2014 OWFI Agents, Editors, Publishers Appointments


If you’re attending OWFI 2014 and are interested in booking an agent/editor/publisher pitch session, Natasha Hanova is your gal.  Feel free to repost and/or tweet if you or someone you know might be interested in this writer’s conference. Thanks!

Please email her at NatashaHanovaOWFI (at) gmail (dot) com with your top two choices to request an appointment or if you have any questions.

Sign up DEADLINE is Monday, April 28.

NOTE: These appointments are only for people who have registered for OWFI 2014. Click here for online registration or download registration.

See you in May!

Here’s a list of attending agents, editors, and publishers. Please be sure to check their websites for current wish lists.


Susan Brower from the Natasha Kern Literary Agency

I love finding and developing authors and connecting them with the reader.  Book publishing has changed dramatically over the past several years and it’s no secret that the novels that create buzz through their unique writing or concepts are the ones that become bestsellers.  Over the past 25 years in publishing, I have done marketing, editing, story development and acquisitions for Zondervan, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. Most recently, I was Executive Editor and had the privilege of working with New York Times bestselling authors Karen Kingsbury, Tim LaHaye, Stephen L. Carter, and Terri Blackstock and was named ACFW’s Editor of the Year in 2010. And now I am fortunate to partner with Natasha Kern at the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

I’ve been an avid fiction fan since childhood and love the way stories are able to change lives, heal hearts, and bring joy to readers.   Today, I want to read and acquire women’s contemporary, any kind of romance, suspense, mystery and historical novels.  I would love to discover the next breakaway author in any of these genres.

I am originally from Arizona and now live in Michigan with my hubby, and three furry “kids,” Shep, Ollie, and Pepper.

Susan Bower Agency Website     •     Susan’s Website   

Dawn Michelle Hardy from Serendipity Literary Agency

Dawn Michelle Hardy has been called a “literary lobbyist” by Ebony magazine for her ability to help authors reach their readership using strategic promotions, win awards and garner national and local media attention.

She began her career in publishing in 2002, first as a assistant to a self published turned New York Times Bestselling author, then as an award-winning publicist and author consultant and now as an associate agent with Serendipity Literary Agency led by Regina Brooks.

While actively building her client list, she likes memoirists who can capture a larger narrative through their personal story and strong hook, best-in-class professionals in a variety of fields, the relatively unknown that has unique and incomparable life experiences, and the music, sports and pop culture enthusiasts with a ‘hip’ idea from an untold vantage point.

Her client list is diverse ranging from a veteran entertainment writer, to a single mother, to a Washington Post award winning sports journalist. Her first acquisitions as agent included a biography on the Grammy winning pop-star Nicki Minaj (Hip-Pop Moments for Life by Isoul Harris), a previously self published memoir that garned SyFy Channel docu-series fame (Forgotten Burial: A Restless Spirit’s Plea from Beyond the Grave by Jodi Foster) and a forthcoming narrative inspired by the #2 most shared news story in 2013 on NBA 16-time Allstar Allen Iverson.

As an agent she is continuously seeking acquisitions for platform driven general interest narratives that can spark debate and heavy conversation. She welcomes the process of collaborating with editors and authors on topics in the area of sports, pop culture, blog and trend, music, lifestyle and social science.

Dawn on Twitter  

Amanda Luedeke  from the Chip MacGregor Literary Agency

Amanda was a 2006 graduate of the acclaimed Professional Writing program at Taylor University Fort Wayne. Since college, she’s made her living as a writer, working as a freelancer for local newspapers and marketing companies, while operating her own writing business.

Her love for writing and her ability to think strategically landed her a full time job in marketing at an agency in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Since starting there in 2008, Amanda has written web and print copy for Vera Bradley, Baekgaard, Brecks and Peg Perego. She’s also assisted in marketing strategy for these companies, conducting research, launching social media sites and proposing and working on major projects targeted at the online consumer.

