By Judith Schwartzstein, Vice President for Publicity, Sarah Lawrence College
May 31, 2017: The fourth annual Publish & Promote Your Book Conference will take place at Sarah Lawrence College on Saturday, June 24, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, with the opportunity for participants to make one-to-one pitches from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Presented by The Writing Institute, prominent New York City literary agents, major publishing house editors, and social media and PR experts will be speaking at this comprehensive symposium, which is designed for serious writers who want to get their work published.
Interactive panel discussions will focus on finding the right literary agent for your book, the role of the editor, and promoting your book, and there will be a unique agent, editor, author discussion. Participants will also have the rare opportunity to make optional one-to-one pitches to a diverse group of agents and editors representing many genres, themes, and audiences.
Conference admission is $425 per person. A special Friday night session, "Preparing Your Pitch," is offered for $75 per person. There is a $60 fee for optional pitch sessions with agents and editors on Saturday. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register today at https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/writing-institute/conference.html.
The speakers and panelists confirmed to date are Cynthia Manson, Cynthia Manson Literary Agency; Caitlin Alexander, editor and moderator; Julia Trelstad, Julie Ink, and Mitch Hoffman, Aaron Priest Literary Agency; Jesseca Salky, Hannigan Salkey Getzler Agency; Steven Salpeter, Curtis Brown, and Rachel Sussman, Chalberg & Sussman; Iris Blasi, Pegasus Books; Stephanie Bowen, TarcherPerigee; Vivian Lee, Little A; Kristine Swartz, Berkley Publishing Group; Meryl Moss, Meryl Moss Media; and Wiley Saichek, Saichek Publicity. Special agent and editor guests include Kirsten Carleton, Prospect Agency LLC; Jessica Dallow, Brower Literary & Management; Arielle Datz, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Mark Gottlieb, Trident Media Group; Allison Hunter, Janklow & Nesbit Associates; Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Literary Agency; Quressa Robinson, D4EO Literary Agency; and Esi Sogah, Kensington Publishing.
Lynda Loigman, a successful past participant, said, "An invaluable experience. It was at the conference that I was lucky enough to meet my agent, who recently sold my first novel, The Two Family House, to St. Martin's Press for publication in the winter of 2016. I am so grateful to the people at The Writing Center for putting together such a well-planned, practical, and inspiring day that truly changed the course of my writing career.
For more details, please email
or call Pat Dunn, director of The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, at 914-395-2205.
Pictured here: Entrance to Sarah Lawrence College.
Photo by N. Bower