Writing the Novel
From Idea to Readers’ Hands
Presented by John DeDakis
Thursday, August 20, 2020, 2:00-4:50 pm
$65 for registered attendees / $119 for unregistered participants
Journalist, novelist, and writing coach John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” DeDakis is the author of five novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series. His fourth novel, Bullet in the Chamber, is the winner of Reviewers Choice, Foreword INDIES, and Feathered Quill book awards. In his most recent novel, Fake, Lark is a White House correspondent dealing with “fake news” in the era of #MeToo. DeDakis regularly teaches novel writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland and the Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. He is also an amateur jazz drummer. Visit him at www.johndedakis.com
Breakout Workshop Information
Breakout sessions are $20 each.
Are you a writer with specific questions you would like addressed? Do you want a chance to sit with an author in a small intimate setting and discuss the business of writing and getting published? Then a breakout session may be just the answer.
These limited-attendance question-answer sessions are conducted by professional authors, publishing professionals, and marketing specialists with the sole purpose of providing information that attendees can utilize in their writing careers, but without the pressure of being in a larger panel or whole-group setting.
- Open to all attendees of Killer Nashville!
- Enrollment is limited.
- Please note that some sessions take place concurrently.
- It is not possible to attend more than one breakout session per day.
- Breakout sessions are interchangeable; you need only talk to a Killer Nashville staff member or volunteer.
1. Getting & Keeping an Agent
2. Building an Author Platform
3. The Reality of Hollywood for Authors
4. Self-Publishing through IngramSpark
5. Effective Online Book Marketing
6. You Majored in What? Designing Your Individual Author Path
7. Writing the Short Story
8. Getting the Most Action from Your Author Blog
9. The Power of an Effective Author Website
Killer Nashville offers manuscript critiques to its registered attendees for the low additional charge of $55 per critique.
“I just heard from the agent that gave a critique for the ten pages I sent in, ten pages from a short story! She really LIKED IT!! She wants to see a whole manuscript. After I reminded her it was a short story, she said ‘Oh, that’s right.’ She also said she would be HAPPY to see a manuscript from me if I decide to turn the short story into a novel. I’m so excited I can’t see straight! And it all happened because of Killer Nashville!!!!” – Amy Denton, Author
A manuscript critique offers a specialized one-on-one meeting with a professional writer or literary agent who will read a section of your manuscript and then offer you a face-to-face analysis of what works and what does not in your submission. It is a unique opportunity and one of the features that makes The Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference such an indispensable tool for writers. If you want to see how your work appeals to the professionals, choose an agent or editor. If you prefer a more detailed craft analysis, you may prefer to choose an author for your critique.
Fiction Critique: A published author or agent will read and critique the first ten pages (or to the end of the chapter) of your novel. All manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable” font.
Non-Fiction Critique: An publisher or agent will read and critique the first ten pages (or to the end of the chapter) of your non-fiction book or article. Your manuscript should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable” font.
Short Story Critique: A published author or agent will read and critique your short story (up to ten pages). All manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable” font.
Query Critique: An agent, published author, or the leader of a query-writing workshop will read and critique your query letter. The query letter should be no more than one page long, in standard query format and in 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable font.”