My aim in writing The Writers’ Conference was to create a fast, entertaining read that would shed light on the closeted world of publishing. Stories can tell you what you need to know.
The publishing world has secrets…
Laura Belmont realizes that it is unlikely she will be able to get a literary agent for her first novel without help. She is an unknown writer whose book is lost among thousands of submissions.
She applies to the Clymer Workshop, a well-known writers’ conference, hoping she can make a connection with one of the famous staff authors. She is encouraged when her application is accepted.
The conference is held in a picturesque setting in rural Western New York, but the atmosphere is anything but tranquil. It seems that almost everyone she meets is attending the conference for the same reason she is there. She feels the intensity increase with each day.
Male writers on the staff are more interested in Laura’s body than in her manuscript. She goes to creative writing workshops unaware of the literary politics being played in the shadows by the famous authors teaching her—the favors made, the courtesies given, the grudges held.
The lessons Laura learns aren’t on the conference schedule. When she receives an offer that comes with a price, she learns how power works in the publishing world.
“In The Writers’ Conference, Marian D. Schwartz tackles the topic with glee, laying bare the underbelly of one such event…a fun read for everyone, and a useful education for anyone who might be thinking of a writing career. The story moves along quickly and holds the reader’s interest all the way to the exciting (and surprising) ending.” Peter C. Foster, author
“The Writers’ Conference…is alternately moving and funny, and never dull. It was interesting to read about the “dirt” in the publishing/reviewing industry.” Mark Stevens
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