Making Connections that Count
Build Key Relationships to Help 
Promote You and Your Book

Dianna Young
Executive Director, Literary Classics and 
Founder of Author.Pub and the Great American Book Festival

At GABfest you are encouraged to get comfortable, take it easy and settle in for a while.  

Accordingly, you are welcome to bring beverages (non-alcoholic) and food items to any of the GABfest conference sessions throughout the day. 
Great American Book Festival P.O. Box 3362 Rapid City, SD 57709
COMING SOON...   GAB Fest 2017


Interested in submitting your idea for an event to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival?  Contact us today.  We'd love to hear from you.
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Reserve a full booth, table, or shared table depending upon your needs.  The FREE Writers' Conference takes place the day before the Book Festival, so you'll be able to take part in both activities. Space is filling up quickly, so don't delay. Register today to take part in this EPIC literary event!

GABfest Writers' Conference is FREE and open to the public

Great American Book Festival 
Saturday May 11, 2019

Dahl Arts Center  •  713 7th St •  Downtown Rapid City

Great American Book Festival is a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization
1-on-1 Private 
Agent Pitch Sessions
Quressa Robinson joined the Nelson Literary Agency in 2017 after working at a previous agency and as an editor for five years. She is originally from San Francisco, but has been living in New York City for over a decade. As a New York based agent, she is eager to build her MG, YA, and Adult lists. When not curled on her couch reading, she plays video games, enjoys too much TV–mostly Sailor Moon and Harry Potter (Slytherin!), eats delicious things, drinks champagne, hangs out with her very clever husband, and adds another “dramatic” color to her lipstick collection. So, give her stories that will make her geek out. If you can make her have an epic fangirl squee–have stories featuring fairies and warrior princesses with afros and rainbow dreads or envision winter elves inspired by an Asian or Latinx culture–then you are definitely a match. She's also looking for stories with best friends like Molly and Issa on Insecure, enemies to lovers, coming-of-age stories, The Breakfast Club with a twist, family drama and witches (!), and alpha heroes paired with witty heroines. If you have bold, fresh, or quirky stories they will be right up her alley. She's also looking for stories that feel timeless and timely despite the current climate or when they were originally written. Or give her something she didn’t know she desperately needed. Above all, give her stories she can become deeply passionate about. Quressa is also a member of the 2017-2019 WNDB Walter Grant Committee and holds an MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction from Columbia University.
​Eddie's Taco Truck will be parked out front at the Dahl Arts Center the day of the Writers' Conference. So bring your wallet and your appetite!
Jennifer Flannery founded Flannery Literary in 1992 and represents authors of books for children and young adults. She was an English and Journalism major many moons ago in college with no idea what to do for a living after graduation. She stumbled into an internship at a Minneapolis-based literary agency and fell in love with publishing and agenting. She had always adored reading and writing, but never dreamed that a kid from the 'burbs would ever have what it takes to be part of making a book. After two and a half years in her first position (where she went from unpaid intern, to receptionist, to assistant to the president) she took a demotion and a pay cut to move to New York and a job as an editorial assistant in the adult trade department at HarperCollins. She was soon given the opportunity to open her own agency, so she leapt at the offer with nothing more than one client and a work-table rescued from the streets of Long Island City. Five years later, she moved to Naperville after visiting one of the world's greatest independent bookstores, Anderson's Books, many times on book tours. Two National Book awards, a Newbery Honor, a Caldecott Honor, a New York Times bestseller, and numerous state awards later, she's still a small agency and she likes it that way. She represents people who write for young readers because a) she thinks that being a part of the process that puts books in the hands of young people is one of the best and most honorable undertakings she could have pursued, and b) the only magic she has ever seen her life is what happens between the writer and the page, and then the page and the reader. 
Please note, Agent Pitch Sessions with Jennifer Flannery will be held via live videoconferencing made possible by the generous support of i2i technologies
One exciting new addition to this year’s Great American Book Festival and Writers' Conference is the opportunity for authors and aspiring authors to attend literary agent pitch sessions. Pitch sessions allow individuals to meet one-on-one with agents to propose a completed manuscript. This is a rare opportunity and not to be missed by those seeking representation. Because space is limited, these sessions are available on a first-come first-served basis, by reservation only, and include a small participation fee.