Literary Agents return for the 2024 Nonfiction Writers Conference!

Our unique Pitch-the-Agents LIVE event is a special double session held during the Nonfiction Writers Conference. This event is a HUGE HIT with participants and attendees alike!

NFWC Gold, Platinum, VIP, and Thought Leader attendees have the opportunity to apply to participate in the live pitches and 20 finalists are selected at random to share their pitches with a panel of literary agents who are actively pursuing nonfiction book deals.

Hundreds of conference attendees cheer on the participating writers as they share their pitches and received feedback from the agents.

Several participants from our past Pitch-the-Agents events have had proposals requested from participating agents and have gone on to sign agent representation deals! 


 

How it Works

Pitches for NFWC 2024 take place on Thursday May 9, 2024 at 1pm PT / 4pm ET. This special double session lasts approximately two hours.

Participants will have up to two minutes to deliver a pitch, leaving the agents with three minutes (or remaining time) to ask questions and give feedback on ways to improve your pitch and/or your book project. If a participating agent finds a pitch compelling, he or she may ask to receive your book proposal! That’s right, it is possible one or more attendees can end up with agent representation and a book deal! (Though please note there are no guarantees of any book deals or representation.)

How to Participate

NFWC Gold, Platinum, VIP, and Thought Leader attendees are eligible to participate, however you must submit an application to participate in the pitch sessions. Up to twenty writers will be selected at random to share a pitch live. (And notified a few days prior to the session.)

Applications for NFWC 2024 will open a few weeks prior to the event. Watch your inbox for details. Be sure to register for NFWC to participate.

How to Prepare Your Pitch

  • Try to distill your book into a one or two-sentence “elevator pitch” that succinctly tells us what your book is about and why you are the best person to write it.
  • Make sure you distinguish your book from what has already been published: what makes your book different and why is it needed in the marketplace?
  • Don’t forget to reference competitive titles if they help you better encapsulate what your book is about. You don’t always need to use comps but one or two well-known comps may be extremely helpful.
  • If you have any kind of author platform (blog or newsletter subscribers, social media following, website traffic, etc.), be sure to mention the details during your pitch.

Don’t Want to Pitch? Here’s Why You Should Still Attend

Even if you don’t want to pitch your book project to the agents, there is a tremendous amount of value you can gain simply by watching the participating writers and agents in action. You will learn how a book pitch works, what makes it sizzle, what captures the interest of agents, and what recommendations they offer for improvement. Even if you’re self-publishing, it’s important to understand how the traditional publishing world works so that you can remain competitive. We can all learn from what sells well in traditional publishing and gain wisdom from these experienced literary agents!

Meet the Agents for NFWC 2024

A well-established agent, who began her career as an editor at major publishing houses, Rita Rosenkranz represents almost exclusively adult non-fiction titles. Her wide-ranging list includes health, history, parenting, music, how-to, popular science, business, biography, sports, popular reference, cooking, writing, humor, spirituality, illustrated books and general interest titles. She represents first-time as well as seasoned authors, and looks for projects that present familiar subjects freshly or lesser-known subjects presented commercially. Rita works with major publishing houses, as well as regional publishers that handle niche markets.
Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency

An editor at heart, Najla Mamou hopes to partner with authors open to collaboration and brainstorming together. She gravitates towards narrative nonfiction, memoir, biography, people in history with unique jobs and talents, sports teams and figures, and more historical stories from lesser known regions and towns in the world. She also hopes to represent more immigrant stories, older protagonists, and/or BIPOC characters.

Najla is an avid reader and loves great first chapters, immersive world building, deep character profiles, and well-rounded dialogue. She volunteers for the Association of American Literary Agents and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She teaches workshops at several writing conferences, including Common Mistakes In First Chapters, Writing Rules That Can Be Broken, Self-Editing Before the Query, Getting The History And Voice Right, and many other topics.

Prior to joining Savvy Literary, she worked as a project manager for fifteen years. In that role, she took high-level ideas and transformed them into strategic and operational deliverables, on time and within budget. She’ll be applying that skillset to lead and shepherd fiction and non-fiction novels to bookshelves and ereaders across the world.

Her most recent deal is THE FASTEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD: THE STORY OF DAREDEVIL JOAN LACOSTA, which narrates the epic life behind the wheel of one of the most famous risk-taking female racers of all time in the 1920s, to be published by Lyons Press, in the spring 2025.

 

Najla Mamou

 Jason Gardner is the executive editor at New World Library, an independent San Francisco Bay Area publisher. For over twenty-five years, he has acquired books on spirituality, philosophy, personal growth/psychology, parenting, mythology, animals, and nature/environment. New World Library publishes The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra, Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, and The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. Before joining New World Library, Jason worked as a writer and editor for a nonprofit magazine covering urban environmental issues, for a literary agency, and as a bookseller. He lives with his wife and children in Berkeley, California.

Jason Gardner headshot

 

Max Sinsheimer represents a wide range of adult nonfiction, with a particular interest in popular science, history, biography, food and cookery, travel/adventure, (light) true crime, and social issues. He loves when an author has a personal angle into a larger societal story, as in Disposable City, which is about Miami’s sea level rise crisis, but begins with the author’s decision to buy a home in the city he grew up in, only to realize that the properties he’s viewing would literally be under water within a 30-year mortgage term.

Max is also on the lookout for great place-specific narratives. A recent example from his list would be Mars on Earth (forthcoming 2024), where the author goes on a 1,200-mile journey deep into the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, searching for a deeper understanding of his partner and his adoptive homeland. Finally, he is keen to work with more investigative journalists like Steve Hendricks, who tenaciously researched the suspicious death of the American Indian activist Anna Mae Aquash in The Unquiet Grave, going so far as to sue the FBI for unseen documents over a period of years.

Prior to founding his DC-based agency, Sinsheimer Literary, LLC, Max managed Oxford University Press’s influential food and drink Companion series, multi-authored, subject-defining works such as The Oxford Companion to Beer (2011) and The Oxford Companion to Cheese (2016). The series has won or been nominated for numerous James Beard, IACP, Gourmand, and other food writing awards. He retains a soft spot both for stories that see food through a cultural lens, and for academics who have the writing chops to reach general readers.

Max Sinsheimer

To participate in Pitch-the-Agents, you must be registered as a Gold, Platinum, VIP or Thought Leader attendee and then fill out an application.

Applications for NFWC 2024 will open a few weeks prior to the event. Watch your inbox for details. 

Register for the Nonfiction Writers Conference.