Conference Schedule

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

9:00–9:50 AM ET

Check in, gather, mingle, get excited

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

TBD
Interview with acclaimed author.

2:45–3:55 PM ET

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

4:10–5:00 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.

5:00–6:30 PM ET

Happy hour, with free drinks and snacks

Day 2, Saturday, October 17, 2020 — Pitching Roundtables

7:30–8:30 AM ET

Check in, gather, meet the other participants, get really excited

8:30–1:00 PM ET

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

Literary/Mainstream Fiction table 1

Middle Grade/Young Adult table 1

Mystery/Thriller/Horror table

Nonfiction table

1:00–2:00 PM ET

Check in, gather, meet the other participants, get really excited

2:00–6:30 PM ET

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

Literary/Mainstream Fiction table 2

Middle Grade/Young Adult table 2

Picture Book table

Science Fiction/Fantasy table

6:30–8:00 PM ET

Happy hour, with free drinks and snacks