About this New Literary Agent Spotlight series: We love spotlighting and profiling
new literary agents — such as Matt Belford of The Tobias Agency — because they are
actively seeking new writers and constructing a client list.
Literary agent bio: Matt joined The Tobias Agency in 2020 after previously working at the David Black Agency and the Aaron M. Priest Agency. Once he received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, he decided to apply his talents in representing authors, as opposed to writing himself. A lover of all things science fiction and fantasy, Matt accepts his nerd status readily.
What to submit to Matt: Matt is interested in receiving submissions for both graphic memoirs and graphic novels, as well as adult science fiction and fantasy, and some popular nonfiction. He is not interested in YA. Some of his favorite reads include: THE SUMMONER by Gail Z Martin, KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames, TRAIL OF LIGHTNING by Rebecca Roanhorse, and RED RISING by Pierce Brown.
How to query Matt: If you would like to query Matt, please send your query letter along with the first 25 pages of your work, in the body of your email, to Matt(at)TheTobiasAgency(dot)com. Queries with attachments will be deleted unread.
ATTEND A WRITERS CONFERENCE IN 2020.
Here are some conferences I’m speaking at or helping coordinate in 2020.
All of them have attending agents meeting with attendee writers:
March 7, 2020: Minnesota Writing Workshop (St. Paul, MN)
March 7, 2020: Atlanta Writing Workshop (Atlanta, GA)
March 28, 2020: Pittsburgh Writing Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA)
March 28, 2020: Kansas City Writing Workshop (Kansas City, MO)
April 4, 2020: Kentucky Writing Workshop (Louisville, KY)
April 18, 2020: Carolina Writing Workshop (Charlotte, NC)
April 25, 2020: Seattle Writing Workshop (Seattle, WA)
April 25, 2020: Michigan Writing Workshop (Detroit suburbs)
May 2, 2020: Writing Conference of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
May 9, 2020: San Diego Writing Workshop (San Diego, CA)
May 16, 2019: Cincinnati Writing Workshop (Cincinnati, OH)
May 16, 2020: Florida Writing Workshop (Tampa, FL)
June 13, 2020: Tennessee Writing Workshop (Nashville, TN)
June 27, 2020: Writing Workshop of Chicago (Chicago, IL; ALA weekend)
and click here for more 2020 writing conference suggestions around the U.S