2013 Conference

2013 Conference

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The 2013 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference

September 20-22, 2013
Renaissance Hotel, Denver, Colorado

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

Learn more about the 2013 special guests and attending agents and editors.

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.

2013 Conference Literature

2013 Special Guests

Historical novelist
Margaret George
Thriller and urban-fantasy
author Rob Thurman
Horror author
Ronald Malfi
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2013 Attending Agents and Editors

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

Sandra Bond, Agent
Bond Literary Agency, Denver, CO

Bond Literary Agency represents adult and young adult fiction, both literary and commercial, including mysteries and women’s fiction, and many categories of nonfiction, including narrative, health, science, memoir, biography, and business. In fact, because the agency’s list is rather broad, it would be easier to list what it does not represent: romance, adult fantasy, poetry, and children’s picture books. The agency maintains a select list of authors from all around the country, many of whom had not been published before signing with it. Sandra prefers to represent authors (all of their work) rather than single titles, but is willing to discuss working on a single title. She is looking for writers who truly have studied the craft of writing (fiction) or who are experts in their fields and understand the level of professionalism and the c redentials required to sell their projects in today’s competitive marketplace (nonfiction). The agency uses subagents to sell dramatic and foreign rights to its titles. Sandra Bond started her agency in Denver in 1998, after working for the Jody Rein Books agency. While running the agency, she was also the program administrator at the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute, a 4-week, intensive, graduate-level certificate program in publishing, from 2005-2009, and she is now a guest lecturer at the Institute.

Hanna Bowman, Agent
Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency, New York, NY

Hannah joined the agency in 2011. She has a B.A. from Cornell University, summa cum laude in English and magna cum laude in Mathematics. While a student, she spent four summers working in particle physics at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, before eventually deciding her true interest was books. Before joining Liza Dawson Associates, Hannah interned briefly with agent Weronika Janczuk, now of Lynn C. Franklin Associates. In her free time, she writes her own fiction (mostly science fiction and fantasy) and plays the organ. Hannah specializes in commercial fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy, women’s fiction, cozy mysteries, romance and young adult. Hannah is also interested in nonfiction, particularly in the areas of mathematics, science and spirituality.

MacKenzie Fraser-Bub, Agent
Trident Media Group Literary Agency, New York, NY

MacKenzie has publishing in her blood. She grew up around authors, manuscripts, and publishing deals as the goddaughter of a former V.P. and Publisher at Random House, Inc. Her first job was as a reader for a major publisher, and she spent summers hanging out at the Radcliffe Publishing Course (now known as the Columbia Publishing Course) with a constant procession of publishing industry professionals. Most recently MacKenzie was in marketing at Touchstone Books (Simon and Schuster) where she worked closely with the advertising, publicity, and sales departments. MacKenzie’s intimate understanding of all aspects of publishing has led to a very hands-on approach to her clients’ careers, throughout the various stages of the publishing process. MacKenzie loves a good story well told and is particularly interested in women’s fiction. As a new agent, she is actively building her client list and is discovering new talent, as well as helping established authors increase their readership and build their careers.

Sarah Joy Freese, Agent
WordServe Literary, Denver, CO

Sarah Joy Freese is an associate agent with WordServe Literary. She loves reading through queries and attending writing conferences to meet new excellent writers. Sarah especially enjoys working with authors to make their manuscripts publishable; she has edited several manuscripts that are in various stages of the publishing process. Before Sarah joined WordServe, she worked several years as an English teacher, at both high school and college levels. She also worked as a collegiate tutor for various community colleges and the college from which she obtained her masters’ degrees. Even then, she was honing her editing skills by working with authors in various stages of their PhD dissertations. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in English and communications from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also has an MA (emphasis in creative writing) and an MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sarah is newly married and is enjoying life with her husband and two birds, Brewste r and Simon. When she is not working, Sarah enjoys crocheting, watching NCIS and Grey’s Anatomy, and playing Euchre. Sarah is looking for Christian books of any genre, fiction or nonfiction, except children’s works. Especially interested in historical, historical romance, contemporary romance, and contemporary women’s fiction. Not interested in poetry or picture books.

