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The 21st Annual TMCC Writers’ Conference is April 9

Posted: Mar 11, 2011

Reno, Nev.—Chuck Sambuchino, published author and Writer’s Digest Books editor, keenly understands publishing from both the writer and editor’s perspectives. And, as a speaker at writing conferences throughout the country, he’s seen the most common mistakes aspiring authors make.

 “Between my editorial experience and having had my humor book, ‘How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack’ published through Random House, I’ve been involved in both the front and back ends of the publishing business. I know how promotion works, how books are edited, what makes a publisher say ‘yes,’ the necessity of self-marketing and more. I’ll be sharing all I’ve learned at the TMCC conference.”
Sambuchino, the event’s keynote speaker will give two talks—“How to Get Published” and “Building Your Freelance Portfolio”—at the TMCC Writers’ Conference on Saturday, April 9 at TMCC’s Dandini Campus. The registration deadline for this event is Monday, April 4.

 Sambuchino says the following are the three top mistakes he’s sees people make when pursuing success as an author.

Most Common Writing Mistake
 Sambuchino says writers tell him that their novels really get going on page 40. “Literary agents and editors don’t have time to wait for a story to get good,” he says. “It needs to grab the reader’s attention from the first paragraph on page one. Otherwise, no one will keep reading it.”

Most Common Pitching Mistake
 Don’t ramble. Forget giving too many small details and numerous story subplots. “When pitching an agent or editor, it’s important to have a concise, short summary of your book ready. The rule of thumb for pitching is keep it simple.”

Most Common Mistake Writers Make on their Journeys
Many writers believe that just because they’ve finished a book, everything else will fall into place. It’s not that simple, according to Sambuchino. “You have to submit your work, find literary representation, meet people and promote yourself. If you can make all that happen, you can have a very nice career as a writer. That’s why writers’ conferences are so important: you must educate yourself, make friends and meet people in the industry.”

In addition, he says conferences are paramount in helping writers grow and succeed. “Conferences, like the TMCC event, allow people to do two important things: further educate themselves about the necessary steps to take, such as finding agents and preparing submissions; and meet publishing professionals in person. Agents and editors are the ones who make decisions and there is no quicker way to the front of their line than to meet them in person and pitch your idea.”

In its 21st year, the TMCC Writers’ Conference brings together editors, agents, novelists and a screenwriter to share their expertise with aspiring authors. Besides Sambuchino, scheduled speakers include: literary agents Lindsey Clemons, Verna Dreisbach and Gordon Warnock; editor Doresa Banning; screenwriter Pam Dulgar; fiction writer Sean Patrick O’Mordha; science fiction author Susan Palwick; mystery novelist David Sundstrand; and KUNR broadcaster and writer David Stipech. Topics range from a “Literary Agents Question and Answer Panel” and “Enjoying Your Writers’ Journey” to “Using Setting to Further Your Story” and “Creating Tension in Your Book.” 

Conference participants may also register for an optional $29 one-on-one appointment with Sambuchino or the literary agent of their choice (while space is available). This private ten-minute meeting is available for attendees to ask questions, have the first page of their manuscript or query reviewed or to make a book pitch.

For details or to register, visit the WDCE website or call 775-829-9010 to have a brochure sent to you. The full-day conference costs $99. KUNR 88.7 is collaborating with TMCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division on this event.

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