Highlights for November 4-5, 2016:
– Six editors and six literary agents, with coverage of every major genre–from historical, literary, mysteries, and women’s fiction to middle grade, young adult, fantasy, and science fiction–and nonfiction topics such as memoir, narrative nonfiction, humor, 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.
– Q&A panel with all of the editors and a separate Q&A panel with all of the agents.
– Intensive workshop to show you how to create your marketing campaign.
– 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, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016, the Atlanta Writers Club will present its fifteenth Atlanta Writers Conference. The goal of this conference is to give you access to twelve top publishing editors and literary agents–two more than usual; never any repeats from previous conferences–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. 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 six editors and six agents in attendance: on Friday, November 4, we’ll feature an Editors Q&A Panel to give you their viewpoints and on Saturday, November 5, we will have an Agents Q&A Panel to focus on their experiences and advice.
Moreover, we are featuring a special two-hour workshop on Friday, November 4 from Kathryn Ratcliffe-Lee, a Senior Marketing Associate at HarperCollins Publishers who works with the Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks imprints. On November 4 at 4:00 p.m., Kathryn will present the two-hour workshop “Creating Marketing Campaigns for Authors,” where she will review in depth what strategies and elements you should consider for your marketing platform at the various levels during your writing career. Kathryn will detail the roles of social media and advertising in discovering and connecting with readers and share case studies on successful campaigns for a variety of books and authors, discussing the amount of work involved, the audiences reached, and lessons learned. Before her workshop, Kathryn Ratcliffe-Lee will present two 45-minute seminars as well: “From Frontlist to Backlist: The Publication Process and Lifespan of a Book” and “Managing Your Expectations for a Book Launch: Costly and Cost-effective Publicity Options.”
On Friday evening, we’ll have a private mixer with all twelve editors and agents and Kathryn Ratcliffe-Lee 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, November 4 so you can experience all of these educational and developmental opportunities!
On Saturday the 5th, while the morning manuscript critiques and afternoon pitches are held, local authors Susan Crawford and Anju Gattani will give a total of four presentations. Kathryn Ratcliffe-Lee’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 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 Roger Johns, Marie Marquardt, and Rebecca Albertalli 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 Todd Hunter, Editor for Atria Books, raved, “The spirit of writing thrives at the Atlanta Writers Conference. The enthusiasm of the writers in attendance and the support they offer one another was inspiring to see. And the staff was so professional; ran the conference like a well-oiled machine. The Atlanta Writers Conference does not disappoint.”
Please click the tabs above the photo 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 and make your selections. First, you will input your name, e-mail address, and phone number. Then follow the prompts to pick either the “Event Registration” (individual activities) option or the Conference All-Activities Package if you want to do all of the available activities (including two critiques and two pitches). On the next page, use the “Add to Agenda” button on the right-hand side of the page to choose the activities you want. For the Manuscript Critique and Pitch activities, you must click the open circle to the left of the name you want AND THEN the “Add to Agenda” button on the right–you must do this for each of the agent and editor meetings you want (i.e., Earlier and/or Later Manuscript Critique, Earlier and/or Later Pitch).
You will see a summary of your choices before the payment screen. If you left something off or mistakenly picked the wrong agent/editor, you can use the Previous button to go back and make changes. After you have confirmed that your registration is correct, please follow the checkout/payment process.
If you are not a current Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) member or your membership will expire before November 5, yearlong membership dues will be included in your total. You will submit your payment at the end of the registration process (checks are not accepted and payment cannot be delayed). Payment via credit card, debit card, or PayPal is required to complete your registration. 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.