5 Reasons to Attend Push to Publish

Push to Publish

Still looking for reasons to attend the Push to Publish conference on October 8? Here are a few:

  1. Speed Date: Yes, we have plenty of agents to meet with if you have a finished novel ready to pitch (find their bios here), but we also have some great editors, including Tiffany Hill, Acquisitions Editor at Quirk Books (cookbooks, craft books, and other nonfiction); Christine Neulieb, editorial director of Lanternfish Press (“looking for smart but offbeat literary fiction”), and Tara Tomczyk, editor in chief at Blydyn Square Books (literary, character-driven fiction). PLUS, there will be poetry/nonfiction/fiction editors from Painted Bride Quarterly, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and, of course, Philadelphia Stories! Many Push to Publish attendees have had their work discovered through their dates with editors!

2. New panel discussions for 2016: The day’s informative program includes a new hands-on PR workshop, tips for crafting a novel, how to find the best publisher for your work, and writing diverse characters. We’ll also host our popular and lively “meet the agents” closing panel discussion. Bring your questions and ideas!

3. Inspiring keynote speaker: Bestselling author Robin Black will discuss craft, the roller coaster ride that is the writer’s life, and more. She’ll also lead a “Point of View Bootcamp” master class the day before the conference. (You can read our interview with Robin here.)

4. Meet New Friends: Push to Publish is a great way to expand your professional learning network of colleagues who share your passion for writing. Network over breakfast, lunch, and our closing happy hour and expand your creative support group!

5. Because you deserve it: We all know how hard it is to carve out time for our passion, but don’t you deserve a day on the beautiful Rosemont College campus to nurture your craft? Join the hundreds of writers who have found inspiration at Push to Publish, now celebrating its 10th year! As one attendee wrote: “I love being a part of this event. The fact that the conference draws so many people who care about writing every year is a testament to PS’s positive and affirming style!”

Find the complete program here: http://tinyurl.com/PushtoPub2016

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Push to Publish Sessions Cover Wide Range of Publishing Trends

Push to Publish

The Push to Publish one-day writing conference is more than just an opportunity to speed date with an agent or editor (though that’s great, too: check out the list of participants here). It’s a chance to learn about some of the hottest trends in publishing as well as tips for fine-tuning your craft. Take a look at what’s coming up on October 8:

Today’s Publishing Options: Self-Publishing, Small/Indie Press, or Traditional Publisher?
The traditional large publishers still exist, but there are also a number of fine independent presses putting out work from new, exciting voices, and the advent of self-publishing has brought a DIY ethos to scene. The authors on this panel will share their experiences to highlight the pros and cons of each of these avenues of publication. Panelists include: Janet Spencer King (Independent Book Editor/, Self-Publishing Project Director), Karen Pokras (self-published author), Julia MacDonnell, and Kelly Simmons (authors); Moderator: Curtis Smith (small press author).

Tips for Promoting Your Book Before AND After Publication
Join this hands-on workshop to learn about book marketing and promotion initiatives to help create awareness about your book and author brand, before and after launch. Sandra Poirier Smith and Dan Smith from Smith Publicity, a premier book marketing agency that since 1997 has helped thousands of authors and publishers promote their titles, will: lead attendees through an overview of book publicity trends today; share action items authors can implement now to promote upcoming or already published books, and; select several attendees to share their titles, topics, and platform, brainstorm book marketing ideas, and open the floor to questions for group discussion.

Finding the Right Home for Your Work: Tips from the Editors  for Making the Most of Your Submissions
Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, these literary magazines editors have tips to help you find a home for your work. Panelists: Nathan Long (PS editor, fiction/flash), Donna Talarico (nonfiction; Hippocampus Magazine), Mitch Sommers (PS fiction editor), Courtney Bambrick (PS poetry editor). Moderator: Marshall Warfield

Trends in Children/YA Literature
Does your YA novel have to take place in a Dystopian future? Are vampires required to sell your manuscript? Hear from two authors and a children’s literature agent about what’s hot now–and what’s not. Panelists: Ed Briant (children’s book illustrator), Catherine Stine (YA author), Adriana Dominguez (children’s author literary agent)

Writing Diverse Characters
There’s been a lot of heated discussion lately about who’s “allowed” to tell stories of marginalized characters. Candlewick, for example, pulled When We Was Fierce just two days before its release date because of outcry from diverse authors — despite its many starred reviews. So … who has the “right” to tell which stories? (Can a straight person write a legitimate LGBT novel? Can a white woman write non-white characters?) Join this discussion with these successful authors. Panelists: Lori Tharps (author, educator), Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts (writer, educator, editor), Erin Kelly (YA author)

Crafting a Novel
How do you get organized to write a novel? Where do these big ideas come from?  What do you do when you’ve hit page 100, or 150, when you’re right in the middle of it and then, whammo, no more ideas, no more momentum, and you start asking yourself: why the hell am I doing this? These authors have been there and pushed through. Find out how. Panelists: Authors Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Merry Jones; Moderator: Carla Spataro

Join the conversation! Click here to register.

Meet the Agents Coming to Push to Publish

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Have a novel to pitch? Join us for Push to Publish on Saturday, October 8, on the campus of Rosemont College just outside Philly. Here’s a list of the agents who will be there for the “speed date” and what they’re looking for:

JUST ADDED! Kelly Peterson is a Junior Literary Agent with Corvisiero Literary. SEEKING: middle grade (fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi); young adult — fantasy and all its subgenres, steampunk, sci-fi, paranormal, historical (19th century and earlier with strong heroines), dystopian (hold the cyborgs, the scorch, and diseases, please), sword and sorcery, a very selective few for Contemporary Romance, and any combination of the above with strong, female main characters; new adult — fantasy, paranormal, romance (Cowboys, anyone? Sexy and somewhat geeky entrepreneur? Celebrity? Yes?), historical romance, or any combination of the above; Adult fiction in the genres of fantasy and romance.

Jordy Albert is a Literary Agent and co-founder of The Booker Albert Literary Agency. SEEKING: fun, witty middle grade; contemporary or action/adventure; YA contemporary romance; sci-fi, fantasy and thriller/suspense;  historical romances.

Lucinda Blumenfeld founded Lucinda Literary in 2011, which brings publicity and online marketing expertise to writers represented by the agency. SEEKING: commercial business, psychology, and lifestyle nonfiction, memoir and narrative nonfiction, and emerging voices in literary and upmarket fiction.

Sheree Bykofsky represents over 100 book authors in all areas of adult non-fiction as well as literary and commercial fiction. SEEKING: literary and commercial fiction. Her nonfiction specialties include popular reference, business, health, psychology, poker, spirituality, self-help, humor, cookbooks, pop culture, biography, women’s issues, decorating & crafts, music, and much more.  

Adriana Dominguez has 20 years of experience in publishing, most recently as Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Adriana joined Full Circle in 2009, and is based on the East Coast. SEEKING: children’s picture books, middle grade novels, and literary young adult novels.

Marie Lamba is an an acquiring Literary Agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. SEEKING: young adult and middle grade fiction, along with general and women’s fiction and some memoir.  She is also open to submissions from picture book authors or illustrators who are already established, or whose work she has requested through conferences. 

Rita Rosenkranz founded Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency in 1990 after a career as an editor with major New York houses.  SEEKING: health, history, parenting, music, how-to, popular science, business, biography, sports, popular reference, cooking, writing, spirituality, and general interest titles. 

Eric Smith is an author, blogger, and literary agent with P.S. Literary. SEEKING: young adult books, sci-fi, fantasy, and literary fiction.