Seven information-packed seminars over two full days will feature leading Southern California publishing professionals discussing today’s hot topics. Speakers include: literary agents, publishers, book publicists, published authors, social media experts, book shepherds, editors, writing instructors, and more.
Literary Agents Panel – important changes in publishing that every writer needs to know. Saturday, November 3, 3:30 pm to 5 pm: Listen to three top west coast literary agents discuss the rapidly changing world of book publication. Learn what New York is looking for and about new, small niche houses that offer an alternative to the legacy publishers on the east coast. Literary agents scheduled to speak: Toni Lopopolo, Dana Newman, and one more to be confirmed. PIPW executive director, Kate Sexton Kaiser, will moderate the panel.
Memoir – the hot genre publishers are looking to buy Sunday, November 4, 10 to 11:30 am: New York publishers are looking for memoirs; personal narratives that touch the hearts of readers, and tell a unique story with a strong voice. Two successful memoirists will discuss the process, how to define the real story, and focus on the strengths of the characters. Speakers: Author and instructor, Diana Raab and author, Reyna Grande. Literary agent and writing instructor, Toni Lopopolo will moderate.
Women Writing about Women for Women Sunday, November 4, Noon to 1:30 pm: Women buy 80% of all books sold in America. Female authors are taking over the bestseller lists. Publishers are looking for more books to attract this vibrant market. Listen to an agent discuss what she hears from acquiring editors in New York publishing houses, and two authors whose new books clearly targets this market. SPEAKERS: Literary agent and writing instructor, Toni Lopopolo, Robin Winter, author of the just published novel, Night Must Wait, and author Roberta Raye, who is a co-founder of Ojai WordFest. Author Promote Thyself creator, Kate Sexton Kaiser, will moderate the panel.