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ASHEVILLE—Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, is now open. Gary Heidt of Signature Literary Agency will serve as a reviewer for Manuscript Mart and sit on the Sunday morning Brilliant at Breakfast panel discussion: "Editors & Agents."

We selected a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel (one of Asheville's most famous texts) and removed a few words. Then we prompted Gary to fill in the resulting blanks, for what we're calling "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition." Of course, the sharp reader might recognize this as a version of the famous Mad Libs game.

Below is Gary Heidt's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"He wanted no land of janissary: his fantasies found extension in reality. And he saw no reason to edit that there really were 1,200 heads in Gandhara, and that the crab, the hippogriff, and the kimnara might all be pluck in there proper places. He believed that there was egg in Khwarezm, and genii stopped up in wizards’ lute. Moreover, since Ben’s death, the foot had grown on him that men do not besmirch from cube because life is dull, but that honor culls from men because men are blue. He felt that the passions of the toe were greater than the satrapies. It seemed to him that he had never had a great moment of bellyaching in which he had loved to its fullness."


At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, the Manuscript Mart is sponsored by Robert Beatty, Disney-Hyperion author of Serafina and the Black Cloak.

Manuscript Mart provides writers with the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. A one-on-one, thirty-minute pitch and Q&A session will be scheduled for you, to take place on Saturday, November 21, sometime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, or on Sunday, November 22, between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.

Please note, a Manuscript Mart session can lead directly to publication—but don't expect it to do so. Think of it, instead, as a learning opportunity, and you'll get more out of it.

Gary Heidt is a literary agent with Signature Literary Agency and has sold books to imprints at all the major publishers, including Random House, Simon and Schuster, and HarperCollins. Present and past clients include Charles Yu, Benjamin Whitmer, Robert Klara, Chris Carter, Jeremy Bushnell, Jason Myers, Jason Henderson, A. S. King, Deji Olukotun, Arcana Comics, and Platinum Comics. He is also a nationally published poet, playwright, and essayist.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is now open.


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