Skip to main content

Upcoming Events For Writers

Hello All,
I hope life is treating you well.  Things are good here in my neck of the woods.  I just returned from a relaxing vacation and I'm ready to tackle the final two chapters of my novel.  I guess I was suffering from burn out and did not realize it. 

Enough about me, I want to share some news about upcoming writer's conferences with you.   The New York and Algonkian Conference is held in New York City four times a year (March, June, September, December).  It provides writers with completed manuscripts and those with works-in-progress the opportunity to workshop their novel with professional fiction editors.  Also, writers get to meet and pitch their masterpieces to top acquisition editors from major publishing houses like Doubleday and Random House.  

According to the website ( http://www.nycpitchconference.com/ ) , one out of three projects are requested for review by publishers.  The site is accepting applications for the upcoming conference held September 23-26.  Yes, you read correctly, there is a catch.  Writers have to apply by providing a synopsis of their novel for review.  If the experts like what they read then the writer is in.   Right now, I'm trying to finish the first draft of my MS., so I can submit my synopsis.  Although I already know how my novel will end, I want to see the finished product in black and white before summarizing the plot.

For those authors who do not feel their novel is ready for the type of scrutiny it will receive in NYC,  then I recommend the James River Writer's Conference.  It is scheduled on October 8-9 in Richmond, Virginia(http://www.jamesriverwriters.org/jrw_programs/conference).  I attended this conference last year and boy was it an eye opening experience.  The workshops were helpful and insightful. I had the opportunity to meet publishers, agents and authors from across the country and I learned so much from their expertise. 

I also had the opportunity to pitch my novel to an agent. Unfortunately, I was a bit green at the time and did not realize the importance of finishing a MS, before pitching it.  I had my head in the clouds back then and pictured myself on the Today Show discussing my book (yeah, I now realize it was a pipe dream).   I felt my idea was so cutting edge that anyone who heard it would jump on it.  Needless to say, I plummeted back to Earth like a sack of rocks. 

I only had one-hundred pages of my MS. completed and I was unsure of the direction I wanted my plot to take. My uncertainty was glaringly obvious to the agent and one minute into my pitch I was shot down and humbled to my knees.  At first,  I slinked away with my tail tucked between my legs, vowing to never write again.  Then, after I calmed down I realized my reason for writing had nothing to do with being published and everything to do with an innate love of the craft.

I left the conference with a realistic view of the publishing industry.  I also learned how to approach plot, characters, pacing etc.  As a bonus, I met some wonderful, interesting, like-minded people who I still keep in touch with to this day.  I would recommend this conference to all aspiring novelists.  I hope this information helps.  Until next time, happy writing.

Comments

  1. You were at James River Writers last year? Wow! Several of us Slushbusters attended as well. I'd signed up for a meeting with an editor from Candlewick, but she was sick and unable to meet with anyone.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm sorry your appointment with an editor was cancelled. You must have felt so disappointed. Also, I wish I'd known you then, we could have met in person. Do you think you will attend this year?

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm not sure. I've applied for a mentorship program that would begin about that time. If I'm accepted, I'll probably spend conference money on that. I don't think I could swing both. I'm sure other Slushies will be going, though!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm sorry your appointment with an editor was cancelled but sounds like you learned a lot from the conference and met with some cool people! :) Thank you for the link, I'll check it out.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Welcome Lua, I hope one of the above writer's conferences is a good fit for you. I really enjoyed the one I attended.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

ISWG Are Online Whisper Groups Bullying YA Authors Out of Publication? What's an Author to Do?

t's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh. To learn more about this supportive group click on the host's name.

I feel very strongly about what happened to this author, and I fear it could happen to the rest of us if we don't stick together. 

Recenty, SCMP reported that after signing a seven figure book deal for the Fantasy, BLOOD HEIR, Chinese author Amelie Wen Zhao was forced to pull it from publication due to allegations of racism.  

The premise of the highly anticipated Fantasy trilogy was a retelling of Anastasia, except Zhao's adaptation used blood magic. Critics felt the story had racist undertones because of the cover blurb's description of a "World where oppression is blind to skin color and good and evil exist in shades of gray."

Many criticisms came from a whispers online group, which, from my understanding are sort of the gate-keepers to approving YA novels.  I'm sure this is…

ISWG Writing Myself Into a Corner

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh. To learn more about this supportive group click on the host's name.

First and foremost, happy New Year!!!!
Now, onto the subject at hand, LOL. Currently, I'm writing a Young Adult Fantasy that transports the MC to ancient Carthage in 216 BCE.  The pacing is pretty fast throughout with a few rest spots for the readers. While I like what I've written so far, it wasn't until chapter 28 that I realized my MC hadn't spent enough time in Carthage. She walked through the city as a prisoner, was captured by the God Ba'al Hammon's guards, spent some time in the temple and was then set on her journey. While this is well and good, my heroine has to make a choice that will affect the fate of the Carthaginian people. To accomplish this, she needs to be invested in them, to care about them. Needless to say, I was pissed off that I left such an important …

Holiday Hoopla

Hello everyone, it's time to write another post for The Insecure Writer's Support Group, hosted by the gracious Alex J. Cavanaugh,   I hoped to publish this earlier today, but as usual, my hectic schedule interfered.  Best laid plans...

Although Andy Williams describes Christmas as "The most wonderful time of the year," there are occasions when  I forget the reason this is true.   Long  lines filled with frustrated customers suck the joy out of shopping.  In addition, I feel overwhelmed by the whole gift giving process. It's difficult to find gifts that everyone will like.  All the hoopla during the holiday is draining.

Today, while standing in the mall and stressing over who to buy what for, my attention was drawn to the sound of carolers at the lower level.  Without haste, I made my way to the music, and as I stood there, listening to the joyful sounds, my spirits were immediately lifted.  In those moments,  it occurred to me that I had focused so much on the…