meeting with you personally or reading your query letter, agents and editors
are always on a treasure hunt. But how does a writer craft a pitch that really
grabs an agent or editor's attention? How do you communicate the heart and soul
of your work? How do you make your pitches pop?Katharine Sands answers these important questions for both aspiring and published
authors. Learn what to do -- and what not to do -- when you set out to land a
literary agent, and learn to avoid the easy-to-fix mistakes that many writers
make. Whether it is in-person or on paper, your Pitchcraft is an invaluable
tool. Here are takeaways to help you to share enthusiasm for your writing, make
it contagious and get agents, editors, and readers to say “yes!”
Book signing after event
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
KID'S DAY WITH DR. CUTHBERT SOUP (ages 8 - 12)
This is a special session for children - more details to come.
Presented by Dr. Cuthbert Soup
Description coming soon
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Presented by Dan Slater
Dan Slater, Director of Kindle Evangelism, will discuss the Kindle Device and "white glove" programs.
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
AMAZON INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING
Presented by Thom Kephart
A broad, how-to look at independent publishing through CreateSpace and
Kindle Direct Publishing.
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Presented by Matt Thornton
An introduction to audio books, from creation to sales, featuring Matt
Thornton of Audible's ACX.com.
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Presented by Jon Fine
discusses Amazon Publishing, Author Central, and the services that Amazon
offers to help drive book sales.
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
PRACTICE YOUR PITCH
Join your fellow attendees and practice your pitch in a group
This room is available to help guide you through the process of perfecting your pitch.
PITCHING YOUR BOOK IN TODAY'S MARKETPLACE
Presented by Kerry Colburn and Jennifer Worick
Wouldn't you like to be a fly on
the wall during acquisitions meetings with publishers and agents, so you could
find out what they really want -- and don't want?Now's your chance.We gathered up-to-the-minute intel at 2012
BookExpo America, the world's largest publishing conference, where we met with
dozens of publishers and agents to ask about pitching new proposals.Now, we will reveal what they say they're
clamoring for in the current marketplace.No matter where you are in the process or what kind of book you're
writing, learn to create an attention-grabbing proposal by giving editors and agents exactly
what they want.We'll cover the proposal
components that are most crucial to landing a publishing deal, rookie mistakes to
avoid during the submission process, the aspects of an author platform that matter
most, and how to fine-tune your proposal to address today's publishing climate.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: GREG BEAR
(Admission by ticket only - no host bar)
Dessert Reception with Agents & Editors, followed by book signing.