A Bridge to Publication

The Bayou Writers Group, Inc.’s, annual conference, A BRIDGE TO PUBLICATION, is set for Saturday, November 10, 2012. Visit this page for information about a scholarship for writers.

Visit this page to print a downloadable PDF registration form–registration is open now!

Visit this page for a schedule of conference events.

Don’t forget our ON THE WALL CONTEST. No entry fee; if you win you’ll get in FREE at the 2013 conference. You have to grab an editor’s or reader’s attention on your first page. Send us your best first page, 250 words max, double-spaced. Put your name on the back of the sheet, not on the front. Conferees will read all entries and vote for their favorite. Mail your first page with your registration fee to Bayou Writers’ Group, Inc., P. O. Box 1402, Lake Charles, LA 70602.

Good luck!

Bayou Writers Group members — please see THIS PAGE for information about GATOR BITES!

BWG is proud to offer you the following conference speakers:

I.  Jessica Roach Ferguson – Fiction and nonfiction writer; “The Power of a Made-Up Mind.” Her website is http://jessyferguson.blogspot.com. (Jessica replaces Deborah LeBlanc.)

II.  Dr. Stella Nesanovich – Dr. Nesanovich, a poet who has published many poems and several chapbooks, will speak about “Using the Local and Personal in Poetry.” She is Professor Emerita of English at McNeese State University. Her website is http://www.nesanovich.com/.

III.  Linda Yezak – Editor for Port Yonder Press. “The Importance of the Editing Process.” Ms. Yezak’s webpage is http://lindayezak.com/ Ms. Yezak will be taking submissions at the conference in her capacity as acquisitions editor for Port Yonder Press, and you may sign up at the conference for a 15 minute pitch session. Get there early to get your name on the schedule!

You need to bring a submission packet that includes the following:

1) A query letter that states the name and genre of the book as well as the word count.
2) A short 1-2 line blurb
3) A short back-cover style blurb
4) Something about the author – a short bio.
5) A one to two page synopsis (that includes how the book ends)
6) The first three chapters
7) Be sure to include all of your contact information as well.

Port Yonder Press wants family friendly manuscripts in every genre except romance. Family friendly isn’t as strict as it might sound. Think PG-13. Some mild language is allowed, mysteries can involve murder (but gore is not welcome), non-sexual romantic scenes are allowed in genres that aren’t focused on romance. PYP IS NOT looking for Christian content right now, but they aren’t disregarding it. By the time of the conference they may need more.

Creative nonfiction is welcome, exceptional memoirs are possible, but she is not not looking for devotionals or poetry. Poets may query directly to the PYP site: http://portyonderpress.com/

However, she is also representing Hartline Literary AGENT TERRY BURNS, and those wishing to pitch Christian fiction material for agent representation are welcome.


IV.  Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy – Dr. Saloy will speak about folktelling and poetry, and she will give a reading. See Dr. Saloy’s website at http://www.monalisasaloy.com/Welcome.html


V.  C. Hope Clark — Ms. Clark  will present “How Writers Make Money.” Look her up on the web at www.chopeclark.com. Ms. Clark runs FundsforWriters.com and is the author of Lowcountry Bribe, the first of the Carolina Slade Mystery Series.


VI.  Brooks Sherman – Agent with FinePrint Literary Management (http://fineprintlit.com ), 240 W. 35th Street, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001. You can find him on Twitter at @byobrooks. Mr. Sherman will lead an interactive session on how to land/keep/work with an agent. He is actively seeking new material and will take pitches at the conference. Sign-up sheets will be on the registration tables. Get there early to assure a spot on the schedule and bring with you the following items for your pitch session:  a query letter and the first ten (10) pages of your manuscript.

Mr. Sherman is seeking material in the following areas:

— On the adult side, literary and upmarket fiction running the gamut from contemporary (with an eye toward multicultural or satirical) to speculative (particularly urban/contemporary fantasy, horror/dark fantasy, and slipstream). Brooks also has a weakness for historical fiction and a burgeoning interest in crime fiction. For nonfiction, he is particularly interested in works that focus on current events, history, and pop science/sociology.

— On the children’s side, he is looking to build a list of boy-focused Middle Grade novels (all subgenres, but particularly fantasy adventure and contemporary), and is open to YA fiction of all types except paranormal romance.

— Other genres in which Mr. Sherman is not interested are women’s fiction, romance, and picture books.

Mr. Sherman is specifically seeking projects that balance strong voice with gripping plot lines; he particularly enjoys flawed (but sympathetic) protagonists and stories that organically blur the lines between genres. Stories that make him laugh earn extra points. Recent favorites include Whiteman by Tony D’Souza, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, the Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey, The Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer, and Horns by Joe Hill.

Brooks Sherman spent a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in bucolic West Africa and a one-year stint in the savage jungles of Hollywood. He joined FinePrint Literary Management as an intern in 2010 and now, as an associate agent, is actively seeking a range of both fiction and nonfiction projects.

How to contact: Please send queries via email to brooks [at] fineprintlit [dot] com.