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GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers' Network seeks to serve writers of all levels and abilities, no matter where they are in their writing careers. To those ends, the NCWN 2017 Spring Conference will offer classes on the business of books, to help those writers who have a manuscript they're ready to take to market.
The NCWN 2017 Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 22, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Registration is now open.
Industry offerings include:
Social Media for Self-Published Authors with Russell Hatler and Nikki Brate. Self-published authors in general have a tough time promoting their books. There are literally hundreds of options available on the Internet, all for a price. Choosing among the options can be a daunting experience. Once an option has been selected, working with the people who’ve promised to deliver fame and fortune can be treacherous. This workshop showcases the experiences of a self-published author when trying to wade through the technological mire that lurks in the arena of Social Media. It also addresses the joys and sorrows of building a website and shooting and posting a YouTube video.
Big, Medium, Small, or Self: What’s the Right Publishing Option for You? with Edmund R. Schubert. Having their work published by one of the big houses in New York used to be every writer’s dream; but more and more authors today—even those who’ve successfully published with New York before—are opting instead to self-publish. And in the space between New York and self-publishing, there’s a vast spectrum of small, mid-sized, and regional publishers. Exactly what role do each of these publishers play in today’s new and ever-evolving ecosystem of books, contracts, and money?
NCWN will also host the third annual Slush Pile Live!, where a panel of editors will listen to anonymous submissions being read out loud and raise their hand when they hear something that would make them stop reading if the piece were being submitted to their publication. The editors will discuss what they did and did not like about the sample, offering constructive feedback on the manuscript itself and the submission process. All anonymous—all live! (Authors can reveal themselves at the end, but only if they want to.)
At Slush Pile Live!, the writing tips fly fast and furious—it's an event not to be missed! For more details, including a listing of panelists, click here.
Pre-registration closes April 16. Register now!
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GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference will offer its third annual Slush Pile Live! event on Saturday, April 22. This popular program allows attendees to peek inside an editor's head while he or she reads through a stack of unsolicited submissions. All anonymous, all live!
Registration for the NCWN 2017 Spring Conference is now open.
How does Slush Pile Live! work? Beginning at 4:00 pm, attendees may drop off either 300 words of prose or one page of poetry in the room of their choice (prose and poetry will be read in both MHRA rooms 1214 and 1215). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.
Then, at 5:00 pm, a panel of editors will listen to the submissions being read out loud and raise their hand when they hear something that would make them stop reading if the piece were being submitted to their publication. The editors will discuss what they did and did not like about the sample, offering constructive feedback on the manuscript itself and the submission process. All anonymous—all live! (Authors can reveal themselves at the end, but only if they want to.)
Those interested in having their anonymous submission read should bring a hard copy of up to 300 words of prose from a single work or one page of poetry (40-line max) to one of the Slush Pile Live! rooms. Submissions should be double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font. No names should appear on the submissions.
This year's panelists include:
- Jason T. Graves (Prospective Press)
- Leigh Ann Hornfeldt (Two of Cups Press)
- Clara Jackson (Wisdom House Books)
- Zelda Lockhart (LaVenson Press Studios)
- Matthew Poindexter (Bull City Press)
- Edmund R. Schubert (formerly of Intergalactic Medicine Show)
As many submissions as the panelists can get to in an hour, that's how many they'll read. Authors can reveal themselves at the end, to thunderous applause, befitting their bravery, but only if they want to.
“If you’ve never worked or volunteered for a publisher or literary magazine before, the submission process can seem kind of mysterious,” says NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. “‘Slush Pile Live!’ will give attendees a peek into the editorial screening process, with the added bonus of giving feedback to anonymously submitted manuscripts in a non-threatening way.”
Other familiar programs will remain, including faculty readings, an open mic for conference participants, an exhibit hall packed with publishers and literary organizations, and “Lunch with an Author,” where conference-goers can spend less time waiting in line and more time talking with the author of their choice. Spaces in “Lunch with an Author” are limited and are first-come, first-served. Pre-registration and an additional fee are required for this offering.
Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference closes Sunday, April 16. Register now!
The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, and to register, visit www.ncwriters.org.