Yes, she knows … she’s one of those people.

She met Chip at an author signing in Barnes and Noble in 2008. After realizing they had a commonality in Taylor University, one thing led to another, and before she knew it, she was helping him with projects, research, and all the little stuff she now assumes he just didn’t feel like doing. Shortly after, Amanda was hired on as Chip’s Assistant.

On board as an Agent since 2010, Amanda brings unique interests to the MacGregor Literary team. She represents general market and CBA projects, and her areas of interest include nonfiction, literary fiction, women’s fiction (all types except historical romance), paranormal and speculative fiction (including steampunk, fantasy, etc), YA, middle grade fiction, and twenty-something/post college-aged hip lit (think Joe Meno, Brett McCracken, Brad Land, JD Salinger).

Having lived all over the Midwest, from Iowa to Minnesota to Illinois, Amanda considers the Chicago suburbs to be ‘home’, though she’s currently settled in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her husband, Tad.

Amanda on Facebook     •     Amanda on Twitter

 Maria Vicente from the P.S. Literary Agency

Maria Vicente is an associate agent at P.S. Literary Agency. She is a creative and editorial agent, providing support to her clients through all stages of the writing and publication process. Maria is dedicated to managing authors’ literary brands for the duration of their careers.

Her reading preferences vary across categories and genres, which is reflected in her client list. She is actively looking for literary and commercial fiction, young adult, middle grade, illustrated picture books, and nonfiction projects in the pop culture, pop psychology, design, and lifestyle categories. She has affinities for literary writing, strong character development, and original storytelling formats.

Maria’s publishing career began as an intern with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency. She also interned at P.S. Literary before joining the agency as an associate agent. Maria has a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton University, a Bachelor of Education from The University of Western Ontario, and many years of experience editing and designing literary magazines. She is currently an editor for Underneath the Juniper Tree, a literary/art horror magazine for children.

Her blog, I Believe in Story (ibelieveinstory.com), features book reviews, advice for writers, publishing industry articles, and lifestyle posts inspired by literature. You can find Maria on Twitter at @MsMariaVicente.


Mari Farthing

Mari Farthing is a writer and editor with over 20 years of practical experience in private industry, government, media and publishing. Mari has worked with writers on technical documentation, procedural manuals, memoir, children’s fiction (middle grade, young adult), women’s fiction, suspense and horror.

Mari on Twitter     •     Mari on Facebook

Mary-Theresa Hussey

Mary-Theresa has been at Harlequin for nearly a quarter century—but it certainly doesn’t feel that way.

As an executive editor for Harlequin Books, she is surrounded by fantastic stories, terrific colleagues and has had the pleasure of working on thousands of entertaining, enlightening and exciting novels.

Mary-Theresa—sometimes known as Matrice—works with authors on both series and single title imprints, and is always eager to talk about books.


Rhonda PendersRhonda Penders from Wild Rose Press

Rhonda Pender is President and co-founder of The Wild Rose Press, a publishing company that publishes books electronically and in print.  The company began in May 2006 and is home to over 1600 titles and 500 authors. The Wild Rose Press began as a romance only publishing house but in 2013 opened its submissions to other genres of fiction including erotica, women’s fiction, mystery and suspense including thrillers, and historical fiction.

TWRP prides itself on never issuing form rejection letters and on being a kinder and gentler publishing house.  Their web site, which is referred to as “the garden”, is truly a community garden where everyone feels as if they have a part in its growth.  Writers, authors, readers and editors come together in chats, loops, blogs, and email to discuss ideas, thoughts, concerns and plans for growing the company.  The editors and the owners are completely accessible to their writers. Currently they are accepting submissions in all lines and all lengths.  All submissions should be made electronically and specific guidelines can be found on their website at http://www.thewildrosepress.com.

