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Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention

June 16 - 18, 2017 

A Writer's Conference and Reader's Convention

Affiliated Organization
speaking at 
Gateway Con

St. Louis Press Club

St. Louis Publishers Association

Sisters in Crime 
Greater St. Louis Chapter 

Missouri Romance Writers of America

Saturday Writers

Speakers Appearing at 

Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention

Note: we are still adding literary agents, publishers, and authors. 
More to be announced soon!
Literary Agents and Publishers 

Jennifer Geist - Brick Mantel Books and Open Books Press

Jennifer Geist is the publisher at Pen & Publish, Inc., and its imprints: Brick Mantel Books, Open Books Press, and Transformation Media Books. With experience in editing, book compositing, photography, graphic and web design, marketing, writing, and more, she manages every book from acquisitions to publication and beyond. Geist received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing with a focus in small press publishing through Southeast Missouri State University. She has worked with numerous small presses and her stories and photos are published in a variety of literary magazines.  

Stephanie Hansen - Literary Agent at 
Metamorphosis Literary Agency 

Stephanie received her Master’s in 2008 and she’s currently beefing it up with a Creative Writing Specialization. She represents predominately YA SF/F but has a secret addiction for thrillers. While these are her favorite, she handles everything from children’s picture books to adult mystery. Previously an editor for Mind’s Eye Literary Magazine she joined Metamorphosis July 2016. She is actively looking for new authors. @hansenwriter

Photos and Bios to be posted soon but we want to announce the rest of the Literary Agents and Publishers at Gateway Con. 

Literary Agents attending Gateway Con

Kathleen Ortiz 
New Leaf Literary, she is looking for Non-fiction and other genres

Justin Wells 
Corvisiero Literary Agency, he is looking for a variety of genres 

Publishers attending Gateway Con

Claire Applewhite 
Smoking Gun Press, she publishes mysteries, thrillers, and noir. 

Literary Agents that will be part of the Remote Pitching Opportunities. 
These agents will be taking a limited number of pitches via the web at the conference. Only available to conference attendees. 

Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary 
Bob Shuman, Dunham Literary
Dorothy Spencer, Dorothy Spencer Literary Agency 
Gateway Con will feature several literary agents and publishers. We'll be announcing the rest soon as soon as we firm the details. Gateway Con will feature pitches both in-person and via the web. (for conference attendees only) 
Eileen Dryer - New York Times Bestselling Author 

New York Times bestselling, award-winning  author Eileen Dreyer, known as Kathleen Korbel to her Silhouette readers, has published 31 romance novels in most of the sub-genres, 8 medical-forensic suspenses, and 7 short stories.

Dreyer won her first publishing award in 1987, being named the best new Contemporary Romance Author by RT Bookclub. Since that time she has also garnered not only five other writing awards from RT, but five RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, which secures her only the fourth place in the Romance Writers of America prestigious Hall of Fame. Since extending her reach to suspense, she has also garnered a coveted Anthony Award nomination.

A frequent speaker at conferences, Eileen is also an addicted traveler, having sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and admits she sees research as a handy way to salve her insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends. She’s also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, which she figures could come in handy if this writing thing doesn’t pan out.
Angie Fox - New York Times Bestselling Author

New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox writes sweet, fun, action-packed mysteries. Her characters are clever and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, and going up stairs when it is dark behind her. Let’s face it. Angie wouldn’t last five minutes in one of her books.

Angie is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She lives in St. Louis with her football-addicted husband, two kids, and Moxie the dog.
Cynthia Graham - Award Winning Author and a 
Brick Mantel Books Author

Cynthia A. Graham has won several writing awards, including a 2015 Midwest Book award for Mystery and the 2016 Gold IPPY from Independent Publishers magazine in the Mystery/Cozy/Noir category (Blank Slate Press) for her debut novel Beneath Still Waters. Her short stories have appeared in both university and national literary publications. She attained a B.A. in Englishfrom the Pierre Laclede Honors College at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Cynthia is a proud member of the St. Louis Writers' Guild, The Missouri Writers' Guild, the Historical Novel Society, and Sisters In Crime. She is the author of three novels: Beneath Still Waters (Blank Slate Press),  Behind Every Door (Blank Slate Press), and the forthcoming Beulah's House of Prayer (Brick Mantel Books) .


Her books are available at, Barnes and Noble, or your local independent bookstore.
Ann Leckie - Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke 
Award Winning Author 

Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award winning novel Ancillary Justice. She has also published short stories in Subterranean MagazineStrange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story “Hesperia and Glory” was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton.

Ann has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Literary Organizations 
Giving Workshops at Gateway Con
St. Louis Writers Guild won't be the only literary organization at Gateway Con. With so many groups dedicated to the written word in the city, we are honored to showcase them through great workshops for conference attendees. 
St. Louis Press Club
St. Louis Publishers Association 
Missouri Chapter of Romance Writers of America
Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime 

Writer Panelists
Beyond the Workshops and Master Classes, the Gateway Con Writer's Conference will feature three days of panels on a variety of topics. 

We'll have the complete list of panelists closer to the conference. 
More speakers, literary agents, and publishers will be announced soon!