Conference Schedule

Day 1, Friday, October 16, 2020 — Panels and Presentations

9:50–10:00 AM ET

Welcome from Gotham President Alex Steele

10:00–11:10 AM ET

Writers: How I Got Published
Three authors talk about their paths to getting their books published.

11:25–12:15 PM ET

The Benefit of Your Day Job (even if you dislike it)
Novelist and psychiatrist Jacob Appel conducts an interactive discussion on how your day job is actually good for your writing life, and vice versa.

12:30–1:20 PM ET

Erin Entrada Kelly
The Newberry-award-winning author of Hello, Universe discusses her writing journey

6:30–8:00 PM ET

Conference Write-In

Day 2, Saturday, October 17, 2020 — Panels and Presentations

10:00–11:15 AM ET

Agents: Why We Will Rep You
Three literary agents discuss what will compel them to take you on as a client.

11:30–12:20 PM ET

Agent and Client: Making A Connection
An agent and client discuss how to make a successful connection with each other.

12:30–1:20 PM ET

Pitching Game Show
Volunteer contestants compete against each other, pitching book ideas based on characters and situations they randomly draw. A panel of agents asks questions; the audience votes on winners.

Day 3, Sunday, October 18, 2020 — Pitching Roundtables

12:00–4:30 PM ET

Group Session 1
the agents go over each participant’s query letter and first two pages

Literary/Mainstream Fiction table 1 (full)

Literary/Mainstream Fiction table 3

Middle Grade/Young Adult table 1

Mystery/Thriller/Horror table

Nonfiction table 1 (full)

Science Fiction/Fantasy table 2

3:00–7:30 PM ET

Group Session 2
the agents go over each participant’s query letter and first two pages

Literary/Mainstream Fiction table 2 (full)

Middle Grade/Young Adult table 2

Nonfiction table 2

Science Fiction/Fantasy table 1 (full)