Schedule of Onsite Activities

Note: All activities will take place at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel on November 5-6, 2021 except the Pre-Conference Edits, which will be managed entirely via email (from June through August 2021). The activities are described in detail on the Conference Activities page.

Note that all times given below are US Eastern.

Friday, November 5, 2021

12:30-1:30 p.m. Editor Q&A Panel with all participating acquisitions editors.

1:45-5:15 p.m. Query Letter Critiques with two editors/agents assigned to participants at random, but with no overlaps with any Saturday meetings, offering critiques and suggestions during sessions of about ten minutes.

2:00-2:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar by Paul Levine, Esq.: “The legal aspects of turning books into movies.”

3:00-3:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar by Paul Levine, Esq.: “How to get out of a bad publishing contract.”

4:00-6:00 p.m. Workshop by Paul Levine, Esq.: “How Authors Go from Fingers on Keyboard to Dollars in Their Bank Accounts: Four Ways Book Authors Make Money from Publishers.”

6:00-8:30 p.m. Unscheduled time for participants.

8:30-11:30 p.m. Mixer with all editors and agents for casual conversations and networking among participants.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

9:00-10:00 a.m. Agent Q&A Panel with all participating literary agents.

10:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Manuscript critique meetings: One-on-one meetings of about 15 minutes each between the editors/agents and those who submitted their work for critique by the October 4, 2021 deadline. Participants will receive summary comments a day or two before the conference.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Mini-Seminar with Lynne Hansen: “How to Work with a Book Cover Artist to Get the Cover You Deserve”

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar with Jeff Strand: “Surviving the Writing Life, Part One”

12:45-2:15 p.m. Unscheduled time for participants.

2:15-5:00 p.m. Pitch meetings: Participants pitch an editor/agent one-on-one for about ten minutes each, bringing a query letter to facilitate this discussion.

2:30-3:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar with Lynne Hansen: “How NOT to Make a Movie in 30 Days”

4:00-5:15 p.m. Mini-Seminar with Jeff Strand: “Surviving the Writing Life, Part Two”

5:30-6:30: Giveaway drawings and award ceremony: giveaways for the next conference and more will be conducted by drawing raffle tickets. Then, all participating agents and editors will announce their awards for Best Manuscript Sample and Best Pitch, with certificates for the winners.


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