One-on-one consultations are an incredible way to get feedback on your writing, book proposals, professional goals, and craft.
Each 20-minute consultation costs $20 and can be purchased in advance.
Here is everything you need to know to make the most of your consultation.
When do I sign up? You can pay in advance for 1 or 2 consultations through this website. When you add your consultations to your shopping cart, you will be able to select the type of consultation that you would like to have. Your options are:
- Publishing: Meet with a publisher & pitch your writing or get advice about your next publishing steps
- Writing Mentor/Coach: Our writing mentor is at the conference to help you take the next steps in your career. This is professional writing coach who wants to see you achieve your writing goals.
- Nonfiction Craft: Discuss your essays and nonfiction craft with an accomplished nonfiction writer.
- Fiction Craft: Discuss your essays and nonfiction craft with an accomplished fiction writer.
- Poetry Craft: Discuss your essays and nonfiction craft with an accomplished poet.
The consultation schedule will be available two weeks before the conference. Everyone who has paid for a consultation slot will be sent the schedule to select their time.
How do I sign up during the conference? Upon arrival, you can sign up for the conference at the registration table. Keep in mind that consultation slots fill up quickly, and there may not be a lot of options left for you if you wait until the conference to sign up.
What should I expect from my consultation? Each speaker doing consultations has a different approach to these 20 minute one-on-ones. We will provide you with as much information as possible about the speakers so that you can know what to expect. Some are there to accept manuscripts, others to give advice on finding a publisher, and still others to respond quickly to short pieces of your writing.
Can I choose which consultant I meet with? You can choose the category for your consultation. If you request a specific consultant, we will do our best to match you with that person.
What should I bring to my consultation? Feel free to bring book proposals, manuscripts, business cards, and outlines. You will not be able to spend a lot of time going over these things, but having them on hand in case your consultant wants to accept them is always a good idea.
How should I prepare for my consultation? Be familiar with the speaker you are going to meet with. Look them up online, look at their publication history, what they editor, what their press publishes, etc. Be familiar with your own writing and try to come up with 1-2 sentences that explain your current project.
What should I do if the person I want to meet with is not available? Unfortunately, each speaker only has a limited amount of time to meet with attendees. If the consultant’s schedule is full, he or she is no longer available for consultations.