May 28 & 29 Conference program
Opening Pages Workshop Format
In small groups of no more than five authors, two agents react to the author’s material as the author reads aloud as though they’d received it as a submission, stopping the reading when the material stops working for them, and then explaining why.
Authors should be prepared for honest, objective feedback. Naturally, if an agent loves the work, authors are welcome to submit their material at the agent’s invitation. But if suggestions for improvement are offered, as is most often the case, authors should not be discouraged. Because these are workshops and not pitch sessions, authors whose materials were not as well-received as they had hoped can apply the suggestions that resonate and submit to these same agents later, according to the agents’ regular querying process.
At the end of each small-group workshop, there will be an opportunity for general discussion and questions. Additionally, the 15 minutes between program parts, and the half-hour mixer provide plenty of time for registrants to speak with all of our attending agents. There’s no need to be shy about approaching agents – remember, agents come to our conferences because they want to help writers, and because they’re looking for great projects!
PLEASE NOTE: Workshops will be assigned on a first come, first served basis according to the genre you specify when you register for the conference. One workshop per person.
What to Bring
Each registrant should bring 15 copies of their their opening two pages to their assigned workshop.
Opening pages should be double-spaced, with one-inch margins. You may start the text at the top of the first page, rather than dropping down a number of lines to begin a chapter in standard manuscript format. Please staple each set of pages together.
All materials should be in 12pt Times New Roman. Be sure to include your name, book title, genre, and contact information on your opening pages. Agents frequently bring their copies back to their offices for further review, and they need to be able to get in touch with you if your project catches their interest.
Where to go
The seminars will take place on the Radisson’s second level.
The Track One program will take place in Ballroom A/B. Track Two is in Ballroom C.
Workshops will take place in Herald Square A, Herald Square B, Greeley Square, Chelsea A, Chelsea B, and the PC Boardroom.
Registration begins each day at 8:00 a.m. in the second-floor lobby. When you enter the hotel, turn left, take the elevator to the second floor, and turn left again.