NEW! One-on-One: Professional Feedback Sessions (for Registrants ONLY.)

14th National Black Writers Conference: Gathering at the Waters

The Center for Black Literature is pleased to offer One-on-One Sessions at the 14th National Black Writers Conference. The One-on-One sessions are designed to provide Conference attendees with a valuable experience and opportunity to receive meaningful feedback on your work and/or writing project from an experienced industry professional during the National Black Writers Conference.

One-on-Ones will take place on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25, 2018, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

There are two (2) types of one-on-ones:

  • Book Proposal Pitch Session – $35 for 15 minutes
  • Editorial Session – $75 for 30 minutes

These are open to CONFERENCE REGISTRANTS ONLY and are a SEPARATE FEE from the conference registration.

Instructions:

  • Register for the conference. [Online registration ends March 17, 2018.]
  • Select session date and Pay One-on-One Session fee.
  • Submit your work, following the guidelines described below. All work must be submitted by March 15, 2018 [Deadline extended from 3/10/18]. [Proposals that are not compliant are subject to rejection, and fees will be refunded]. Send submissions to: nbwcsubmissions@gmail.com

 Please include the following in your e-mail heading: Editorial or Book Proposal/ Genre / Name

Read full descriptions and requirements below.

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One-on-One Sessions: Book Proposals

Saturday and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

By appointment only.

Established literary agents Regina Brooks and Jocquelle S. Caiby of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC will provide direct feedback in 15-minute pitch sessions to:

  1. Discuss the commercial viability of your concept
  2. Discuss whether you have the  platform necessary to promote the work/project
  3. Discuss pitching and query letter strategies  for your work

Guidelines for the one-on-one sessions:

  • To schedule a meeting, you must sign up to attend the 2018 NBWC
  • You must submit two weeks in advance or bring to the meeting a book proposal or synopsis of the work/project. For help in developing your book proposal, please go to serendipitylit.com.

Please send your submissions to: nbwcsubmissions@gmail.com.

  • You must pre-register online for the one-on-one meeting, which are scheduled from 1 pm to 3 pm; please note that some sessions may conflict with a Conference program.
  • The Fee of $35.00 for a 15-minute, One-on-One Book Proposal pitch session is separate from the Conference fee.

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One-on-one Sessions: Editorial/Manuscripts

Saturday and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

By appointment only.

Established Editors Carol Taylor and Monique Patterson will provide one-on-one direct feedback in half-hour sessions to:

  1. Offer constructive criticism based on the submission
  2. Offer basic editorial tenets
  3. Discuss what the works needs

Guidelines for the one-on-one sessions:

  • To schedule an editorial session, you must sign up to attend the 2018 NBWC. You must also submit your work online two weeks in advance to the meeting. Please send your submissions to: nbwcsubmissions@gmail.com.
  • For nonfiction, the one-on-one workshop participants should include an introduction up to 5,000 words and a Table of Contents if applicable. Also a list of 3 or 4 contemporary books/writers their work is reminiscent of and why. For instance: tone, themes, subject matter, writing style, audience, writer’s background. This will help them with their marketing whether they’re seeking a traditional publisher or self-publishing.
  • For fiction, the one-on-one workshop participants should include the first chapter up to 8,000 words, and a list of 3 or 4 contemporary books/writers their work is reminiscent of and why. For instance: style, voice, characterization, plot/premise, audience.
  • For both fiction and nonfiction they should include a short one-paragraph bio with writing history if applicable up to 200 words and a short, two-paragraph synopsis no more than 200 words of the book that explains the concept, theme, or premise that they will also get feedback on. Everything should be in one document with a cover page with the title, subtitle (if applicable for fiction a Novel as the subtitle will do) and their name and e-mail address.
  • You must pre-register online for the one-on-one sessions, which are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; please note that some sessions may conflict with a Conference program.
  • The Fee of $75.00 for a 30-minute, One-on-One Editorial session is separate from the Conference fee.

Upon arrival to the NBWC, please check-in at the REGISTRATION TABLE to sign-up for an available slot for the day you paid your fee for, either Saturday, 3/24 or Sunday, 3/25. Open slots will be filled according to preference as long as they are available. Please sign-up by noon on your scheduled day. One-on-One’s begin promptly at 1 PM and end at 3 PM.

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