“I was surprised by this book…it’s pretty amazing… You’re in a community of interesting people and conflicts… all threaded through with commentary on writing. A really fine read…”  Linton Robinson, author

Finally, an inside look at a writing conference!

The writers’ conference, the Clymer Workshop, has a lofty reputation. Aspiring writers must submit a sample of their writing to be accepted. The brochure promises individual conferences with famous authors and the opportunity to meet agents and editors.

Laura Belmont is one of the aspiring writers. Thrilled to be accepted, she has finished writing her first novel. Her plan is to make a connection with one of the famous staff authors who will help her get a publishing contract.

The conference is held in a picturesque setting in rural Western New York, but the atmosphere is anything but tranquil. Soon after Laura arrives she feels the intensity of two hundred people who have come for the same reason she is there.

The authors on the staff also have agendas. Laura goes to creative writing workshops and readings unaware of the literary politics being played by the famous authors teaching her—the favors made, the courtesies given, the grudges held. The writers on the staff are more interested in Laura’s body than in her manuscript.

As tensions mount and Laura becomes aware of what is happening in the shadows, she is at first surprised, then shocked to learn how power works in the publishing world.

“… 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

Read an excerpt here.

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What Readers Are Saying

“It is a page-turner, and all the characters are very, very believable and there are no slow parts. I recommend it highly, for writers and those who just want a good read.”
Lynn Schneider
“Great writing. This book is a fine example of good literature, a praise I do not give lightly.”
P.M. Nevins
“The twists of the plot are unexpected; there is so much information about the realities of the publishing world…A great read.”
Lillian Bloom
The story is well plotted…the twists and turns come naturally, yet remain unexpected…engaging from start to finish.”
Charles Findlay
“Carried by the substantial characters and surprising plot twists, author Marian Schwartz’ meditations on the state of fiction and symbiotic relationships of agents, publishers, and critics are insightful…an entertaining and very smart book.”
JB Hicks
“This is a really good book and reading experience, especially for those of us who are writers, for those of us who have attended this kind of conference or workshop… So true and accurate…Her writing is excellent…Very engaging.”
S. Rak