Book Country at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference 2015

Posted by August 19th, 2015

We are so excited to be headed back to Brooklyn for the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference 2015!

Slice Literary Writers' ConferenceHere’s a description of the conference courtesy of the editors at Slice magazine:

Slice Literary’s fifth annual writers’ conference will take place on September 12 and 13 in downtown Brooklyn. Our panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing (plotting, dialogue, characterization, poetry, and more) to the business of writing (pitch letters, landing a book deal, and beyond). Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer’s career. But a book deal is just the beginning of a writer’s professional journey. We invite leading professionals to offer trade secrets about how they transform a great story into a bestselling book (and what writers can do to help them get there).
Where: St. Francis College, 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY
When: 10am – 5:00pm, September 12 + 13, 2015
Who: Click here for the list of agents, editors, authors, and publishing professionals who will take part in the conference this year.

All of the many panels are sure to be fantastic, but one of the most unmissable is, of course, the panel I’m moderating called “Unconventional Paths to Publishing.” Here’s the info for that one:

Unconventional Paths to Publishing
We’re all familiar with the traditional path to getting published: write a manuscript or book proposal, find an agent, then have your agent match you with the perfect publisher. That is the most treaded route, but sometimes authors break conventions and find their own ways to publishing a book. And these authors aren’t renegades or rebels—they’re simply tapping into resources that are available to all of us. Discover how others have landed book deals while eschewing established practices, how unconventional paths to publishing could work for you, and how publishers feel about authors who come to them in unexpected ways. 
Panelists: Alys Arden, Author, The Casquette Girls; Anjali Duva, Author, Faint Promise of Rain; Kerri Kolen, Executive Editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons; Maris Kreizman, Publishing Project Specialist, Kickstarter; Carmen Maria Machado, Author
Moderator: Lucy Silag, Community Manager, Penguin/Book Country
When + Where: Saturday, September 12th at 2:15-3:30pm, Room 7402

Another very exciting thing Book Country will be doing at the Slice Conference will be a workshop called “Your Next Step as a Writer.” This workshop will be held immediately after the panel above.

Your Next Step as a Writer with Lucy Silag of Book Country
Standing out in the crowded literary marketplace is overwhelming, with writers juggling advice about craft, MFAs, agents, publishers, self-publishing, social media, building a platform, and more. Facilitated by Lucy Silag of Book Country (an online writing community owned by Penguin Random House), this workshop is designed to help writers figure out the next step toward reaching their writing and publishing goals. Each participant will leave with a customized, immediate, and actionable plan for their book or work-in-progress based on where they are in the writing process. Refreshments and materials will be provided.
When + Where: Saturday, September 12, from 3:45pm to 5:00pm, Room TBA
Note that this workshop is free to all conference attendees. We ask that you please register in advance so we can have a sense of how large the group will be.

 

Will we see you at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference 2015? Let us know in the comments below or by replying on this discussion board!

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