profile_sally_hardingSally Harding, Agent
Cooke Agency, Toronto, ON, Canada

Sally Harding is a literary agent and co-owner of the Cooke Agency and Cooke International. She represents authors from all over the world, with more than half of her clients calling the US home or their primary publishing market. Whether a manuscript is fiction or non-fiction, she looks for artful story-telling and a new perspective, expressed in an original voice. She is growing her list in the areas of smart, ground-breaking non-fiction; mainstream and literary-leaning science fiction and fantasy; middle grade and YA titles; and crime fiction. She is on the board of the Vancouver Writers’ Fest and is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. You can catch her on Twitter @SallyHardingTCA.

Kerri-Leigh Grady, Editor
Entangled Publishing, Fort Collins, CO

Kerri-Leigh Grady loves to sink into happily-ever-after tales and blow-up-all-the-things tales, especially when her testosterone-loaded house has hit its monthly limit of athletic socks and slapstick. She holds an MFA from Seton Hill University and a BS in computer science. She’s a nerd with an unnatural love of dark humor, gadgets, chickpeas, and ATS bellydancing. When the zombie apocalypse happens, she’s likely to be patient zero. If you see her bite someone, grab your water and head for your bunker. She’s looking for contemporary romance and novellas that have as many horror elements as they do romance (like romance during the zombie apocalypse or a haunted house), romantic comedy that would make Judd Apatow swoon, Regency romance, American West historicals, post-apocalyptic settings, long romantic suspense, spies, m/m and f/f romances, and mu lti-cultural characters. She’s most interested in stories for the Brazen, Indulgence, Bliss, Scandalous (short historical romance), Flirt, Ever After, Entangled/Select, and Entangled Teen.

Natalie Lakosil, Agent
Bradford Literary Agency, San Diego, CA

Natalie Lakosil is agent at the Bradford Literary Agency. An honors graduate of the University of San Diego, California, Natalie holds a B.A. in Literature/Writing. After nearly four years at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and a brief dabble in writing author profiles and book reviews for the San Diego Union Tribune, Natalie joined the Bradford Agency in February of 2011. Natalie’s specialty is commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture book-teen), romance (contemporary, paranormal and historical), upmarket women’s fiction and select nonfiction. Specific likes include historical, multi-cultural, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, middle grade with heart, and short, quirky picture books. She is always drawn to an open and positive attitude in an author, good grammar, and fantastical, engaging and sexy plots.

Karyn Marcus, Senior Editor
Simon & Schuster, New York, NY

Karyn Marcus acquires projects over a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. Authors she has worked with include Jeffrey Toobin, Tina Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Kitty Kelley, Sally Jenkins, Guy Lawson, Sharon Begley, Ayelet Waldman, Linda Fairstein, Madeleine Wickham, and Sara Bareilles. Previously, Karyn was an editor at Thomas Dunne Books. Among the books she acquired and edited are The Age of Autism by Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmstead; Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion by Lauren Goldstein Crowe; Wicked Autumn by G. M. Malliet; and Whip Smart by Melissa Febos, a memoir about a young woman’s transition from college graduate to professional dominatrix. From 2006 to 2008, Karyn was an associate editor at Doubleday-Broadway working with Phyllis Grann, where she acquired Parallel Play, Tim Page’s memoir about being undiagnosed with Aspberger’s syndrome until age 45. At Simon & Schuster, she is seeking well plotted suspense fiction, particularly novels with a psychological slant. In nonfiction, she is consistently surprised and delighted by the topics which pique her interest, but must-haves include literary memoir, science for the layperson, books about the brain, fashion, and social trends. She is also the “resident animal person” at the S&S imprint.

