Highlights for May 12-13, 2017:
– Six editors and six literary agents, with coverage of every major genre–from historical, literary, mysteries, thrillers, and women’s fiction to children’s books, middle grade, young adult, fantasy, and science fiction–and nonfiction topics such as memoir, narrative nonfiction, current events, pop culture, history, and science. They will critique your manuscript samples and respond to your pitches.
– Query letter critique by an agent and an editor to improve your work for the Saturday pitches and give you a “bulletproof” query letter to use ever after.
– Q&A panel with all six editors and a separate Q&A panel with all six agents.
– Intensive workshop to show you how to polish your manuscript for publication.
– Conference all-activities discount, with two manuscript critiques and two pitches plus every other activity.
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, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Atlanta Writers Club will present its sixteenth Atlanta Writers Conference. The goal of this conference is to give you access to six top publishing house acquisition editors and six highly respected literary agents and to educate you with a workshop and talks by experienced authors. The editors and agents will critique the manuscript sample, query, and synopsis you submit in advance; respond to your pitch; 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 and 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. In addition to the manuscript critiques, pitches, and query letter critiques, we offer an Editors Q&A Panel on May 12 to give you their viewpoints and an Agents Q&A Panel on May 13 to focus on their experiences and advice, so you get two views of the publishing industry.
Moreover, we are featuring a special two-hour workshop on Friday, May 12 from Ally Machate, bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant. On May 12 at 4:00 p.m., Ally will present her two-hour workshop “Polishing Your Work for Publication.” Each year, more than a million new titles are published by traditional and self-publishers. Every writer knows—or soon learns—that it takes multiple revisions to create a piece ready to compete for book buyers’ attention. This interactive workshop will introduce you to the most common problems plaguing written works and offer simple ways to identify and resolve them in your own novel, short story, or memoir. You’ll receive tips on improving your work to keep readers’ attention, polishing your manuscript at the technical level, and getting objective feedback before you submit or go to press–that is, before you go the traditional publishing route or self-publish. Be sure to bring your laptop and manuscript file or printed draft: this is a “working” workshop! Before her workshop, Ally Machate will present two 45-minute seminars as well: “How to Write a Winning Book Proposal” and “Choosing the Right Editorial Service for You.”
On Friday evening, we’ll have a free, no-RSVP-needed mixer with all twelve editors and agents and Ally Machate that is open to all Conference participants, so you can socialize with our guests and network with each other.
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 or home duties on Friday, May 12 so you can experience all of these educational and developmental opportunities!
On Saturday the 13th, while the morning manuscript critiques and afternoon pitches are held, successful local authors Becky Albertalli (a conference success story) and Kimberly Brock each will give two presentations. Ally Machate’s two 45-minute seminars on Friday and the four presentations by our local authors 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 hold 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 Becky Albertalli, Roger Johns, and Marie Marquardt each were awarded a certificate and you can see how it helped to change their lives!
Our guest editors and agents love the Conference as much as the participants. Previous Conference guest Chloe Moffett, assistant editor for William Morrow, raved, “The Atlanta Writers Conference is a blast, and the best organized writers conference I’ve attended. The AWC is a diverse group of talented writers, and everyone I met was friendly and respectful. All the volunteers are lovely and incredibly helpful, and make everything run smoothly.”
Please click the tabs above the book photo at the top of the screen to read the descriptions on the accompanying pages and select the activities for which you want to register. If you want to meet with one or more agents and/or editors, please read the descriptions they provided on the Editors and Agents page to identify the individual(s) who are a good match for your writing project(s).
When you have decided on your activities and, if applicable, the individuals with whom you want to meet, go to the Register tab to read the instructions there, click the registration link, and make your selections.
If you are not a 2017 Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) member or your membership has expired, yearlong membership dues will be included in your total, as this conference was created by and for AWC members. The membership period of 365 days grants you access to two conferences, 12 AWC meetings, free workshops, and a writing contest with cash prizes.
You will submit your payment at the end of the registration process. Payment via credit card, debit card, or PayPal is required to complete your registration (checks are not accepted and payment cannot be delayed). Simply follow the prompts to finish this transaction.
Please complete this registration and payment process within 60 minutes of starting it.
If you have any questions after reviewing all of the pages on this website, please contact Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.