The Permian Basin Workshop 2017 welcomes the Literary Agents and Editors participating in this year’s events. They will be taking pitches from any aspiring author wanting to find a “home” for their works. Authors will be asked to pitch only Completed Manuscripts.

Pitches should be rehearsed, and to the point. Tell your story in a manner that hides your personal passion, but leaves them wanting more. At this point the Author becomes an Actor pitching their ideas. Time is precious and words must be most carefully chosen.

Brevity is wise. The time limit is 10 minutes. Within those precious moments you need to keep their attention with a slick, creative presentation. 3-5 minutes is ideal, and, as an Author, you should be able to offer a convincing preface to your story without exhausting their patience. Try to leave time for possible Q&As. Remember the old adage: “Sometimes less…is more”.

Below are the Agents and Editors for this year’s workshop and what they are interested in reviewing.

Jeanie Loiacono, President and CEO of Loiacono Literary Agency (http://loiaconoliteraryagency), where ‘can’t’ is not in our vocabulary. A facilitator of dreams. Dedication. Diligence. Perseverance A facilitator of dreams, Jeanie Loiacono represents over eighty authors.

Her forte is mystery, romance, thrillers, historical/military/southern fiction, and all quality fiction/nonfiction. Her passion is to see her authors succeed.

“There is nothing more rewarding than to hold one of my author’s books and know I helped bring it to fruition. I am so blessed and privileged to be able to work with some of the most talented writers in the world.”

Loiacono Literary Agency, LLC

448 Lacebark Dr.

Irving, Texas 75063




Fictioncommercial, historical, literary, military, women’s

Nonfictioncommercial (self-help, pop-culture, health/medical), historical, memoirs, military

She is not interested in: erotica, foreign language translations, horror, LGBTQ, or works with excess profanity and vulgarity.

Jennifer Canzoneri (  is the Marketing Director at BenBella Books. She’s worked in marketing for over a decade, and has served as the head of BenBella’s marketing team for the last five years.Jennifer oversees all traditional, online, and social media marketing, in addition to managing a full team of skilled marketers.

Jennifer specializes in personalized marketing and strengthening author platforms. Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in both History and English, with a writing focus. She lives with her husband and son near Fort Worth, and can connect with her on LinkedIn.


Nonfiction – of all kinds

 Julie Gwinn, of Seymour Literary (, most recently served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Last year she was awarded Editor of the Year from the American Christian Fiction Writers and won B&H’s first Christy award for Ginny Yttrup’s debut novel Words. She has more than 25 years public relations and marketing experience and has also worked in marketing for several Nashville non-profit organizations including the TN Assoc. for the Education of Young Children, the Nashville Area Red Cross and the YWCA. She is married and has two children.

She is a member of AAR and President of her local chapter of ACFW. You can contact her at and follow her at or on Twitter @JulieGwinn.


Romance, Suspense, and Mystery

Mark Falkin of Falkin Literary ( has represented authors for four years, but has practiced entertainment and intellectual property law for 18 years, representing hundreds of artists and entrepreneurs, Grammy® winners and a platinum seller among them. Mark is licensed in Texas and based in Austin. As an agent, he represents fiction and nonfiction, leaning toward literary thrillers and big idea books written by people with big ideas. Mark is also the author of the near future suspense novel, Contract City, published by Baltimore indie Bancroft Press which is currently in development with 8750 Films. His literary horror novel, The Late Bloomer, will be published next year by Rare Bird Books in Los Angeles.



Thriller, Suspense, Horror, Dystopian, Non Fiction (see above descriptions)

Sara Swann-Barnard, acquiring editor for Prairie Rose Publications( is an author and has a degree in History and Education.

Sara has been affiliated with Prairie Rose for several years both as an author and as an editor. She will be delighted to take pitches in any fiction genre. The most important aspect of the manuscript is a great story written in a fresh new voice.


Fictionno limit on Genres

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