We are excited to offer you several opportunities:

  • Optional private 1-on-1 meetings with select speakers (separate registration required; sign-up available after you register)  In addition to the Q&A with each speaker, all registered attendees can also pay an extra fee to have a private 1-on-1 virtual meeting (phone or Zoom) with one of the select 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. (Meetings with Amy Newmark and Brian Allain are at no charge for conference attendees.) 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 mutually convenient time for the attendee and speaker. Sign up will be available after you register for the conference. Speakers and other industry experts participating in this portion of the program are:
    • Amy Newmark (Chicken Soup for the Soul – an opportunity to learn more about what they’re looking for and an opportunity to suggest ideas)
    • Becky Nesbitt (Penguin Random House)
    • Brent Bill
    • Brian Allain (Writing for Your Life)
    • Dana Trent
    • Frank Thomas
    • Joanna Bradley (Upper Room Books)
    • Lyn Cryderman (industry veteran and consultant)
    • Patricia Raybon
    • Wes Granberg-Michaelson
  • Q&A after each presentation – attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions after every presentation (via Zoom). These meetings are a rare chance to ask informal questions of someone heavily engaged in the publishing world.
  • 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 (by email)
  • Networking Lunch Breaks – unmoderated, informal times for you to met and chat with other conference attendees; no reservations required
  • 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.
  • 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.  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.
  • Emerging authors – get to know several new, up-and-coming authors.
  • AuthorConnect – attendees will enjoy access to the free new AuthorConnect online networking platform for spiritual writers
  • Private Facebook Group for WFYL conference attendees – stay in touch before, during, and after the conference

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