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                                              ABC Books 4 Children & Adults, Inc.
                                                      2019 Writer’s Conference
                                               “The Hudson comes to the Peace”

Here is your conference schedule:

For your convenience a map of the Charlotte County Cultural Center is included in this program.

When     Where                  What                                    Who

7:00 AM    Lobby               Registration/Packet dispersal                                     ABC volunteers 

7:00 AM    Dining Hall      Breakfast is served                                                     Cultural Ctr. Staff 

8:30 AM    Dining Hall      Welcome                                                                     Brenda Spalding

 
Session 1               40 minute session

8:50 AM    Theater           Agents/Editors answer questions about fiction          Agents & Editors                                                Moderator – Marie LaBrosse
                              Panel – Sheree Bykofsky, Katharine Sands, Nicole Rescinti, Paula Munier
                  Room Tolstoy  What’s hot & what’s not in non-fiction                       Agent   Stephany Evans
                  Room Austin    Before you start: Writing to a market                        Editor Deb Werksman
Until          Room King       Internet Marketing for writers                                   Staff –  Brenda Spalding
                  Room Rowling Mainstream/Literary fiction that appeals to Agents Agent   Lisa Abellera  
                  Room Dickens Writing is your business – be sure it is!                      Staff – Tim Jacobs
                  Room Roberts Write right, right now!                                               Staff – Liz Coursen
9:30 AM    Room Twain    “The Play’s the Thing” – Playwriting                         Staff – Clarissa Thomasson


Session 2               40 minute session

9:40 AM    Theater           Agents/Editors answer questions about non-fiction   Agents & Editors                                                 Moderator – Susan Klaus
                              Panel – Dede Cummings, Stephany Evans, Toni Robino, Dr. Robert Fulton,                   Room Tolstoy  What’s hot & what’s not in fiction                              Agent   Lisa Abellera

                  Room Austin    The Business of Writing & the Law                            Staff – Anne Dalton PA
Until          Room King       Internet Marketing for writers                                   Staff –  Brenda Spalding
                  Room Rowling Editing – You mean there’s more than grammar?      Staff – Veronica H. Hart
                  Room Dickens Literary Magazines – Who, How, What & When           Staff – Dr. Lynn Hawkins
                  Room Roberts The Book Tourist – Marketing in person                    Staff –  Liz Coursen
                  Room Twain    Six secrets of successfully published authors           Agent   Sheree Bykofsky


Session 3               40 minute session

10:30 AM  Theater    hat publishers want in an author                                         Publishers 
                              Moderator – Marie LaBrosse
                              Panel – Mary Custureri, Ocean View (NC), Deb Werkman …
                  Room Tolstoy  What’s hot & what’s not in fiction                              Agent   Lisa Abellera
                  Room Austin    Five reasons you need an agent                                Agent   Sheree Bykofsky
Until          Room King       Reasons to write – but not for publication                 Agent   Toni Robino
                  Room Rowling Editing – You mean there’s more than grammar?       Staff – Veronica H. Hart
                  Room Dickens A briefing on book sales and marketing in Europe     Staff – Claire Perkins
                  Room Roberts Setting – Suspending the disbelief                           Staff – Clarissa Thomasson

11:10 AM  Room Twain    Stalking Dead People –Researching Bios & Memoirs     Staff – JoAnn Glim                                   

Session 4               40 minute session

11:20 AM  Theater           Intellectual Property                                                   Agent   Emily Keyes
                  Room Tolstoy  What’s hot & what’s not in non-fiction                      Agent    Stephany Evans
                  Room Austin    Beware the Shaggy Dog story                                   Editor    Dr. Robert Fulton
Until          Room King       Mystery that appeals to agents & publishers             Agent    Nicole Rescinti
                  Room Rowling Self-Publishing – is it for you?                                   Staff –  Tim Jacobs
                  Room Dickens Magazine article writing                                            Staff –   Lane DeGregory
                  Room Roberts It all depends on your “point of view!” (POV)             Staff –  Joanne Tailele
12:00 PM   Room Twain    Instant feedback – test your writing’s marketability  Agent    Doug Grad 


12:10 PM   Dining Hall      Lunch is served                                                           Cultural Center Staff


 12:40 PM   Dining Hall      Presenting collegiate writing awards                         Clarissa Thomasson
 

Session 5               40 minute session

1:20 PM     Theater What do periodicals want – panel discussion                       Newspaper & Magazine Eds.                               Moderator – Lucy Tobias
                              Panel – Bob Massey, Cindy McCurry Bush, Jim Gouvellis, 2 In the selection process 
                  Room Tolstoy  Is fiction the place to start your writing career         Staff – DL Havlin
                  Room Austin    Platforms & how to build them                                  Editor  Lynn Thompson
Until          Room King       Romance that appeals to agents & publishers           Agent   Nicole Recinti
                  Room Rowling Writing others stories – Biographies                         Staff – Dr. Lynn Hawkins
                  Room Dickens Magazine article writing                                            Staff – Lane DeGregory
                  Room Roberts Covers that work & those that don’t – to sell books  Staff – Joe Eckstein
2:00 PM     Room Twain    The art of keeping them reading - Pacing                 Staff – Joanne Tailele


