New York City Conference
General Information * Registration * Hotel * Schedule of Events * Traveling Companion Package
   Affinia Manhattan Hotel, New York City, NY

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Schedule of Events

THURSDAY (March 27, 2008)

  • 7:00 p.m. –10:00 p.m.  Early Registration and "Welcome!" Gathering
    Stop by the Ninc president's hotel suite to socialize with other attendees and pick up your nametag and program booklet.


  • 7:45 – 9:00 Registration

  • 8:00 – 9:30 Continental Breakfast/Welcome

  • 8:45 – 9:30 The NINC Legal Defense Fund & Why You Might Need It
    David Wolf

  • 9:45 – 10:30 Keynote Speech—Theresa Rebeck

  • 10:45 – 11:45 Going Beyond the Breakout Novel to the Breakout Career
    Donald Maass, Donald Maass Agency
    Joshua Bilmes, JABberwocky Literary Agency
    Peter Rubie, Peter Rubie Agency

  • 11:45 – 1:00 Lunch break

  • 1:00 – 2:00 What’s New in the World of Publishing?
    Daisy Maryles, Executive Editor, Publishers Weekly
    Dennis Loy Johnson, Publisher, Melville House
    Carl Lennertz, marketing, HarperCollins

  • 2:15 – 3:15 Taking Chances in Publishing
    Jennifer Crusie, author
    Jennifer Enderlin, VP and Executive Editor, St. Martin’s Press

  • 3:30 – 4:30 The Art of the Deal
    Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group

  • 4:45 – 6:00 Editor Roundtables
    The list of participating editors includes:
    Tom Colgan, Executive Editor, Berkley PrimeCrime
    Kate Duffy, Editor, Kensington Publishing Company
    Jennifer Enderlin, VP and Executive Editor, St. Martin's Press
    Tracy Farrell, Executive Editor, HQN Books
    Lucia Macro, Executive Editor, Avon
    Betsy Mitchell, Executive Editor and VP, Del Rey
    Dianne Moggy, Editorial Director, Global Single Title, Harlequin
    Shauna Summers, Senior Editor, Bantam

  • 6:00 – 7:30 Cocktail Reception

“Adding to the conference excitement is our Editor Round Table session. . .a chance for conference registrants to talk in small group sessions with ten editors from major houses. Women's fiction, thrillers, suspense, fantasy, romance...NINC has it all, and members will have a chance to find out what they want.”
     — Holly Jacobs, Assistant Conference Coordinator


  • 8:00 – 9:30 Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00 – 10:00 All About the Soaps
    Jill Hurst, Guiding Light

  • 10:15 – 11:15 Graphic Novels: The Latest Craze
    Alisa Kwitney, author, DC comics
    Tricia Narwani, Publishing Associate, Del Ray Manga
    GB Tran, graphic novel artist

  • 11:30 – 12:30 The Exploding YA Market
    Nicole Burnham, author
    Nadia Cornier, Firebrand Literary Agency

  • 12:30 – 2:00 Lunch break

  • 2:00 – 2:45 The Truth about Publishing in the 21st Century
    Lori Perkins, Lori Perkins Agency

  • 3:00 – 4:00 Multipublished Yet Stuck Without An Agent? Tell Me Why!
    Emily Sylvan Kim, Prospect Agency
    Lois Winston, Ashley Grayson Agency
    Lori Perkins, Lori Perkins Agency

  • 4:15 – 5:15 Will A Publicist Help Your Career?
    Shannon Aviles, independent publicist
    Jamie Brickhouse, HarperCollins speaker bureau
    Sharon Heede, independent publicist

Saturday 9:00 p.m. (Members Only)

~ Coffee and Talk to Wire and Inspire NiteOwls ~

Flash Round Discussions:

  • "What Works & What Doesn't" with Internet Promotions:
    Blogging ~ Kathryn Shay, Facilitator
    Book Trailers ~ Mary Jo Putney, Facilitator
    New Multimedia Promotions ~ Susan Kearney, Facilitator
    MySpace ~ Lisa Wanttaja, Facilitator
    Podcasting ~ Melinda Rucker Haynes, Facilitator

