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Publish Now! 2015
This day-long seminar offers insight into how both self-publishing and traditional publishing work and will help you determine what’s right for you. You’ll hear from editors, publicists, agents, and authors.
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8:15 AM
Attendees: 1 $150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $125.00 ea.

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8:15 AM to 9:00 AM Registration and free breakfast (first come first serve)   

9:00 AM Welcome and introductory remarks

9:15 AM to 10:15 AM  Editors Panel Discussion
Editors with years of experience in well-established presses will discuss the current state of traditional publishing. Learn what are they looking for, what to avoid, and what the future may hold for authors and publishing companies.
Will Murphy (Random House)
Hilary Black (National Geographic)
Matthew McAdam (Johns Hopkins University Press)

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM You and the Future of Publishing
Keynote Speaker Jane Friedman will discuss the tremendous changes taking place in the publishing industry and what this means for authors, editors, agents, and booksellers.   

11:15 AM to 11:30 AM
Executive Director Stewart Moss will give introductory remarks about the upcoming Novel Year Program at The Writer's Center, taught by panelist and author Amin Ahmad.  

10-Minute Break

11:40 AM to 12:30 PM  Both Sides Now 
Novelist Robert Bausch has published with major publishers, but he has also self-published work that was later re-issued by traditional book publishers. This gives him a unique perspective on the options available to writers. Bausch will share his insights in an interview with author Jennifer Buxton.

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM Lunch
Bring your own lunch and socialize with panelists and participants. Enjoy 10% off at Vino Volo on Woodmont Avenue (20% for TWC members).

1:45 PM to 2:45 PM Publicity and Marketing in 2015
All authors need to know how to publicize and market their work. Publicists will share their tips and talk about the marketing process.
Becky Clark (Johns Hopkins University Press)
Mary McCarthy (Writer, Editor, and Workshop Leader)
Sheila O’Shea (Hearst Corporate Communications)

2:50 PM to 3:30 PM Participants pick one of the following Breakout Sessions to attend:

  • Meet Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman (Folio Literary Management) and Deborah Grosvenor (Grosvenor Literary Agency)
  • Meet Literary Agent Anna Sproul-Latimer (The Ross Yoon Agency)
  • Amin Ahmad Discusses the Novel Year, a new year-long program at the Center in which advanced authors will be able to workshop their entire novel, meet agents, and learn about publishing.
  • Self-publishing with Jenny Clines (Politics & Prose)

3:35 PM to 4:15 PM Breakout Sessions Continue

  • Meet Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman (Folio Literary Management) and Deborah Grosvenor (Grosvenor Literary Agency)
  • Meet Literary Agent Anna Sproul-Latimer (The Ross Yoon Agency)
  • Small press publishing has long been an option for poets and writers of short fiction. Sid Gold and Kathleen Wheaton have both published with Washington Writers’ Publishing House, a local small press now in its fourth decade. They’ll discuss the press and its longstanding connections with the local literary community.
  • An instructor from Pyramid Atlantic discusses options for authors who are interested in short-run fine printing, perfect for the self-publisher who wants to create broadsides or chapbooks.

4:15 PM Closing Reception

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