Lane Heymont

MisCon 31 Panel Volunteer

As Literary Assistant at the Seymour Agency, Lane led the marketing efforts for their authors and enjoyed connecting clients with readers. As a lover of literature since childhood, and at the prodding of his mentor Nicole Resciniti, he decided to pursue his passion as a literary agent. He went on to help found The Tobias Literary Agency. He strives to bring incredible and thought-provoking books to the masses, culminating in reaching the Top Ten on Publishers Marketplace for agents in the romance genre. With a bachelor's degree in Psychology, business and literature, Lane continued his education in Creative Writing and English at Harvard. Lane represents a broad range of commercial fiction including romance and all its sub-genres, fantasy, science fiction, nonfiction, and true crime.

Lane is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and the Association of Authors' Representatives. He believes what John Gregory Dunne said: “Writing is manual labor of the mind.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Marketing For Writers, Yellowstone
    Moderator: Ann Gimpel; Panelists: Ann Gimpel, Lane Heymont, Michael Hodges, J.A. Pitts

    What are the best advertising venues to sell your work? How much should you spend? How do you develop and manage a review team to help sell your work?

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Popular Books and Movies: The Elevator Pitch, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Spencer G. Ellsworth; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Spencer G. Ellsworth, Randy Henderson, Lane Heymont

    Before we learn how to write a good elevator pitch, let's first discuss some examples using popular books or films. Join us for what promises to be a fun time!

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM, First Page Idol, Fourth Edition, Rocket Tent (1)
    Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Lane Heymont, Andrea Howe, Tod McCoy, Krista Wallace

    Join us for MisCon's fourth annual First Page Idol! Here's how it works: Hand in the first page of your story or book at the start of the panel. Pages will be randomly chosen and read out loud. Our panelists will indicate when, had the submission come across their desk, they'd stop reading and tell us why. Submissions will be anonymous and will not be returned. (All submissions may not be read).

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Crafting Your Own Elevator Pitch, Jefferson
    Moderator: Tod McCoy; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Lane Heymont, Esther Jones, Tod McCoy, Dean Wells

    We've discussed elevator pitches for some popular books and films so now it's time to write our own! Bring your elevator pitch for an informal discussion of what works and what doesn't. Or, if you're too shy to share your own, join us to listen to others and learn how to craft one.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 1:50 PM, Writers' Workshop, Presidential Room 436 (436)
    Panelists: Lane Heymont, Meradeth Houston

    This restricted event is only open to people with submissions accepted into the writers' workshop.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Queries, Synopses, and the Difference, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Claire Eddy; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Manny Frishberg, Lane Heymont, J.A. Pitts

    A synopsis is different from a query letter in a number of ways. In this panel we'll discuss the difference, as well as elements of a successful synopsis.

  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, The Opening Line: How to Hook Editors, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Larry Bonham, Claire Eddy, Lane Heymont, Michael Hodges

    Take what you learned from MisCon's First Page Idol and learn how to better hook editors with a single sentence. Didn't attend Idol? Don't worry about it, come anyway and learn how to write a killer first sentence.

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Voice in SF/F, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Alyson Peterson; Panelists: David Boop, Claire Eddy, Lane Heymont, Alyson Peterson, Dean Wells

    Sometimes writers intent on world building spend less time on finding their main character's voice. Let's discuss how you describe your new worlds in the main character's, or the narrator's, unique voice. Authors who are particularly good at this are Rick Riordan, JK Rowling, select Brandon Sanderson books, Anne McCaffry, Brian Jacques, to name a few.

Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 31.

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