Schedule of Activities

Note: all activities take place at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, with the exception of the Prep Critiques, which will be managed online in June-August 2018.

Friday, November 2, 2018

11:30-4:00 p.m. Check in outside the College Park Ballroom on the second floor 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 the second-floor meeting rooms, panels of one editor and one agent (assigned to participants at random, but no overlaps with any Saturday meetings) 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. 63% of Best Pitch award winners at the last conference participated in the Query Letter Critique activity. Meanwhile, Ricky Jones gives two free, interactive talks with Q&A in the College Park Ballroom: “The 3 Best Ways to Promote Your Book Online” and “Repurposing Your Book on Multiple Media.”

4:00-6:00 p.m. Author Website Workshop: Conference special guest speaker Ricky Jones–website designer/developer and author–presents his two-hour workshop “Yes You Can: DIY Websites for Authors,” during which you will learn the tools to help you create (or improve) and maintain an easy and inexpensive author website. Time will be set aside for Ricky to critique audience members’ existing websites.

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 a private meeting room for Conference participants only. 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 are compelled to participate.


Saturday, November 3, 2018

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Check in outside the College Park Ballroom on the second floor 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 October 2 deadline, in the second-floor meeting rooms. Meanwhile, editor, instructor, and award-winning author Grace Wynter will provide two 75-minute talks in the College Park Ballroom: “The Seven Marketing Habits of Bestselling Authors” and “Manuscript Editing 101: Identifying and Correcting the Most Common Manuscript Errors.”

1:00-2:15 p.m. Lunch on your own.

2:30-5:15 p.m. Pitch meetings: Participants pitch an editor/agent one-on-one for about ten minutes each, in the second-floor meeting rooms. In parallel, thriller author and conference success story Roger Johns will do two 75-minute presentations in the College Park Ballroom: “_” and “_.”

5:30-6:30 p.m. Award ceremony and prize giveaways in the College Park Ballroom with each editor/agent presenting certificates to participants for the best manuscript sample submitted for critique and for the best pitch, and giveaways for prizes such as a free manuscript critique at the next Atlanta Writers Conference.



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