Here, you’ll polish your pitches under the direction of your Conference Leader in an intimate, workshop-like setting. Then, you’ll actually pitch your book directly to three different editors from major New York publishing houses. And here’s an impressive fact: following their pitch, the majority of conference participants receive requests for either a partial or full manuscript. Some receive these requests from more than one editor at the conference.
It’s easy to connect the dots here. Attend this conference, and you stand a very good chance of attracting the interest of an editor at a major publishing house. Isn’t that what we all want? Isn't that what you've been working so hard for?
The number of attendees is fairly small. When I was there, I believe there were only about 30 writers at the conference. These 30 were then broken into smaller groups in order to perfect their pitches. So the atmosphere and personal attention are ideal. Perhaps this is why there were authors at my particular session from as far away as England and Australia (well, and the fact that they could pitch their books directly to three different editors probably didn't hurt either).
If you want to attend, you need to be accepted into the conference by the organizers. They’ll ask for a concise premise about your book/project and a little information about yourself. But don’t fret about this; just do it. It’s worth it!
There are a few sessions every year in both the spring and the fall, and they have separate conferences for both fiction and non-fiction.
The next conference is pretty soon... Non Fiction Pitch Conference: Oct. 8 - 10, 2010
And for the fiction writers... Fiction Conference: Nov. 12 – 14, 2010
There will be another two conferences in the spring, both for fiction and non-fiction.
Make sure you check out their website for further details, and to register.
You really owe it to yourself to go to this one!!!!