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Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention

June 15 - 17, 2018 

A Writer's Conference and Reader's Convention

Affiliated Organization
speaking at 
Gateway Con

St. Louis Press Club

St. Louis Publishers Association

Sisters in Crime 
Greater St. Louis Chapter 

Missouri Romance Writers of America

Saturday Writers

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Speakers Appearing at 

Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention

Literary Agents and Publishers 

Appearing In Person at Gateway Con 2018

More to be named, plus bios, genres represented, and more to be posted soon.

Kortney Price
Corvisiero Literary Agency

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:

New Adult/Adult: Selectively looking for fantasy or paranormal featuring history. Old buildings, antiques with ghosts, romance, time travel, ancient curses, and did she mention time travel?

Kortney is actively looking for MG Adventure (think ship/plane wreck survivors, lost in the wilderness, etc.) and YA Fantasy as well as YA Thrillers.

Claire Applewhite
of Smoking Gun Publishing

Bio and genres to be posted soon.

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Taking Pitches Remotely at
Gateway Con 2018 

Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary 

Jennifer Chen Tran of Bradford Literary 

Kari Sutherland of Bradford Literary 

Justin Wells of Corvisiero Literary Agency

Suzie Townsend

New Leaf Literary

Suzie represents all brands of children’s and adult fiction. She loves women’s fiction, all subgenres of romance, fantasy, and crime fiction. On the children’s side, she particularly loves YA and MG. Suzie loves strong characters and voice-driven stories that break out of the typical tropes of their genres, and she’s always looking for unique new voices in stories.
Jennifer Chen Tran
Bradford Literary Agency

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:



        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


        Relationships and Psychology

        Mind, body, spirit


Jennifer is NOT looking for:

    Children’s picture books

    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy





Kari Sutherland

Bradford Literary Agency

Open to genres from picture books through adult, Kari is most interested in finding stories full of heart; ones that carry readers to faraway places or deep into a character’s mind; action-packed page-turners that surprise her; dark dramas with touches of humor; and, above all, a voice that leaps off the page. She is actively seeking diverse voices across all genres.


In children’s books, Kari is interested in character-driven stories, new twists on classic tales, empowering themes, epic fantasy, fresh voices and experiences, inventive mysteries, humor, and magical realism.


In YA, which is near and dear to her heart, Kari is drawn to compelling voices, tight pacing, and clear world-building regardless of whether it’s a space drama, an underground dystopia, a small town, or a big city contemporary. She is open to any genre within YA.


Kari is interested in adult fiction including general fiction; upmarket women’s fiction; intergenerational tales; magical realism; historical dramas; and light-hearted contemporary fiction.


A firm believer that truth can be stranger than fiction, Kari is seeking nonfiction in the following categories: quirky topics; history and biography; pop science and psychology; humor; and parenting. Most important to her are a concrete platform, an engaging voice, and well-researched material that will broaden readers’ understanding of themselves, the past, and the world around them.


Kari is not seeking: horror, romance, erotica, memoir, adult sci-fi/fantasy, thrillers, cookbooks, business, spiritual/religious, poetry, or screenplays.

Justin Wells

Corvisiero Literary Agency

When it comes to reading, he is very open. His main focus is young adult, middle grade, and new adult, though he has been known to branch out and explore other books that catch his eye.

Authors & Speakers 

Authors at Gateway Con 2018

     Cole Gibsen, Young Adult Author

     Sarah Jude, Young Adult Author

     Kathleen Kayembe, Author and AWA Workshop Presenter

     Nicole Evelina, Historical Fiction and Historical Non-Fiction writer

     Meghan Pinson, Editor

     Catherine Rankovic, Author and Editor

Plus NEW for 2018... Editing Consultations (30 mins with an editor and a sample edit) More info to be posted soon!


More to be announced soon 

We’re waiting for some answers right now! 

Workshop presenters at Gateway Con

     Brad R. Cook, St. Louis Writers Guild 

            Perfecting your Pitch (an all new presentation)

     Brad Watson, Saturday Writers

     St. Louis Press Club

     St. Louis Publishers Association

     Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime

     Write Pack Radio Live

Specific programs to be names soon!
Gateway Con will feature several literary agents and publishers. We'll be announcing the rest soon as soon as we firm the details. Gateway Con will feature pitches both in-person and via the web. (for conference attendees only) 
Registered attendees will be contacted by conference officials before the event to set up pitch sessions. Pitch sessions are included in the conference fee. SLWG will be requesting the attendees choices and will fill the slots based on the order of registration. Sign up now to ensure you get a spot with your preferred literary agent or publisher. 
One note, there are a limited number of remote pitches. 

All attendees wanting to pitch to literary agents or publishers must attend the event. All pitches will be given in person at the conference. 
Speakers at Gateway Con 2017
Literary Organizations 
Giving Workshops at Gateway Con
St. Louis Writers Guild won't be the only literary organization at Gateway Con. With so many groups dedicated to the written word in the city, we are honored to showcase them through great workshops for conference attendees. 
St. Louis Press Club
St. Louis Publishers Association 
Missouri Chapter of Romance Writers of America
Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime 
Saturday Writers

Writer Panelists
Beyond the Workshops and Master Classes, the Gateway Con Writer's Conference will feature three days of panels on a variety of topics. 

We'll have the complete list of panelists closer to the conference. 
More speakers, literary agents, and publishers will be announced soon!