Attendance at a writers’ conference like Maranatha provides writers with an opportunity you’ll get almost nowhere else: the chance to sit down face to face, one on one, with an editor from a major publishing house, or an agent, or a social media expert or publicity specialist or freelance editor, and find out what advice they can give you—or what service they might perform that you need. Writers often complain about how hard it is to catch the ear of an editor—here’s your chance! For the twenty-minute duration of your free appointment, they’re your captive audience.
You can, as we explain on the CONFERENCE SCHEDULE tab, pay extra for Premium Consultations, which are longer, focused consultation with Tim Haines about social media or with Lissa Halls Johnson about her review and editing of your manuscript. But your twenty-minute consultations with our faculty are free—and we encourage you to take advantage of them! They’re one of the most important things that happens at the conference. You wonder if one of the participating publishers might be interested in your manuscript? This is your chance to find out.
When you arrive at the conference on Monday, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for consultations. Appointment schedules for some faculty members fill up quickly, but we’ll do all we can to help you meet with the faculty members you seek. Note that there will be no advance sign up for the free consultations, and preference is given to full-time registrants.