Conference Confab (October)

Pamela KimLearn, Connect and Pitch with Industry Experts
By Pamela Kim

The conference circuit slows down towards the end of the year but there are still a couple of great opportunities for you in 2007.

Backspace Agent-Author Seminars
November 6-7, 2007 • Radisson Martinique Hotel • New York City
We first introduced you to the Backspace Organization last May with the annual writers conference. In November, the organization puts on a two-day agent-author event. The goal of this event is to help authors connect with agents––lots of agents––so you have the opportunity to ask questions specific to your interests and concerns.

The Two Minutes, Two Pages workshop, for example, is your forum for honest, objective feedback about your work. Two agents and approximately a dozen authors will be seated at a table; a reader will read the first two pages of their manuscript aloud. If the pages stop working, one or both of the agents will interrupt the reading to explain why they would have quit reading at that point if they had received the pages as a submission.

All in all, with only agents on the program, the Backspace Agent-Author Seminar is a terrific opportunity to network, ask questions, talk about your work, and listen and learn from the people who make their living selling books. Learn more at

Travel Classics West 2007
November 1-4, 2007 • Westin Kierland Resort • Scottsdale, Arizona
It’s said that travel writing is among the most lucrative of magazine writing, not to mention the most adventuresome. If you want to get in on the action, Travel Classics may be the conference for you. There are presentations and workshops with assigning editors from magazines including AARP the Magazine, body + soul (the Martha Stewart publication), National Geographic Traveler, Art & Antiques, Golf for Women, Arizona Highways, Executive Traveler, Organic Spa and Sierra.

Plus, you can consult one-on-one with guest editors. You can register and get more details online.

Writer mama Pamela Kim writes non-fiction articles about kids, single mommyhood and the joy of organizing the stuff of life. She leverages eighteen years of experience as a corporate communications consultant to connect readers with the information they need and want. When not traveling the conference circuit – each year finds Pam at writing, blogging and health conferences – she lives in Northern California with the fabulous Katie Kim who is six. Her home online is

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