True Lit Publishers


Publisher and agent pitch sessions

Saturday, Oct. 26, 1–3 p.m.

Before and after the Getting Your Book on the Shelf panel discussion, writers and children’s book illustrators may sign up for an individual one-on-one session with the publisher or literary agent of their choice to pitch talent and ideas for freelance work. Pitches for written work are verbal; you can, however, leave your contact information with the editor. Please bring a few pieces from your portfolio if you wish to pitch your illustrations. Pitch sessions are limited to 10 minutes and participants may register for up to three sessions. Registration begins in the FPL lobby at 9:00 am for the afternoon pitch sessions. Space is limited.



SHERRI WILLIAMS of Touch Point Press

Founded in 2013, TouchPoint Press is a traditional publisher of fiction and nonfiction. TouchPoint strives to be innovative and energetic in all we do from acquisitions to promotion before and after publication. We are proud to work with talented authors whose works have received or were nominated for several awards.

Sheri Williams has worked in the publishing industry for over 20 years. Her educational background is Journalism, Creative Writing, Business Administration, and Criminal Justice. Williams is a founding faculty member of the Pitch Me! Workshops for fiction and nonfiction writers and is a Benefits and Training Consultant with AmeriPlan®, the nation’s leading discount healthcare benefits company, where she is able to apply her passion for helping others.wide range of genres.

ALLY ROBERTSON of The Wild Rose Press

The Wild Rose Press opened in 2006 and is home to authors worldwide with a current catalogue of over 3000 active titles.  Although started as a romance only publisher, they opened to adult mainstream fiction in 2013.   They also publish YA but do not work with children’s books, cookbooks, memoirs, or poetry.  In January 2019 TWRP was named Best Publisher of the Year by an independent study for the 10th year. 

Ally Robertson has been an editor with The Wild Rose Press since they launched in 2006. She edits all genres but is partial to suspense—the creepier, darker and scarier the better. She loves working with authors and helping them realize their dreams. One of the best perks of her job is meeting new people and discovering fabulous new stories. She lives in Edmond, Oklahoma where she spends her time dodging tornadoes, editing, writing, reading, and enjoying her other passions: Elvis Presley, the MLB, and watching TV—which she calls 'research' so it doesn't seem as though she’s wasting time.

ERIC BEEBE of Post Mortem Press

With over 100 books in print, PMP has grown from a distraction against the worries of a corporate career gone awry to a successful independent publishing concern. Along the way, it has earned the respect of many luminaries in the world of dark novels and speculative fiction. The press is a member of the Horror Writers Association and is a Mysterious Writers of America Approved Publisher.

Eric Beebe, founder, publisher, and consulting partner of Post Mortem Press seeks unique psychological horror, hard edged or supernatural mysteries, and fast-paced thrillers. Sometimes he even publishes mainstream novels and seeks material for PMP anthologies. Eric strongly supports indie writers and first time authors for adult or young adult novels. Any book submission needs to be complete, no partial manuscripts or books starring zombies, wolves, or vampires. He does not consider works published by another press, self-published works, or online serialized materials.

SETH PENNINGTON of Sibling Rivalry Press

Sibling Rivalry Press (SRP) is an independent publishing house based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Its mission is to publish work that disturbs and enraptures. In the last decade, SRP has published first books by writers such as Ocean Vuong, Saeed Jones, Bushra Rehman, and Kaveh Akbar. SRP books and publications have been honored with the Pushcart Prize, Lambda Literary Awards in both Gay Poetry and Lesbian Poetry, and features in multiple journals and literary magazines. By special invitation, every title SRP has published--or ever will publish--is housed in the Rare Book and Special Collections Vault of the Library of Congress. 

Seth Pennington is Editor-in-Chief at Sibling Rivalry Press and is author of Tertulia, which was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Chapbook Award. He was Editor of Assaracus and Poetry Editor of Equinox, the literary magazine of University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and has been honored as co-editor of Joy Exhaustible by the American Library Association and by the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress for his editorial, layout, and design work with SRP. He was a 2019 Open Mouth Poetry Retreat Fellow and the recipient of the Richard Stanley Cooper Literary Award for Creative Writing. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with his husband, Bryan Borland.



ESSIE WHITE of Storm Literary Agency

Storm Literary Agency is a boutique literary agency representing quality children’s literature from exceptional authors and illustrators. Storm Literary Agency welcomes submissions from unique and talented authors and illustrators, those who are not afraid to embrace their capacity to teach, to entertain, to engage and to honor young people who, hopefully, will be changed by the work represented here.

Essie White launched Storm Literary Agency in 2014. She now partners with Vicki Selvaggio, representing the finest in quality children’s literature and art. Essie's background in early childhood education lends itself well to representing children's books, as she is acutely aware of the significance good literature plays in a young child's development. Essie enjoys connections with people worldwide and her own clients hail from countries all over the world. Although Essie represents authors and illustrators of board books through young adult, she remains most fond of picture books, especially those that teach, entertain and ultimately, inspire. Essie has nurtured several authors and illustrators to success and is proud to be a part of their publishing journeys and careers.

JESSICA SCHMEIDLER of Gold Wheat Literary Agency

Golden Wheat Literary is a faith-based literary agency with a little bit of a twist. Manuscripts that are submitted do not need to be overtly Christian, but must exist within the realities of Christian faith. If your manuscript's elements can all be true without any part of God's Word needing to step aside or be discounted, it is acceptable for submission. We have sold books to both secular and Christian publishers. Our agents represent nearly all genres and readerships, with the exception of erotica.