Virtual ThrillerFest XVI • June 28 – July 10, 2021 • Now Online!


Wednesday, June 30
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Times for Each Day:
9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Registration: ConsultFest Sessions—$75 Each

We’re very excited to hold ConsultFest for the third year! These one-on-one Zoom sessions  allow attendees to learn from an industry leading expert—usually an agent or an editor—in an intimate setting, so that the expert can offer suggestions on one of the following author submissions: query letter, first few pages of a novel or a synopsis. The industry expert will choose the submission where they feel their advice will be the most helpful. You are also welcome to ask questions about the business of writing.

The writer will be assigned a time with the expert who will read the writer’s work, provide comments about first impressions, and offer feedback for improvements. This virtual event will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, and Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

These sessions will be held via Zoom (free download) in a private Zoom room with one attendee (you) and one agent/editor. We’re trying to recreate an intimate face-to-face meeting the best way we can under the circumstances.

These consulting sessions are ideal for writers who are not yet ready to “pitch” a completed manuscript but would like to discuss their synopsis, their query letters, and writing samples for 10-15 minutes with agents and editors. Our experts will provide helpful feedback and advice, and answer questions. But no pitching, please.

There are a limited number of experts and we are in the process of lining them up now. You will be able to select your expert and time of appointment and instructions for that process will be sent to everyone who has registered after the expert schedule is full. This will likely happen in early May. The list of available consultants will help you choose your appointment.

You can read Consulting Sessions FAQs and Advice prior to signing up for this event.

Here’s how the events will work…

Experts: Experts listed below will offer advice on where they think they can be most helpful to you after reading your submittal, whether that be how to improve your query, where you might want to work on your manuscript, or with your overall synopsis.

Preparation: Submit anytime after registering, by no later than June 1st to assure assignments:

  • 7-pages in Word Document format titled with writer’s name (ie: “Jane Smith”) to include,
  • 1-page Query Letter addressed to “Dear Agent/Editor:”, single space, letter format, 12-point font, 1” margins.
  • First 5-pages of manuscript (NOTE: only two-page- critique guarantee), double-spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins, noting writer’s name at top and working book title, and
  • 1-page Synopsis of novel or non-fiction work, double spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins.

Only 1 submittal is required for any number of consultations you reserve.

Questions? Email K.L. Romo, ConsultFest Assistant Director or Jennifer Kreischer, PitchFest and ConsultFest Director.