Vivian Zabel from 4RV Publishing

Vivian Zabel has a degree in English and speech. She taught in public schools for 27 years, covering such subjects as English, composition, writing, yearbook newspaper, literary magazine, drama, debate adn speech. Vivian has published short stories, articles and poetry until she retired from teaching, and now has 7 published books. Vivian is the founder and president of 4RV publishing, a traditional, royalties-paying publishing house with over 75 authors, including many OWFI members.

Vivian’s Blog     •     Vivian’s Website


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214 responses to “2014 OWFI Agents, Editors, Publishers Appointments

  1. Stopping by from the Blitz! Have a great day!

  2. I wish I could be there. Sounds like great opportunities. You’re being blitzed today.

  3. Hi, Dawn! I hope you’re having a great week. Happy Blog Blitz Day!!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  4. Looks like a GREAT group of people! I know you’ll have fun and just wait and see what’s coming your way today. 🙂

  5. Dang, a conference is not in the cards for me this spring, but this sounds like a great one.

  6. Happy Blitz Day and good luck with OWFI 2014.

  7. Thanks, Alex! Have a great day.

  8. AJ

    Happy blitz day and have fun at OWFI!
    AJ Lauer
    an A to Z Challenge co-host

  9. One day I’ll have the courage to go to a conference. One day.
    BAZINGA! You’ve been blitzed!
    Have a great day and best of luck!

  10. Thank you for all your hard work!!

  11. Sounds like you have a wonderful lineup for your conference!

  12. Woo! Happy Blitz Day! I’ve never pitched to anyone in person before, but I did have a critique with an editor once that more or less changed into a pitch when she asked to see the whole MS

  13. Thanks for all the great info. The conference sounds terrific.

    Feeling a little woozy? You should because you, my dear are getting blitzed today. Enjoy!

  14. Wow this post made me wish I live closer to Oklahoma. Happy Blitz Day.

  15. That’s quite a list of attendees and should make for an excellent conference. Enjoy it! Happy Blitz Day!

  16. This is a wonderful list! Happy Blitz Day!

  17. Good luck with OWFI! How great you get us blitzers here to wish you the best there. Happy blitz day 😉

  18. Looks like a great lineup in Oklahoma! Happy Blitz Day!

  19. What a wealth of information. Glad I stopped by. Happy Blitz Day!

  20. bethfred08

    Happy blitz day!

  21. Happy Blitz Day, Dawn! And I thought the same as LD, I wished I lived closer to Oklahoma when reading this post.

    • 🙂 I would love to have you join us. Hey, my niece lives in Ohio. Maybe I could arrange a ride since she’s always trekking this way to see her mum. If not this year, maybe next? I will be announcing next year’s keynote speaker in the next 4-6 weeks. I’m so excited. He’s AMAZING.

  22. Sounds like my dream conference. Best of luck.
    Silvia @

  23. Still waiting for my opportunity to attend one of these!
    Happy Blizt day!!

  24. Wow, wish I were going. Thanks for sharing all this information.
    Happy Blitz Day!

  25. Oh, this sounds like a wonderful conference. Wish I could attend. Have a wonderful blitz day, Dawn

    • It is a great conference and this year’s is going to be special. I’m also excited for next year which I get to plan. Stay tuned for my announcement of the keynote speaker. We’d love to have you join us. Thanks for dropping by.

  26. Hello, Dawn! Happy Blitz Day and nice to meet you 🙂 This conference sounds wonderful! I’m already going to the SCBWI, though, and am really excited. Sounds like May is a big month for writers’ conferences!

  27. happy blitz day! I like your blog! Good info here. 🙂

  28. Sounds like a great conference!
    Happy Blitz Day!

  29. Clueless what OWFI is, but popping in to say happy Blitz Day, pile on all. Congrats on being chosen.

    • Sorry, Sandy. Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc has a conference every May. It’s a blast. I’m conference chair this year and got to be part of the planning. It’s been fun. Thanks for stopping by.

