Do you want the chance to earn a contract directly with a publishing editor or with literary agent who will represent you to publishers? Do you want an editor or agent to tell you what you’re doing wrong and doing right in your manuscript, synopsis, and query letter? Would you like to discuss your writing project with an editor or agent to see if there’s any interest in the marketplace? If you answer, “Yes,” to any or all of these questions, then the Atlanta Writers Club has a conference designed for you:
On Friday-Saturday, November 8-9, 2013 the Atlanta Writers Club will present its ninth Atlanta Writers Conference. The goal of this conference is to give you access to eight top publishing editors and literary agents–never any repeats from previous conferences; always an all-new lineup–and to educate you with a workshop and talks by experienced authors. The editors and agents will respond to your pitch; critique the manuscript sample, query, and synopsis you submit in advance; critique your query letter during a Friday practice session so you can improve your work for Saturday; and educate you about the current environment of the publishing industry and the changing roles of editors, agents, and their clients. You could be offered a contract based on the materials you’ve submitted: after every conference some AWC members sign with conference agents (see testimonials above) or continue to work with them preparing their books for publication or representation. You might be asked to send additional pages or an entire manuscript for their review. You certainly will know more about how your work is perceived by industry professionals, and you’ll gain valuable experience interacting one-on-one with them.
You also will have fun, learn more about the publishing business, and get a chance to chat informally with these editors, agents, and your peers. On Friday, November 8, we offer a cross-genre, writing-exercise-rich workshop delivered by Conference guest speaker Zoe Shacham, author and former literary agent, who also will give two 75-minute interactive presentations beforehand. On Saturday, November 9, while the morning critiques are held, author, columnist, blogger, and hilarious Atlanta fixture Hollis Gillespie will give two 75-minute presentations, and that afternoon while the pitch sessions are held, Doug Crandell, award-winning author of critically acclaimed true crime books, devilishly charming memoirs, and tragicomic works of fiction about small-town life, will give two 75-minute presentations. Zoe, Hollis, and Doug’s 75-minute presentations are free to those who participate in any of the other Conference activities. Finally, to close out the Conference on Saturday afternoon, we feature an award ceremony, where each editor and agent will present a certificate to participants for the best manuscript sample submitted for critique and for the best query letter pitched.
Complete details about the Conference follow:
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