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Pitch opportunities
& one-on-one sessions

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Note: Pitch slots will be allocated on a first come / first served basis. Each delegate will be able to book for ONE pitch until further notice, to enable as many delegates as possible to have the opportunity to pitch. You may ask to be placed on a waiting list for a second pitch session. In order to book, please select which editor or agent you would like to pitch to and email your choice to conference@romancewriters.co.za.

Publisher Pitches

Hannah Todd, One More Chapter
Tuesday 20 October, 10:00 – 11:00

Pitch your novel to Hannah Todd, Commissioning Editor of One More Chapter, a digital-first imprint of HarperCollins UK which specialises in swoonworthy romance, heartstopping crime and gripping historical fiction. Send a synopsis, covering letter and first 3k words (or closest break in the text before that count) at least one week before the conference, and Hannah will give feedback during the one-on-one online chat. Find out more about what One More Chapter publishes here: www.onemorechapter.com
Note: This session will be limited to six x 10-minute slots.

Hannah Rossiter, Harlequin
Thursday 22 October, 16:00 – 17:00

Pitch your unpublished novel to editor Hannah Rossiter of Harlequin Mills & Boon. Harlequin is one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 34 languages and sold in 102 international markets. The company publishes more than 110 titles monthly and more than 1,300 authors from around the world. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers and has offices in 15 countries. Find out more about witing for Harlequin here: www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com
Note: This session will be limited to six x 10-minute slots.

Sinclair Sawhney, Tule Publishing
Thursday 22 October, 17:30 – 18:30

Pitch your unpublished novel to senior editor Sinclair Sawhney of US-based publisher Tule Publishing, which publishes the best in commercial fiction, from romance and chick-lit to compelling women’s fiction and mystery. Find out more about what Tule Publishing publishes here: www.tulepublishing.com
Note: This session will be limited to six x 10-minute slots.

Amy Acosta, Entangled Publishing
Saturday 24 October, 17:00 – 18:00

Pitch your unpublished novel to editor Amy Acosta of US-based publisher Entangled Publishing, an independent publisher of romantic fiction, in both the adult and young adult markets. Find out more about what Entangled is looking for here: www.entangledpublishing.com
Amy's wishlist can be viewed here: www.manuscriptwishlist.com
Note: This session will be limited to six x 10-minute slots.

Rodd Glenn, Lupin Publishing
Sunday 25 October, 12:00 – 13:00

Pitch your unpublished novel to Founder of Wild Wolf Publishing/Lupin Publishing, Rod Glenn. Lupin Publishing is an imprint of Wild Wolf Publishing that specialises in romantic fiction. As with Wild Wolf titles, Lupin are interested in stories that captivate and immerse the reader so that they genuinely care about the characters and their journey. Find out more about what Lupin Publishing publishes here: www.wildwolfpublishing.com
Note: This session will be limited to six x 10-minute slots.

Agent Pitches

Louise Fury, The Bent Agency
Tuesday 20 October, 17:00 – 18:00

Louise was born in South Africa but now lives in New York where she works as a literary agent at The Bent Agency. Louise represents numerous New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors and is a huge advocate of utilizing secondary rights. To find out more about what Louise is looking for, view her wishlist here: www.thebentagency.com
Submit a query/pitch letter, plus pages, at least one week before the conference and Louise will give feedback during the one-on-one online chat.
Note: This session will be limited to six x 10-minute slots.

Whitney Ross, Irene Goodman Literary Agency
Wednesday 21 October, 10:00 – 11:00

Before joining Irene Goodman in 2018, Whitney Ross worked as an editor at Macmillan for nearly a decade, culminating in her role as a senior editor for Tor Teen, Tor, and Forge. Whitney represents middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction across all genres, with an emphasis on historical, SF & fantasy, romance, and contemporary fiction. She is also open to non-fiction submissions in the areas of design, cooking, and fashion.
To find out more about what Whitney is looking for, view her wishlist here: www.irenegoodman.com
Note: This session will be limited to six x 10-minute slots.

Samantha Wekstein, Thompson Literary Agency
Friday 23 October, 17:00 – 18:00

After internships with Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and Rowman & Littlefield, Samantha began her career in 2013 at Writers House LLC. She then briefly worked as an assistant at The Agency Group (now UTA) before returning to The Writers House. She's been lucky to work with a variety of best-selling and award winning authors across all genres. She joined TLA in 2019 where she's excited to grow her list. In YA, she loves creative and epic fantasies, but she is also drawn to realistic stories with multi-dimensional female characters. On the adult side she is drawn to commercial voices in Romance, Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi and Fantasy. She is always interested in elevating diverse voices, particularly through feminist narratives. For more information on her tastes: www.publishersmarketplace.com
Thompson Literary: www.thompsonliterary.com
Note: This session will be limited to six x 10-minute slots.

One-on-one sessions

Madri Victor, Lapa Uitgewers (Afrikaans)
Thursday 22 October, 10:00 – 11:00

Meet with Madri Victor, fiction editor at Lapa Uitgewers, to discuss your manuscript. Pitches must be pre-booked and will be allocated on a first come / first served basis. To book, please email conference@romancewriters.co.za

Shirley Jump (English)
By appointment

New York Times / USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump is offering 30-minute one-one-one plotting sessions to conference delegates. She will read and give feedback on a two page synopsis and the first few pages of the book. Cost: $50
To book, please email conference@romancewriters.co.za

If you’d like to join the conference but cannot afford the fees, please email us here as we have several initiatives to help those in need of financial assistance.