2013 Fall Big Apple Conference

New York, New York
Saturday, October 12, 2013
2013 Fall Big Apple Conference
Saturday, October 12, 2013 8:00 AM -
Sunday, October 13, 2013 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10016
United States

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Saturday, October 12

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Keynote and Workshop (with break for lunch) 


If your book has a message or information you know can change people’s lives and you have a passion to reach an even wider audience; your book may be born to be a brand. Whether non-fiction or even some fiction. A book can transform your business and your life. The trick is first knowing your best book idea and how to position, brand and write it even before you write a word. In this informative, interactive and light-hearted keynote, women will learn:
(a) The benefits of becoming a brand.
(b) How to know if you’re wired, too tired or ready to go on this adventure.
(c) How to overcome concerns and gain confidence that the business side of books is for you even if you don’t think you’re “salesy.”


Are you writing with your unique voice or is yours a case of mistaken identity? You can’t tell a true story before you know your true voice. Whether that story is fact or fiction.  
Find your voice and your story will follow. But for a great many writers, tapping into the “writer’s voice” can be like going on an archeological dig—without tools. In this interactive eye, ear and heart opening workshop, writers will be coached by Leah and each other to tap into the voice that can open floodgate to words that flow, a soul purpose that delights and a lot more fun! The most beloved books have the most believable voices. And you’ve got the voices! 


Leah is a fearless (and funny) story and voice advocate, author, coach, editor, agent-connector and brand evangelist who helps writers take a book from pulp to publish to brand and beyond.  She has helped more than 200 writers including her students in the UCLA Writer's Program. Leah is referred to as "My Muse" by authors she has helped get on the New York Times bestsellers list. She is herself an author of 20 New York published books; including bestsellers and a memoir that sold in a bidding war of 6 publishers and was then bought by Hollywood. Leah is also a story strategist to small businesses and some of the world's biggest brands.    

Sunday, October 13

8:30 am - 9:30 am Registration

9:30 am - 10:30 am Open Fiction Critiques

10:45 am - 11:45 am Open Nonfiction Critiques

You may attend both of the critique sessions, but may only have your piece critiqued in ONE session. Please bring a hard copy of your piece for the instructor, double-spaced. You will have 3 minutes (approximately 400 words) to read your piece in front of the audience. The instructor will then provide feedback for 5 minutes. Please time yourself reading aloud prior to the event so you will end your reading at an appropriate spot.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Author's Panel 

Our member authors will briefly discuss the process of writing and publishing their book.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Author Book Fair & Lunch Break

Opportunity to purchase member books and chat with our authors.

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Meet the Agents panel session

Our literary panel will introduce themselves, their agency, and their author interests.

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Meet the Agents pitch session

Pitch your project to agents and publishers in a one-on-one setting. By appointment only. Link to online sign-up sheet will be emailed to registrants, along with an information packet listing the details and interests of each literary professional.




Contact Information

Payment Instructions

    There are NO REFUNDS**

    Member Pricing
    (Not sure of membership status? Contact us by email)

    Full weekend - $275
    Saturday - $175
    Sunday morning: Open Critiques, Author Panel and Book Fair - $100
    Sunday afternoon: Meet the Agents Panel and Pitch Session - $120

    Non-Member Pricing

    Full weekend - $350
    Saturday - $205
    Sunday morning: Open Critiques, Author Panel and Book Fair - $115
    Sunday afternoon: Meet the Agents Panel and Pitch Session - $140
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