Novelists looking for an agent and a publisher can pitch their book to two New York agents attending the annual West Texas Writers’ Academy June 10-14 on the campus of West Texas A&M University. The five-day academy will feature Rachel Beck with Holloway Literary and Rosie Jonker with Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency. Academy participants have the opportunity to pitch their novel to each with the possibility of gaining agent representation to large publishing houses. Whether writers are ready for publication or still honing their first book, the Academy offers five classes designed to guide writers on a journey from refining their craft to publication in the commercial market. 

Special events during the week include a Roundup Dinner and Program at the University’s Alumni Banquet Facility on Monday, June 10. The event will begin with a 6 p.m. book signing with such authors as Jodi Thomas, Timothy Lewis, Jolene Navarro, and other nationally published authors. Jonathan Baker, former assistant to the editor-in-chief at W.W. Norton and Co., will talk to the group at 7 p.m. and share the nuances of author-agent relationships and how authors can position themselves for maximum success. Tickets for the Roundup Dinner are priced at $35 each. Tickets for the Roundup are available for purchase at For more information or to register, call the Office of Extended Studies at 806-651-2037 or visit