Session 6               40 minute session

2:10 PM     Theater      Getting your book on shelves – panel discussion       Area Librarians                                                     Moderator – Nancy Buscher
                              Panel – Rollie Welch, Rosemary LaBarge, Tyra Keating & Terry Herman
                  Room Tolstoy  Character Development – a scientific approach I     Staff –  DL Havlin
                  Room Austin    Is Partnership Publishing for you?                          Editor   Dede Cummings
Until          Room King       The Well-Sold Story – Secrets that sell your writing  Agent   Paula Munier
                  Room Rowling Effective Dialogue – Who said what                         Staff     Susan Klaus
                  Room Dickens Plot, theme, story … the anatomy of fiction             Staff –  Ronni Miller
                  Room Roberts A Writer’s View on Crafting a Best Seller                  Staff – Angelina Assanti
2:50 PM     Room Twain    Writing for outdoor publication                                Editor  Dr. Robert Fulton


Session 7               40 minute session

3:00 PM     Theater     Publishing trends – panel discussion                          Agents & Editors                                                   Moderator – Mary Custureri
                              Panel – Sheree Bykofsky, Rebecca Scherer, Katherine Sands, Emily Keyes
                  Room Tolstoy  Character Development – a scientific approach II    Staff –  DL Havlin
                  Room Austin    Real People, Real Stories: Invasion of Privacy           Staff – Anne Dalton PA
Until          Room King       Instant feedback – test your writing’s marketability Agent   Doug Grad
                  Room Rowling Producing, Writing & Selling “Green” work               Editor Dede Cummings
                  Room Dickens Finding your market                                                Staff – Dr. Lynn Hawkins
                  Room Roberts Newspaper articles & stories – getting started         Staff –  Lucy Beebe Tobias
3:40 PM     Room Twain    Fantasy & Sci-Fi Workshop                                        Staff –  Susan Klaus


Session 8      40 minute session

3:50 PM     Theater      Getting your book on shelves – panel discussion       Bookstore owners/managers
                              Moderator – Susan Klaus
                              Panel – Heidi , Kathryn , (McIntosh), (Sunshine Books), (B&N), (BAM), Annette Stilson
                  Room Tolstoy  Historical works that appeal to agents & publishers Agent   Rebecca Scherer
                  Room Austin    Before you start: Writing to a market                        Editor Deb Werksman
Until          Room King       YA & Children’s that appeal to agents & publishers  Agent   Emily Keyes
                 Room Rowling Writing controversial subjects – in poetry & verse    Staff – Melody Dean Dimick
                  Room Dickens Query Letters                                                              Agent   Katharine Sands
                  Room Roberts Newspaper articles & stories – getting started         Staff –  Lucy Beebe Tobias
4:30 PM     Room Twain    Copywriting – Hone your skills & make some cash   Staff –  Ronni Miller

 
Session 9               40 minute session

4:40 PM     Theater       What do avid readers want – panel discussion          Book buyers & club members
                              Moderator – Susan Klaus
                              Panel – Linda Solinger, Sandy Bennet, Tammy Dahl +3
                 Room Tolstoy  Pacing – keep them reading                                   Staff –  Melody Dean Dimick
                 Room Austin    Advanced editing topics – Legalities, continuity      Editor  Lynn Thompson
Until          Room King       The Second Draft Deep Dive: Revising to sell          Agent   Paula Munier
                 Room Rowling Instant feedback – test your writing’s marketability Agent   Doug Grad
                 Room Dickens Historical works that appeal to agents & publishers Agent   Rebecca Scherer
                 Room Roberts The idea factory – creative juice squeezer                Agent   Toni Robino
5:20 PM    Room Twain    Illustrations & art work basics                                  Staff – Joe Eckstein

5:30 PM     Lobby               Networking – visit exhibits, vendors, other participants, chat room

6:00 PM     Theater           Keynote speaker                                                        

6:40 PM     Dining Hall      Banquet                                                                      

7:50 PM     Dining Hall      Presentation of the “Whammy”                                             DL Havlin

8:00 PM     Dining Hall      Comments and farewell                                        Brenda Spalding & DL Havlin


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                                                               One-to-One Sessions

                                                                       How it works.

This is your opportunity to get personal advice and counseling from our New York publishing professionals and other members of our faculty with strong experience in one or more publishing areas. You’ll get an honest opinion of your work and, most importantly, the areas you need to improve on from a person qualified to do it! You can make great strides forward in your writing progress from what you learn at this one day conference. You may select (on a first come first serve basis) a faculty member to have a twenty minute one-to-one counseling meeting. Yes, the agents will expect you to pitch your work to them, if they have connections to your genre, general fiction, or non-fiction interest area.

 Here’s how it works:

You must be a registered participant of the conference to be eligible for the one-to-one sessions.
Read about each faculty member’s area of expertise and determine which members you would like to consult. There is a limit of two sessions with our New York Agents/Editors per participant. There is no limit on our “local” faculty.


Each faculty member will have a writing sample requirement that must be submitted to the conference 60 days (in our hands) prior to the conference. This allows the faculty member to review your work in advance and give you better suggestions. Requirements are specified in the “selection sheets” in this program.


You will have a time(s) and place(s) provided to you in your registration packet the day of the conference.


Most consultations will be in the Dining Hall, but some may be moved to other locations to accommodate presenters. (See map)


If the faculty member you’ve chosen already has been “sold out” you will be given the opportunity to select another member. Availability of all faculty is on a first-come-first-serve basis based on receipt of registrations.


Rates per session with each individual are marked on the selection sheets. New York Agent/Editor Faculty is $50 for each session. Faculty is $30 for each session.
See refund policy for this topic.