  30. What a great list of talent! I was here forever following links.

    Happy blitz day 🙂

  31. Wow! Such a fun blog to Blitz! 🙂

  32. Goodness, I would love to be there, but it’s never going to happen. That is, unless I can get my darn teleportation device working again. (Had to break it so my scientists wouldn’t escape from the basement. Very inconvenient.) 😉

  33. Steve Kozeniewski

    Ooh, I used to live in Lawton. That was many moons ago, though. Not sure I’ll be able to make it to OKC for this, but sounds like a blast!

  34. Wish I could go to a conference. It sounds like an amazing opportunity. But unless they all want to travel 24 hours+, it’s not going to happen…

    Happy Blitz Day!

  35. jdewdropsofink

    This is great information. Happy Blitz.

  36. Great information. Hope you enjoy the blitz!

  37. Great information. Thank you so much. God bless, Maria

  38. Wish I were out there pitching! Happy Blitz!

  39. Hi, Dawn. Looks like it’ll be a great event! Happy Blitz Day!

  40. lauraclipson

    Happy Blog Blitz! 🙂

  41. Hi Dawn,
    I’m stopping by to say Happy Blitz day and best wishes.

  42. Dee

    This is a good list for writers! Happy blitz day!

  43. Sounds like a great conference. I always love when there are multiple agents there. Happy Blitz Day!

  44. Great list! And Happy Blitz Day! 🙂

  45. sounds like a great conference. Happy Blitz Day!

  46. Sounds like a good conference! Hope it is enjoyable and productive!


  47. Lots of great info here. I wish I could go to every writer’s conference! Thanks for sharing about the agents and editors. That’s info that’s always good to have.

    Happy blitz!

  48. Wow! What an amazing conference. I wish I lived close enough to attend.

    Happy Blog Blitz Day!

  49. Arlee Bird

    Wish I could go to OK! I need an agent, an editor, a publisher, and probably somebody behind me with a whip to motivate me more. Uh, don’t get any wrong ideas about that last part.

    Good info to present on a Blitz Day!

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

    • We’ve got you covered and all you have to do is show up. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! I will be announcing the keynote for our 2015 conference in the next 4-6 weeks. I’m excited about it because he is AMAZING. 🙂

  50. Hi Dawn! It’s great to meet you. Wishing you a magical BLITZ Day!!!

  51. Wow, so much info-all great stuff! I would love to go-thank you for this post!

    Happy Biltz Day to you~

  52. Happy Blitz!
    The conference sounds amazing! Wish I lived closer so I could go=)

    • 😦 How far away do you live? I wish you could join us, too. It’s amazing fun. I’m already planning next years. Thanks for dropping by.

  53. Have a great day. Happy Blog Blitz!

  54. I’m stopping by to wish you a Happy Blitz Day! I’m glad to have discovered your delightful blog this way.

  55. OWFI sounds fun! I haven’t been to a conference in a long time. Happy Blitz Day!

    • Hey, come join us. It is a blast. We haven’t had this one and I already have next year’s keynote lined up. Will be announcing that in a few weeks. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.

  56. Looks like it will be a great conference with lots of opportunities for writers! I can’t wait for the day I’m finally able to afford going to tone 🙂

    • Tiana, we’ve all been where you are so most conferences offer scholarships. I know OWFI does. What astounds me is people rarely ask for them. If you decide you want to come to a conference check into the scholarship opportunities. BTW – I have the keynote lined up for OWFI for next year and will be announcing it soon. I’m excited. 🙂

  57. Happy Blitz Day! Enjoy your conference!

  58. I hope you’re having a great Blog Blitz Day!!

  59. I stopped via a blitz, but have enjoyed nosing around your site. Have a great day – Spring starts tomorrow and you get blitzed. What more could you ask for?

  60. Coming by from the Blog Blitz. Have a lovely Wednesday.

  61. Hm…blitzing you, but I liked the previous post better. 🙂 Down with PC!

  62. Zan Marie

    Great info, Dawn! Happy Blitz Day!

