Writer’s Digest Conference and Contest!

This January 20th to 22nd, I will be participating in the Writer’s Digest Conference at the Sheraton in New York City! I’m very excited about this conference.

On Saturday morning, I will be speaking on an agent panel and taking agent- and publishing-related Q&A with some fellow agents and moderated by 2012 CHILDREN’S WRITER’S AND ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET editor and Guide to Literary Agents blogger Chuck Sambuchino.

Then, Saturday afternoon, I will be in a room with over 60 literary agents for the annual Pitch Slam. You will have unprecedented access to come and pitch your book to some of the brightest and most hungry agents in the business. There is a nice mix of kidlit, adult, and non-fiction agents represented (and representing!).

On Sunday, I will be speaking about today’s kidlit marketplace and how to get published there. Yep, I am all over this conference, guys. But I’m not the only fantastic speaker. The Saturday keynote is digital/indie publishing guru and adult thriller writer Barry Eisler and I just saw that Chris Baty, the genius behind NaNoWriMo, which I know some of you just finished, has been added as a speaker, too!

The great thing about the Writer’s Digest Conference is that they’re running a special holiday promotion right this minute. If you register for the conference before midnight on December 16th, you will get a $50 discount. Just click here and use the following promo code: HOLIDAYWDC

If you’re going, spread the word on Twitter and Facebook by mentioning @WritersDigest and the hashtag #WDC12

It’s not too late to book that dream trip to NYC and get your 2012 writing goals off to a strong start at the Writer’s Digest Conference. And, of course, if you’re reader and planning on going, I would love to meet you!

Now, I also have a super special holiday gift for you guys. Speaking of Chuck Sambuchino and the new 2012 CHILDREN’S WRITER’S AND ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET, I have two copies to give away!

Inside this handy volume, you will find articles on craft, writing, submitting, and landing an agent, interviews with kidlit glitterati like M.T. Anderson and Meg Cabot, and updated listings for agents, publishers, and magazines that take work from children’s writers and illustrators. If you want to land an agent or find a market for your work in 2012, this is the book for you.

I highly recommend it. In fact, you will see a familiar face featured on the back cover, and an official blurb from me that reads:

Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market is the most complete, trusted, definitive, and inspiring source of publishing opportunities for children’s writers and illustrators working today.

It’s true. Not only did I lend my mug and stamp of approval to the book, but I have two articles featured inside. One is about writer’s conferences, like the Writer’s Digest Conference this very January in NYC, and how to make the best of your investment in them (whether it’s your first or your fiftieth), and the other covers my three favorite craft issues: Voice, Character, and Authority, with lots of juicy annotated examples from my favorite MG and YA books on shelves.

So if you want to see examples of Voice that works — an especially tricky topic that lots of writers struggle with — pick up a copy today! This elegant guide is crammed full of useful information and updated agency, publisher, and magazine listings to make your quest toward publication a no-brainer. Let 2012 be the year you really MARKET your writing!

Because I want you to have an awesome writer’s holiday gift this year, either for you or for a loved one, I am giving away two free copies of the 2012 CHILDREN’S WRITER’S AND ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET to two writers randomly selected from the comments. Leave a comment below (make sure to include your email address in the comment form, though know that only I will be able to see it and it won’t be published on the site). Deadline for entries is midnight, Tuesday, December 20th. The winner will be announced in Wednesday the 21st’s blog, and then I will ship your copy to you next week. (US residents only, please.)

117 Replies to “Writer’s Digest Conference and Contest!”

  1. Oh man! That Pitch Slam sounds awesome! I’d love to try that. Someday…
    THANKS for the giveaway. I’ve never owned one of those books though I have checked it out of my library.

  2. “It was a dark and stormy psychologically devastating night.” (Just kidding.)
    My mother thinks she has bugs all over her. She boils her underwear, sprays her bed with bug spray, and gives herself head lice treatments weekly. (not kidding.)
    I think I’m normal, but…I’m a writer, so that’s to be determined in the future.
    I’d love a copy of CWIM.
    Thank You,
    Mary Ann Duke
    Sarasota, FL

  3. I heard about this book from you via this site a couple of months ago and instantly added it to my TBR list. I would love a copy. Thanks for the contest!

  4. I would love to win this book and this conference sounds great. I’m going to have to check it out because I’m unable to attend the SCBWI winter conference due to work but this would fit into my schedule perfectly.

  5. I would love to go to the conference but I will be skiing in Colorado. I enjoyed your talk at the SCBWI Wisconsin Retreat last year. I would love to win one of the books.

