What’s New for May 9-10, 2014:
- Five editors and five literary agents
- Q&A panel on both days
- Conference all-activities deal with two manuscript critiques and two pitches
- Extended workshop on publicizing your book
Do you want the chance to earn a contract directly with a publishing editor or with a 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, May 9-10, 2014 the Atlanta Writers Club will present its tenth Atlanta Writers Conference. The goal of this conference is to give you access to ten 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 and realize their dream of publication (see Testimonials page). 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. We’re offering a new activity this time, since we now have five editors and five agents in attendance: on Friday, May 9, we’ll feature an Editors Q&A Panel to give you their viewpoints and on Saturday the 10th we will have an Agents Q&A Panel to focus on their experiences and advice. In addition, we are going to allow you to register for two critiques and two pitches from the start, as part of a conference package deal.
Moreover, we are featuring a special two-hour Workshop on Friday the 9th to help you develop a plan to publicize your book–the best time to start planning is before you have one in print–with Kathie Bennett, professional publicist and founder and president of Magic Time Literary Agency, which handles publicity for Pat Conroy’s wife Cassandra King, Mary Alice Monroe, Terry Kay, and many others. Kathie also will do two 45-minute seminars, on public speaking and platform development. With the Editors Q&A panel, Query Letter Critique, and extended Workshop, it’s definitely worth taking a half-day of vacation on Friday the 9th so you can experience all of these educational and developmental opportunities!
On Saturday, May 10, while the morning critiques are held, award-winning author of three novels Man Martin will give two 75-minute presentations, and that afternoon while the pitch sessions are held, Young Adult author and Writer’s Digest Books contributor Ricki Schultz, will do two 75-minute presentations. Kathie’s 45-minute talks and Man and Ricki’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. Testimonial provider Becky Albertalli was awarded certificates in both categories and you can see how they helped to change her life!
Those who have succeeded as a result of the conference aren’t the only ones who are wildly enthusiastic about the experience. Janell Walden Agyeman, literary agent with Marie Brown & Associates and a November 2013 conference guest, reported, “The Atlanta Writers Club produces an exemplary opportunity for writers to connect with publishing industry professionals. If you are ready to expand your knowledge about the writing craft and the publishing industry, this conference puts you face-to-face with accessible industry pros who are eager to share their knowledge.”
Complete details about the Conference follow:
Please contact George Weinstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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