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Pitching at the Annual Florida Writers Conference—a Quick Look

May 11, 2014

By Jennie Jarvis, 2014 Conference Faculty Chairperson

Are you planning on attending the FWA Annual Conference this October? If so, then you have to take advantage of the amazing opportunity the conference gives you to pitch your work directly to industry professionals.

This year, we have a whopping fourteen executives accepting pitches, including agents, acquiring editors, and even film producers! Heck, we even have an editor accepting pitches for role playing games! Whether you are interested in getting your unpublished manuscript traditionally published or getting your self-published book turned into a movie, we have someone for you to meet with.

Here’s a quick look at who is coming and what they are looking for.

Khris Baxter,Story Lab Productions Film Producer Seeking published books with proven track record on Amazon or iTunes. Preferred genres include YA, adult commercial thriller, and intrigue. Will also consider screenplays, graphic novels and comic books.
Saritza Hernandez,Corvisiero Literary Agency Agent Romance, erotica, gay/lesbian fiction
Dr. Tof Eklund,Spectacle Media Publishing Group Acquisition Editor Socially-conscious RPG concepts/chapters for The Unconventional Dwarf
Dawn Frederick,Red Sofa Literary Agency Agent Nonficiton, MG, YA, pop culture
Nina Gooden, Ellora’s Cave Acquisition Editor Seeking romance and erotica (the steamier, the better), particularly African-American and Urban romances
Jennie Goloboy,Red Sofa Literary Agency Agent Fantasy & sci-fi for adults and kids
Kathleen Ortiz,New Leaf Literary Agent Fresh voices in YA, adult nonfiction
Meredith Rich,Bloomsbury Spark Acquisition Editor All genres of YA and New Adult narratives, 25,0000-60,000 words
Matt Peters,Beating Windward Press Acquisition Editor Fresh voices with a unique spin on classic narratives, historical, war, paranormal, horror, memoir, sci-fi, creative nonfiction
Eden Plantz,Anaiah Press Acquisition Editor Faith-based YA, romance, and thriller
Jillian Stein, Flies With Honey Productions Film Producer Compelling and original stories that currently exist in published manuscript or completed screenplay formats. Will also consider graphic novels/comics.
Carly Watters,P.S. Literary Agency Agent Women’s fiction, commercial fictional, literary thriller, YA, NA
AJ Wedding Film Director Compelling and original stories that currently exist in published manuscript or completed screenplay formats. Will also consider graphic novels/comics.
Laura Zats,Red Sofa Literary Agency Agent Romance, women’s fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, NA, MG

Stars of Florida Writers:

Discover the Limelight at the Florida Writers Annual Conference

October 23-26, 2014

Orlando Marriott Lake Mary

See the FWA website,, to learn more, to register, and to make your appointments. Also check out the full set of FAQs. Questions? Contact

Jarvis, Jennie

Jennie Jarvis is a former screenwriter turned literary writer. She is co-owner of and regularly conducts writing workshops. She has appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine and The Florida Writer, and she teaches screenwriting at Full Sail University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte.


One Comment
  1. May 12, 2014 1:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Lori's Lane and commented:
    I’d really like to make the conference this year. Hopefully, my husband will be fully recovered from his injury by October. I haven’t written anything since the accident (3 1/2 weeks). I miss blogging and my blogging buddies, too.

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