We are Delighted to Welcome

Allison Brennan


Michael Lister


and Local Featured Authors 

Tasha Alexander and Andrew Grant

to LIMCon Chicago 2016

Check back here and our Facebook page again soon, as we add more Featured Authors of

Mystery, Romance, True Crime & Memoirs for the new con!

for the 2016 Con

I really had a great time. It was illuminating listening to authors talk about their craft. I also liked the organizational structure of linking multiple sessions with a single theme. I attended the block of sessions on writing a mystery. The length of each session was just right at 50 minutes. Another thing that I enjoyed were the informal group activities like the cocktail hours, lunches, dinners, and afternoon tea with novelist interview. I was able to chat with some author and fellow attendees. Overall, five stars!

-Tom Willer
PitchPerfect Protocol

Publishers, Agents & Editors: please scroll down to review guidelines

What is PitchPerfect?

authors pitch to agents and publishers at Love is Murder ConferencePitchPerfect is your opportunity to pitch (sell) your idea or completed book to top agents, editors and publishers in attendance at Love is Murder. These high-powered, influential decison-makers are looking for new authors, great ideas and outstanding manuscripts -- and yours might be just the one they're looking for!

For each conference, Love is Murder seeks out publishing professionals from Chicago and New York and brings them to the conference so LiM attendees can meet them, and pitch their ideas and books. For just $75, you'll meet one-on-one with the agents, editors and publishers you choose, based on your genre and the work these folks are looking for. To date, more than a dozen authors have won contracts through contacts they made at Love is Murder's PitchPerfect -- you could be next!

PitchPerfect is open ONLY to registered attendees. Be sure to add PitchPerfect to your registration as slots fill up fast. If you've already registered and have now decided you want to add a PitchPerfect session, email HanleyKanar@gmail.com to be sure you get a seat at PitchPerfect!

To meet some of the publishers, editors and agents coming to LIM 2013, go to the Who's Who page

How to Fast Pitch

  • Practice your pitch to include the salient points—definitive type or sub-genre of mystery; what sets your manuscript apart from others in this category; etc. Make your platform “slick and quick.”
  • Be prepared to list any previously published work if asked.
  • Don't chitchat; pleasantries take up valuable time.
  • When the doors open, take a place in line at the table of the person to whom you want to pitch.
  • When the lights flash, begin your pitch. When the lights flash again, move quickly to the next line. Continue around the room in this manner until the pitch session ends.
  • Bring business cards with your contact information and give them to the agents or editors with whom you meet. If you don't have business cards, use small index cards with your information and include a short sentence describing your manuscript.
  • Try pitching to all the agents and editors. Be aware that some lines may be longer than others, so take that into consideration as you move from table to table. Don’t be discouraged if you’re unable to speak with someone during the first pitch session; there will be 3 sessions, giving you sufficient time to speak with everyone present.
  • LIM volunteers will be on hand to help keep the lines moving and the center of the room clear. Please be considerate if you're asked to do something by a volunteer. They are there to help everyone get their fair chance to pitch.
  • Lastly, have fun! Be creative, but not bizarre!

To date, almost three dozen writers have found agents, editors, or publishers for their books at LIM. It could happen to you!


Love is Murder Publisher, Editor and Agent Guidelines

Publishers: To qualify as a publisher who can take pitches at Love is Murder you must:

1. Offer clients editing, formatting and distribution for their work, either as a print or e-book, or both, without any charges to the author.

2. Offer a fair contract that conforms to industry standards with regard to royalties, rights and additional works by the author.

3. No publisher taking pitches during LIM may promote any personal work alongside that of authors published under their imprint. Publisher/authors may not submit their own books for Lovey Awards in competition against books by authors they publish. Publisher/authors may sell books in the bookstore, but may not appear on any panels to promote their own work.

Editors: To qualify as an editor who can take pitches you must represent a legitimate publisher currently accepting work by new authors, with or without an agent.

Agents: By agreeing to come to Love is Murder and take pitches you agree:

1. That you are actively seeking new clients.

2. That if you agree to see additional work from any author who pitches to you during Love is Murder, you will respond to their submissions, either in the affirmative or in the negative, in a timely manner, no later than six months after the conference.

3. That you comply with the governing rules of the AAR, including: “Members shall not represent both buyer and seller in the same transaction.”

We understand that you are busy, but we have had many complaints that people never hear a single word back for the whole year and then they see the same agent taking pitches a year later. We charge people to pitch and we expect, as they do, to provide a tangible service in exchange. We cannot assess this without at least a modicum of feedback to the authors who pitch at Love Is Murder.


Sources: How to Pitch

Tips for Pitching to a Literary Agent at a Writing Conference

7 Tips to Pitching to an Agent or Editor at a Writing Conference

Get Your Pitch Right ~ www.writersconferenceguidelines.com/getting-your-pitch-right.html

"How to Pitch Your Novel" ~ http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/thebusinessofwriting/a/How-To-Pitch-Your-Novel.htm
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