Note: all activities take place at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel
Friday, May 12
11:30-4:00 p.m. Check in outside the College Park Ballroom on the second level of the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel conference area.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Editors Q&A Panel with all six editors from publishing firms in the College Park Ballroom.
1:45-4:00 p.m. Query Letter Critique: In Board Rooms 1-6, panels of one editor and one agent each offer critiques and suggestions during sessions of about ten minutes to improve participants’ query letters so they’ll shine when they pitch their chosen agent(s)/editor(s) one-on-one on Saturday and/or have a sterling query letter to use ever after. Past guest agents and editors have called this a “must do” activity, and often cite it as the most helpful and informative educational session offered by any conference anywhere. Meanwhile, Ally Machate gives two free, interactive talks with Q&A in the College Park Ballroom.
4:00-6:00 p.m. Workshop: Conference special guest speaker Ally Machate, bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant, presents her two-hour workshop “Polishing Your Work for Publication.” 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. Be sure to bring your laptop and manuscript file or printed draft–this is a “working” workshop!
6:00-8:30 p.m. Free time to improve your query letter for Saturday–if you did the query letter critique–and to dine in the hotel or elsewhere.
8:30-11:30 p.m. Free social mixer in the Westin lounge for Conference participants. No RSVP necessary. Join our guests for casual chats about books and the people who write them, sell them, publish them, and buy them. As part of their conference obligations, the twelve editors and agents and workshop speaker are compelled to participate.
Saturday, May 13
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Check in outside the College Park Ballroom on the second level of the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel conference area.
9:00-10:00 a.m. Agents Q&A Panel with all six literary agents in the College Park Ballroom.
10:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Manuscript critique meetings: One-on-one meetings for about 15 minutes each between the editors/agents and those who submitted their work for critique by the April 11 deadline, in Boardrooms 1-6 and the Riverdale, Fayetteville, Peachtree City, and Dogwood Ballrooms. Meanwhile, international best-selling author and conference success story Becky Albertalli will give two talks with Q&A in the College Park Ballroom.
1:00-2:15 p.m. Lunch on your own.
2:15-5:30 p.m. Pitch meetings: Participants pitch an editor/agent one-on-one for about ten minutes each, in Boardrooms 1-6 and the Riverdale, Fayetteville, Peachtree City, and Dogwood Ballrooms, while award-winning author and writing mentor Kimberly Brock will give two talks with Q&A in the College Park Ballroom.
5:45-6:15 p.m. Award ceremony in the College Park Ballroom with each editor/agent presenting a certificate to participants for the best manuscript sample submitted for critique and for the best pitch.
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