Agent Panel & Pitching

Redwood Writers Agent Panel and Pitch Jan2016

1…2…3 Home Runs to Start 2016!


Warm up with the Redwood Writers Pitch Workshop

If you want to get an agent, you must give a pitch…and it better be a good one! Following the agent’s panel discussion at Redwood Writers meeting on January 10, each of the three literary agents will entertain five pitches from Redwood Writer members (read more, below). Regardless of whether you need some pitch practice or you don’t know what a pitch is, attend this helpful Pitch Workshop to hone your skills and warm up for the greatly anticipated event on January 10.

(Not a member of the Redwood Writers? Click here to join and take advantage of this workshop, the pitch event and many more member benefits.)

Here’s more information:

Workshop Moderator:
Amanda McTigue

Amanda McTigue

Amanda McTigue

Saturday, Nov. 14
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel
Oak Room

$20 per person



Redwood Writers Jan2016 Agent Panel

Sunday, January 10, 2015, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel, Empire Room

The state of publishing in 2016

Fuse Literary: Agents Laurie McLean & Jennifer Chen Tran
Kimberley Cameron Associates: Elizabeth Kracht

Agent Panel topics will include:

  • How to obtain an agent
  • State of publishing industry
  • Crystal ball predictions for what to expect next


Join superstar literary agents Laurie McLean and Jennifer Chen Tran from Fuse Literary and Elizabeth Kracht from Kimberley Cameron Associates for a panel discussion and Q & A about the state of the publishing industry in 2016.

About the Literary Agents:

Laurie McLean

Laurie McLean

Laurie McLe

Elizabeth Kracht

Elizabeth Kracht

Elizabeth Kracht


Jennifer Chen Tran

Jennifer Chen Tran

Jennifer Chen Tran

Laurie McLean

Laurie McLean

Laurie McLean

Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a publicity agency and eight years as an agent and senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco. Following her stint as the CEO of a successful Silicon Valley public relations agency bearing her name, McLean was able to switch gears in 2002 to immerse herself in writing. She penned three manuscripts before deciding that the life of a literary agent was her destiny.

McLean has been writing professionally since high school–first as a journalist, then as a public relations agent, and finally, as a novelist. She earned a bachelor’s in journalism from the State University of New York and a master’s from Syracuse University’s prestigious Newhouse School of Journalism.

At Fuse, McLean specializes in adult genre fiction–e.g., romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thrillers, suspense, horror–as well as middle-grade and young adult children’s books. Prior to founding Fuse, she was the founder and dean of San Francisco Writers University and on the management team of the San Francisco Writers Conference. In 2012, McLean co-founded two ePublishing companies with two of her client partners:, for vintage out-of-print romance books, with Linda Wisdom; and, for out-of-print classic tween and teen books, with Douglas Rees. Recently, Ambush Books was sold to Fuse Literary. You can find McLean’s submission instructions at

Elizabeth Kracht

Elizabeth Kracht

Elizabeth Kracht

Elizabeth Kracht joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010 to broaden her perspective on the publishing industry. She represents both literary and commercial fiction, as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist and writer. Elizabeth’s career in publishing took root in Puerto Rico where she completed her bachelor’s in English and worked as a copyeditor for an English-language newspaper. When she returned to the mainland she found her “vein of gold” in book publishing.

She thrives on working closely with authors and researching the potential market for new books. Kracht’s eclectic life experience drives her interests. She appreciates writing that has depth, an introspective voice, or writing that offers wisdom for contemporary living. Having lived in cities such as New York, San Francisco and San Juan, Puerto Rico, she is compelled by urban and multicultural themes; she loves settings that are characters unto themselves. In fiction, she represents literary, commercial, women’s, thrillers, mysteries and YA with crossover appeal. She is intrigued by untrustworthy narrators, drawn to tragic tales of class and circumstance, and identifies with flawed yet sterling characters. In nonfiction, she particularly loves voice—or adventure-driven memoir, and other nonfiction projects that contribute to the well-being of the self or others in addition to niche projects that fill holes in the market, offer a fresh approach, or make her laugh. She also has a soft spot for nonfiction heroic pet stories.

Jennifer Chen Tran

Jennifer Chen Tran

Jennifer Chen Tran

Jennifer Chen Tran is an associate agent at Fuse Literary, acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. She is a lifelong reader, New York native and experienced member of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Fuse Literary, Tran was principal and owner of Penumbra Literary LLC and served as Of Counsel at The New Press. She has also interned at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth literary agency, was an editorial and publicity intern at Hunger House Publishers (since acquired by Turner Publishing), and an editorial intern at Terrain Magazine.

Tran obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law in Boston, and her bachelor’s in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis, with a minor in legal studies. Originally a visual arts major turned English major, Tran appreciates creativity in all its incarnations. She was also managing editor of Student Life, Washington University’s Independent Student Paper, and studied comparative literature with Emma Kafalenos while she was an undergraduate. With a legal background, Tran understands the importance of negotiation when securing and retaining author rights. She counsels each client on building or expanding their platform and improving their craft, and she works collaboratively with her clients to obtain the best deal for each writer’s creative investment. She believes in building fulfilling and life-long writing careers, and is honored to work with her client-writers. You can find her submission instructions at

Redwood Writers Jan2016 Pitch

Don’t strike out…
Sign up to pitch before available spots disappear!

Following the featured agent panel discussion
at the Redwood Writers meeting on Sunday, January 10:

  • Each agent will entertain five pitches from Redwood Writer members.
  • Pitches will take place at 5 p.m. in the Empire Room (the same room as the general meeting).
  • One pitch per person.
  • Sign-ups will be on first come first serve basis.
  • Each pitch is allowed a maximum 10 minutes.
  • A $20 pitching fee is due to RW on pitch day.

Here’s how to get drafted onto the pitching roster:

Sign-up period:  Friday, Oct. 16, Friday and ends Nov 13, Friday
(Any sign ups that come in before Oct 16 will be disregarded) 

To reserve your spot to pitch, email Linda Reid at [email protected] 

Only RW members will be considered to pitch

Required information in the body of your email:

  • Your name
  • Your phone number
  • Name of the agent to whom you wish to pitch (only one pitch per person)

Final pitch roster notification:

On Friday, Nov. 27, everyone who signed up will receive an email with names of first 15 members who signed up; those who will pitch to agents. Waiting list members will be recorded according to the date and time they signed up and may have a chance to pitch if space opens up on the original list of 15.

Which team captain should recruit you?

To determine which agent to sign up for, see their detailed bios, listed above and on the meeting flier, for areas in which they specialize. Don’t forget to attend the Pitch Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Flamingo Hotel. Soon, you’ll be able to sign up for the workshop here. (Please check back soon)

Any questions should be emailed to Linda Reid ([email protected]).

Pitch Workshop
November 14, 2015

Click here for a
Pitch Workshop flier.