It's conference season! In celebration of that I thought I'd spotlight a conference that I'm hoping to go to this year. Over the last few years I've searched and searched for the best conferences to spend my money on, looking for something with the right opportunities and the right attendees. For those of you who've done your own searching you know this can be a daunting task. Not every conference is right for everyone. You need to decide what you want to get out of a conference first, then you can narrow it down. Do you want an agent, an editor, to improve your novel, to sell your novel, or just to network?
For me that answer is easy this year. I've gone to conferences to network and I've gone to retreats to improve my writing skills. Now I have an agent and my work is on submission to editors. It's time for me to concentrate on selling my work. 'But you already have an agent, why would you bother?' you ask. Because, I want to be active in the process. I trust my agent to do a fabulous job of selling my work but if I can put a face and a personality with the work that could make a difference. Meeting editors face to face could do that. Hence, the NYC Pitch and Shop conference.
This is one of the most dynamic conferences I've come across but it's something you have to be ready for. You do not have to have an agent but your book should be highly polished and ready. One of the fabulous things about the NYC Pitch and Shop conference is that if an editor likes your work, the conference will refer you to an agent!
The conference is four days long and you will meet with an editor to pitch your book to each day. There are close to twenty editors attending and most are from one of the Big 6 publishing houses. If they like you're work they'll ask for it. Between pitch sessions you'll workshop to improve your pitch. Don't worry, you'll get to work on it prior to the first pitch as well.
Sound interesting? Find out more about it here: http://newyorkpitchconference.com/