / Historical Fiction / Cozy Mysteries / Women’s Fiction

Danielle Burby graduated from Hamilton College with honors and a double major in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Before finding her home at HSG, she interned at Writers House, Clarion Books, Faye Bender Literary Agency, Dunow Carlson and Lerner, John Wiley and Sons, and SquareOne Publishers (along with stints as a waitress and a farmers’ market vendor).

Her passion lies in YA, Women’s Fiction, and mysteries. She gravitates toward stories with a strong voice and particularly enjoys complex female characters, narratives that explore social issues, and coming-of-age stories. Genres that appeal to her include contemporary YA, medieval fantasy, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, and upmarket Women’s Fiction. She finds it hard to resist gorgeous writing and is a sucker for romantic plotlines that are an element of the narrative, but don’t dominate it.

Danielle was involved in way too many singing groups in college and is always up for karaoke. She also enjoys both tea and coffee, managing to defy the naysayers who claim they’re an either-or thing. She is, however, distinctly a chocolate person.

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Trish Daly, Associate Editor
William Morrow – HarperCollins Publishers
Mystery/Crime / Smart Fiction / Narrative Non-fiction

Associate Editor Trish Daly was introduced to the world of publishing through New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute after graduating from Boston College in 2010. She was then lucky enough to join the wonderful team at William Morrow/Avon—a division of HarperCollins—going on to acquire and edit both fiction and nonfiction for William Morrow, Morrow Paperbacks and the digital-first Witness Impulse mystery line.

Trish is actively acquiring across genres and most interested in building her list in the following areas: sharp, character-driven mystery/crime; smart fiction with distinctive voice, in both contemporary and historical settings; and narrative nonfiction, with areas of interest including cultural history, science, and travel/adventure.

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Carrie Howland, Agent
Donadio and Olson, Inc.
Literary Fiction / Narrative Non-fiction / Young Adult / Middle Grade

Carrie Howland is a literary agent at Donadio and Olson, Inc., where she represents literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, young adult, and middle grade authors. In addition to her own clients, she handles foreign, first serial, and audio rights for the agency. Carrie is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and writes for its newsletter. She also enjoys speaking at various writing conferences throughout the year. Carrie holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College, where she was the Poetry Editor of The Albion Review. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals and magazines. In her spare time, Carrie volunteers as a foster for a local dog rescue. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Emily S. Keyes, Agent
Donadio and Olson, Inc.
Fantasy / Science Fiction / Women’s Fiction / New Adult / Pop Culture / Humor

Emily S. Keyes joined Fuse Literary in 2013 after working as an agent at the L. Perkins Agency for 2 years. Before entering the world of agenting, she worked in the contracts department of Simon & Schuster, Inc and graduated from New York University’s Center for Publishing. She uses her knowledge of contracts, copyright and the publishing business to benefit her clients and the Foreword team.

Emily is a particular lover of all types of young adult and middle grade books. She wants to represent the kind of stories that will resonate with kids for the rest of their lives. She loves strong voices and unique characters, not knock-offs or trend chasers. Some of her favorite authors include Deb Caletti, Laurie Halse Anderson, Gary D. Schmidt, and Megan Whalen Turner. She thinks books are best when they make you laugh and cry.

Emily is also looking for a select list of commercial fiction which includes fantasy & science fiction, women’s fiction, new adult fiction, along with pop culture and humor titles. She is not looking for poetry, short stories, picture books or anything that is “publishable” and not amazing.

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Melissa Jeglinski, Agent
The Knight Agency
Romance / YA / Middle Grades / Women’s Fiction / Mystery

Melissa Jeglinski is a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English with a writing concentration. Melissa began her career as an editor with Harlequin Enterprises. Looking to work with a variety of authors and genres, she joined The Knight Agency in 2008. With over two decades experience in the publishing industry, Melissa has fostered her clients to National prominence including a Newbery Honor. She is a member of RWA and AAR. Melissa is currently seeking projects in the following areas: Romance (contemporary, category, historical, inspirational) Young Adult, Middle Grade, Women’s Fiction and Mystery.

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