WHY WOULD I WANT AN APPOINTMENT?
If you’re wondering what an editor or agent might think of the opening of your story or craving some honest feedback on your writing from an industry professional, then you’ll want an appointment at the next Pikes Peak Writers Conference.
There are two types of appointments offered at PPWC: Read & Critique appointments (detailed here) and Query 1-on-1 appointments (which replaced our former pitch appointments).
A READ & CRITIQUE appointment (also called “first pages”) is for showcasing a sample of your writing for industry professionals who will provide on-the-spot feedback. (Manuscripts need not be complete.) There are three kinds of Read & Critique, all of which deal with the beginning (prologue or chapter one) of your manuscript:
• R&C X: You read aloud the first page (16 lines) of your manuscript to an editor or agent who provides immediate verbal feedback. A small number of participants are assigned to read in the same session, and other attendees are encouraged to sit in. Every attempt is made to match the agent or editor to your genre(s).
• R&C 1-2-3: You remain anonymous as a staffer reads the first page of your manuscript (16 lines) to a panel consisting of one agent, one editor, and one author who provide immediate verbal feedback. Attendees are encouraged to sit in.
• R&C Author: You read the opening two pages (standard formatting) of your manuscript to a published author who provides immediate verbal feedback. This is a closed-room session with a small number of assigned participants, and “round table” discussion is encouraged.
If you have a prologue, it is up to you to decide whether to start with the prologue or with chapter one.
CAN I SIGN UP FOR A QUERY 1-ON-1 AND READ & CRITIQUE APPOINTMENTS?
• There are a limited number of appointments.
• Signing up for an appointment does not guarantee you will receive one.
• Each attendee is permitted only one Query appointment and one Read & Critique appointment.
• A Query 1-on-1 appointment allows you to request which agent or editor you would like to speak with. An R&C appointment is assigned by genre.
I WANT AN APPOINTMENT! WHAT DO I DO NOW?
The main thing to do is register for PPWC as soon as registration opens. The earlier you register, the better your chance of receiving an appointment. Prior to registering, figure out what kind of appointment(s) you want, and do your homework on the editors, agents, and authors who are taking appointments, so you’re prepared to indicate your preferences on the PPWC registration form.
WHAT’S THE COST?
PPWC offers registered attendees appointment opportunities at no additional charge! But appointments are limited and not guaranteed to every registrant. The earlier you register, the better your chances. Don’t miss out!
Start Here: To learn more about our editors and agents, visit our Faculty Page.