The publishing world has secrets. Secrets can't be kept forever.
Laura Belmont has finished writing her first novel. She hopes it will change her life.
She applies to the Clymer Workshop, one of the oldest writers' conferences in the country. Her plan is to connect with one of the famous staff authors or a literary agent who will help her get a publishing contract.
But the conference isn't like what she had expected. She wonders if the manuscript assignments are unspoken messages. Are the better manuscripts assigned to the most famous staff writers? And why aren't the agents and editors promised in the brochure approachable?
She goes to creative writing workshops unaware of the literary politics being played by the famous authors teaching her—the favors made, the courtesies given, the grudges held. She listens to their lectures unaware of the publishing pressures they face and the secrets they aren't sharing.
When the only offer Laura gets comes with a veiled threat, she believes attending the conference was an expensive mistake. Then something extraordinary happens that makes her change her mind.
The Writers' Conference is a fun read for everyone, and a useful education for anyone who might be thinking of a writing career. The story moves along quickly and holds the reader's interest all the way to the exciting (and surprising) ending. Peter C. Foster, author.