A_E Conference

Life changing for serious writers.
— 2019 Conference Attendee

The Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference is one of the nation’s premier conferences for writers, bringing together more than 20 nationally-known agents and editors with award-winning and bestselling authors for three days of conversation about the craft of writing and the practical steps toward publication.

For writers with finished manuscripts, the conference’s one-on-one consultations with agents and editors offer a unique opportunity to pitch their work directly to publishing professionals.

For writers working toward a complete manuscript, the conference’s evening receptions offer a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for informal chats with agents, published authors, and fellow writers from all genres and backgrounds.

The conference’s panels and presentations offer specific, practical advice about

  • polishing opening pages
  • solving endings,
  • writing query letters,
  • choosing and working with an agent,
  • the writer/editor relationship, and
    marketing books before and after they hit the shelves.

2020 Agents & Editors Conference

What you need to know

Register Today

Conference Overview

The 2020 Agents & Editors Conference marks our 27th conference, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome more than 400 attendees, authors, and publishing professionals to Austin for three days of one of the best conference experiences available to writers.

The 2020 program will be made available in early June. In the meantime, to see what last year’s conference looked like, check out the program here

For a list of confirmed agents, click here.

To book a room at the conference hotel (the Hyatt Regency), click here.

Registration Rates 

Monday, December 2, 2019 (One Day Only)

  • $359 Members-only
  • Registration includes a one-on-one consultation with an agent or editor.

Tuesday, December 3-December 31, 2019

  • $399 Members-only
  • Registration includes a one-on-one consultation with an agent or editor.

January 1-April 2, 2020

  • $429 Members
  • $489 Nonmembers
  • Registration includes a one-on-one consultation with an agent or editor.

After April 2, 2020, while seats remain

  • $469 Members
  • $529 Nonmembers
  • After April 2, registration does not include a one-on-one consultation with an agent or editor. Consultations will be made available for individual purchase as space allows.

Refund Policy

All cancellations will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

Through January 6, 2020: 100% refund available

January 7 – April 30, 2020: 50% refund available for registration. There are no refunds for consultations.  

After April 30, 2020: No refunds will be made (no exceptions), but registrants can transfer their registration to another person as long as advance notice is given to the Writers’ League of Texas. If you wish to transfer your registration, please call the WLT at 512-499-8914.

Program Note:

The WLT reserves the right to change or cancel any speaker and/or session without notice.



  • Check-in: Begins at 11 a.m.
  • Genre Sessions: Tips, strategies, resources, and trends.
  • The Pitch Lab: Meet your fellow attendees by trying out your pitch on them and giving and receiving positive, helpful feedback.
  • Welcome Reception: Drinks, snacks, and casual conversation with writers, agents, and editors.


  • Opening discussion with an industry insider from a major publishing imprint.
  • Panels and Presentations featuring nearly 100 published writers, agents, editors, publicists, booksellers, and other publishing professionals.
  • Luncheon with a keynote speaker, with complimentary copy of book. (Not included in the registration price. Keynote Luncheon tickets will be available for purchase starting in May.)
  • Evening event with keynote speaker, with complimentary copy of the speaker’s book.
  • One-on-one consultations with agents and editors.


  • Presentations on publishing and writing topics such as revision, fine-tuning opening pages, query letters, novel synopses, nonfiction proposals, author platform and book marketing, and legal issues common to writers.
  • One-on-one consultations with agents and editors.
  • Closing Luncheon.

Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs, Austin, Texas, USA 78704


If you have any technical problems with this link, please call the Hyatt directly at 512-477-1234 and mention the Writers’ League of Texas. We will alert you via this page should rooms sell out ahead of the deadline. Thank you!

The Hyatt Regency Austin is the 2020 conference hotel. The guest rooms offer spectacular views of Town Lake, downtown Austin, and the Hill Country. Rooms are $185/night plus tax. The cut-off date to register under the group block is June 11, 2020.

For more on guest rooms and a virtual tour, click here (for information only – use the RESERVE NOW button to make reservations). For other hotel amenities, click here (for information only – use the button above for our discounted rate).

Self-parking in the Hyatt’s brand-new multi-level parking garage will be available for conference attendees at the discounted rate of $10 per day.

Room Rates & Reservations

We have reserved a block of discounted rooms at the Hyatt that are available to conference-goers on a first-come, first-served basis. To take advantage of the discounted group rate, you must book your hotel reservation online. Click here to make, modify, and cancel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the Hyatt. 

The 2020 A&E Conference includes agents from a notable list of reputable literary agencies. More will be added weekly, so check back often! Click on the linked agency names to be routed to the agency website. 

Stephanie Delman, Sanford & Greenburger Associates

Laura Gross, Laura Gross Literary

Sandy Lu, L Perkins Agency

Tanya McKinnon, McKinnon Literary

Christina Morgan, Serendipity Literary Agency

Bobby O’Neil, FinePrint Literary

Duvall Osteen, Aragi, Inc.

