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Agent/Editor Manuscript Critiques


Friday, August 19, 2022

9:00-9:20 Thomas A. Burns, Jr. / John DeDakis (Atrium)
9:20-9:40 Cyndy Kelly / John DeDakis (Atrium)
10:00-10:20 Rick Meredith / Leslie Zampetti (Williamson)
10:20-10:40 John Slayton / Leslie Zampetti (Williamson)
11:00-11:20 Jameson Trahearne / Sue Arroyo (Magnolia)
11:00-11:20 Barbara Bailey / Steven Hutson (Redbud)
11:00-11:20 Bob Gebert / Marcy Posner (Franklin)
11:00-11:20 Noelle Wells / Beth (Jaden) Terrell (Atrium)
11:00-11:20 Elizabeth Walker / Leslie Zampetti (Williamson)
12:30-12:50 Rodney Syler / Steven Hutson (Redbud)
12:50-1:10 Anne-Marie Lacy / Steven Hutson (Redbud)
1:20-1:40 T. B. Crattie / Sue Arroyo (Magnolia)
1:20-1:40 Donna Galassi~Hudspeth / Steven Hutson (Redbud)
1:20-1:40 Nina Wachsman / Marcy Posner (Franklin)
1:20-1:40 Cyndy Kelly / Leslie Zampetti (Williamson)
1:50-2:10 Nina Wachsman / Sue Arroyo (Magnolia)
2:10-2:30 Rick Meredith / Sue Arroyo (Magnolia)
2:50-3:10 Bill Fite / John DeDakis (Atrium)
2:50-3:10 Chas Shutt / Leslie Zampetti (Williamson)
3:10-3:30 Jane B Lee / John DeDakis (Atrium)
3:10-3:30 Noelle Wells / Leslie Zampetti (Williamson)
3:50-4:10 Rick Meredith / John DeDakis (Atrium)
3:50-4:10 Jameson Trahearne / Leslie Zampetti (Williamson)
4:10-4:30 Nina Wachsman / John DeDakis (Atrium)
5:00-5:20 Tom Mulder / Sue Arroyo (Magnolia)
5:00-5:20 Pamela Raymond / Steven Hutson (Redbud)
5:00-5:20 Jameson Trahearne / Marcy Posner (Franklin)
5:00-5:20 Patrick Weill / Leslie Zampetti (Williamson)
5:30-5:50 Catherine Hooper / John DeDakis (Atrium)
6:00-6:20 CC Wilson / John DeDakis (Atrium)

Saturday, August 20, 2022

9:00-9:20 Tom Mulder / John DeDakis (Atrium)
9:20-9:40 Noelle Wells / John DeDakis (Atrium)
10:00-10:20 Adrienne Pierce / John DeDakis (Atrium)
10:20-10:40 Jameson Trahearne / John DeDakis (Atrium)
11:00-11:20 Adrienne Pierce / Sue Arroyo (Magnolia)
11:00-11:20 William Peacock / Steven Hutson (Redbud)
11:00-11:20 Amy Ivan / Marcy Posner (Franklin)
11:00-11:20 Elizabeth Walker / Beth (Jaden) Terrell (Atrium)
11:00-11:20 Julie Bergh / Leslie Zampetti (Williamson)
12:30-12:50 Patricia Shanae Smith / Steven Hutson (Redbud)
12:50-1:10 Jameson Trahearne / Steven Hutson (Redbud)
1:20-1:40 Carol Orange / Sue Arroyo (Magnolia)
1:20-1:40 Rusty Baker / Steven Hutson (Redbud)
1:20-1:40 Donna Galassi~Hudspeth / Marcy Posner (Franklin)
1:20-1:40 Lee Clark / Leslie Zampetti (Williamson)
1:50-2:10 Melissa Murphy / John DeDakis (Atrium)
5:00-5:20 Chas Shutt / Sue Arroyo (Magnolia)
5:00-5:20 Patrick Weill / Steven Hutson (Redbud)
5:00-5:20 Tom Mulder / Leslie Zampetti (Williamson)
5:20-5:40 Margaret S. Hamilton / Leslie Zampetti (Williamson)

***Note: Sue Arroyo of CamCat Books and editor Beth (Jaden) Terrell are taking the Agents / Editors Critiques for Victoria Skurnick who had a last-minute scheduling problem. We hope Victoria can be back with us, along with Sue and Beth, next year.***

We know how important seeing the right agent, editor, or publisher can be, and that’s why we give you ample opportunity to meet them at network dinners, lunches, social gatherings, and classroom sessions. We also work within the changing schedules of agents, editors, and publishers. We have made every effort to give everyone their specific choices of Agent / Editor / Publisher Critiques, but have sometimes had to make changes in time slots or agents, editors, or publishers to accommodate logistics. Should you have a problem with any pairing, please contact us at and we will make every effort to move you to a new time slot if space is available. Our goal is for you to reach your goals.


Killer Nashville offers manuscript critiques to its registered attendees for the low additional charge of $55 per critique.

“I just heard from the agent that gave a critique for the ten pages I sent in, ten pages from a short story! She really LIKED IT!! She wants to see a whole manuscript. After I reminded her it was a short story, she said ‘Oh, that’s right.’ She also said she would be HAPPY to see a manuscript from me if I decide to turn the short story into a novel. I’m so excited I can’t see straight! And it all happened because of Killer Nashville!!!!” – Amy Denton, Author

A manuscript critique offers a specialized one-on-one meeting with a professional writer or literary agent who will read a section of your manuscript and then offer you a face-to-face analysis of what works and what does not in your submission. It is a unique opportunity and one of the features that makes The Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference such an indispensable tool for writers. If you want to see how your work appeals to the professionals, choose an agent or editor. If you prefer a more detailed craft analysis, you may prefer to choose an author for your critique.


Fiction Critique: A published author or agent will read and critique the first ten pages (or to the end of the chapter) of your novel. All manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable” font.

Non-Fiction Critique: An publisher or agent will read and critique the first ten pages (or to the end of the chapter) of your non-fiction book or article. Your manuscript should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable” font.

Short Story Critique: A published author or agent will read and critique your short story (up to ten pages). All manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable” font.

Query Critique: An agent, published author, or the leader of a query-writing workshop will read and critique your query letter. The query letter should be no more than one page long, in standard query format and in 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable font.”