  • Promotions and Career Open Discussion, Wrap Up:
    Lynn Miller, Facilitator


  • 9:00 – 10:30 Annual General Meeting and Brainstorming for Next Year's Conference

  • 10:45 – 11:45 Where’s the Clout?
    Vicki Lewis Thompson
    Susan Kearney
    Ken Casper

  • 12:00 – 12:30 Sunday Vignettes
    The Marketing Challenges Of Writing in More Than One Genre
    Lea Wait and others

  • 12:30 – 2:00 Lunch break

  • 2:00 – 2:30 Sunday Vignettes
    General Topics of pertinent interest to writers

  • 2:45 – 3:45 Breakout sessions: Career Help

    1. Orphaned       
    2. Agent Hunting            
    3. Switching genres             
    4. Switching publishers
    5. Getting to the next level 
    6. Dealing with editor/agent problems 
    7. I’ve done the trailer, now what?

  • 4:00 – 4:30 Conference Wrap Up and Members Dessert Reception

Sunday 8:00 p.m. (Members Only)
NiteOwls It’s All About YOU the Novelist After-Party

Relax, eat, drink, laugh, and win prizes playing the thrilling career novelist’s game, YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE©, where you’ll pit your desires, career goals, and talents against your hidden personal saboteurs, editors, agents, and other novelists' challenges to win in the market and in life.

Where: Conference Chair, Lynn Miller's Suite
Admission: Potluck food or drink
Dress: Come dressed as you are when you write. All manner of outfits are welcome.

     —Melinda Rucker Haynes
        Director, Ninc NiteOwls NYC 08 

Special Opportunities, Tours & Attractions

Backstage TV Tour, Thursday

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2008.

Time: TBD (approximately 1 hr. tour)

(We are still working out details with the production company and with our speaker, Jill Hurst. She has indicated that we will probably not have an actual time until later this fall. As soon as we have an actual time, we will post the information here. )

Deadline:  All entries for this lottery must be in by January 15, 2008.  We will contact the winners within the next week.

The Tour:

Jill Hurst will lead a tour backstage. See first-hand how one of the most popular soap opera programs in the world is created. You’ll get fascinating tidbits, meet and greet staff, and get the inside scoop on the world of writing daytime drama. We can only take 4-8 people, so we're going to hold a lottery.

The Lottery:

The lottery parameters are still being determined and will be posted here and on NincLink when available. See more about the signup requirement on the registration page. 

You must complete conference registration to be eligible for this lottery drawing. Sign up today.

Literary Greenwich Village, Thursday

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2008

Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm  (Stay and have dinner in the Village afterwards if you want)

Meeting Place: The tour meets at the Arch at Washington Square Park, on Fifth Avenue just south of 8th St. Minimum Group for Tour.

Cost: $40.00 per person, with a minimum group of 10 people to hold the price. 

The Tour:

Manhattan historian Joyce Gold presents a 2 hr. walking tour of the history of Greenwich Village literary life. Greenwich Village is renowned for its concentration of novelists, poets, playwrights, and writers of detective fiction, short stories, and muckraking exposés.

We will visit these authors’ homes, hangouts, and drinking establishments, and examine how the vibrant literary community of New York evolved over time and remains one of the world’s most prolific centers of writing and publishing.


Be sure to stay for the final night of the conference, Sunday, March 30, 2008.  Our NiteOwl session is designed to close the conference with a fun bang!  Melinda Haynes has designed a great interactive event for us and we want all to take advantage of it.  Ninc must still pay for the hotel room block on Sunday night, so make it a real getaway and leave on Monday. 

See you there. 

More To Do

Other wonderful tours are available at You can take the “Foods of New York Tours, Inc.” Or tour Sex and the City hotspots, take a “Ghost Tour,” a boat tour at night around Manhattan, or just plain sightsee and shop. New York has it all!