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Powerful Holiday Gift Gives Writers What They Need to Become Published Authors
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Each year a few lucky writers are given the gift of the San Francisco Writers Conference by a loved one during the holidays; but many more writers give the gift to themselves. Either way, this is a gift that gives attendees access to information that is crucial to building a writing career.

San Francisco, CA—12/1/09—The 2010 San Francisco Writers Conference—February 12-14, 2010 at the InterContinetal Mark Hopkins Hotel—will feature 100 literary agents, bestselling authors and editors from major publishing companies. Writers with a desire to become published authors look to the San Francisco Writers Conference as the best way to pitch their manuscripts to literary agents and editors. The San Francisco Writers Conference is extending a holiday early registration rate through the holidays until the end of December 2009. For event details, go to www.SFWriters.org.

Keynoters and bestselling authors for 2010 will include Jacquelyn Mitchard (Deep End of the Ocean), Steve Berry (The Charlemagne Pursuit), Dan Poynter (The Self-Publishing Manual), and Susan Wiggs (Fireside). However, most attendees come to the San Francisco Writers Conference to pitch their work, find an agent and get published. Editors from Random House, Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Jossey-Bass (Wiley), Seal Press, Walker and Mira Books will be representing traditional publishing. There will also be self-publishing options to explore and workshops lead by Keith Ogorek (Author Solutions) and Diane Gedymin (Get Published!).

SFWC Directors Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada, themselves literary agents and authors, have built a conference that works for writers. Attendees have access to fifty "how to" sessions & panels with experts such as Jane Friedman (Writer’s Digest). ‘Speed Dating for Agents’ and ‘Ask-a-Pro’ are opportunities for attendees to pitch their work directly to publishing professionals. Celebrity book signings and social gatherings add to the excitement of the event.

This will be the seventh annual San Francisco Writers Conference. The event has sold out EVERY year and attracts attendees from almost every state and several foreign countries. “The secret is that just 300 attendees can attend the conference. Word has spread that this is an event where you get unequalled networking with major presenters and other attendees,” says SFWC Marketing Director Barbara Santos.

The SFWC Writing Contest is another route to ultimately getting published and it is open to non-attendees. According to SFWC Contest Director Laurie McLean, many of the past winners have published their work using Author Solution packages they won (part of their prize) and several authors have been published by traditional publishers thanks to the exposure the contest offers.

If you can only go to one writers’ conference this year, it makes sense to attend one that will truly help you get published. For event and contest details or online registration, go to www.SFWriters.org

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2010 SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE. February 12th-14th at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. Enhance your writing and launch your writing career! Network with literary agents, editors, publishers and bestselling authors including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Steve Berry and Susan Wiggs. See event and contest details at www.SFWriters.org or 1-866-862-7392.

San Francisco, CA