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Agents & Editors

Pennwriters offers many ways for our attendees to meet and get feedback from agents and editors in the publishing industry.
  • Pitch Sessions: One-on-one agent/editor appointments are available at no additional fee. You must have a finished manuscript to sign up for a pitch session. Spots are limited and are filled on a first-registered, first-assigned basis. Sign up for 10-minute pitch sessions when you register for the conference. Please note: A pitch session does not guarantee publication.
  • Agents will also be leading workshop sessions and participating in panel discussions. Bring your questions about the publishing process and hear these experts talk about the state of the industry.
  • Agents and editors are also part of our Friday night read-and-critique sessions, where you can get feedback on your writing from industry pros.

Agent and Editor Pitch Sessions

Dr. Uwe Stender
Triada US Literary Agency
Taking pitches only on Friday, May 14

Literary Agent Dr. Uwe Stender is a Full Member of the AAR (Association of Authors' Representatives). He is interested in all kinds of non-fiction and fiction.In non-fiction, he is completely open to any project, from Memoir, Pop Culture, and Health to How-to, Gardening, History and everything in between, including non-fiction for children.In Children's fiction, he is looking for YA, Graphic Novels, and MG.In adult fiction, his tastes trend towards Women's Fiction, Psychological Suspense, and Mysteries.

As an immigrant to the USA himself, he is always eager to bring projects from underrepresented voices into the world. So, surprise him, his tastes are eclectic, and he may just love what you wrote! His favorite six books right now are: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Field Notes On Love, The Underground Railroad, Der Blutrote Teppich, Alle Toten Fliegen Hoch, and Americanah.

Dawn Dowdle
Blue Ridge Literary Agency
Taking Pitches only on Saturday, May 15
Blue Ridge Literary and reps mostly mystery and romance. 

My family and I live in Lynchburg, VA, in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I am an avid lover of cozy mysteries and enjoy attending Malice Domestic. For relaxation, I assemble 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles. One of my favorite things to do is attend writers' conferences. In addition to networking with other agents and editors, I try to meet with any of my authors who might live in the area, as well as meet new authors.

The agency is a boutique agency, where I primarily represent Romances and Mysteries. While, I represent many Cozy Mysteries, that isn't the only type of Mysteries I represent. In addition, I am also looking for Picture Books, Cookbooks, True Crime, and Middle Grade Mysteries.

Amanda Orozco
Transatlantic Agency
Taking pitches Friday (May 14) and Saturday (May 15)

Before joining Transatlantic, Amanda Orozco gained a breadth of experience in academic publishing, publicity, subsidiary rights, and agenting. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Physiological Science and an English minor and worked as a fine art instructor and freelance editor for several years before moving to New York to complete the NYU Masters of Science in Publishing: Digital and Print Media. While at NYU, she worked at the National Book Foundation, Shreve Williams Public Relations, and The Gernert Company; she was also selected to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Beijing International Book Fair. Upon graduating from NYU in 2019, she worked in Subsidiary Rights at Little, Brown, where she helped sell rights for authors such as Michael Connelly, Elin Hilderbrand, and Sarah Knight, until discovering agenting was her true calling. She worked at Park & Fine Literary and Media before moving back to Los Angeles, where she is now excited to build her list at Transatlantic.

Amanda has been a member of PoCinPub since 2018 and currently works for Dryland, the literary journal born in South Central, where she aims to amplify marginalized voices from the literary underground.

Amanda is particularly drawn to stories from Asian and Latinx writers, though she is always looking for stories with compelling writing featuring protagonists with a distinct voice and personality; clever, quirky, gritty, and/or twisty stories that surprise her and keep her reading through the night.For fiction, she’s looking for YA contemporary romance and fantasy, as well as literary and upmarket adult fiction in the contemporary, speculative, horror, and romance genres. She has a soft spot for coming-of-age stories, multi-generational family sagas, short story collections, and the occasional urban fantasy. Recent favorites include Mary H.K. Choi, Elizabeth Acevedo, Weike Wang, Kiley Reid, Ling Ma, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, and Leigh Bardugo. She is not the right agent for thrillers, mysteries, procedurals, space operas, or historical fiction.

