If you're a writer in search of an agent you might want to check out the 2009 Agents Conference happening this weekend in Austin at the Austin Sheraton Hilton, (701 East 11th St.). Sponsored by the Writers League of Texas, the Agents Conference offers attendees the chance to meet with agents and editors from some of the most notable publishing houses and PR firms across the nation. Whether you write screenplays, novels or poetry, there will be an agent or editor on hand specializing in your genre.
“For 16 years the WLT Agents Conference has been an important recruitment and networking tool for agents, editors, industry professionals and authors,” says Cyndi Hughes, WLT Executive Director. “This year, we hope that the conference will also generate thoughtful dialogue on the state of the publishing industry and what all the upheaval means for writers no matter where they are in their career.”
Now in it's 16th year, the 2009 Conference also features four pre-conference Pitching Workshops taught by an agent or editor. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to pitch your manuscript or non-fiction book proposal from an experienced veteran of the publishing industry. Workshop fees are $50, and each class is limited to 40 registrants. Presenters for panels at this year's conference include Shana Burg, the award-winning author of A Thousand Never Evers, Allen Y. Chen is the editor-in-chief of Austinist, Kimberley Jones is the Books and Screens editor at the Austin Chronicle, Tolly Moseley is a Senior Publicist at Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists and many more. Conference goers can also sign up for a consultation with an editor. The editor will critique up to five pages of a book or proposal, providing you with valuable feedback and ideas to help you improve your odds of finding both an agent and a publisher.
“For the last six to nine months, the book business has felt much closer to Revolution than Evolution. It seems that all of us in publishing are obsessively talking about the bottle rather than the wine,” says Michael Murphy. “My talk at the conference could well add to the clutter and confusion as I try to make sense of what's going on. But I also aim to offer a glimmer of hope to any writer aspiring to be read.”
A full conference schedule can be located on the Writers League of Texas website. The price for registration is $379 Members / $439 Nonmembers and is non-refundable at this late of a date. The Writers League of Texas is a "nonprofit professional organization whose primary purpose is to provide a forum for information, support, and sharing among writers, to help members improve and market their writing skills, and to promote the interests of writers and the writing community". Currently, they have an estimated 1,500 members in Texas ranging from published pros to the mere avid reader. For more information visit writersleague.org.