Come Meet Me in DC: The American Independent Writers Conference, June 12, 2010

DETAILS

It’s a one-day conference, Saturday, June 12, 2010, at the George Washington University Cafritz Conference Center in Washington, DC. It’s sponsored by American Independent Writers (formerly the Washington Independent Writers). This year’s theme is “New Realities: The Revolution of Writing and Publishing.” See the registration form here. I’ve been told all names and sessions will be listed online soon, but I’ve seen the rough draft of speakers and presentations, and it will be an amazing conference.

 

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WHO WILL BE THERE?

The big draw here is the amazing number of literary agents, who attend. Agents attend the breakfast, take pitches from writers, and sit on panels for open Q&As. In attendance will be:

  • Linn Prentis (Linn Pretis Literary)
  • Regina Ryan (Regina Ryan Publishing Enterprises)
  • Hannah Brown Gordon (Foundry Literary + Media)
  • Shannon O’Neill (The Sagalyn Agency)
  • Suzie Townsend (FinePrint Literary Management)
  • Paul S. Levine (Paul S. Levine Literary)
  • Gordon Warnock (Andrea Hurst Literary)
  • Paige Wheeler (Folio Literary Management)
  • Gary Heidt (Signature Literary Agency)
  • Kate McKean (Howard Morhaim Literary Agency)
  • David Patterson (Foundry Literary + Media)
  • Jessica Sinsheimer (Sarah Jane Freyman Literary)

OTHER COOL TIDBITS

I’ll be giving the morning plenary speech on “How to Get Published.” There’s a panel on book promotion and platform. There’s a panel on how technology is affecting the publishing industry. There’s a panel on getting published in magazines, newspapers and literary journals. There’s a session on writing about war. There are other sessions on craft, self-publishing, small presses, self-editing, and more.

The whole day is packed with panels and pros. It attracts a lot of agents because of the quality of the event. I suggest coming if you’re anywhere in the DC area.

 

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