Appointment Procedures

No conference gives you more opportunities
to meet one-on-one with the agents, editors, and authors
of your choice based on availability!

I’ve never forgotten my first writers’ conference. It was a huge sacrifice financially. I was beyond nervous!

Even though I’d not forgotten the shorthand I learned in high school, I couldn’t begin to write down everything the editors said they were - and were not – wanting to see.

Trying to choose was even more stressful. And then there was no guarantee that those I chose would want to meet with me.

At the Colorado and Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference you get to choose who you want to meet. There’s no last-minute deciding once you arrive or long lines. Instead, you submit your appointment requests pre-conference. The earlier you register, the better opportunity you’ll have of getting your top choices.

Register for all 3 days
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

(no appointments are scheduled on Wednesday)
and you’ll receive 4 – yes FOUR
free one-on-one 15 -minute appointments!

Register for 2 days – 3 appointments
Register for 1 day – 2 appointments

Register by June 30
and you’ll receive
an additional free appointment!

Plus on Thursday afternoon
you can sign up for additional appointments
with faculty who still have room.

 

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I came away from the Conference with HOPE and a to-do list.
I believe that God allowed me to meet with exactly the right people.
I ended up speaking with eight people, as God kept directing and orchestrating.
Becki Reiser - conferee from Ohio

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Ever stood in long lines at a conference, praying that by the time it's your turn, the editor you want to meet with will still have an appointment available? Only to lose out? Not at GPCWC! We provide the opportunity to choose pre-conference who you want to meet face-to-face. When you register, you will receive a form with space to note your #1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 choice of editors, agents, publicists, or authors. We ask you to also note your #6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 choice.

To help you determine which faculty members to choose for your free one-on-one appointments and (if desired) paid critiques, our Appointment Coordinator, Barb Haley, has prepared helpful charts of Agents Interests, Editorial Needs, and Areas of Experitise. You’ll find the charts (sample below) and links for printing as a PDF on the pages for

Agents & Other Professionals
Editors
Authors


Deadlines - Appointment requests received through JULY 1 will be booked in the order of when you registered for the conference so you do NOT need to rush completing your Appointment Request Form. (You will receive the link for the Appointment Request form when you register.) All appointment requests must be made online by JULY 15. After July 15 you will need to request your appointments when you arrive at the conference.

Appointments are 15 minutes long and scheduled during workshop periods and continuing sessions when the faculty member is not teaching. The conference schedule makes it impossible to offer appointments other than during these times, but please do NOT feel you need to miss an entire workshop to keep your appointments. Your workshop instructor will understand if you arrive late or leave before the end of the workshop. And the conference is being recorded!

When you arrive at the conference, you will be notified what appointments have been scheduled for you. Come prepared to meet with any of the faculty members you have selected. We are unable to tell you before the conference who you will be meeting with because of the number of appointments booked and last-minute changes.

If you do not get your first choice(s), or if all the appointments you have requested are filled by the time we receive your appointment request form (although this is highly unlikely), do not despair. The Lord knows the plans He has for you and your work (Jeremiah 29:11). I am convinced that He will not allow you to go home without talking to the people He intends for you to meet—if not in a scheduled appointment, then during mealtimes, coffee breaks, or walking on campus.

Editorial Needs & Agents Interests – The charts are the beginning place for determining your appointment requests. It is important to also check the faculty bios for additional information. 

Authors Are Available – Please keep in mind that your best option may be to meet with an author. If you do not have a manuscript or concrete idea to discuss, we recommend that you request appointments with authors. An author can help you evaluate the readiness of your manuscript for publication.

Making the Best Choices Click here.

Preparing for Your Appointments – Click here.

 

To help you prepare to meet with book editors,
order Marlene's CD album
Get Your Book in Print

To prepare to meet with magazine editors,
order Marlene's workshop on CD.
Put Your Best Foot Forward

For a sample One Sheet Book Proposal click here.

This is a helpful way to begin a discussion with an editor,
but we recommend that you also have a full book proposal with you.
A helpful resource for preparing a book proposal is Dave Fessenden's book,
From Concept to Contract