TMCC Writers' Conference
Make this the year you achieve your writing goals
TMCC Writers' Conference
Meet Georgia Hughes in person at the TMCC Writers' Conference, April 27 in Reno
Whether it's preserving your family history, starting that novel or putting your manuscript into the hands of an agent, the TMCC Writers' Conference will give you the information and contacts you need to further your literary goals. In its 23rd year, this event will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Reno, Nevada.
We're welcoming an exciting slate of literary professionals to participate in our 2013 writing event. Join us on April 27 and meet:
- Sheree Bykofsky, literary agent and author of 25 books, including the bestselling The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, now in its fifth edition
- Georgia Hughes, editorial director, New World Library
- Michael Larsen, co-founder Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents
- Jim Azevedo, marketing executive, Smashwords, ebook publisher
- Mark Maynard, short story author
- Pooja Menon, agent, Kimberley Cameron and Associates
- David Michael Slater, young adult author (Sacred Books series), picture book writer and adult novelist
|9:15 a.m.||"The Five Reasons You Need an Agent," Bykofsky|
|10:25 a.m.||"Word Up! Writing Dialogue that Soars," Slater|
|11:15 a.m.||"A Primer on eBook Publishing," Azevedo|
|12:10 p.m.||Luncheon Roundtables with individual speakers (reserve a sack lunch through TMCC for $12 or bring your own)|
|1:50 p.m.||Agents' Question and Answer Panel Discussion with Bykofsky, Larsen, and Menon|
|2:45 p.m.||"What's in It for Me? Making the Right Publishing Decision," Hughes|
|3:40 p.m.||"Creating Characters through Conflict," Maynard|
|4:25 p.m.||Closing Comments|
What writers have to say about this not-to-be-missed event
— Nissa, 2012 participant
Being in such a creatively charged environment as the TMCC Writers' Conference is always encouraging and inspiring to me. And I always learn something new and useful about successful writing and publishing techniques.
— Kristina, 2012 participant
I felt as though I'd somehow cheated TMCC—I got so much more out of this conference than I ever expected when I paid the fees. Honestly, I've had semester-long college courses that did not leave me with this much information and this many fabulous tips for success. As a published writer already, I'm blown away by how much this conference had to offer. Absolutely worth every penny.
— Iris, 2012 participant
I was skeptical that I would learn much from a one-day conference, but there is always something to learn when you get together with other writers who are all at different stages in their writing journey. The mix of speakers offered a little bit of everything. While I was already familiar with some of what was presented, there was just as much that was new. Lots of "ah ha" moments...All in all, a valuable experience.
Sheree Bykofsky runs Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc. and has authored about 25 books, including the popular, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, now in its fifth edition. As an agent, she primarily represents nonfiction in the areas of health, business, self-help/psychology, humor, games, women's interest, spirituality and more. She also seeks mysteries and well-crafted mainstream novels with best-seller potential. In addition, Sheree is an adjunct assistant professor of publishing at NYU. http://shereebee.com
Georgia Hughes, the editorial director at New World Library, acquires and edits nonfiction books in the areas of animals, spirituality, personal growth, sustainable business, and women's issues. New World Library, publisher of the bestselling The Power of Now and Creative Visualization, is a member of the Green Press Initiative. Recent acquisitions include The Practicing Mind by Thomas Sterner, Dogs and the Women Who Love Them by Allen and Linda Anderson and Spiritual Envy by Michael Krasny. www.newworldlibrary.com
Michael Larsen is a partner in Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents. He is eager to find adult nonfiction that will interest big and midsize publishers and is a consultant for writers he can't help as an agent. Mike wrote How to Write a Book Proposal and How to Get a Literary Agent, and coauthored Guerrilla Marketing for Writers. www.larsenpomada.com.
Jim Azevedo is the marketing director at Smashwords, the leading distributor of ebooks serving more than 50,000 independent authors, publishers and literary agents. Since 2008, Smashwords has helped authors around the world publish and distribute more than 160,000 ebooks to retailers such as Apple iBookstore, Barnes and Noble, Sony and Kobo, as well as to libraries. www.smashwords.com.
Mark Maynard's short fiction has been selected as a runner-up in the Our Stories Gordon Fiction Contest and received honorable mention in the Torrey House Press Fiction Contest. His work has appeared in Shelf Life Magazine, the Duck and Herring Pocket Field Guide, Tahoe Blues: Short Lit on Life at the Lake, the Novel and Short Stories Writer's Market 2010, and more. The fiction editor for TMCC's literary magazine, The Meadow, Mark's debut collection of short stories entitle Grind was published in December by Torrey House Press. www.markmaynard.info.
Pooja Menon joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in 2011. She represents both fiction and nonfiction for adult and young adult markets. In fiction, she's interested in literary, historical, commercial and high-end women's fiction, as well as fantasy novels. In nonfiction, she prefers adventure and travel memoir, journalism, self-help and human interest stories. She earned her master's in fine arts at Los Angeles' Otis School of Art and Design. http://kimberleycameron.com/pooja-menon.php.
David Michael Slater is the author of 16 picture books, including Cheese Louise, Jacques & Spock (a Children's Book of the Month Alternative Selection), and The Bored Book, which was reviewed positively by the New York Times. His ongoing teen series, Sacred Books, is being developed for film by producer Kevin Bannerman (Lion King/Curious George). His adult works include the short story collection, The Book of Letters, featuring the Pushcart Prize-nominated story, "The Last Lottery". www.davidmichaelslater.com.