At She Speaks, we bring in agents and acquisition editors from major publishing houses to meet with attendees one-on-one. These individual appointments are limited and require additional preparation. The purpose of meeting with a publisher or agent is to pitch a well-formulated book proposal. We ask that you please be fully prepared for these meetings.
Your publisher or agent appointment will last 15 minutes and will be scheduled throughout the day. We will not schedule them during main sessions or meals, but you might miss part of a workshop. Most of our workshops are recorded and available for purchase at the conference.
If you are a first-time attendee, we recommend signing up for our optional (and at an additional price) pre-conference training webinar led by Glynnis Whitwer and Karen Ehman. We offer thorough training on how to prepare for the conference, get ready for a publisher appointment and write a book proposal. Both Glynnis and Karen will stay on the webinar to answer your questions (although we can’t provide specific advice on your book idea).
If you can’t make the live webinar, we will send you a recording including the extensive Q&A. You can read more and purchase access to the webinars through our bookstore by clicking here.
She Speaks draws acquisition editors from the top Christian publishers and agents around. The list of confirmed publishers is below. We will add more as the conference approaches.
Yes, every conference attendee is able to set up an appointment until all the slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
When all the available slots are filled, we will close the appointments. Shortly thereafter (usually in late May or early June), we’ll send an email with a complete list of publishing guests and the types of books they are accepting. That email will include instructions on how to make your choices.
If you get one of the available spots, we guarantee one appointment, but most people will have two. Some might even get three depending on the availability of each guest. We do our best to honor your choices.
Yes, you should be prepared with a complete, printed book proposal. Some publishers might ask you to email a copy after the conference, but some prefer to have one in hand. It’s good to be prepared in case they ask.
A one-sheet is a single-page fact sheet for your book idea. It’s only one page, as the name implies, and includes compelling highlights about your book. Most publishers request a one-sheet, so we recommend you bring one.
If this is your first time preparing a book proposal, we suggest you research what is included in a fiction and nonfiction proposal.
No. We recommend creating one standard proposal to hand out at your appointments and bring extra copies in case you have an opportunity to meet with other publishing guests.
No. We schedule all our publisher appointments during workshop times. This means you will miss a portion of a workshop. We try and record all workshops, and make the recordings affordable. We hope the benefit of the publisher appointment is worth the small cost of the recording.
If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] I look forward to meeting you and may God direct and bless your preparations.
In His Service,
Executive Director of Communications
Blythe Daniel Agency
David C Cook
WaterBrook & Multnomah
William B Jensen Agency
Word Serve Literary