Do you want the chance to earn a contract with a literary agent, leading to the publication of your book? Do you want an agent to tell you what you’re doing wrong and doing right in your manuscript, synopsis, and query letter? Would you like to discuss your writing project with an agent to see if there’s any interest in the marketplace? If you answer, “Yes,” to any or all of these questions, then the Atlanta Writers Club has a conference designed for you:
On Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, 2013 the Atlanta Writers Club will present its eighth Atlanta Writers Conference. The goal of this conference is to give you access to eight top literary agents–never any repeats from previous conferences; always an all-new lineup–and to educate you with a workshop and talks by experienced authors. The agents will respond to your pitch, critique the manuscript sample and synopsis (a new addition!) you submit in advance, critique your query letter in an updated Friday practice session, and educate you about the current environment of the publishing industry and the changing roles of agents and their clients. You could be offered a contract based on the materials you’ve submitted: after every conference some AWC members sign with conference agents or continue to work with them preparing their books for representation. You might be asked to send additional pages or an entire manuscript for their review. You certainly will know more about how your work is perceived by industry professionals, and you’ll gain valuable experience interacting one-on-one with them.
You also will have fun, learn more about the publishing business, and get a chance to chat informally with these agents and your peers. On Friday, May 10, we offer a cross-genre, writing-exercise-rich workshop delivered by Conference guest speaker Claire Cook, bestselling author of MUST LOVE DOGS and eight other novels, who also will give two 75-minute interactive presentations beforehand. On Saturday, May 11, while the morning critiques are held, author, marketing guru, and billiards expert Shari Stauch will give two 75-minute presentations, and that afternoon while the pitch sessions are held, Terra Elan McVoy, author of five YA novels, former Program Director of the Decatur Book Festival, and creative writing teacher, will give two 75-minute presentations. Claire, Shari and Terra’s 75-minute presentations are free to those who participate in any of the other Conference activities. Finally, to close out the Conference on Saturday afternoon, we now will feature an award ceremony, where each agent will present a certificate to participants for the best manuscript sample and synopsis submitted for critique and for the best query letter pitched.
The agents are:
- Margaret Bail, Andrea Hurst & Associates
- Jita Fumich, Folio Literary Management
- Taylor Martindale, Full Circle Literary
- Amy Cloughley, Kimberly Cameron & Associates
- Paula Munier, Talcott Notch Literary Services
- Angela Rinaldi, Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency
- Becky Vinter, FinePrint Literary Management
- Gordon Warnock, Andrea Hurst & Associates
Complete details about the Atlanta Writers Conference here.
For questions, please contact Conference Director George Weinstein.