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. For the agents and editors–and participants–who will be virtual, all interactions will occur via Zoom.

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 (either in-person or via Zoom).

1:45-5:15 p.m. Query Letter Critiques with two editors/agents (either in-person or via Zoom) assigned to participants at random, but with no overlaps with any Saturday meetings, offering critiques and suggestions during sessions of about ten minutes based on a query letter submitted in advance.

2:00-2:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar by Paul Levine, Esq.: “The legal aspects of turning books into movies” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

3:00-3:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar by Paul Levine, Esq.: “How to get out of a bad publishing contract” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

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” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom to those who have registered for it).

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

8:30-11:30 p.m. Mixer with in-person editors and agents who are comfortable in an unmasked environment 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 (either in-person or via Zoom).

10:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Manuscript critique meetings: One-on-one meetings (either in-person or via Zoom) 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” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar with Jeff Strand: “Surviving the Writing Life, Part One” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

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

2:15-5:00 p.m. Pitch meetings: Participants pitch an editor/agent (either in-person or via Zoom) one-on-one for about ten minutes each, submitting a query letter in advance to facilitate this discussion.

2:30-3:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar with Lynne Hansen: “How NOT to Make a Movie in 30 Days” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

4:00-5:15 p.m. Mini-Seminar with Jeff Strand: “Surviving the Writing Life, Part Two” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

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 (either in-person or via Zoom) will announce their awards for Best Manuscript Sample and Best Pitch, with certificates for the winners.


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