When Words Collide is pleased to announce early sign-up for this year's Pitch Sessions with agents and publishing houses and Blue Pencil Café with editors. Sign-up will be accepted by e-mail between now and midnight July 17. Please request no more than 3 pitch Sessions and 3 Blue Pencil sessions ranking each set in order. eg.
Pitch Sessions; 1. Robert Runté 2. Sally Harding 3. Sam Hiyate Blue Pencil Sessions: 1. Kristi Charish 2. Samantha Beiko 3. N/A
On July 18th we will process the sign-up emails and fill as many requests as possible. Any session that is overbooked will be filled in rank order first (1, then 2, then 3) and finally by random draw. The results will be posted on our web site home page on Monday July 20th. Any unfilled sessions may be requested in first-come-first-served order from July 20 - July 31. (If you are scheduled for a session and have to cancel, please let us know so that we can give your spot to someone else.) The resulting weekend sessions list will be posted outside the Heritage Boardroom on Friday August 14th at 11:30 AM. Please check it throughout the weekend for open spots. If at any time you know you can't attend your session, please cross your name off the list and let the attending volunteers know that your spot is available.
The schedule below is firm and will only be changed at the request of presenters.
Friday 5 PM Sally Harding (Cooke Agency www.cookeagency.ca) Saturday 10 AM Naomi Davis (Inklings Literary Agency www.inklingsliterary.com) 11 AM Samantha Beiko (ChiZine Publications www.chizinepub.com) 12 PM Ella Beaumont (Edge SF&F Publishing www.edgewebsite.com) 2 PM Robert Runté (Five Rivers Publishing www.fiveriverspublishing.com) 3 PM Sally Harding (Cooke Agency www.cookeagency.ca) Sunday 12 PM Sam Hiyate (The Rights Factory www.therightsfactory.com) 1 PM David Gross (author) 3 PM Sandra Kasturi (ChiZine Publications www.chizinepub.com) Blue Pencil Café: Friday 1 PM Jessica Corra-Larter (editor) 2 PM Clare Marshall (Fairy Ink Press) 3 PM Robert Runté (Five Rivers Publishing) 4 PM Virginia O'Dine (editor) 6 PM Hayden Trenholm (Bundoran Press) Saturday 1 PM Jane Ann McLachlan (author) 4 PM Kristi Charish (author) Sunday 10 AM Margaret Curelas (Tyche Books) 11 AM Rhonda Parrish (editor) 2 PM Nicole Luiken (editor) 4 PM Samantha Beiko (ChiZine Publications)
For those requesting Pitch Sessions, please check the presenter's web site for what they are looking for. Pitching your YA Steampunk manuscript to an agent or house that only accepts Romance may be a hard sell.
Something new for this year: Once you have a Blue Pencil spot confirmed, you have the option of emailing us your manuscript so that we can forward it to the presenter, giving them a chance to review it beforehand. (This doesn't mean that you shouldn't bring a printed copy with you.) Remember: Each blue pencil session is 12 minutes long, enough time for a few good pointers; please do not provide more material than can be properly discussed in 12 minutes (usually 3 or 4 pages).