Kimmery Martin knows a thing or two about multi-tasking. She’s a wife, mom, blogger, author, and—in her spare time—a doctor. OK, maybe that’s not the exact order of priority, but you get the idea. She’s a terrific example of someone who carves out time to write amid the chaos of everyday life. We hope she picked up some tips from one of her previous trips to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference! Kimmery is an alum who we’re happy to welcome back as an attendee this year—especially since her debut novel, The Queen of Hearts, is out February 6th, 2018 from Penguin Random House. We chatted with her a bit about her journey to publication and why she’s coming back this year.
We’re thrilled to welcome Writer’s Digest Annual Conference attendee alum Tiffany D. Jackson back to this year’s event—this time as a speaker on the Debut Author Panel. Jackson’s first book, Allegedly, is a page-turner of a YA novel that will appeal to teens and adults alike (and I’m not just saying that because I read it compulsively in two days). We recently asked Jackson about her experiences becoming a published author and her take on where YA is headed next.
Home to over 2.5 million used, new and rare books—that’s 18 miles of Books—The Strand is always a good time. Buy one of their book-themed tote bags and look like a New Yorker.
"This was my first writing conference and it totally blew me away! I made some awesome friends, got some great feedback from agents, and really just had so much fun. I can't wait for next year!" – 2016 Attendee – Marielle O.”
One of the most exciting developments those of us at WD have gotten to witness over the past few Writer’s Digest Annual Conferences is the true community that has begun to spring up among attendees, new and returning alike. Every year, the circle gets a bit bigger and we want you to be a part of it this year.
We give you the tools—space to meet, a private corner of the web, interesting industry types to meet and free drinks!—but it’s really the attendees who are making this happen. Because if you’re only thinking of the conference as a place to hone your writing skills, you’re not considering everything it could mean for your writing career. Here’s what people tell us the conference has meant to them:
- Real-world friendships
- Writing partnerships established
- Critique groups formed
- Long-distance social media connections
- The opportunity to pitch to agents and editors
- The chance to live the writer’s life for at least one fun-filled weekend
The WD Conference is where you can spend time with your tribe, like-minded writers and maybe lifelong friends. Writers work alone, but everyone needs support. Start building your support system today!
Stay connected on the WDC attendee-only Facebook page, before, during and after the conference!
Up for a quick creative exercise that doesn’t actually involve writing? Good! Close your eyes and imagine yourself pitching your book to an agent. Be in the moment. Picture the agent sitting across from you, and listen to yourself as you advocate for your work.
How did you do? If what you imagined looks intimidating or you aren’t seeing a confident version of yourself, you might be thinking of the Pitch Slam all wrong! In fact, that fear is what tends to keep writers in the holding pattern of will-I-or-won’t-I pitch this year. And too often, it means missing out on a preferred Pitch Slam slot—or even a chance to pitch at all.
Read agent Veronica Park’s story of her experience at the 2015 Pitch Slam and be encouraged:
WD 2015 was the first conference I attended as an agent, and the first big pitch slam I was a part of. I remember how overwhelming it felt for me at first, meeting all those people and trying to figure out their stories in such a short time--I could only imagine how much more nerve-racking it was for the writers. But even though it was a bit loud and crazy, the best stories came through so clearly. I walked away unable to forget those pitches I'd connected with, and ended up signing three of the authors I'd met that day. Which just goes to show, I think, how finding an agent isn't about competition. It's about connection. You don't have to be the loudest voice in the room, you just have to be authentic and tell your story from the heart.
Thanks for letting me be a part of the dream!
Veronica Park, Corvisiero Literary Agency
Check out how it all works here, but take heart: If you’re ready to put yourself out there, an agent is ready to listen.