Thursday, August 28, 2008

Amazing Opportunity from Publisher's Weekly

Every writer and media person knows and reveres Publisher's Weekly. It really is the writer's Bible, full of publishing info, reviews, interviews. When I published my first novel, Meeting Rozzy Halfway, I was flown from Pittsburgh to NYC to be interviewed by them, and it changed my life in so many ways. (Really.) The prepublication reviews from them are not just essential, they can be career-making. (Especially if you get a star!)

PW has its fingers on the pulse of publishing and now Nicole Bruce, from another great organization Authors on The Web, part of the Book Report network, alerted me that they are presenting a full-day seminar, where experts from Publishers Weekly will guide aspiring writers through everything they need to know about the business of getting their books published. With the help of top agents, authors, editors and marketing professionals, PW will show writers the way to get published. The seminar will take place on Monday, September 22nd at the NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 from 9 AM to 6 PM.

In advance of the seminar, PW will collect and read proposals, or a piece of a manuscript. One lucky writer selected by PW's deputy reviews editor and staff will be profiled in an upcoming issue of PW read by agents and publishers. Submissions are due by September 5, 2008. Submission guidelines and details can be found at

The seminar's keynote speaker is Wally Lamb, the New York Times bestselling author and two-time Oprah Book Club pick, whose work includes I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, SHE'S COME UNDONE and THE HOUR I FIRST BELIEVED (Harper, November 11, 2008). Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE.

The program includes:

-Continental breakfast
-Welcome remarks from Sara Nelson, editor-in-chief of PW and Andrea Chambers, director of the Center for Publishing, NYU
-Keynote address from Wally Lamb
-The Nuts and Bolts of Publishing panel
-Lunch and networking
-Agent/Author/Editor Relationship panel

Attendees will also attend two breakout sessions in the afternoon for more interactive discussions; each track will be repeated twice. Breakout session topics include:

-Alternative Publishing
-Marketing & Publicity
-Writing for the Children's and Young Adult Market

The day will conclude with an on-site Cocktail Reception

More information on the panelists, breakout sessions and details on cost and registration can be found online at: NYU students can receive a 50% discount.

This is an amazing opportunity for any writer!


Clea Simon said...

I got this email too and have asked Nicole: Do you have to be registered in order to submit a proposal or manuscript? If not, everyone should do it! If so, well, still a nice opportunity.

Jeff Lyons said...


God...I wish I lived in NY. Can you go for me and take notes?