Highlights for November 6-7, 2015:
– Five editors and five literary agents, with coverage of every major genre–from historical and literary to fantasy and science fiction–and nonfiction topics
– Q&A panel on both days
– Conference all-activities deal with two manuscript critiques and two pitches
– Extended workshop about focusing your creative energies to write and sell your books
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 editors and agents 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 editors and agents 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 (AWC) has designed a conference for you:
On Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2015, the Atlanta Writers Club will present its 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 might be asked to send an entire manuscript for their review. You could be offered a contract based on the materials you’ve submitted: after every conference some AWC members sign with conference guests and realize their dream of publication (see Testimonials page). 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 will have five editors and five agents in attendance: on Friday, November 6, we’ll feature an Editors Q&A Panel to give you their viewpoints and on Saturday, November 7, we will have an Agents Q&A Panel to focus on their experiences and advice. In addition, you can register for up to two critiques and two pitches, or waitlists for these if all spots are full.
Moreover, we are featuring two mini-seminars and a special two-hour Workshop on Friday the 6th from New York Times best-selling author, instructor, and former Green Beret, Bob Mayer, who will present “The Original Idea–The Core of Writing and Selling Your Book and Idea Workshop” with examples, exercises, and extensive Q&A. This workshop is for writers at all levels, from those just starting out to authors with books who want to better focus their creative energies and increase their output.
With the Editors Q&A panel, Query Letter Critique, and the two-hour Workshop, it’s definitely worth taking a half-day off from work on Friday, November 6 so you can experience all of these educational and developmental opportunities!
On Saturday the 7th, while the morning critiques and afternoon pitches are held, local authors will give a total of four presentations. Bob Mayer’s two mini-seminars on Friday and the local-author presentations on Saturday are free to those who register for any of the paid Conference activities. Finally, to close out the Conference on Saturday afternoon, we will 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 pitch. Testimonial providers Marie Marquardt and Rebecca Albertalli each were awarded a certificate and you can see how it helped to change their lives!
Those who have succeeded as a result of the conference aren’t the only ones who are grateful for the experience. Recent conference guest Trish Daly, Editor for Harper-Collins, raved, “The Atlanta Writers Conference was an excellent experience. The writers were professional and enthusiastic and the conference was extremely well run. The schedule is busy but not strenuous, with plenty of opportunities to engage. I’d recommend this conference to any writer or industry professional.”
Complete details about the Conference follow:
Please contact George Weinstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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