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SwirlPanels and Panelist Bios

June 8 • Historical Writing
June 9 • Agent/Editor Panel
June 10 • Working With An Editor Panel
June 11 • First Book Panel
June 12 • Building Your Author Platform Panel


Historical Writing Panel
Sunday, June 8th at 4 PM

Just like when writing fantasy or science fiction, historical writers are tasked with creating a world other than the one we know now. How do you fill in the gaps of research? What are the guidelines for navigating the relationship between history and fiction? Panelists will discuss research, capturing period dialogue, and world building. 


Agent/Editor Panels
Monday, June 9th at 4 PM

Moderated by Fred Klein and Marla Miller

Agents and Editors will discuss querying etiquette, finding the right agent/editor, tips on attracting an agent, also, what should the writer know before becoming a client, or “writer bewares”. They will also touch on trends and changes in the marketplace, the future of publishing as they see it, and how the role of the agent/editor has evolved. 

Look for Agent/Editor bios on the Advance Submissions & Agents page


Working with an Editor Panel
Tuesday, June 10th at 4 PM

Moderated by Barnaby Conrad III

Writing a book is a solitary effort for most us, but at a certain point in the publishing process we will need or be required an editor. What questions should a writer ask before agreeing to work with an editor? What should the editor know about the writer? Also, when and how do you disagree respectfully? Panelists will share their experiences working together on everything from copyediting to plotting.  


First Book Panel
Wednesday, June 11th at 4 PM

Moderated by Lorelei Armstrong

This panel focuses on the excitement, the investment, and the trials and tribulations of a first time novelist. What would you have done differently had you only known? Panelists, whether working with a major publishing house or small press, will discuss their experiences throughout the publishing process: agents, editors, publicity, book signings, and reviews.


Building Your Author Platform
Thursday, June 12th at 4 PM

Moderated by Marla Miller

Whether you are published or unpublished, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the waterfall of opportunity and possibility in today’s world of online media. Panelists will discuss the multimedia tools available for promoting your writing and yourself as an author, tips on building an audience, and how to find a balance between writing and your online presence.