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Literary Professionals scheduled to attend:
 
William Clark of William Clark Associates
Represents commercial and literary fiction, quality non-fiction.  10 years experience. 
Sinatra! The Song is You by Will Friedwald to Scribner
The Good Life by Tony Bennett with Will Friedwald to Pocket Books
The Girl's Guide to County by Kim Adelman to Broadway Books
 
Michelle Tessler of Carlise & Company
Represents literary fiction, high quality non-fiction, including narrative, biography, memoir, cultural history, popular science, travel, and mind/body/spirit. 5 years experience.
Not Even Wrong: Inside a World of Outsiders by Paul Collins to Bloomsbury
Sink Reflections by Maria Cilley (aka The Flylady) to Bantam
Defining the Wind: The History of the Beaufort Wind Scale by Scott Huler to Crown
 
Paul S. Levine Literary Agency and Attorney
Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Reference, Biography, Computers & Technology, Business/Investing/Finance, History, Mind/Body/Spirit, Health Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Sports, African-American, Science.  For both fiction and non-fiction, has great success with authors who originally self-published their books, then wish to have their books re-published by a major publishing house. 22 years experience.
9 Scorpions to Simon & Schuster
Flesh & Bones to William Morrow
 
Jim Donovan of Jim Donovan Literary
Action/Adventure, Detective/Police/Crime, Historical, Horror, Literary, Mainstream/Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Sports, Thriller, Westerns/Frontier.  10 years experience. 22 years in the book business total; bookstore manager, chainstore book buyer, trade book editor, author of several published books.
Manage I.T. and Custer & the Little Bighorn
New mystery series to to Bantam
 
Amy Hsu, Associate Editor at Little, Brown, imprint of Time Warner Books.
 
Jane Friedman, Acquisitions Editor for Writer's Digest Books
 
Gordon Kirkland, Published Author
Justice Is Blind and Her Dog Just Peed in my Cornflakes
and to be released for publication in February, 2004; Never Stand Behind a Loaded Horse
 
Samuel Pinkus of McIntosh and Otis
Represents Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, K.C. Constantine, Harper Lee, the estates of John Steinbeck, Sinclair Lewis, Upton Sinclair, Thomas Wolfe and Harold Robbins.  Waiting for confirmation.
 
Michael Psaltis of Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
This agency has recent successes such as Final Exit by first time author, Laurie Breton to MIRA.  Her next novel, Mortal Sins also to MIRA.  Substitute Wife by Dallas Schulze to MIRA.  Punk's Wing by Ward Carroll to Signet.  Yogi in the Kitchen by Elaine Gavalas to Avery.  The Yogi series was launched by Fireside/Simon & Schuster.  Waiting for confirmation.
 
 

Daily Itinerary

 

Thursday, October 23rd:

09:00 am 10:00 am    Introduction and passing out consults and workshop appointments

10:00 am 10:30 am    Keynote Speaker

10:30 am 10:45 am    Break

10:45 am 12:30 am    Keynote Speakers

12:30 pm 01:30 pm   Lunch Break On Your Own

01:30 pm 05:00 pm   One on One Consultations & Workshops

06:30 pm 07:30 pm   Appetizers/Cash Bar Reception

 

Friday, October 24th:

09:00 am 09:30 am   Keynote Speaker

09:30 am 10:30 am   One on One Consultations & Workshops

10:30 am 10:45 am   Break

10:45 am 11:45 am   One on One Consultations & Workshops

11:45 am 12:30 pm   Keynote Speakers

12:30 pm 01:30 pm   Lunch On Your Own

01:30 pm 04:00 pm   One on One Consultations & Workshops

04:00 pm 05:00 pm   Panel Format Questions & Answers Writers question groups of literary professionals

07:00 pm 09:00 pm   Friday Evening Dinner and Keynote Speakers

 

Saturday, October 25th:

09:00 am 10:30 am   One on One Consultations & Workshops

10:30 am 10:45 am   Break

10:45 am 11:45 am   Panel Format Questions & Answers Session

11:45 am 12:00 pm   Winding up the Writers Conference

Keynote speakers will cover various topics such as those indicated below.  Panel format discussions will allow writers to ask the panel members questions and receive answers from every panel member.  Writers will need to submit their query letter, synopsis, and first 20 pages of their work for one on one consultations and small group workshops with the literary agents and editors from publishing houses.  Children's works will need to be submitted in their entirety along with illustrations.

WHAT ARE AGENTS AND PUBLISHERS LOOKING FOR FROM FICTION AND NON-FICTION WRITERS?  WHY DO SOME MANUSCRIPTS STAND OUT FROM OTHERS--WRITERS WANT TO KNOW!

NETWORKING AND PITCHING A MANUSCRIPT TO LITERARY AGENTS. DOES IT ALL HINGE ON THE QUERY LETTER AND SYNOPSIS?  HOW MUCH OF THE DECISION IS BASED ON THE PLOT, OR THE GENRE? 

DOES A WRITER REALLY NEED AN AGENT?

WHAT'S THE PROCESS WITH A MANUSCRIPT AT A PUBLISHING HOUSE; AN EDITOR'S PERSPECTIVE FROM TIME WARNER BOOKS--BOTH FICTION AND NON-FICTION.

WHAT DETERMINES HOW MUCH MONEY A PUBLISHER WILL SPEND FOR ADVERTISING/MARKETING, ESPECIALLY FOR A FIRST TIME PUBLISHED WRITER?

WHAT ABOUT SELF-PUBLISHING? IT SEEMS MORE AND MORE THAT IF A WRITER IS SELF-PUBLISHED, GAINS POSITIVE REVIEWS, AND SELLS THOUSANDS OF BOOKS, A LARGE PUBLISHING HOUSE IS WILLING TO OFFER A PUBLISHING CONTRACT.

HOW CAN I CONVINCE AN EDITOR FROM A PRINTED TRADE NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE TO REVIEW MY BOOK?

WHAT ABOUT BOOKSTORES AND ARRANGING FOR BOOKSIGNINGS?  ARE BOOKSIGNINGS EVEN PRODUCTIVE?

RADIO STATIONS AND INTERVIEWS; HOW TO APPROACH THEM AND CONVINCE THEM TO INTERVIEW A WRITER.

DOES A WRITER NEED A PUBLISCIST/PROMOTER TO INCREASE THEIR CHANCES OF SUCCESS?

TURNING IDEAS INTO PLAUSIBLE PLOTS.

THE STRUCTURE OF THE NOVEL.

CHARACTERIZATION AND HOW TO BRING YOUR CHARACTERS TO LIFE.

HOW TO WRITE THE DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS CORRECTLY.

SECRET POWER OF LANGUAGE--HOW TO MANIPULATE THE RHYTHMS OF OUR LANGUAGE.

WHODUNNITRY--TECHNIQUES THAT MAINTAIN TENSION TO THE VERY LAST PAGE OF THE NOVEL.

YOUR CHARACTERS SHOULD BE YOUR BEST FRIENDS.

RESEARCH CAN BE CRITICAL WHEN WRITING A MANUSCRIPT.

CHANGING TRENDS IN NON-FICTION.

TACKLING WRITER'S BLOCK.

SO YOU'VE WRITTEN A NOVEL.  NOW COMES THE HARD PART.

WHY DID MY MANUSCRIPT GET REJECTED?

Additional topics will be covered in addition to the workshops, one on one consultations, and panel discussions.

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