  63. Happy Blog Blitz Day!!! 🙂

  64. M. J. Joachim

    Looks like a great conference with some very talented people planning to attend.

    MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    Writing Tips
    Effectively Human
    Lots of Crochet Stitches

  65. Happy Blitz Day, Dawn! And how fantastic of you to share so many awesome resources with writers! I will definitely add this to my list for future reference.

    • Thanks, Beverly. I appreciate you stopping by today. I will be making a big announcement in the next six week regarding next year’s keynote speaker. I’m so excited. 🙂

  66. Wish I lived closer to Oklahoma! This sounds like a great line-up of agents and editors. Happy Blitz Day!

    • I wish you did, too. We have a dynamite plan. I am also planning next years and will be announcing the keynote speaker in the coming weeks. I can’t wait. Thanks for stopping by.

  67. Nice mix of publishers, editors, and agents. Best of luck with the conference! Happy blitz day!

  68. Hi Dawn! Love the lineup for the conference! Would be a good one to see. Happy Blitz Day 😀

  69. Brandon

    Happy blitz day

  70. This sounds wonderful! I only wish I could go. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blitz Day!!! 😀

  71. Sounds like a great conference! Any opportunities for writers to actually talk to agents and editors in person is worth it. Good luck with everything and Happy Blitz Day!

  72. Very informative post. I’m glad I stopped by for Blitz Day! 🙂

  73. Wow, what a treasure of information…if only I could finish my novel! And if I had the money to go to a conference, which I dream of. Right now I’m dreaming of paying all my medical bills 😦
    Anyway! Very nice to meet you through DL’s Blitz!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

    • One step at a time, Tina. Finish the book and then, I’ll help you with that money thing. My organization has scholarships (as do most) that will pay part or all of your conference fee. I understand the medical thing. My hubby had a catastrophic injury last February and we were still trying to pay all those bills off when the stress put me in the hospital. You’re not alone! Thanks for stopping by.

  74. Hm. I like writing and I like conferences. I’m going to have to put OWFI on my calendar for next year.


    • Definitely do, Nick. I just got our keynote for next year and I am so excited! He’s AMAZING. I’ll be announcing that on my blog in the coming weeks. Thanks for dropping by to blitz me.

  75. A shame OK is so far from me. Looks like fun!

    • Oklahoma feels far from everything. LOL. It is a fun conference. I’m already planning the one for 2015. Just got the keynote speaker and am so excited. Thanks for stopping by, Jeff. I’m sorry to hear about your loss. There are no words that can ease that but know the writing community is large and we have very big hearts. Hugs.

      • This writing community has been a blessing beyond description to me. Some of the most amazing moments of comfort came from people I’ve never even met in person. That’s pretty dang awesome in my book. Thank you!

  76. Happy Blitz Day, Dawn! The conference sounds great. I’m so jealous — living in Scotland limits my chances for these.

    • And I’m jealous of your living in Scotland. The pictures of it are so gorgeous. 🙂 Love to visit it someday. The conference is always great fun. I’m already excited about next years. I just got the keynote for it. He’s AMAZING. Thanks for stopping by.

  77. Happy blitz day! Sounds like a great conference, wish I could be there!

  78. Sounds like it will be an amazing event, best wishes for it! I’m organising my first big writing retreat here in Australia, a lot of work, but it’s going to be fantastic. Not quite to the scale of your event 🙂
    Happy Blitz.

    • I love writing retreats. We have small ones for my critique group. Since we moved to our ranch, we now have a great place for the group to hide away and ‘retreat’. Best of luck. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for stopping by today.

  79. writers conferences are off the agenda for me as I live so far away – from America – but this is quite an impressive list of experts you have here, definitely worth putting some of them on my ‘once I have completed my WIP follow up’ list. Thanks and all the best

    • I’m sorry you can’t come visit us but certainly understand. Maybe someday. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by today. I will be uploading more agent info in coming weeks so check back if you’re interested in future opportunities.

