The 2015 Writer's Digest Conference (July 31 - Aug 2, 2015) is almost here. Not only is it packed with excellent speakers and literary agents who are looking for new clients, it's also one of the most fun networking events around. I'll be there looking to chat about writing, publishing, parenting—you name it! That's why you should be there. Here are four reasons you should attend this year's event:
1. You'll learn so much
We have five different tracks you can follow based on where you are in the process of writing your book (or what you want to learn)—Getting Published, Platform & Promotion, The Business of Being an Author, Craft, and Genre Studies. Of course, you don't have to stick to any track and can pick and choose any courses you want! The tracks are just there as a guide to make things easier for you.
2. You could land an agent on the spot
It's so hard to get a personalized email response from a literary agent (telling you what they like or what you may be holding your book back), but at the Writer's Digest Conference, you will get responses on the spot. We have gathered more than 50 agents who represent a wide range of books (fiction, nonfiction, YA, memoir, etc.) and you will get one hour to pitch as many agents as you can. We have many, many writers who have landed their agents at our event (or after meeting an agent at our event). In fact, a couple of years ago we had writers that not only landed agents, but those agents landed them $100,000 book deals! This is one of the most valuable experiences for any writer, period. Don't miss it.
3. You'll get to mingle with the Writer's Digest staff
From Writer's Digest Editor Jessica Strawser to Guide to Literary Agents Editor Chuck Sambuchino to Writer's Digest Published Phil Sexton, many of the staffers who spend countless hours putting together the articles, content and resources to help you write better and get published will be at the conference and looking to talk writing/publishing. All of us are writers too, so not only do we know the industry, we have an interest in continuing to learn. And, oh yeah, I'll be there too! Make sure you say hello (tell me how skinny I look in person—I mean, the newsletter adds 10 lbs, right?).
4. You'll spend time in NYC--the publishing capital of the world
New York City is a pretty amazing place. You can do things there that you can't do nearly anywhere else in the world. Visit Times Square, catch a ballgame, use the amazing city skyline as inspiration to write. Plus, a big chuck of the publishing world--from publishing houses to agents to editors--all live in the city that never sleeps. Just by being there and hanging out you never know who you'll run into or what connection you may make that could one day lead to your big break in the writing world.
Register now to get the best price and secure your spot at this year's conference. It's already shaping up to be the biggest event we've ever hosted. You've worked so hard on your writing career thus far, you don't want to miss the one event that could jump it forward and take it to the next level (and do it in just three day!). Join me and let us help you reach your writing goals.
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Brian A. Klems is the editor of this blog, online editor of Writer's Digest and author of the popular gift bookOh Boy, You're Having a Girl: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters.