Conference Spotlight: Writer’s Digest Conference: The Business of Getting Published (Sept. 18-20)

This latest conference spotlight is shining some illumination on our own upcoming WD conference, which is called “The Business of Getting Published.” It’s all going down in the Big Apple in September 2009.


This is the first-ever conference of its kind—an event in the heart of it all examining how to market, promote and sell your work. The conference lasts three days, from Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009. The event is at the New York Marriott Marquis, in Times Square, New York City. 

This unique conference is designed to guide any author through the new dynamics of today’s publishing world. With emphasis on platform, networking and social media, this innovative event features the industry’s top forward-thinking speakers, leading sessions on topics relevant to the current and future state of the publishing world. 


  • Chris Brogan, social media guru, is the keynote speaker
  • Kassia Krozser, editor/publisher of
  • David Mathison, whose online sales success is the new business model;
  • Mike Shatzkin, the industry’s top publishing consultant
  • Seth Harwood and Scott Sigler, whose own podcasts and videocasts have made them super stars in the business
  • Christina Katz, author of Writer Mama and expert on author platform
  • and many more, plus the editors of Writer’s Digest!

In addition, I myself will be moderating two panels of literary agentsone where agents discuss how they discover talent in the media and writing world; and one where agents discuss the transition from DIY publishers to traditional publishers. 

A complete list of speakers and events can be found online.


Attendees of the event will take over the Bowery Poetry Club at 8 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, for the First Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Slam. Presented by the publisher of Poet’s Market, the evening will feature three rounds of original poetry. Participants will vie to win prizes and ultimately to be chosen as the evening’s Slam Champion.

Plus, each attendee gets a 15-minute personal appointment with an editorial professional to discuss their query letter, book proposal or self-published book.

Here are some of the topics for the weekend:

  • Do You Have a Meaningful Marketing Platform?
  • Effective Marketing and Promotion for Fiction Writers
  • Blog Hogs, Social Twitters and Online Tools for Authors
  • E-Books, Kindles and the Digitalization of the Industry
  • Working With an Independent EditorDo You Really Need One?


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