Third Annual event for writers and readers

The Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention
Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis, MO
June 14-16, 2019




The Writer’s Conference at the Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention is a three-day writing and publishing event.

Registration Fees

$220 for SLWG Members
$230 for Affiliated Groups
$250 for Regular Conference Registration
Plus Eventbrite Fees

Master Classes are $50 per class
Editorial Consultations are $30
$125 Author Photo Shoot

New this year, pay in installments!
$50 reserves the rate, then three $50 reminders will be sent on Nov 31, Jan 31, and Mar 31. Final payment must be made by May 31 to attend. Fully refundable.

Sell your book in the Author Hall at the Book Fair!
Reserve a table, or half a table today!
Find more on the Book Fair Page

Registration Includes:

Access to all Gateway Con Events
One in-person pitch session
One remote pitch session
Additional pitch sessions will be offered to attendees
Gala Luncheon with Keynote Speaker
Books sold at the SLWG Table in the Book Fair
First Page Reading Submission

“Get Away to Gateway Con!”

— St. Louis Writers Guild


Register for Gateway Con at Eventbrite

Download the digital program to your phone for Gateway Con 2019


The Events at the 2019 Gateway to Publishing
Conference & Convention


There are a number of events at Gateway Con, all are included with registration. Gateway Con is three days of literary fun and connecting with other writers.

Perfecting Your Pitch Workshop*
Learn about the pitching process and how to give the best pitch possible. Plus sessions on Saturday morning to practice.

Ask the Publishing Experts*
Anonymously ask, or ask your question at this panel event. We all have questions, some we want to ask like “how long should my novel be,” others like “Is it normal for my publisher to charge a fee?” not so much. Ask the panel, and get an answer…

Ask the Experts*

Have a question for a lawyer, a cop, a doctor, a librarian, or other professional fields? Come to one of the many expert panels.

First Page Reading*
Bring 5 copies of the first two double-spaced pages. A moderator reads and then the agents and publishers give feedback.

Genre Talk*

A genre specific networking party. Get to know your fellow writers, or mingle in a new genre and learn something to apply to your writing.

5+5 Critique Group Workshops*
5+5 is old SLWG tradition. The room is broken into small groups. A person in each group reads for 5 mins and then is given constructive and encouraging feedback for 5 mins.

Write Pack Radio Live*

WPR is a podcast for writers, a large panel of authors will discuss a topic. Questions are also taken from the audience.

Marquee Speaker Panel*
A panel of the top speakers, and a hard-hitting topic in the industry today… leads to a great discussion.

Multiple Workshops Tracks*
Up to three workshops an hour, on a variety of topics so there is always something to see. The Author Side of Publishing, The Writing Process, and Expert Panels.

Gala Luncheon*
With Keynote Speaker

Pitch Sessions*
Have 5-7 minutes with a Literary Agent, or Publisher to pitch your manuscript.

Remote Pitch Sessions*
5 Minutes with a literary agent or publisher who is not attending, but appears via computer meeting software.

Master Classes
2 hour in depth workshops on a specific topic. They are on Friday and Sunday, and are $50 each. You do not need to attend the conference to sign up.

Editorial Consultations
Submit the first 10 pages before the conference and then meet with the editor for 30 minutes at Gateway Con. These are $30 and space is limited. Only available to conference attendees.

Head Shot Photography
Foppiano Photography will be taking head shots at Gateway Con. Please sign up ahead of time. $125 for a couple of professional headshots.

* included with registration

Genre Talk, a genre specific networking party!

Genre Talk, a genre specific networking party!

Remote Pitch Session

Remote Pitch Session

Affiliated Groups
St. Louis Publishers Association
St. Louis Press Club
Saturday Writers
Hannibal Writers Guild
Missouri Romance Writers of America
Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime
Midwest Mystery Writers of America
Missouri Writers Guild



Thank You to everyone who made Gateway Con 2019 possible!

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to the Renaissance
St. Louis Airport Hotel

Special Gateway Con Renaissance Hotel
Rate: $115 per night!


Speakers at Gateway Con 2019


Coming Soon a list of the faculty for Gateway Con 2019.

Special Guests

C Hope Clark, author and owner of FundsforWriters

Jennifer Chen Tran, Literary Agent with Bradford Literary

Patty Carothers, Literary Agent with Metamorphosis Literary

Kortney Price, Literary Agent with Corvisiero Literary

Workshop Presenters

Brad R. Cook of SLWG - Author - “Perfecting Your Pitch & the Practice Pitch Sessions”

Andrew Doty of SLPA - Editor - “Everything You Need to Know About Self Publishings” & Editorial Consultation

Douglas Osgood of Saturday Writers - Writer and Tax Expert - “The Business of Writing”

Jennifer Stolzer of SLWG - Author and Illustrator - “5+5 Critique Workshops”, “Book Cover Do’s and Don’ts”

Ask the Experts

Brian Bardsley, Chicago Police Department, SWAT

David Lucas, Martial Arts Expert - Creator of Write Pack Radio Live - Podcasting and Writing the Fight Scene

VLAA - Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts - Mark Sableman of Thompson Coburn LLP will present a workshop and answer questions.

