Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Algonkian Conference is a win/win for publishers and agents!

I just came back from beautiful (and colourful!) Niagara Falls, Ontario, where I met with about 30 other writers for the experience of a lifetime!  The Algonkian Conference is held in several cities across North America, and for the first time, it landed in Canada.

This is a working conference.  Writers dive in immediately, pitching their books in a group setting and being critiqued, sometimes brutally.  But it's all for a good cause: getting published.  After three intensive days, you get to pitch agents and editors on your novel.  I have to say in the end, it was a lot of fun!

And yes, I did get a few requests for my manuscripts!  So it's worth the work, and whatever comes of the experience, you walk away with a realistic, inspiring and constructive view of the wonderful world of publishing.  And you meet some truly wonderful people on both sides of the desk!

Check out their site at:
Algonkian Conference

One other note: The Old Stone Inn, where we stayed is a lovely place.  The people were so friendly, and the place has such charm and character.  The library full of vintage books in the stone dining room was fully appreciated by a room full of writers!

Check out their site at:
Old Stone Inn

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