This year’s Maine Crime Wave will provide attendees the opportunity to register for one-on-one, seven-minute pitch sessions with two star New York City literary agents: MEG RULEY of the Jane Rotrosen Agency and LISA ERBACH VANCE of the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency.
  • CrimePitch is open only to attendees of the 2019 Maine Crime Wave.
  • Each pitch session lasts seven minutes, and costs $65 per session.
  • Registration will be open to EARLY BIRD registrants ONLY from March 25 to March 29, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Registration will be open to all attendees from April 1 to May 20, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • NOTE Please note that the March 25 – March 29 registration is open only to attendees who registered for Crime Wave by March 15, i.e. during the “early bird” registration period.

HOW TO REGISTER

To reserve a pitch session, please call the MWPA at 207.228.8263 to check availability and to reserve your preferred agent and time slot. When you call:

  • Please have your agent selection ready; you may meet with both agents
  • Payment must be made by MasterCard/Visa over the phone when you register in order for your session(s) to be reserved.
  • If you leave a voice mail with your selection, it does not mean your time slot will be reserved (you must speak with a staff member directly to confirm availability). Please continue calling back until you reach a staff member.

OUR AGENTS

RuleyMEG RULEY is an advocate for established bestselling authors as well as emerging writers. Her focus is commercial fiction, writers with distinctive voices in suspense, thrillers, mysteries, crime fiction, historical novels and historical suspense, romance, and women’s fiction. More →

VanceLISA ERBACH VANCE is most interested in and actively seeking propulsive, emotionally engaging thrillers—contemporary or historical, domestic or international. Moody psychological suspense. Romantic suspense. Her clients include Harlan Coben, Gregg Hurwitz, Glen Erik Hamilton, B.J. Daniels, Ann Howard Creel, Kathleen Sharp, Gayle Lynds, Matt Beynon Rees, Aaron and Charlotte Elkins, Amanda Stevens, Watt Key, Anthony Franze, G.M. Ford, the estate of Madeleine L’Engle, and more. More →

FAQs

The MWPA presents CrimePitch as a professional networking opportunity, and makes no guarantee that participation will lead to representation or publication. No refunds can be given because an agent does not select a participant’s work for representation or publication.

Who should participate in CrimePitch?
Writers with a completed manuscript, or, for nonfiction books, a completed query letter and/or book proposal.

You do not need to bring your manuscript or nonfiction query letter and proposal with you to your pitch session, as agents will expect that you will be able to send them a completed manuscript or proposal immediately after the event, if they ask for it. You may want to have extra copies of your nonfiction query letter and/or proposal with you, but they should only be given to agents and editors who directly request them.

*Please note: writers may choose to register for a pitch session without a final draft of a manuscript, though it is not ideal. The MWPA recommends writers have at least an outline of their full project so they can pitch it effectively, as well as 50 polished pages of their project ready to be sent out, should an agent or editor request them. If the agent likes those 50 pages and requests the entire manuscript, this approach risks that the agent’s interest could wane by the time the project is complete, though it still may be helpful that they have met the writer in person at Maine Crime Wave. If you have any questions or hesitations, please call the MWPA. 

How do I decide which agent/editor might be the best fit for my writing?
Please carefully read all information provided by the MWPA on agents to ensure that your work fits their interests. The MWPA recommends looking over their agency’s website as well. It is often helpful to examine an agent’s list of clients to determine if they represent authors with projects similar to your own.

Selection of which agent to meet with is solely up to the attendee; refunds cannot be offered for selections an attendee later regrets.

How should I prepare for my pitch session(s)?
The email confirming each CrimePitch attendee’s registration will include links to several resources with advice on how to pitch. We recommend all attendees utilize these links, as well as undertake their own research. Preparation is, ultimately, the responsibility of each attendee.

What possible responses to my pitch should I expect from an agent?
Agents may request that you send them sample pages, or even a full manuscript. They may offer you brief feedback on your project or pitch. Or they may simply thank you for your time.

The MWPA presents this event as a professional networking opportunity, and makes no guarantee that participation will lead to representation or publication. No refunds can be given because an agent does not select a participant’s work for representation or publication.

QUESTIONS
If you do not see the answer to your query above, please call 207-228-8264 or email Joshua Bodwell at director@mainewriters.org


FINE PRINT

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance presents this event as a professional networking opportunity, and makes no guarantee that participation will lead to representation or publication. No refunds will be given because an agent does not select a participant’s work for representation or publication.

In the unfortunate event that an agent is unable to attend—because of illness, emergency, flight cancellation, or any other sudden, last minute situation—attendees scheduled to meet with that agent or editor will receive a full refund. Given MWPA’s months of planning, and each attendees weeks of preparation, we truly hope that no agents need to cancel, but given the real world, such realities are an unfortunate possibility.