Welcomes You to Our 8th Annual Signature

Meet-the-Agents & Acquisition Editors Event

Sinbad’s Pier 2 Restaurant, San Francisco, March 26, 2011

Agents & Acquisition Editors who are graciously sharing their expertise with us today include:

Amy Burkhardt joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates (www.kimberleycameron.com) in 2007 and represents fiction and nonfiction projects for the adult and young adult market. In fiction, she looks for literary, commercial, upmarket women’s, thrillers, mysteries, historical, and YA. In nonfiction, she seeks narrative nonfiction, memoirs, and prescriptive nonfiction written by experts in their field, particularly in lifestyle, humor, food, and current events topics. In any genre, she looks for accomplished writing, compelling characters, fresh voices, and timely themes. Amy has an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and a BA in English from Bates College.

Andy Ross has been a literary agent since January 2008.  Prior to that, he was the owner of Cody’s Books in Berkeley, California for 30 years. Andy specializes in non-fiction, particularly narrative non-fiction, history, current events, and journalism. He has secured contracts in other genres as well. Andy has served on the faculty of numerous writers conferences and has conducted workshops on writing non-fiction book proposals. Andy is a member of the Association of Author Representatives (AAR). Check out Andy’s Website: www.andyrossagency.com and Blog: www.andyrossagency.wordpress.com

Brooke Warner Brooke Warner is Senior Editor at Seal Press, publisher of women’s nonfiction books, written for women, by women. Seal Press is fueled by the radical thinking and daring work of its authors, including notable women such as Jessica Valenti, Michelle Tea, and Inga Muscio. In 2007, Seal was acquired by Perseus Books Group, allowing it to continue its long tradition of publishing books that matter to women. Brooke is also a writing coach who works with writers to develop their ideas and pursue their creative passion. Her website is warnercoaching.com.

Elizabeth Pomada is a partner in Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents and a member of the Association of Author’s Respresentatives. The agency has sold books to more than 100 publishers. Elizabeth loves good storytelling. For her, a book begins when she can’t put it down. She welcomes the chance to represent adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, and books for women. Their colleague, Laurie McLean, handles genre fiction, and middle-grade and young-adult books, query@agentsavant.com. Elizabeth and Mike are co-directors of the San Francisco Writers Conference. Elizabeth is the author of the 9th edition of Fun Places to Go in Northern California with Children. Www.larsen-pomada.com.

Georgia Hughes is editorial director at New World Library, where she acquires and edits nonfiction books in the areas of animals, spirituality, personal growth, sustainable business, animals, and women’s issues. New World Library, publisher of the bestselling The Power of Now and Creative Visualization, is a member of the Green Press Initiative. Recent acquisitions include The Life Organizer by Jennifer Louden, Dogs and the Women Who Love Them by Allen and Linda Anderson, Live Your Bliss by Terry Cole-Whittaker, SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions by Patti Wood, and Secret History of Dreaming by Robert Moss. www.newworldlibrary.com

Gordon Warnock is a Senior Agent with Andrea Hurst Literary Management (www.andreahurst.com). He seeks to establish involved, long term working relationships with talented and dedicated authors in such areas as: commercial narrative fiction, YA, memoir, political and current affairs, health, humor and cookbooks. He is not looking for: religious fiction, new age, children’s, middle grade or anthologies.


Jeanette Perez, Senior Editor, acquires for the HarperOne imprint based in San Francisco after six years at Harper Perennial. She is specifically looking for books in the health, wellness, personal growth, and memoir categories and has a special love for books provoke curiosity, inspire change, and help readers.

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Jennifer Joseph has been publisher and editor of Manic D Press since its founding in 1984. Manic D Press is a critically acclaimed, award-winning literary press based in San Francisco, California publishing fiction (novels and short stories), poetry, art, cultural studies, and alternative travel trade titles. She has appeared as a guest on CSPAN’s BookTV and Michael Krasny’s Forum on KQED radio. Her critical writing has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, American Bookseller, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.

Laurie McLean is an agent at Larsen-Pomada Literary, San Francisco, Northern California’s oldest literary agency founded in 1972, Laurie represents adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, horror, nouveau westerns, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, etc.) as well as middle-grade and young-adult books. She looks for great writing, first and foremost, followed by memorable characters, a searing storyline and solid world building. For more than 20 years Laurie ran a multi-million dollar eponymous public relations agency in California’s Silicon Valley. She is passionate about marketing, publicity, negotiating, editing and a host of other business-critical areas. She is also a writer herself, so she can empathize with the author’s journey to and through publication. www.agentsavant.com & www.larsenpomada.com

Michael Larsen, Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents, is eager to find adult nonfiction for big and midsize houses and tell you how to transform your writing and your career. He is most drawn to well-written books with social or practical value by writers with platforms who can promote their work. The fourth edition of How to Write a Book Proposal will be out this year. An update is at www.larsen-pomada.com.  Mike wrote How to Get a Literary Agent and coauthored the second edition of Guerrilla Marketing for Writers: 100 Weapons for Selling Your Work. He has a consulting service for nonfiction writers.

Peter Beren , Formerly  Publisher of Sierra Club Books, V.P. for Publishing at Palace Press International and Publisher of VIA Books, a division of the California State Automobile Association, Peter is a member of AAR, a Literary Agent specializing in nonfiction with an emphasis on illustrated (art and photography) books. He is the author or co-author of six books including The Writers Legal Companion and California the Beautiful. His best-known clients include photographer Art Wolfe (Dogs Make Us Human, forthcoming from Bloomsbury). Brian and Wendy Froud (Trolls, forthcoming from Abrams) and Laurence Boldt (Zen and the Art of Making a Living, Penguin).

Authors and Writers

“Speed-Dating” by the Bay at our 8th Annual Signature Event

New this year:  Keynote Luncheon (see below)

Meet-the-Agents and Acquisition Editors

Saturday, March 26th, 2011  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sinbad’s Restaurant, Pier 2, San Francisco

$50 WNBA member, $65 non-member, or $75 at the door

(Bonus:  Coffee and “How to Pitch Training” included from 8:00 to 9:00 am)

Space is limited (we sold out last year) – register by March 15th

Register via PayPal at www.wnba-sfchapter.org or mail your check made out to WNBA-SF to P.O. Box 244, Half Moon Bay, CA  94019

New this year!

Keynote Luncheon – 12:30 – $30.00 – Menu selections on our website.

WNBA author Zoe FitzGerald Carter will share her journey to the publication of her memoir, Imperfect Endings, recently optioned for film. Join us for lunch and rub elbows with agents and acquisition editors.

Note:  Must be registered to attend

Zoe FitzGerald Carter is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Salon and Vogue. Imperfect Endings is her first memoir. The book was excerpted in O magazine and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer’s pick. The Boston Globe called itan engaging and insightful tale of familial love, understanding, and forgiveness, shot through with a surprising amount of wit.”

This year’s Agents and Acquisition Editors are posted on our website.

Event sponsor:  Women’s National Book Association – San Francisco

WNBA-SF is a non-profit organization that fosters professional development and exposure of our members through a variety of book-related programs, workshops, and hands-on opportunities to make valuable contacts and connections that are beneficial at any stage of one’s career. WNBA-SF is part of a National network promoting the value of books and reading since 1917 throughout ten chapters stretching from coast to coast. Annual Membership is $45.

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