Who Should Participate?
Writers With A Complete or Near Complete MS
If you have a complete or near complete novel ms or narrative non-fiction and you feel it is ready to pitch to an editor at a major publishing house, the New York Pitch Conference is organized and designed to benefit you in a number of different ways. Please read the How It Works page for more detailed information. If you are six months or more away from completing a novel, you might choose to attend because you want guidance or instruction on shaping your novel. Regardless, please note that if you have two or more novels, you will be allowed to pitch only one novel per pitch session, and one novel only during the pitch workshops. Choose your best work to pitch.
Writers Who Need A Reality Check
You've been working on your novel for a few months or a few years (or more) and you feel you need a reality check from professional editors to determine whether or not you are on the right track. Perhaps you are not sure about the premise, the evolution of the plot, or characters, etc., and/or you've received conflicting or potentially bad advice from way too many amateurs. Reality check time.
Writers Who Wish To Understand Publishing
Regardless the condition of your novel, you wish to use this conference as a means of learning more about the publishing business from a variety of insiders, and just as importantly, in an atmosphere that allows for productive interaction. Both the acquisition and fiction editors will cover this subject matter in considerable detail. Also, all editors will be very frank. This is not for writers who simply want their backs slapped.
Who Should Not Participate?
Writers In Search of The Average Writer Conference
This conference is not for beginner writers who would benefit more from the average writer conference, i.e, a conference that has panels, speakers, and classes for beginners.
Writers In Search of Craft
This conference is not for novel writers currently requiring study and classroom instruction and/or hands-on exercises that demonstrate the application of fiction craft. If you are in need of workshops that provide the aforementioned, this conference will not be comprehensive enough to benefit you. Our advice is to hone your craft, practice your writing, learn the nuances of plot, complication, and other elements, then consider attending a future pitch and shop conference.
If you require consult and craft instruction from professionals, we recommend Algonkian Writer Conferences and the New York Writers Workshop (NYWW).
Writers In Search of Praise Only
The New York Pitch Conference exists to provide writers an opportunity to pitch their novels to top editorial professionals, as well as a realistic window into the publishing business and what it takes to get a novel successfully published. As necessary, during the pitch shops and sessions, we will tell you what works and what does not. If we fail to be honest, we fail not only you, but everyone else participating with you. If you are not looking for honest evaluation, please look elsewhere.
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Note: The faculty of the New York Pitch Conference reserve the right to cancel any individual or group application acceptance prior to the conference at such time they feel a potential for disruption, harm, or non-conference agenda exists. Attendance at the conference is a privilege, not a right.|