From cultivating ideas to making the sale, this track speaks to both new writers and those close to publication. We discuss all important aspects of this profession from craft — character, plot, voice, dialogue — to the business of how to find an agent and what to expect from your editor.
Jamie Ford’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His bestselling follow-up, Songs of Willow Frost, was praised by Pat Conroy: “Ford is a first-rate novelist. With his new book, he takes a great leap forward and demonstrates the uncanny ability to move me to tears.” His work has been translated into 34 languages. He’s still holding out for Klingon (that’s when you know you’ve made it).
Conference note: Jamie Ford is available for seven short critiques.
Kyle Mills is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fifteen political thrillers. He recently took over writing the Mitch Rapp series for the late Vince Flynn and has also contributed books to a series created by Robert Ludlum. He initially found inspiration from his father, the former director of Interpol, and still draws on his contacts in the intelligence community to give his books such realism. Avid outdoor athletes, he and his wife have lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for over twenty years.