LaShaunda Hoffman - Advertising and Marketing

Literary Agents and Publishers accepting pitches remotely
Marisa Corvisiero, Literary Agent at Corvisiero Literary

…more to be announced

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C Hope Clark
Author and Owner of FundsforWriters

Well known throughout the writing industry, C. Hope Clark founded FundsforWriters two decades ago when she could not find what she wanted for her own writing career. Today, she is editor of FundsforWriters, an award-winning author of multiple mystery series, and an active freelance entrepreneur. She and her motivational voice and writer support message appear often at conferences, nonprofit galas, book clubs, libraries, and writers' groups across the country. With her knowledge, she offers HOPE to writers in their endeavors, using her up-beat, motivational voice to encourage writers. The 35,000 readers of her newsletter love her, and in her presentations, you'll soon understand why.


Jennifer Chen Tran,
Literary agent with Bradford Literary

Jennifer Chen Tran is an agent at Bradford Literary, joining in September 2017. She represents both fiction and non-fiction. Originally from New York, Jennifer is a lifelong reader and experienced member of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Bradford Literary, she was an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary and served as Counsel at The New Press. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law in Boston, MA, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jennifer understands the importance of negotiation in securing rights on behalf of her authors. She counsels her clients on how to expand their platforms, improve on craft, and works collaboratively with her clients throughout the editorial and publication process. Her ultimate goal is to work in concert with authors to shape books that will have a positive social impact on the world—books that also inform and entertain.

Select titles that Jennifer has represented: I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER by Cori Salchert (Barbour/ Shiloh Run Press); BREAKING UP & BOUNCING BACK by Samantha Burns (Dover/ Ixia Press); THE ART OF ESCAPING by Erin Callahan (Amberjack); MATCH MADE IN MANHATTAN by Amanda Stauffer (Skyhorse); A CROWDFUNDER’S STRATEGY GUIDE by Jamey Stegmaier (Berrett-Koehler).

Jennifer is very interested in diverse writers and #ownvoices from underrepresented/ marginalized communities, strong and conflicted characters who are not afraid to take emotional risks, stories about multi-generational conflict, war and post-war fiction, and writing with a developed sense of place. In non-fiction, she loves books that broaden her world view or shed new light on ‘big ideas.’

In short, Jennifer is looking for:

  • Fiction:

    • Women’s Fiction (Contemporary, Upmarket, Literary)

    • Select Young Adult (must have distinct voice)

    • Select Middle Grade

    • Graphic novels and visually-driven projects

  • Non-Fiction, particularly in the areas of:

    • Narrative non-fiction (biography, current affairs, medical, investigative journalism, history, how-to, music, pop-culture, travel)

    • Cookbooks & culinary projects

    • Lifestyle (home, design, beauty, fashion)

    • Business Books (social entrepreneurship, female and/or minority-led businesses, and innovation)

    • Select memoir with an established platform

    • Parenting

    • Relationships and Psychology

    • Mind, body, spirit

Jennifer is NOT looking for:

  • Children’s picture books

  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

  • Westerns

  • Erotica

  • Poetry

  • Screenplays


Kortney Price
Literary Agent with Corviseiro Literary

Having grown up in a small town, Kortney has always valued the stories that allow readers to escape into fantastic worlds and visit far away places. She loves reading about the things she loves so stories featuring an awesome sense of humor, art and artists, antiques and old buildings, and strong and quirky families are always welcome. Because of her 15+ years working in the special needs community, Kortney is always looking for stories featuring characters with special needs.


Middle Grade: Adventure or survival stories, mysteries (The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin), science fiction, fantasy, contemporary (Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff and Wonder by RJ Palacio), and light horror.


Young Adult: Psychological thrillers, “geeky” or “artsy” romance, magical realism (The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle or The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton), fantasy of any kind, science fiction, and steampunk (Airborn by Kenneth Oppel and The Finishing School series by Gail Calliger).


New Adult/Adult: Selectively looking for science fiction with a unique premise and high stakes and fantasy or paranormal featuring history are a favorite. Old buildings, antiques with ghosts, time travel, ancient curses, and did she mention time travel?

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Patty Carothers
Literary Agent with Metamorphosis Literary

Patty Carothers has been in love with stories for as long as she can remember. She is a certified copy editor and an Oxford comma fangirl. Her adoration of all things comic book related and YA has morphed into her co-writing the Texting Prince Charming series. Engaging and realistic characters that bounce off the pages through witty and thought-provoking dialogue are a thrill for her to read. Although, most days the real question lies with a simple: Is she team Marvel or team D.C.?  During her internship at Metamorphosis, she has utilized her passion for being a wordsmith and grammar guru to help writers develop their writing skills and harness their distinctive inner voices.