Kristin Nelson, Agent
Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, Denver, CO

Being an avid reader practically since birth, Kristin is equally happy reading a Pulitzer prize-winning literary novel for her book club or a sexy romance novel. She established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC in 2002 after the literary agent she was working for expressed dismay that Kristin wanted to represent—gasp!—genre fiction as well as literary novels. Forming NLA was absolutely the right thing to do. She currently specializes in representing commercial fiction (mainstream, women’s fiction, romance, science fiction, fantasy, young adult & middle grade) and literary fiction with a commercial bent. Clients include bestselling authors Jamie Ford, Ally Carter, Marie Lu, Gail Carriger, Simone Elkeles, Hugh Howey, Courtney Milan, and RITA-award winners Sherry Thomas and Linnea Sinclair. When she is not busy selling books, Kristin plays tennis as well as Bridge (where she is the youngest person in her club). She can also be found hiking in the mountains with her husband and their dog Chutney. Member: AAR, RWA, SFWA, SCBWI. Please see the agency’s submission guidelines before submitting and also check out Kristin’s Facebook page and popular blog, Pub Rants.

David Pomerico, Editor
47North (an imprint of Amazon Publishing), Seattle, WA

David Pomerico is an Acquisitions Editor at 47North, Amazon Publishing’s science fiction, fantasy, and horror imprint. He grew up on a steady diet of Bunnicula, Tolkien, Lewis, Star Wars, and every good/bad sci-fi movie you could imagine (Krull, The Black Hole, Flight of the Navigator, Willow), so it was no surprise that he fell into editing science fiction and fantasy. He joins 47North from Del Rey Spectra, where for five years he acquired and edited original novels, working with authors such as Ari Marmell, Chris Wooding, C.L. Anderson, Darin Bradley, Felix Gilman, and Alan Campbell, as well as forthcoming books by Peter F. Hamilton, Rob Reid, Pierce Brown, and John Birmingham’s new series. In addition, he’s worked on a number of licensed properties, including the aforementioned Star Wars (yes—it was a dream come true), Transformers, Robert E. Howard’s backlist, and Penny Arcade. For the last three years, he was the man behind the curtain of @DelReySpectra on Twitter, and helped create and perpetrate (perpetuate?) Cage Match on Suvudu.com. He’s currently working on the Foreworld Saga with Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, et al; The Dead Man series, and has been actively acquiring science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and horror.

Kathleen Rushall, Agent
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Solana Beach, CA

Kathleen represents a wide range of children’s literature and nonfiction at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. She started as an intern at the Sandra Dijkstra Agency, and then spent two years at Waterside Productions agency. She looks forward to garnering fresh voices, strong narratives, and whimsical tales in all areas of young adult literature including thrillers, contemporary romance, mysteries, historical fiction, and science fiction. She is open to all genres of YA, but has a soft spot for thrillers, romance, edgy plots, humorous voices, and would love to find a dark mystery. Kathleen is also looking for unique, quirky picture books and all genres of middle grade fiction as well. In addition to kidlit, Kathleen also represents select nonfiction and is interested in parenting, cooking, crafts, business, alternative medicine, women’s interest, humor, pop-culture, and some how-to. Kathleen graduated from Seattle University with her bachelor’s degree in English and minor in fine arts. She moved back to her hometown of San Diego to earn her master’s degree in English, specializing in children’s literature, from San Diego State University. When she is not at her desk, Kathleen enjoys exploring new restaurants, dreaming of Ireland, and walking her Australian Shepherd, Finn.

Eddie Schneider, Agent
JABerwocky Literary Agency, Long Island City, NY

Eddie Schneider is the VP of JABberwocky Literary Agency, which he joined in 2008. JABberwocky is the world’s leading literary agency for science fiction and fantasy, representing #1 NYT bestselling authors Charlaine Harris and Brandon Sanderson, among many others. Eddie has a keen interest in literary fiction, science fiction, and fantasy, all varieties of young adult and middle grade fiction, and non-fiction including science, history, and narrative non-fiction. When he’s not working, Eddie enjoys running ultramarathons, growing unusual vegetables on his fire escape, reading in the very same genres he agents, and the occasional bit of sleep.

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 conference@rmfw.org, to cancel.

RMFW is unable to refund any conference registration fees 30 days or fewer before the conference date.