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WORD: 2009 Backspace Writers Conference announces dates, faculty additions
Edited Press Release

Backspace announced that registration has opened for the 2009 Backspace Writers Conference, which will be held May 29-30 at The Radisson Martinique in New York City, as well as a dozen new literary agent faculty members. Also, the Backspace Agent-Author Day kicks off the event on May 28 with small-group meetings that include query letter critiques and agents' comments on authors' opening pages using a "Two Minutes, Two Pages" format.

Attendance for the Agent-Author Day is limited to 75 registrants. The regular Backspace Conference program beginning on May 29-30 has room for 200. Attendees may register for one program, or for both. In addition, Bella Stander and Ron Hogan are offering a bonus session Thursday evening from 4:30 - 6:00 "Polish Your Pitch!" Cost for this extra session is $45. Participation is limited to 35 people, and you must have a completed manuscript.

Backspace also announce that in addition to the faculty members already committed to next year’s conference such as Jeff Kleinman (Folio Literary Management) • Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary Agency) • Michelle Brower (Wendy Sherman Associates) • Jeff Moores (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency) • Matthew Mahoney (Ralph M. Vicinanza Ltd.) • Emmanuelle Alspaugh (Judith Erlich Agency) • Sharlene Martin (Martin Literary Management) • Susan Schwartzman (Susan Schwartzman Public Relations) • Stephanie Cowell (author, MARRYING MOZART), the following industry participants are going to help out with the 2009 conference program:

Bella Stander (Book Promotion 101) • Ron Hogan (GalleyCat) • Sheila O'Shea (Director of Publicity, Knopf) • Stephen Barbara (Donald Maass Literary Agency) • Stephany Evans (FinePrint Literary Agency) • Maya Rock (Writers House) • Jennifer DeChiara (Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency) • Jocelyn Kelley & Megan Kelley Hall (Kelley & Hall Book Publicity and Promotion) • Scott Hoffman (Folio Literary Management) • Paige Wheeler (Folio Literary Management) • Alex Glass (Trident Media Group) • Jonathan Maberry (multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author) • Caroline Leavitt (author , GIRLS IN TROUBLE) • Leora Skolkin-Smith (author, EDGES) • Jenny Bent (Trident Media Group - BKSP Conf. only) • Elisabeth Weed (Weed Literary LLC) • Gina Panettieri (Talcott Notch Literary)

The Radisson Martinique is located at 32nd and Broadway, in Manhattan, NYC. For more information on the 2009 Backspace Writers Conference click here.


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