  80. kraes

    Thanks for this amazingly helpful article! Don’t think I’m attending, but learning about agents is always a good idea. Happy blitz day! You rock!

    • Consider us next year if you don’t make it this year. I booked our keynote for next year, and he’s AMAZING. Thanks for stopping by today!

  81. Looks like a fab conference 🙂 Happy blitz day xx

  82. Some great names on this list. *sigh* I love conferences. Happy Blitz Day!

    • Ah, Dannie. Me, too. I’m excited about this year and all that’s planned. However, I’m in charge for next year and have my keynote set and wow, am I excited about bringing him to Oklahoma. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  83. You have a lot of information here about agents and editors etc. I must drop by again. Happy Blitz Day!

  84. Hi there – just stopping by to say happy Blitz day!! I hope you’re having a great day/night. 🙂

  85. OWFI sounds like a great conference and a outstanding opportunity to connect with publishing professionals. Thank you for sharing.

    Happy Blitz Day, Dawn!

    VR Barkowski

  86. Sounds like a valuable con! Great info in your post–pleasure meeting you, Dawn:)
    WriterlySam Join the A to Z Theme Reveal Party March 21st!

  87. Sounds like a great conference. Unfortunately, a little too far for me, but I am trying to attend on in my area in June, hope it’s as good as this sounds.

    As if you didn’t already know, you’ve been blitzed. Enjoy your day.

  88. Great info. Happy blitz day.

  89. A pretty impressive list! Thanks for sharing …

    AND …


  90. Hi Dawn, hope you enjoyed the blitz. Stopping by to say hi!

  91. What a great resource of information! Thanks for sharing.

  92. leandrajwallace

    I’m happy to have read this post- I’m currently querying, and there looks to be a lot of great agents in this list. Thanks! Also, Happy Blitz! =)

  93. An informative article. Happy Blitz Day from India 🙂

  94. Hi there! Happy Blitz Day!

  95. Hi, happy Blitz day. You have organized a great writing program. Congrats. I enjoyed looking around your blog too. 🙂

  96. ….and just like that you’ve given me the itch to go to another conference! I’m a day late, but happy Blitz Day anyhow!

  97. Hope you had a wonderful Blitz Day!! This was an awesome post. Wish I was near this area for this event, sounds like an amazing opportunity.

  98. dlhammons

    I may have to consider your conference for next year. I’m already committed to one for this year, and OK City isn’t too far from me. Plus, you have me intrigued about who your keynote is. 🙂

    • I’d love it if you’d join us. My plan worked, huh? Truly, I am so excited about my keynote. I’ve wanted to bring him to OWFI for a long time but he’s “in demand”.

  99. Great info! Happy Blitz Day!

  100. Hey, thanks for posting this–it’s super-helpful. I wanted to let you know I tweeted out your previous post, about the censorship, because I thought it was SUPER useful. Thank-you so much!
    Oh, and happy blitz-day.
    How many agent/editor pitches is one person allowed to sign up for?

    • Contact the young lady in charge of pitch sessions at: NatashaHanovaOWFI (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions. She’ll be glad to help you with anything in the process. In the past, we assigned everyone to their first choice, then we do second choices if there’s room. Usually, there is an opportunity to slip into open spots at the conference also. 🙂 However, that’s not my call. It’s Natasha’s. 🙂 I am glad you’re interested. Let me know if you have general conference questions. That’s my responsibility. 🙂

  101. It sounds like an awesome conference. It’s too bad it’s too far away from where I’m at.

    Happy Blitz Day!

  102. sjp

    Thanks for sharing 😉

  103. Sorry I’m late but just wanted to wish you a HAPPY BLITZ DAY!!

  104. Happy belated Blitz day!

  105. Happy belated blitz! I still haven’t been to a writers’ conference but would love to attend!

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