Is the retreat virtual this year?

Yes! The need to keep our participants and presenters safe from the Corona virus has proven to have a hidden lining: We anticipate a greatly-increased rate of attendance because (a) the virtual event is far less expensive ($99 as opposed to $400+ in years past), (b) it's available without the need to travel long distances, and (c) the format is ideal for introverts who are drained by being with too many people over a long period.

What is my registration fee buying me?

Your registration fee is helping to cover the cost of many of our speakers. (Some have volunteered their participation, and we thank them for their generosity to our chapter.) You will have access to all the recorded sessions for at least a year after the retreat so you won't miss anything. And your fee could contribute to general administrative costs.The Board has elected to subsidize the gap between registration fees and total costs if necessary because this is a particularly important year to ensure chapter unity and mutual progress.

Can I apply for a scholarship to cover my retreat registration fee?

Yes. The chapter has funds set aside specifically to provide retreat scholarships. Please contact chapter president Tracee Lydia Garner at president@washingtonromancewriters.com for information.

I'd like to teach a workshop or master class at the retreat. Who should I talk to about that?

How exciting--thank you! The schedule and speakers are set for 2021, but we'd like to hold on to your great idea for consideration in 2022. Please contact the chapter Program Director, Heather Maddix, at programs@washingtonromancewriters.com


2021 Retreat Editors and Agents (Bios and Wish Lists)

Nalini Akolekar: Agent, Spencer Hill Associates, Vice President

Nalini joined Spencer Hill Associates after a lengthy editorial career and several years in advertising sales. Agenting has provided the perfect opportunity to combine her editorial instincts with her sales, marketing, and business experience.

Nalini loves nothing more than discovering and nurturing talented authors. She likes to build strong, long-term relationships with her clients and keep open lines of communication.

Nalini primarily represents commercial fiction.  Nalini maintains a diverse client list and loves to find exciting new voices that utilize elements of different genres to tell their story.

Nalini has two adult children and lives among a pack of very poorly behaved dogs who love to interrupt her when she is on the phone and a beautiful cat named Jakk who delights in winding them up.

Wish List: Romance - all sub-genres except YA, New Adult and Inspirational. Women's Fiction, thrillers and horror.


Linda Camacho: Agent, Gallt & Zacker Agency

Linda Camacho has a B.S. in Communication from Cornell University and an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s held various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon and Schuster, Writers House, and Prospect Agency. Now at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.

Wish List: Linda is looking for MG, YA, and adult fiction across all genres (especially romance and women's fiction). In the romance genre in particular, she's seeking contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance.


Michelle Grajkowski – Agent, 3 Seas Literary

From the moment Michelle Grajkowski first opened the doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000, she has been living her dream. (What could be better than surrounding yourself with amazing authors and their exciting and imaginative books?)  Since then, her agency has sold more than 900 books to all the major publishing houses, and has grown from one agent to three!

Michelle’s client list includes New York Times Bestselling Authors Katie MacAlister, Cathy McDavid, Kerrelyn Sparks and C.L. Wilson. She primarily represents romance, women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction along with select non-fiction projects with a terrific message.  She is currently looking for fantastic writers with a voice of their own.

Wish list: Any romance and women's (historical or contemporary) fiction, cozies and thrillers, too. She loves a great YA!


Sara Megibow – Agent, KT Literary

Sara Megibow is a literary agent with KT literary out of Highlands Ranch, CO. She has worked in publishing since 2006 and has been a romance lover her whole life. Sara represents New York Times bestselling authors including Casey McQuiston, Roni Loren, Margaret Rogerson and Jaleigh Johnson. She specializes in launching debut authors and working on long-term career development and profit strategy with them. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and American History. Always LGBTQIA+ Friendly!

While she will not be taking pitches - she does have this wish list for submissions:



Carly Silver: Editor, Harlequin

Carly Silver is the associate editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. She graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, in 2012, and has worked at Harlequin since 2013. Also a public historian and a freelance Thoroughbred horse racing journalist, she resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Wish List:  Short (55-75,000) contemporary romance, historical romance, and romantic suspense


Norma Perez-Hernandez: Asst. Editor, Kensington Books

Norma Perez-Hernandez is an assistant editor at Kensington Publishing Corp. She has worked on a variety of projects, including fiction, romance, mysteries, thrillers, and non-fiction. A New York City native from the Bronx, Norma studied English literature at the Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York and is a graduate of the Publishing Certificate Program at City College. The inaugural Women’s Media Group fellowship recipient and a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Nominee, Norma is thrilled to build a diverse list of authors and books.

Wish List: Historical romance, contemporary romance, including rom-coms. Marginalized writers and stories always welcome and encouraged.


Deb Werksman –Editor, Source Books

Deb Werksman has been at Sourcebooks for the past twenty-three years, before which she had her own publishing company. She is the editorial director of romance fiction and acquires single title romance in all subgenres as well as romantic women’s fiction. Sourcebooks is largest woman-owned independent publishing house in the US. We’re known for our sales and marketing, as well as our focus on building authors’ careers.

Wish List:  Full-length single title romance and romantic women’s fiction (80k and upwards). Also seeking Audible Originals of any length that don’t have a book planned yet. Sexy Regency romance, Romcom, Historical and/or paranormal Romcom, Romantic women’s fiction, Momcom, small town contemporary romance, action/adventure romance, paranormal romance (especially shapeshifters or truly original vampires)