For nonfiction, she’s interested in stories that offer fresh cultural, political, and/or social critiques along with personal narratives on art, pop culture, tech, and forgotten, unexamined history. She is looking for perspectives from the margins or from emerging artists and academics with original ideas and sharp commentary. She is open to select poetry, memoirs, and illustrated gift/humor books. Recent favorites include Carmen Maria Machado, Cathy Park Hong, Roxane Gay, Ayad Akhtar, and Jenny Odell.

Lawrence Knorr
Sunbury Press
Founder & CEO
Only taking pitches on Saturday, May 15

Lawrence Knorr has been involved with book publishing since 2000. He holds an MBA from Penn State University, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Lawrence’s 30+ year career in information technology, as a programmer, analyst, project manager, CEO, and Chief Information Officer has prepared him well for the “Age of Content” – the era of eBooks, data integration, eCommerce, and networks. Lawrence has taught business and economics courses for over fifteen years at local colleges and is the author or co-author over twenty books. He is also an award-winning digital artist. Lawrence often speaks or is a panelist at numerous writers conferences and book fairs.

Rhonda Penders
Wild Rose Press
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Taking pitches Friday (May 14) and Saturday (May 15)

Penders is Editor-in-Chief of The Wild Rose Press.  She and her business partner, RJ Morris, opened their publishing house in 2006 and continue to be the sole owners today. Penders has been on both sides of the query process and brings a special touch of compassion to authors.  She believes that publishing is a team effort between the author, the editor, and the publisher. Penders has worked as a small town newspaper reporter, a confessional magazine writer, and is a published romance author.  But it is her story “Feeding Squirrels with Dad”, published by Chicken Soup for the Soul; Alzheimer’s Caregivers Edition that is the work of her heart.  

In addition to being a home for traditionally published authors around the world, Penders and Morris offer a variety of services through other divisions of their publishing house including help for authors who wish to self publish ( and a promotional service where authors can promote their books and get reviews in one spot ( The Wild Rose Press turns 15 in 2021 and recently was awarded the title of “Best Publisher of the Year” by an annual independent poll of readers and writers.  The company has won this title for 13 years.  
Penders lives in Upstate NY with her husband of 36 years.  Her three grown sons live nearby on their own.

Melissa Kerr
Inkspell Publishing
Taking pitches Friday (May 14) and Saturday (May 15)

Inkspell Publishing is an ebook-first romance publisher recognized for eye-catching covers and compelling reads. With a hands-on and small-town feel, Inkspell has been publishing bestselling and award-winning books for over 15 years. 

Melissa Keir is the CEO and has been at Inkspell since the beginning. Her commitment to helping authors achieve their dreams and provide them with the tools to be successful has made Inkspell Publishing a “go-to” publisher. Inkspell Pubilshing’s authors span the world, from the United States to Africa and Australia. We provide competitive royalty rates and are always looking for quality romance manuscripts. For more information, check our website.

Cathy Teets
President, Headline Books
Taking pitches Friday (May 14) and Saturday (May 15)

With 34 years of publishing experience and over 400 titles in print, Headline Books titles have garnered 623 national / international book awards including Independent Publisher of the Year (2010-2018), 73 Mom's Choice Awards, Eric Hoffer Award, Book of the Year Finalist ForeWord Review, 34 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and Winner for Best Fiction at the Paris, London, and New York Book Festivals. It currently has 110 active authors who travel, speak, conduct workshops at conferences, seminars, and do personal appearances at Book Festivals, Conferences, and Fairs.

Looking for: Fiction, nonfiction, and children's books in all genres. Does not accept: erotica or poetry.