We are excited to offer you several opportunities:

  • Optional private 1-on-1 online meetings with select speakers (separate registration required; sign-up available after you register)  All registered attendees can also pay an extra fee to have a private 1-on-1 online meeting (phone or Zoom) with some of our speakers.  These private meetings are informal 20-minute “get to know you” meetings where writers can convey information about their project and ask questions. They are NOT manuscript review sessions, and the speakers are under no obligation to follow up with you after your meeting. The cost of each meeting is $30 and is non-refundable. The supply of meetings for each speaker is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. These meetings can take place either before, during, or after the conference at a mutually convenient time for the attendee and speaker. Sign up will be available after you register for one of the conference sessions. Speakers and other industry experts participating in this portion of the program are:
    • Lyn Cryderman (industry consultant and ghost writer) – learn more about Lyn here
    • Brandan Robertson (author) – learn more about Brandan here
    • Jennifer Grant (author and freelance editor)- learn more about Jennifer here
    • Glenys Nellist (author) – learn more about Glenys here
    • Karen Newmair (literary agent; Credo Communications) – learn more about Karen here
    • Amy Julia Becker (author) – learn more about Amy Julia here
    • Kate Rademacher (author) – learn more about Kate here
    • Edwina Perkins (Harambee Press) – learn more about Edwina here
    • Linda Howard (Tyndale House children’s books) – learn more about Linda here
    • Brian Allain (Writing for Your Life, Compassionate Christianity, and How to Heal Our Divides) – learn more about Brian here
  • Children’s book manuscript critiques from Jennifer Grant or Glenys Nellist
  • Q&A after each presentation – attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions after every presentation for which you register (via Zoom). These meetings are a rare chance to ask informal questions of someone heavily engaged in the publishing world.

The following are all free for anyone who registers for one or more of the paid conference sessions.

  • “How to Independently Publish Your Book” with Adam Thomas –  learn more about Adam here
  • Submit Your Pitch! – during the conference, or within two months afterwards, submit your book proposal or pitch to the conference’s agent or editor speakers who you register for (email it to Brian, who will forward it)
  • Networking Breaks – unmoderated, informal times for you to meet and chat with other conference attendees; no reservations required
  • Open mic session – attendees will have the opportunity to present a short excerpt of their writing to other conference attendees.  Each speaker will have 5 minutes, including their introduction and reading. Don’t miss this important, but optional, opportunity to gain experience reading your work, and to support your fellow writers! Each speaker will be limited to 5 minutes. Sign-up will be available after you register for the conference – first-come, first-served. (via Zoom)
  • Elevator pitch practice – practice delivering your 50-word elevator pitch, and get feedback from attendees and Brian Allain. No sign-up required.
  • Q&A with emerging authors
  • Introduction to “How to Heal Our Divides Volume 2: An Abundance of Opportunities” which is the second book in the How to Heal Our Divides series
  • Conference Contact List – we will maintain an online spreadsheet where attendees can (optionally) share their name, email address, website, and social media info if they would like to share it with conference attendees.
  • Private Facebook Group for WFYL conference attendees – stay in touch before, during, and after the conference

All conference and seminar information are subject to change.

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