She’s seeking: Anything YA, with an innate fondness for contemporary stories whose characters she’d want to claim as her BFFs.

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Andrew Doty
Editor, owner of editwritght

Andrew Doty began publishing poetry at the age of 16 before earning his bachelor of arts degree in creative writing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He founded the creative agency Editwright in 2012 while working as an associate editor at punctum books, an open-access, para-academic publisher, before accepting the position of editor-in-chief at the publisher in 2015—a role he stepped down from in 2018 to focus on his new role as vice president of the St. Louis Publishers Association (SLPA), after having served as the SLPA's publicity chairperson for one and a half years, then as editorial director for three years.


Andrew now consults and manages all kinds of publishing projects for authors, publishers, and nonprofits through Editwright and helps to educate and empower the authors of St. Louis through the SLPA. To contact Andrew, visit


Taking Remote Pitches at Gateway Con 2019

Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary
Please visit to learn about what genres she represents.


Experts speaking at the writer’s conference
Learn the ins and out of a variety of subjects, from publishing, to copyright law, details from first responders, martial arts and fight scenes, illustrators, marketing, and more!


The Volunteer Lawyer and Accountants for the Arts

An attorney from the VLAA will be at Gateway Con to talk about copyright law and other issues important to authors.

Mark Sableman of Thompson Coburn LLP will present a workshop on Copyrights and Contract Law on Friday at Gateway Con.


LaShaunda C. Hoffman

LaShaunda C. Hoffman turned her love for books into an award-winning online magazine for readers and writers of multi-cultural literature, Shades Of Romance – SORMAG. Her mission in life is to help promote writers by introducing them to readers. Born and raised in St. Louis, LaShaunda started her adventure in life by joining the United States Navy. She served her country for six years and returned to her hometown. She began to work for the U.S. government. At her 10-year class reunion she reconnected with the man who would become her husband. They are blessed with three children. LaShaunda is currently working on a Christian romance and on the hunt for a literary agent. She hopes to one day introduce her books to readers.

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Jennifer Stolzer

Jennifer Stolzer is an author/illustrator living in the St. Louis area. She graduated from Webster  University with a degree in interactive digital media and animation, and uses these skills to create bright and engaging characters both in words and images. 

Jennifer was voted Top 5 Local Children's Book authors by readers of the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 2017. Her first picture book, Dog Park (2014) is based on her award-winning animation by the same name. Her debut YA Fantasy, Threadcaster, was released in 2017.

You can see samples of her work at or on facebook under Jennifer Stolzer Illustration.

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Brian L. Bardsley, Jr.
Chicago Police Department – SWAT Team,
Sergeant, Medic, A Company, 1-178th Infantry, Illinois Army National Guard


Brian has a multifaceted background including experience in emergency medical services, law enforcement and military. 


Brian has been with the Chicago Police Department since September 2004.  He started as a patrolman in District 015, and upon his return from Iraq was moved to the Education and Training Division where he worked as an Anti-Terrorism instructor, as well as a marksmanship and tactics instructor. He is currently attached to the SWAT Team as the Team Leader of both the Medical Team and Weapons of Mass Destruction Team


Brian is an experienced instructor.In addition to his experience with the Chicago Police Department, he is affiliate faculty at the Loyola University Medical Center Program for Prehospital Medicine where he has taught in the classroom and served as a Field Internship Preceptor.He has given numerous invited presentations on Tactical Medicine, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials, and disaster preparedness.

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David Lucas, President of St. Louis Writers Guild
Podcasts, Fight Scenes, Writing the Sword Fight with Brad R. Cook

David Lucas, is the president of Winding Trails Media. He has been active with St. Louis Writers Guild since 2008. He has held the positions of Membership Chair, Vice-President of Membership, and President. David Lucas is a voice over talent, a writer, and a martial artist. As a writer, David Lucas has been published in short fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. He focuses his fiction writing on telling stores with a psychological approach. David has written stories in the genres of mystery, horror, and science fiction as well as radio plays, screen plays, and graphic novel scripts.

Outside of writing. He has been active the community and community service through over 30 years in Boy Scouts, functioning on all levels from local troop to district to council wide in the second largest council in the United States. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, A Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management, and a certificate in paralegal studies. David is also an Eagle Scout with 6 palms, a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, is a former Scout Master (Scout Master’s key, District Award of Merit, Scout Master’s Award of Honor, Training Award, Wood Badge). David is a Yodan (Fourth Degree Black Belt) in Tracy’s Kenpo and award-winning karate champion.