12th Annual Agents and Editors Conference Breakout Sessions
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Trends in Fiction -- Fictions
Agents and Editors
A behind-the-scenes panel discussion of the current state of fiction--trends, new developments, what's hot and what's not. Moderated by author Greg Garrett.
Approaching the Market -- Agents and Attorneys
An exciting, invaluable panel discussion geared towards writers entering the marketplace-finding an agent, approaching an editor, what to do and what to avoid. Moderated by author Britta Coleman.
Trends in Nonfiction -- Nonfiction Agents
An insightful panel discussion of the state of nonfiction-new crazes, horizons of growth, what's in and what's out. Moderated by author Carmen Goldthwaite.
Trends in Children's Literature -- Agents and
A must-attend panel discussion for writers of children's and young adult literature-learn what's happening in the marketplace and what is no longer in vogue. Moderated by author Mark Mitchell.
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Fiction: Audience & Style -- Joy Selak
Are you writing for a particular audience, genre or even a specific person? Whether you write mysteries or romances, mainstream fiction or sci-fi, Joy Selak's session will help you further develop your fictional voice and polish your unique style.
" Joy Selak is the author of, most recently, You Don't LOOK Sick: Living Well With Invisible Chronic Illness.
Making the Deal: Maintaining Relationships
-- J.F. Margos (South)
So you want to find a literary agent. How is this done? What are some of the ways you can strengthen the writer-agent relationship once you have found an agent? J.F. Margos will let you in on all the secrets you need to know. This session is a must-attend for writers searching for the right agent.
-- J.F. Margos is the author of Shattered Image. She is a second-generation native Austinite ("a nearly extinct breed," she points out). www.jfmargos.com
Nonfiction: The Truth about True Crime -- Lucinda
Learn what makes true crime so fascinating and what editors look for in true crime stories. Find out what public source documents you'll need to put together a good story, and how to get them. Get valuable tips on why criminals are motivated to commit crimes that will give your story the real-life drama that sells.
-- Lucinda Schroeder has a BA in criminology. She is the author of A Hunt for Justice. www.thecrimeconnection.com
Children's Literature: Writing Nonfiction for Young People
-- Mark Mitchell (Congress)
Have you ever wanted to write a fact-based book for young people, the true story you would have loved reading when you were twelve? This session will cover timesaving tips for research and organizations. You will also learn about compression of detail and the power of "leaving out" to create reader anticipation.
-- Mark Mitchell is the author of Raising La Belle, which won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for best juvenile nonfiction.
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Fiction: Writing Dynamic Dialogue -- Greg Garrett
Dialogue is one of the toughest tricks to master, but there are tricks of the trade that can help you assure that each sentence of dialogue reads crisply, sounds real and keeps readers riveted into their seats. This session will cover the mechanics of writing dialogue, the problems of dialect and the construction of dialogue scenes.
-- Greg Garrett, a past winner of the William Faulkner Prize for Fiction, is an award-winning professor at Baylor University.
Making the Deal: Buy This Book! -- Jeff Kleinman
What is it that makes an agent or editor jump out of their seats and cry, "This is the book I want"? Why are some books green-lighted for publication while others languish on the shelf? This session will answer those questions and more. Come prepared to ask questions and role-play.
" Brenda Copeland is a Senior Editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Atria Books represents a variety of titles, from spirituality to narrative nonfiction.
-- Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent and intellectual property attorney with Graybill & English, LLC, a literary agency and law firm which works with all of the major U.S. publishers.
Nonfiction: Voice, Suspense & Style -- Carmen
How do you find or hone your original voice? Learn to discover or enhance your unique voice as a writer. This session will help you sharpen your skills and build suspense in your writing, with an emphasis on how these skills apply to nonfiction and personal writing.
-- Carmen Goldthwaite has given lectures on writing at schools and universities across the state, including the University of Texas at Austin. www.carmengoldthwaite.com
Children's Literature: Writing & Illustrating Your Children's
Book - Don Tate (Congress)
Many people have long dreamed of writing a children's book, something they would have enjoyed reading when they were children. Don Tate's session will detail the actual process of writing and illustrating a children's book-how to begin, who does what and how long it takes.
" Don Tate has illustrated several children's books, including Say Hey! A Song of Willie Mays and Sure as Sunrise. He lives in Austin, Texas. www.dontate.com
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Fiction: The Art of Rewriting -- Britta Coleman
The late John Gardner believed the key to writing well was revising often. Britta Coleman will help you find the necessary tools and show you the right way to follow Gardner's advice. This session will be beneficial to all writing, published or unpublished.
-- Britta Coleman graduated from Texas A&M. Her first novel, Potter Springs, will be published this June. www.brittacoleman.com
Making the Deal: Marketing Your Book After It's Published
-- Deborah LeBlanc (South)
What kind of book are you marketing? What makes it different from the thousands of other stories already out there in the marketplace? Deborah LeBlanc will help you answer these questions. This session will cover the essential strategies and offer some helpful tips for marketing your book after it's published.
-- Deborah LeBlanc is the author of the novel Family Inheritance. Grave Intent, her second book, will be published this summer. www.deborahleblanc.com
Nonfiction: The Art of the Memoir -- Joan Neubauer
Have you ever wanted to put your life story into words? Perhaps you would even like to publish your memoirs for a wider audience. Joan Neubauer will tell you what works best for memoirists-what to include, what to omit and where to embellish.
-- Joan Neubauer is the author of, among other things, Dear Diary: The Art and Craft of Writing a Creative Journal.
Children's Literature: Publishing Your Children's Book
-- Madeline Smoot (Senate)
So you've written your children's book-now what? This session will fill you in on the necessary procedures for submitting your children's book for publication. Madeline Smoot, a children's-book editor, will tell you what to do and what to avoid when publishing your children's book.
-- Madeline Smoot is an editor with Blooming Tree Press, which is located in Austin, Texas.