Welcome to The Algonkian Writer Conference Blog

Algonkian offered me the opportunity to be part of a real writers group where my ideas and evolving characters were first introduced to other writers and potential readers. That critique allowed me to tweak my characters and storyline to perfection. Algonkian's approach in fine tuning my pitch helped me to tighten my manuscript as well. As a result, my manuscript sold to the very first publisher who saw it!

~Roberta Gately, author of Lipstick in Afghanistan

So what does it take to get a novel manuscript accepted by professionals in the New York publishing industry?

The purpose of this blog is to provide a place where aspiring authors and fiction writers can get an inside look at the publishing world, especially in the context of what-it-takes to get a novel published in this tough market.  Our first series of interviews will be with publishing house editors who regularly attend the NYC Pitch and Shop Conference (aka New York Pitch Conference).

We hope this blog will be a continuing source of enlightenment to writers in all genres.

Michael Neff
Year of The Rhinoceros