We know you want to meet editors and agents,
and more specifically, you want to meet as many editors and agents as you can!
No conference gives you more opportunity than GPCWC and CCWC.
Four free 15-minute one-on-one appointments
with the editors, agents, publicists, and authors you want to talk to
if you register for all three days!
Register for two days and receive three appointments.
One-day registrants receive two appointments.
Be among the first 75 to register and receive an additional appointment!
And you get the special opportunity to sign up Thursday afternoon
for appointments with faculty who still have room.
Does it get any better?
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
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 choose, our Appointment Coordinator, Barb Haley,
is preparing helpful charts. Please visit again.
Areas of Expertise
The charts (sample from last year below) will help you to determine
which faculty members to choose for your free one-on-one appointments
and (if desired) paid critiques.
The earlier you register, the better opportunity you have of getting your top four choices - a total of one full hour to pitch your idea to editors and agents or to get valuable feedback from established authors. Early registrants have an edge for receiving their top choices.
Deadlines - Appointment requests received through JUNE 24 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 with the 10 choices we ask you to note that is 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 - You'll find the greatest editorial needs and overworked topics on the faculty bio pages. Click Faculty/Markets and then the link to agents/others and editors. This information is being added as we receive it so please visit frequently and check out the publisher websites as well. We recommend that you do not send your appointment request form in until all this info is posted. Remember, as long as you submit your appointment request form by July 8, your appointments will be booked in the order of when you registered.
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.
For help on getting the most out of your appointments
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