  6. Ohh, nice! Thanks for the giveaway! I really want to go to a conference at some point next year. Would love for it to be this one, but something tells me I won’t be able to convince the husband to let me spend money on a conference when we’re Christmas-poor. Le sigh.

  7. I’ll be at the Writer’s Digest conference! I went last year and it was incredible. I look forward to seeing you at the various sessions and pitch slam. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the giveaway! I definitely need to get my hands on this book.

  8. I just read the procedure for the Pitch Slam, and it sounds terrifying. It would take me at least 90 seconds to stop hyperventilating enough to be able to speak! Just wish I was able to go this time, since I know it would be a great learning experience.

  9. I’ve been preparing to submit and am finally ready. The conference sounds amazing but isn’t something I can do this year. However, I would love the 2012 Children’s Writers and Illustrator’s Market Digest!

  10. I’d love to have this. Thank you for the great posts and tweets. I’ve been following for a while. I’ve learned a lot. =)

  11. As an aspiring writer continually inspired by my grown children and young grandchildren, this book would be an invaluable resource.

  12. Would love to go to the Conference, but up here in the great white north we are terrified of going to the Big Apple. Don’t do well without polar bears. Would love the book though.

  13. Wonderful-looking event! I will tap my ruby red slippers three times on January 20th. Apologies in advance if I land on top of anyone.

  14. My wife brought this up over dinner. I have been out of the publishing business for nearly a decade. With the birth of our son she suggested that a children’s lit project would be a fitting re-entry point.

  15. That conference sounds great, Mary! I wished I lived closer to New York, so I could go! And thanks for doing this contest!

  16. Just joined twitter and came across your blog via WritersDigest. The conference sounds like a great learning and networking opportunity, especially for a newbie like me. Maybe next year, the pitch room sounds awesome!

  17. Alas, with two very little kiddos and limited travel budget,I can only dream of making it to the conference this year. Instead I’ll have to use that advice on making the most of conferences at the Willamette Writers conference. Ah, the Sheraton in Portland should be lovely in late summer.

  18. I live in NYC, and I’m very tempted to register for the conference. Your description of it makes it sound like an amazing event. I’m going to sleep on it. The book, however, is going on my TBR right now!

  19. My recent fist fight with breast cancer may keep me from the conference, but has my bruised knuckles plinking away on the Mac, weaving my experiences into my writing.

    I’d love a copy of the book.

  20. I can’t attend the conference because all my money is going into our April wedding. *sigh* If only I won the lottery…

    But congrats on making the panel. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. The NYC SCBWI conference sounds wonderful, I’ve heard terrific things about it from writer buddies. I hope to attend in 2013. Please add me to your entries for the CWIM book, thank you for offering a great contest! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. You are kidlt glitterati! kidlitterati?!

    If I am randomly selected I have a US friend who would love the book!

    Conference sounds amazing….sigh.

    Does anything that cool happen in the UK? Anyone?

  23. I just finished the first draft of a nonfiction graphic book! It’s the first book I actually finished (at least the first draft), so on to the edits! Thanks again for your Webinar and your comments on the first few pages of my novel.

  24. I’d love to attend the SCBWI NY conference but can’t afford it this year (2 sons in grad school). Man a copy of the CWIM would be the next best thing.

    Thanks for sponsoring a give away.

    Happy Holiday to you.

  25. Awesome! Thanks for presenting the contest, Mary!!!
    Are you showing off your Rubics Cube talent at the NYC conference?

  26. Um, forgot to enter my email address in my comments. Am still interested in winning a copy of CWIM. Wish I could attend the NY SCBWI conference but it’s not to be this year.

    Thanks again for sponsoring this and for your wonderful and informative blog.


  27. Meeting you and Mr. Sambuchino this summer at the HAWC was extremely helpful to my writing. I wish i could see you both again at the WDC. Winning a CWAIM copy would be a great consolation. *fingers crossed

  28. Ooo, I am so in need of this book. In 2011, my querying came to a halt as I focused on revising one novel and starting another; now, I’m ready to query again, and I haven’t kept tabs on who’s new. Thank you for the opportunity. Happy holidays!

  29. just squeaking in under the deadline (b/c you’re on West Coast time, right?). The conference sounds wonderful…would love to go. (And I know you’ll kick bootay because you were a great speaker at our Vermont gathering last summer.) Thank you for the chance to win the book!
    Happy Holidays!

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