PUBLISHING

APPOINTMENTS

Getting to pitch your book idea to a literary agent or acquisitions editor is a rare opportunity in today’s publishing world.

Yet for over 20 years, She Speaks Conference has been bringing in representatives from the top agencies and publishing houses to meet with you one-on-one and hear your book idea.

At She Speaks 2022, we are thrilled to have publishing experts who are making themselves available for 15-minute, live video appointments.

Yet for over 20 years, She Speaks Conference has been bringing in representatives from the top agencies and publishing houses to meet with you one-on-one and hear your book idea.

At She Speaks 2022, we are thrilled to have publishing experts who are making themselves available for 15-minute, live video appointments.

The purpose of meeting with a publisher or agent is to pitch your idea for a well-formulated book.

Most publishers may also want a book proposal or one-sheet.

  • A book proposal is a written document containing information about you, your platform, your audience and an overview of your book, including two to three sample chapters. Consider it a sales pitch for you and your book.

     

  • A one-sheet is a summary of your book proposal on only one sheet of paper.

Depending on the specific preference of the agent or editor you meet with, you may be asked to submit either a one-sheet or a book proposal before the conference. Though we can’t guarantee the publisher or agent will review your proposal before your meeting, sometimes they like to have it available.

How our

appointments work

1.

In early May, we’ll send you a short digital questionnaire to assess your readiness.

2.

Then you’ll need to watch a free webinar on how our appointments will work in 2022 and what you can expect at your appointment.

3.

After that, we’ll send you a comprehensive list of the publishers and agents in attendance and the types of books they are looking to acquire.

4.

If you successfully complete steps one and two, and you’ve reviewed the list of publishing guests, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for an appointment. Appointments will be first-come, first-served.

5.

All appointments will be held virtually post-conference, July 18-20.

We’ve also assembled some common questions. If you don’t see yours, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected].

Appointment Details and Common Questions

Am I guaranteed an appointment?

No, but your chances are good. We’ve changed our approach due to the number of past attendees who have signed up early for appointments but then canceled due to not being ready. We are trying to help all attendees evaluate their readiness early on, and then give those attendees who are ready the best opportunity for an appointment.

When will the appointments be held?

Your publisher or agent appointment will be scheduled throughout three days the week after the conference: July 18-20, 2022.

When do I select my appointment?

If you successfully process through the steps, on June 1, 2022, you’ll be given a chance to select an appointment. 

Please note these appointments are first-come, first-served. So you will want to be ready on the day and time we open the appointments.

Do I get to pick with whom I meet?

Yes. And you also get to select the day and time. However, we are unable to guarantee your first choice will be available when you go to make your selection. We suggest you identify your top five choices before the selection process opens.

How do I create a book proposal?

Good question! It’s important to know that fiction and nonfiction books require slightly different proposals. There are many free online resources you can search, or you can purchase a book that will help you. Here is one we recommend: 

A Christian Writer’s Guide to the Book Proposal

Am I guaranteed an appointment?

No, but your chances are good. We’ve changed our approach due to the number of past attendees who have signed up early for appointments but then canceled due to not being ready. We are trying to help all attendees evaluate their readiness early on, and then give those attendees who are ready the best opportunity for an appointment.

When will the appointments be held?

Your publisher or agent appointment will be scheduled throughout three days the week after the conference: July 18-20, 2022.

When do I select my appointment?

If you successfully process through the steps, on June 1, 2022, you’ll be given a chance to select an appointment. 

Please note these appointments are first-come, first-served. So you will want to be ready on the day and time we open the appointments.

Do I get to pick with whom I meet?

Yes. And you also get to select the day and time. However, we are unable to guarantee your first choice will be available when you go to make your selection. We suggest you identify your top five choices before the selection process opens.

How do I create a book proposal?

Good question! It’s important to know that fiction and nonfiction books require slightly different proposals. There are many free online resources you can search, or you can purchase a book that will help you. Here is one we recommend: 

A Christian Writer’s Guide to the Book Proposal

Publishers and Agents

 

Amanda Luedeke | Agent | MacGregor & Luedeke

Blythe Daniel | Agent | Blythe Daniel Agency

Brian Thomasson | The Good Book Company

Catherine DeVries | Kregel

Catherine Parks | Moody Publishers

Dave Almack | P&R Publishing

Janet Talbert | Thomas Nelson

Jason Fikes | Leafwood

Jennifer Dukes Lee | Bethany House

Judy Dunagan | Moody Publishers

Julie Gwinn | Agent | Seymour Agency

Kara Leonino | Tyndale House

Kathleen Kerr | Harvest House Publishers

Keely Beoving | Agent | WordServe Literary Services

Kelsey Bowen | Revell

Michelle Lazurek | Agent | WordWise Media Services

Sarah DeMey | Kregel

Susan McPherson | David C Cook

Tawny Johnson | Illuminate Literary Agency

Tina Boesch | Lifeway