Schedule of Onsite Activities

Note: All activities will take place at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel on May 6-7, 2022 except the Pre-Conference Edits, which will be managed entirely via email (from December 2021 through March 2022). 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, May 6, 2022

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 Jenny Chen: “Writing Compelling Characters” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

3:00-3:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar by Jenny Chen: “Writing Vivid Settings” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

4:00-6:00 p.m. Workshop by Jenny Chen: “Working with Book Publishing Professionals at Every Stage of the Process” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom to those who have registered for it).

6:00-8:30 p.m. Free 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 (in-person-only activity).

Saturday, May 7, 2022

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 April 4, 2022 deadline. Participants will receive summary comments a day or two before the conference.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Mini-Seminar with Nicki Salcedo: “How to Enjoy Editing” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar with Nicki Salcedo: “Overcoming Impostor Syndrome (How building your confidence will change the way you write)” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

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

2:15-5:30 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 Emily Carpenter: “The Author’s Act Two: Navigating a Creative Pivot” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

4:00-5:15 p.m. Mini-Seminar with Emily Carpenter: “Outrun, Outlast: Surviving in the Publishing Industry” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

5:45-6:30: 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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