The world of traditional publishing has secrets that can’t be kept forever.

After Laura Belmont finishes writing her first novel she goes to the Clymer Workshop, one of the oldest writers’ conferences in the country. Her plan is to connect with one of the famous staff authors who will help her get a literary agent.

But the conference isn’t like what she had expected. She wonders if the manuscript assignments are unspoken messages. Are the better manuscripts assigned to the most famous staff writers? And why aren’t the agents and editors promised in the brochure approachable?

She goes to creative writing workshops unaware of the literary politics being played by the famous authors teaching her—the favors made, the courtesies given, the grudges held. She listens to their lectures unaware of the publishing pressures they face and the secrets they aren’t sharing.

Laura begins to think that attending the conference was an expensive mistake. Then something extraordinary happens that makes her change her mind.


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Book cover of woman standing alone at writers’ conference with manuscript papers flying around her.

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“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.”
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This was an excellent novel! The characters were well written & most of them got what they deserved in the end. It was fast paced & enjoyable.”
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“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.”
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“Found this book to be engaging, entertaining.and thought-provoking.”
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I was riveted by the characters from first page to last. It was believable and I was there among the crumbling buildings and cooking smells.I was anxious for Agatha, believed in Laura and I am sure I have met the crusty poet with the cruel barbs, he is a type I know well.How can you go wrong with a crowd of nasty self-absorbed people and a few who truly wanted to help. An excellent read.”
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