New York Publishers will be searching for new Authors in Atlanta
By Brenna Crowder
Local writers are polishing off their manuscripts in an effort to prepare for the upcoming Moonlight and Magnolias Conference set to take place Sept. 29 through Oct.2, 2011 sponsored by the prestigious Georgia Romance Writers Association based in Atlanta.
The M&M Conference is a highly anticipated, annual conference that has become increasingly known in the publishing industry as a legitimate opportunity for budding authors in the South East to pitch their work to agents and editors based out of New York and beyond.
Many of today’s successful authors can trace their big break back to connections and prospects afforded them at the M&M conference.
“I would never have known where to start or what in the world I was doing had it not been for my experience at Georgia Romance Writers,” said published author Carol Burnside. “The knowledge you can gather just from attending their conferences is invaluable.”
In addition to the opportunity to rub elbows with big wigs of the publishing industry, conference attendees can take advantage of a comprehensive schedule of craft and marketing workshops and an invitation to attend the prestigious Maggie Award Ceremony and after-party.
Editors and Agents Scouting for New Clients
Georgia Romance Writers has earned a reputation for hosting editors and agents who are current and respected in the industry, providing the best opportunity imaginable for authors planning to pitch their books for consideration.
“Without a doubt, the biggest draw of a conference like this one is the opportunity to sit down with an agent or editor and pitch your work to them in person,” said author and chair of the 2011 Maggie Award Contest, Darcy Crowder. “It’s a dream come true for writers who have always imagined these people to be larger than life, because you see that they’re just everyday people who enjoy a good book as much as the next person.”
This year’s line-up of industry professionals is impressive as usual, including representatives from four different literary agencies, as well as editors from New York houses: St. Martin’s Press, Harlequin Enterprises, Sourcebooks Inc, Berkley Group/ Penguin, and Bethany House Publisher.
Keynote Speakers and Public Book Signings promise a Star-Studded Event
Among the many attractions attendees can expect to find at the M&M Conference, New York Times Best-Selling Authors are among them.
The conference Key Note speaker will be New York Times Best-Selling author Eloisa James, who has made a lasting impression on the romance genre not only with her sought-after pros, but with her support of the genre in the world of academia.
Other speakers include Georgia Romance Writers member and best-selling author Karen White, as well as award-winning author Leigh Michaels who has published more than 100 books.
Each of these authors and dozens more will be signing at the M&M conference book signing, from which a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Georgia Literacy.
Conference Registration Filling Up Fast
The deadline to register for the Georgia Romance Writers’ Moonlight and Magnolias Conference is Sept. 15, 2011.
The event is to be held at the Decatur Hotel and Conference Center. Hotel rooms fill up fast so registrants are urged to book a room early.
“This is really just such a great opportunity for both new and seasoned authors,” said Crowder. “There is something for everyone to learn, and never underestimate the power of networking. Anyone who even thinks they might be interested should just bite the bullet and register for the conference. They won’t be sorry.”