Explanation of Appointments at Realm Makers
At the annual Realm Makers conference, authors have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with editors, agents, and mentors, whether you attend the conference online or in-person. But what kind of appointment should you choose? Read on for an explanation of the appointment types and who they serve best.
Every registrant has the option to select a pitch appointment at the time of registration! Pitch Appointments are opportunities to convince a publishing house representative to acquire your manuscript or to interest a literary agent in representing you.
*Please note, most professionals taking pitches are in-person only, and a few are also taking virtual appointments. Please check carefully when sign-up time arrives to make sure you can meet with the person you are selecting. (For example, online attendees can’t meet with in-person only editors/agents. Having the most diverse options for appointments is one of the advantages of attending in-person.)
Also DO YOUR RESEARCH. We will make every effort to include our participating editors’ and agents’ editorial needs on our website, but it’s always wise to visit their websites directly to search for submissions requirements.
Every registrant has the option to select a pitch appointment at registration time. These are opportunities to sit down with a seasoned professional—some mentors will be authors, others will be editors, agents or other industry-related experts. These appointments are great if you want to pick someone’s brain who has more experience than you in the world of writing, or a specific area of expertise you need help with.
These appointments work best if you come with a handful of specific questions to ask your mentor of choice. They are not long enough for you to ask the mentor to read your work and give feedback. If this is what you’re looking for, consider a paid critique (info below.)
You can purchase paid critiques as an add-on during registration for $30 each. These appointments are a chance for you to send the first ten pages of your current manuscript to a professional who will comb through it, make comments, and tell you what is working well in your writing as well as where you can improve. You receive an appointment during the conference with your critiquer to discuss their feedback