Kiele Raymond, Thompson Literary Agency

John Rudolph, Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret


Stephanie Delman joined Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in early 2012 and worked closely with agency president Heide Lange before building her own list. She represents authors who write for the adult market, with a focus on fiction: literary/upmarket, psychologically propulsive suspense, near-historical, and genre-bending narratives that contain elements of surrealism, magic, or sci-fi. In non-fiction, Stephanie is seeking longform reportage and expert accounts of far-flung corners of the world. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars program, Stephanie considers herself a “hands-on” agent and is eager to work with debut authors who are serious about their craft.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary
Nonfiction: Narrative, Pop Culture

Laura Gross of the Newton Highlands, Massachusetts–based Laura Gross Literary Agency has been a literary agent for over 25 years. She represents a broad range of fiction and nonfiction writers. She is captivated by beautiful writing, loves learning, and is particularly interested in reading about history, politics, and current affairs, as well as novels about families, no matter where they’re set. After completing a degree in comparative literature at Brown University, she began her publishing career as an assistant at two leading New York literary agencies. She then became the youngest editor at one of New York’s oldest publishing houses. She had a brief foray outside of publishing—in film—but quickly returned to working with books and with writers who inspire her. She grew up in London, where she worked for a prominent literary agent as well as for three members of Parliament.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography

Sandy Lu is a senior agent at the New York–based L. Perkins Agency. She represents literary and commercial fiction, young-adult fiction, and select nonfiction. Her clients include Stoker Award nominee Michael Boccacino, Kindle bestselling author Dot Hutchison, and New York Times Best of the Year recipient Randall Silvis. In fiction, she is looking for dark literary and commercial fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, paranormal/urban fantasy, historical fiction, and YA.  In particular, she is looking for historical thrillers or mysteries set in Victorian times. In non-fiction, she is looking for narrative non-fiction, history, biography, pop science, pop psychology, pop culture (music/theatre/film), humor, and food writing. She is also actively searching for espionage fiction and non-fiction set in China between the two World Wars.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Short Fiction, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography, Pop Culture, Science, Food Writing
Children’s: YA Fiction and Nonfiction,

Tanya McKinnon is the co-founder of the McKinnon Literary where she represents New York Times Bestselling non-fiction, award-winning public intellectuals, award-winning children’s books, and New York Times bestselling graphic novels. She specializes in non-fiction that addresses cultural issues as well as gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. She is most drawn to work that pushes political and cultural boundaries. This can be in categories such as history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, medicine, cultural criticism, memoir, popular culture, journalism, and sheer whimsy. She looks for story-driven fiction that takes us into the lives of complicated and deeply human characters.

Actively Seeking

Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays
Children’s: YA Fiction and Nonfiction, MG Fiction and Nonfiction

Christina Morgan has over a decade of professional book publishing experience, including editorial positions at Amistad/HarperCollins and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and as an agent for Curtis Brown Ltd. At Amistad she was a part of a team that published numerous New York Times bestsellers including Confessions of a Video VixenThe Pursuit of Happyness, and Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. At HMH she worked with some of the world’s most esteemed authors including, Umberto Eco, Amos Oz, Gunter Grass and Alice Walker. 

Prior to working in book publishing she worked as a journalist, writing for numerous magazines and newspapers. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia Publishing Course.  

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Short Fiction
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture
Children’s: YA Fiction and Nonfiction, MG Fiction and Nonfiction, Early Reader

Bobby O’Neil began his publishing career as an assistant at William Morris Endeavor, after taking on internships in both publishing houses and literary agencies. After two years at WME, he moved to Folio Literary Management where he worked in foreign rights. In 2019 he joined FinePrint as an Associate Agent and is currently developing his client list. Bobby is looking for middle grade and young adult fiction across the board ranging from the grounded to the fantastic. In adult fiction, he is primarily interested in fantasy and speculative fiction that push the conventions of the genre, and character-driven commercial fiction. For nonfiction, he loves a strong narrative and is especially partial to memoir and historical. He is drawn to powerful voices and unique points of view that tell the stories from underrepresented communities.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Memoir, Pop Culture, Lifestyle
Children’s: YA Fiction and Nonfiction, MG Fiction and Nonfiction

Duvall Osteen is a literary agent at Aragi Inc., where she represents award winning fiction and non-fiction, and select graphic novels. Her literary interests include writing rooted in place, especially the South, multi-generational storytelling, literary suspense, and new takes on socioeconomic issues. Duvall holds a Masters of Arts in Southern Cultural Studies from the University of Mississippi.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography

Kiele Raymond grew up on the New Hampshire seacoast. She began her publishing career at Simon & Schuster in 2009, contributing to multiple New York Times bestsellers at both Touchstone and Gallery Books. Five years later, she left New York to freelance and travel across Europe before settling happily back in Brooklyn. Kiele received her B.A. in Anthropology and English Literature from Johns Hopkins University and her M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. She joined TLA in 2017 to seek out bold new voices in literary fiction and is especially interested in writers from all corners who, in the words of Hermione Lee, stand at “an odd angle to the world.” Her clients include Peace Medie, Ari Braverman, Nichole Perkins, Tana Wojczuk, Miles Fuller, and Courtney Emerson, among others. 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women’s, Historical, Short Fiction
Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography

John Rudolph joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2010 after twelve years as an acquiring children’s book editor. On the adult side, he is primarily interested in narrative nonfiction, especially in music, sports, history, popular science, “big think”, performing arts, health, business, memoir, military history, and humor. He reps a very limited amount of literary and commercial adult fiction as well. On the children’s side, he is keenly interested in middle-grade and young adult fiction, children’s nonfiction for all ages, and he would love to find the next great picture book author/illustrator.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Graphic Novels
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle, Family Parenting
Children’s: YA Fiction and Nonfiction, MG Fiction and Nonfiction, Early Reader, Picture Book

Programs from Past Conferences