Conference Schedule – Saturday, April 9
7:00 AM Check-In table opens: Pick up registration materials at the check-in table
7:30 – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast in the Lehigh Room
Please Note: Agent/Editor appointments will occur throughout the day in the Foundry. Please check your registration materials for the appointment timeslot assigned to you.
8:00 – 9:40 AM (Concurrent Sessions)
In the Cedar Crest Room:
The Ghost in the Room is You: Mastering Co-Writing and Ghost-Writing
As publishers continue to turn to more and more high-profile stories in order to sell books, they become increasingly dependent on co-writers and ghost-writers to help tell these stories. As independent publishing becomes more accessible, an increasing number of individuals would like to preserve their stories in book form. In this session, Shawn will share how he got into ghost-writing and co-writing, and what it takes to write someone else’s story well.
In the Muhlenberg Room:
Moderated by Kathy McAuley
Kathy McAuley Agents will share insights, guidelines, and ideas for writers. These agents will also meet with participants to hear pre-scheduled pitches throughout the day.
In the Lafayette Room:
“Writing a Series”
Readers and publisher love novel series. Readers get more of the stories and characters they enjoy, and publishers have found that their marketing budgets stretch further on multiple books with the same characters or storylines. For writers too, series have their benefits, such as already intimately knowing their recurring characters and often getting to use research that wouldn’t fit in a single story. Some series are planned—a big story that obviously needs more than one book to tell, or a character that’s just too darned cool to limit to one book. Others develop from the success of a standalone story—readers scream for more, and of course you (and your publisher) are more than happy to oblige. Robert Liparulo’s three series of novels (the John Hutchinson books, The Immortal Files, and the Dreamhouse Kings) were birthed both ways. Here, he’ll discuss the in’s and out’s of novel series, how to develop them and keep readers interested through multiple stories, and how to pitch them to publishers.
In the Moravian Room:
“Researching and Writing Historical Fiction and Nonfiction”