Schedule of Activities

Note: all activities take place at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel on November 6-8, 2020, with the exception of the Pre-Conference Edits, which will be managed entirely via email (from June to September 2020) and the Sunday, November 8 Doubleheader Workshops, which will be presented online.

Due to COVID-19, no large-group activities can be offered at this edition of our conference, so we cannot offer the Q&A panels, educational talks, mixer, or award ceremony. Still, awards for Best Manuscript Sample and Best Pitch will be determined by each agent and editor, and certificates will be mailed to awarded participants.

Note that all times given below are US Eastern.

Friday, November 6, 2020

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.

1:45-5:00 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 thereafter. 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. More than 90% of Best Pitch awards at the October 2019 conference went to those who participated in the Query Letter Critique activity.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

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.

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 7 deadline, in the second-floor meeting rooms.

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

2:30-5:00 p.m. Pitch meetings: Participants pitch an editor/agent one-on-one for about ten minutes each, in the second-floor meeting rooms.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

1:45-6:00 p.m. Doubleheader workshops online (these live presentations will be recorded and links will be sent to all workshop registrants in case they are not able to participate or want to view the workshops again)

1:45-3:45 p.m. Peter James will discuss “Crafting the Page-turner”

4:00-6:00 p.m. Kimberley (KJ) Howe will discuss “Market Like a Boss”


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