5th Annual Publish & Promote Your Book Conference




Saturday, June 23, 2018

Time to get published?

If you’re ready to find an agent and present your book to the marketplace, join our community of writers, agents, editors, marketing, and public relations professionals at this unique one-day conference designed to get your book published! If you have a completed book, or are working on your draft, don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the publishing arena, build your network, and plan for the future of your writing.

In addition to panel discussions, participants can register for Pitch Sessions and discuss their book with up to three agents/editors for 10 minutes each. If you're thinking of attending a Pitch Session, consider signing up for one of our Preparing Your Pitch sessions, which will be held on Wednesday, June 20, and Friday, June 22, at 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity to refine your pitch. Preparing Your Pitch sessions are limited to a small group of writers and fill up very quickly, so sign up early. Registration for a Preparing Your Pitch session requires an additional $75 fee.

Conference admission is $425 per person.

Space is limited—register now:



Cynthia Manson, Moderator

Cynthia Manson is a well-known and respected independent literary agent with a small, successful list of published authors. She attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course, where she was inspired by Sterling Lord. Two years later, she joined the Sterling Lord Literary Agency. Manson has worked in both magazine and book publishing, including Putnam, Bertelsmann, and Scientific American. Currently she is a consultant for Advertising Age magazine and other Crain Publications, as well as representing authors in a variety of genres.

Jennifer Carlson, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency

Jennifer Carlson works with narrative nonfiction writers and journalists covering current events and ideas and cultural history, as well as literary and upmarket commercial novelists. On the children’s side, her clients are primarily young adult and middle grade fiction writers with a very select number of picture book projects. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she divides her time between Brooklyn and Minneapolis.

Merrilee Heifeitz, Writers House

Merrilee Heifetz specializes in science fiction and dark fantasy, and she also does books on rock music and pop culture. Heifetz represents a number of bestselling fantasy and YA/fantasy authors including Melissa Marr, Laurell Hamilton, Neil Gaiman, and Cat Adamas (the new pen name of C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp). Seeking Literary Fiction | Science Fiction | Commercial Fiction | Fantasy | Young Adult | Multi-Cultural | Middle Grade | Graphic Novels.

Jeff Kleinman, Founding Partner, Folio Literary Management

I’m on the hunt: I want projects that can make a difference. I love unique voices, magnificently strong characters, unusual premises, and books that offer up some new perspective on something. I’m always interested in learning (I spent a lot of time in the classroom, with a BA in English / Modern Studies from the University of Virginia, an MA in Italian from the University of Chicago, and a JD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.) In terms of fiction: I’m looking for extremely well-written, character-driven books that make me absolutely fall in love with the characters and their world. I represent book club fiction (not genre commercial, like mysteries or romances), and literary fiction, and am particularly on the lookout for very well-written thrillers and suspense novels, or novels with a great, quirky, fun voice—like Melissa DeCarlo’s The Art of Crash Landing. For nonfiction: I’m particularly interested in narrative nonfiction and memoir, and have sold projects in a wide variety of subjects. Learn more


Caitlin Alexander, Moderator

Caitlin Alexander spent eleven years at Random House, where she edited New York Times bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction, as well as RITA Award winners, Thriller Award winners, and Edgar Award nominees. She continues to edit bestselling and award-winning books through her editorial services company.

Laura Van Der Veer, Little A

Editor at Amazon’s Little A imprint, Laura Van der Veer, graduate of American University, was previously an Associate Editor at Spiegel & Grau. Laura specializes in narrative nonfiction with a passion for finding the most compelling voices and working with those authors to both identify the narrative goal in their books and achieve it in the most captivating and incisive way possible.

Christine Pride, Simon and Schuster

Christine Pride joined Simon and Schuster in 2016. She spent more than a decade as an editor at various corporate imprints, including Doubleday, Broadway, Crown, and Hyperion, and had a wonderful three-year stint as a freelance editor and ghostwriter. Christine has worked with a variety of established and debut writers and has published many New York Times bestsellers and critically acclaimed books, including Tell Me Where It Hurts, Heaven Is Here, and A Reason to Believe. She is acquiring contemporary, literary, and upmarket/book club fiction. She’s especially drawn to voice-driven novels, high concept premises, and books that explore the terrain of family, relationships, friendship, coming-of-age, and race/culture. She also acquires literary and commercial memoir—inspirational stories are a special passion—as well as select narrative nonfiction that explores race, pop culture, women’s issues. Overall she’s a sucker for any book that offers a distinctive point of view, sparks reflection, starts a conversation, and resonates with women.

Josh Kendall, Little, Brown & Co., Mulholland Books

Joshua Kendall, BA, Sarah Lawrence College, is an executive editor and editorial director of Mulholland Books at Little, Brown & Co. He has edited novels by writers including Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), Lauren Beukes, Michael Koryta, J.J. Abrams, Robert Galbraith, Stewart O'Nan, and Tana French, among others. He has also edited nonfiction projects like Argo, The Boys in the Boat, Moby-Duck, and Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning, and he has brought back into print the classic works of Jim Thompson and Richard Yates. Joshua’s list of top five authors is always in flux, but excluding his own authors, he does cite Thomas Harris, Elmore Leonard, George Pelecanos, Charles Portis, and Graham Greene. In explaining his approach to reading manuscripts, Josh said, “A book has to make you wish more than anything to get halfway through, and if the author has done good work, the second half will continue to seduce through craft and execution.”

Marketing, PR, & Social Media (more to come)

Julie Trelstad, Moderator

Julie TrelstadJulie Trelstad is the founder and creative director of Julie Ink, an author and publishing consulting company. Over the past twenty years, Julie has held a wide range of positions within publishing, including acquisitions editor at Taunton Press and John Wiley & Sons (where she specialized in architecture books), executive editor at Sterling Publishing, and the Director of Digital Rights at Writers House, a literary agency. Julie was also the publisher of Plain White Press, a small press that she founded and sold to Fox Chapel publishing in 2010. At Julie Ink, Julie specializes in helping authors make sense of their roles as chief marketers of their books and as captains of their own writing careers. She working on her first novel.

Pitch-Takers (to be announced)