Novel Conference 2016



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New Life Presbyterian
Albuquerque, New Mexico

May 14, 2016
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

If you are thinking of writing a novel or if you have a manuscript ready to be published, you won’t want to miss this conference. You will have an opportunity to meet six presenters who will discuss their experiences and who will be able to answer your questions. Their focus will be on Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Children’s and Young Adult, and Mainstream Fiction.

Our scheduled speakers are Mark Gottlieb (Literary Agent, Trident Media Group), Annabella Hochschild (Editorial Assistant, St. Martin’s Press), and authors Joe Badal, Johnny Boggs, Robin Perini, and Caroline Starr Rose. There will also be a limited number of opportunities to pitch your book to Mark Gottlieb or Annabella Hochschild on a first-come basis.

Early Bird Rate (on or before April 14)
♦ SWW Members: $99
♦ Osher Members: $109
♦ Non-members: $119
Regular Rate (after April 14)
♦ SWW Members: $119
♦ Osher Members: $129
♦ Non-members: $139

Student Rate (no early bird rate at this special discount)
♦ SWW Members: $50 with proof of current full-time student status

Registration includes conference presentations, morning and afternoon snacks, a box lunch, and the possibility of a 10-minute pitch session. The conference will be held at the New Life Presbyterian meeting room, 5540 Eubank NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Check in time is 8:30-9:00 am.

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Conference Location
Speakers & Topics


Hotel Accommodations
The Hilton Garden Inn in Albuquerque’s uptown area (6510 Americas Parkway NE, 505-944-0300) is within walking distance of restaurants, pubs, and shops. This will be a very busy weekend because of UNM and APS graduations. Please book early! Here’s the booking information:

Group name:  Southwest Writers
Group code:  SWW
Dates:  May 13-15, 2016
Rates:  $89.00 standard single king-bed or double queen-bed room, single/double occupancy
Cut-off date:  None; rooms are subject to availability.
Guarantee:  Credit card on file
Note:  Cancellation: 24 hours

Three ways to make reservations:
♦ Call 1-800-HILTONS and refer to group code SWW.
♦ Go to, select reservation dates, enter group code SWW.
♦ Use this one-click link with the group code embedded.

Lunch Preference
Conference registration includes lunch provided by Jason’s Deli. Meals come with condiments, chips, a chocolate chip cookie, and drink. Choose one of the following when you register:
♦ Vegetarian: wheat wrap w/mushrooms, spinach, guacamole, pico de gallo, asiago cheese
♦ Ham on croissant
♦ Roasted turkey breast on croissant
♦ Chicken salad wheat wrap w/almonds and pineapple

Pitch Sessions
Agent/editor pitch sessions will be 10 minutes long to be scheduled before and after lunch. We do not guarantee that everyone will get a session. Pitch sessions will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be contacted if you have a spot on the schedule. We will work from a waiting list in case some attendees drop out—so be ready to pitch!

Refund Policy
Full refund if cancellation is received more than 7 days before the conference. From one week out to 24 hours before the conference, participant receives a refund minus $20.00 for associated costs. Inside of 24 hours, participant receives no refund for the conference.

If you have questions, please email SouthWest Writers or call the SWW office at 505-830-6034.


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