OCTOBER 12, 2019
9:00am // Registration, Coffee & Mingling
9:30-12:30 Critique Session.
Each writer will have 15 minutes. There will be two 10 minute breaks. Each writer will bring 11 copies of the writing to be critiqued, maximum 1,250 words. Writers will pass out the sample and read aloud while those at the table follow along. Agent critique will follow. Bring 11 copies of your writing sample - 1 for agent, 1 for each participant at the table.
12:30- 1:30 Lunch on site
1:30 - 3:15 Agent /Editor Panel
Moderator will read randomly selected, anonymous pages (max 2 pages) out loud, and will stop reading when two agents have raised their hands to indicate that they would have stopped reading if the pages were in their slush pile. Agents will discuss why they stopped reading. Writers wishing to participate will bring 5 copies of the writing they wish to be read. 1 for moderator and 1 for each agent/editor. Sample pages will be labeled with genre and word count ONLY. NO WRITER NAMES OR BOOK TITLES i.e., MG fantasy, 55,000 words.
3:15-3:30 Break for Agents/Editors
3:30-4:00- Agent Open Mic - Agents and Editors will answer Writers' Questions
NOTES FOR WRITERS:
1) Please do not discuss your book with agents/editor after your critique or at lunch or at the conference. All agents/editors will accept a query from you after the conference.
2) Please write comments for other writers at your critique table - on their sample pages. Please do not offer your comments verbally. Writers want to hear from the agent/editor, but will be thrilled to see your comments on the sample you hand back to them after their 15 minutes is up.
3) The anonymous-page-read panel is meant to mirror the slush pile - move quickly and subjectively -with off- the- cuff comments. These comments can be very direct but also VERY useful. Your name will not be on the sample and this is a great way to get good feedback from all the professionals on the panel. Don't be afraid to submit - but do bring your thick skin and put it on for this panel.
You MAY NOT submit the same sample pages you took to your critique table. 25% of the people in the room, and 25% of the panel have already heard those pages and do not want to hear them again.