First, there's a new and wonderful Backstory by James Rollins up at my other blog. Please check it out and check back often, these days two backstories are going up each week.
The 3rd Annual BEA Writers Conference will be held this year on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at Book Expo America. Hosted by Writer’s Digest Books this is one of the most impressive line-ups I've seen in a long time.
It's so impressive I'm reprinting the schedule here because I think this is a great deal for writers looking to hone their craft and get some inside info on the business we're in.
Pay special attention to the amazing line up of agents and editors available for the pitch slam breakouts in the afternoon. It's a veritable who's who of the biz.
Steve Almond, author of The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories, commentator and creative writing instructor, Boston College
BREAKOUTS —Honing Your Craft
Writing Genre fiction: The Elements of Success - Nancy Kress, author & fiction columnist, Writer’s Digest
Facts Shmacts: Writing Non-fiction like a Novelist - Robert Masello, author, essayist & instructor
Each Sentence Educates the Next Sentence: The Craft of Literary Fiction – Brian Kitely, author, The 3 A.M. Epiphany & Assoc Prof – English & Creative Writing, Univ of Denver
Write-Brain Workshop Workout – Bonnie Neubauer
Children’s Writing – Alice Pope, Editor, Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market
Cookbooks: The Secret Sauce of Success - Lisa Ekus, President, Lisa Ekus Literary
What Agents are Selling and Editors are Buying
Speaker: Michael Cader, Publisher, Publishers Lunch
What I Wish All Submitting Authors Knew
Speaker: Noah Lukeman, President, Lukeman Literary Management and author of The First Five Pages, The Plot Thickens and The Art of Punctuation
When Authors Make Readers Believers and Other Traits of Great Novelists
Speaker: Jon Karp, VP & Editorial Dir., Random House
What Are Your Intentions
Heather Sellers, author, Georgia Under Water (a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection) and Page After Page
BREAKOUTS — The Best Way to Get Published…
Brutal Truths from the Book Publishing Industry - Elaura Niles, author, Some Writers Deserve to Starve: 31 Brutal Truths About The Publishing Industry
Crafting a Strong Nonfiction Book Proposal–Jane Friedman, Exec Editor, Writer’s Digest Books
Memoirs: It’s the Eye that Counts - Alane Salierno Mason, Sr. Editor, W. W. Norton
Crafting Your Novel Pitch - Donald Maass, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Practice Your Pitch: Prep for the Pitch Slam – Eric Maisel, author, Creativity Coaching
Secrets to Irresistible Magazine Queries – Kristin Godsey, Editor, Writer’s Digest
Pitch Slam Breakouts
Author/Attendees will have opportunities to make one-minute book proposal pitches to book industry agents and editors (replies limited to one minute).
Simon Lipskar, Writers House; Ethan Ellenberg, Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency; Elizabeth Pomada, Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency; Lori Perkins, Lori Perkins Literary Agency; Amy Stout, Lori Perkins Literary Agency; Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Literary Agency; Jennifer DeChiara, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency; Stephen Fraser, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency; Julia Lord, Julia Lord Literary Agency; Pam Brodowsky, International Literary Arts; Sheree Bykofsky, Sheree Bykofsky Literary Agency; Marcy Posner, Marcy Posner Literary Agency; Rita Rosenkranz, Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency; Stephanie Kip Rostan, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency; Jim Cypher, Jim Cypher Literary Agency; Andrea Brown, Andrew Brown Literary Agency; Angela Rinaldi, Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency; Grace Freedson, Grace Freedson Literary Agency; Lisa Ekus, Lisa Ekus PR & Literary; June Clark, Peter Rubie Literary Agency; Jennie Dunham, Dunham Literary; Sharlene Martin, Martin Literary Mgmt.; Rachel Vater, Donald Maass Literary Agency; Kimberley Cameron, Reece Halsey North
Brenda Copeland, Senior Editor, Atria Books; Kim Meisner, Senior Editor, Harmony Books
Donya Dickerson, Editor, McGraw Hill; Meg Leder, Associate Editor, Chamberlain Bros.; Michelle Howry, Editor, Perigree; Stephanie Owen Lurie, President & Publisher, Dutton Children's Books; Wendy Lamb, Wendy Lamb Books / Random House Children's Books; Megan Tingley, Megan Tingley Books / Little, Brown & Co.; Alice Jonaitis, Sr. Editor, Random House Books for Young Readers; Jim Thomas, Sr. Editor, Random House Books for Young Readers; Lisa Findlay, Assoc. Editor, Random House Books for Young Readers;
John Warner, editor, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency & co-author, My First Presidentiary: A Scrapbook by George W. Bush