Algonkian Author Salon and Writer Conferences News

Top Seven Reasons Why Aspiring Authors Fail to Publish   by Michael NeffAt a conservative estimate, upwards of 250,000 writers in the U.S. are currently struggling to write or find an agent for their first commercial novel or memoir. If you understand this business, you also know why an enormous percentage are unable to make it happen. Below are the top seven reasons why otherwise pa… Read all

Contracts, Success Stories and NewsThe very first day, I was told I needed to rethink the plot of my novel, and work through quite a different story from the one I wrote. I was initially devastated, but intent on keeping an open mind. I returned home wiser about the publishing industry and had to go through the stages of grief over the loss of my 400 -page baby. This was not a conference for write… Read all

Actor/producer Morgan Freeman and REVELATIONS ENTERTAINMENT have optioned, "The Black Panthers: A Story of Race, War, and Courage. The 761st Tank Battalion in World War II," for a feature film. The project has interested Mr. Freeman for some time and he has finally found his right book. Gina M. DiNicolo, an Author Salon and New York Pitch Conference alum, authored the work. And how did this c… Read all

Thriller ‘Edge of Normal’ Being Adapted as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)Bold Films is developing the thriller “The Edge of Normal” as a movie after outbidding several other potential buyers for Matt Venne’s script, Variety has learned exclusively. The project, based on Carla Norton’s 2013 novel, is being produced by Bold’s Michel Litvak, Matthew Rhodes and Lisa Zambri, along with Indust… Read all

Acclaimed author of "The Fiction Class," NYC workshop leader Susan Breen launches a new mystery series with Maggie Dove, about a beloved Sunday school teacher who must nab a murderer after she finds her neighbor dead under her beloved oak tree--two-book deal with Dana Isaacson at Alibi, an imprint of Random House, by NYC agent faculty Paula Munier at Talcott Notch agency. DARK RIVER by NYC pi… Read all

 I've yet to leave without requesting manuscript pages from participants. What's more, the manuscripts deliver. I recently signed and sold Gina Damico's YA fantasy in a two book deal to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt after hearing her project pitched at the conference. Serving on the Algonkian faculty has also been tremendously gratifying. Not only does the conference attract a wide variety of wri… Read all

Author Wendy Eckel, a veteran of Algonkian Writer Conferences, joined Author Salon in October, 2011, and worked closely with AS editors, including advisory editors Michael Neff, Penny Warner, and Ken Atchity, to hone her "social media cozy" novel, KILLER ON THE WALL, into a competitive manuscript that was signed by AEI FILMS AND BOOKS in Los Angeles in 2012, and sold to Thomas Dunne Book… Read all

Tessa Woodward of Harper Collins added Kim Van Alkemade's novel ORPHAN NUMBER EIGHT to her list. The novel was pitched to her in Susan Breen's NYC Pitch workshop (women's fiction). Paula Munier of the NYC Pitch faculty is now the agent of record, the relationship brokered by Michael Neff, conference director. During Winter 2015, ORPHAN NUMBER EIGHT was on the NYT Bestseller List for b… Read all

Algonkian Author Salon's Kate Cox has signed with JENNIFER LYONS AGENCY, and we couldn't be more pleased. Kate has attended several Algonkian events, been a member of AAS, and has worked periodically with Algonkian director Michael Neff on her novel, THROUGH CHAGALL'S WINDOW. Her new agent, Jennifer Lyons (the third agent she queried), represents numerous big name authors. The awards they have rec… Read all

Algonkian Author Salon's Anna Newallo has signed with DYSTEL AND GODERICH. She put her novel through the AAS NOVEL WRITING PROGRAM, attended the New York Pitch Conference, and worked personally with Algonkian editorial staff to hone both her novel and her marketing savvy with agents. In Anna's dark and thriller-like novel, FRAGILE WICKED THINGS, a Southern woman falls for her Byronic employer and … Read all