Speakers Appearing at
Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention
Literary Agents and Publishers
Claire Applewhite - Publisher
Smoking Gun Publishing
Claire Applewhite is a graduate of St. Louis University.She
has served as President of the Missouri Writers Guild, as a board member of the
Midwest Chapter, Mystery Writers of America, the St. Louis Metropolitan Press
Club, St. Louis Writers Guild and Sisters in Crime, and is a member of the
Ozark Writers League and Mystery Writers of America. An award winning mystery
and suspense author, Claire is an adjunct professor at the University of
Missouri, St. Louis.
Margaret Bail - Literary Agent at
Margaret Bail has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative and
Professional Writing. With years of experience editing manuscripts, as well as
teaching university-level English and writing, she looks forward to working
closely with new and established authors to help develop their voice and craft.
Her lifelong love of stories and storytelling has her
looking for books that transport her into the heart of the story, so much so
that she’ll forget where she is and lose track of time while she reads.
Margaret is interested in adult fiction in the genres of
romance (no Christian or inspirational, please), science fiction (soft sci-fi
rather than hard), mystery, thrillers, action adventure, historical fiction
(not a fan of WWII era), and fantasy. In nonfiction, Margaret is interested in
memoirs with a unique hook, and cookbooks with a strong platform.
Fiction genres Margaret is NOT interested in: YA, MG,
children’s books; steampunk, Christian/religious literature, chick lit, women’s
fiction, literary, poetry, screenplays.
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
Kathleen Ortiz - Literary Agent at
New Leaf Literary
the Director of Foreign Rights at New Leaf, Kathleen regularly attends book
trade shows around the world to sell titles to translation publishers and looks
for new medium opportunities for our clients’ books. She is also a Literary
Agent actively seeking to sign more authors and illustrators, specifically
fresh, new voices in YA and animator/illustrator talent. In YA she gravitates
more toward beautiful and exceptional world building as well as contemporary
stories whose main characters stay with the reader far beyond the pages. She
would love to see a beautifully written YA set within other cultures and
experiences. On the illustration side, she loves animator/illustrators and
their unique way of storytelling. Kathleen is not currently seeking middle grade,
screenplays, or adult projects not listed above.
Kathleen is looking for non-fiction projects.
Corvisiero Literary Agency
Justin started his journey six years ago when he started his
blog which grew far beyond what he had originally thought it ever would. If you
had asked him then, he would have never imagined just how much his journey
would impact his future. Being a literary agent is something that Justin has
fallen in love with, and is eager to continue for years to come.
Justin is going into his Senior year of college, and will be
graduating with a B.S. in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations.
He loves being able to utilize his skills in public relations to assist the
agency, and his own clients through his work as a literary agent.
Justin loves every aspect of the agent lifestyle. He loves
learning new things everyday, and being able to grow as an agent. Be it
searching for that next amazing manuscript and client, helping current clients,
or doing regular tasks throughout the agency. He loves all of it, and looks forward
waking up everyday and wondering what new adventure could be awaiting him in
his query box.
When it comes to reading, he is very open. His main focus is
young adult, middle grade, and new adult, though he has been known to branch
out and explore other books that catch his eye.
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)
Registered attendees will be contacted by conference officials before the event to set up pitch sessions. Pitch sessions are included in the conference fee. SLWG will be requesting the attendees choices and will fill the slots based on the order of registration. Sign up now to ensure you get a spot with your preferred literary agent or publisher.
One note, there are a limited number of remote pitches.
All attendees wanting to pitch to literary agents or publishers must attend the event. All pitches will be given in person at the conference.
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
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 Amazon.com, 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 Magazine, Strange
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,
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
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!