the bookexpoamerica convention is the largest assembly of writers, publishers, bookstore owner's, etc. anywhere n the country. it's held annually, usu n june. last yr it wuz n chicago, but next june (2005) it will b back n nyc, & i'm planning 2 go. it's june 2 - 5. is any1 else considering going? is any1 planning 2 attend a writers wkshop or self-publishing seminar of any kind over the next 12 months? here's a sample of what the morning session of the writers conference looks like: 7:30 AM Registration 8:30 AM Writing the Popular Novel..Room S504 Speaker: Loren Estleman, Author An authority on both criminal history and the American West, Estleman has been called the most critically acclaimed author of his generation. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award, and England's Silver Dagger Award. 9:30 AM What Every Author Should Know About Finding the Right Agent….Room S504 Moderator: Katie Brogan, Editor, Writer’s Market and Guide to Literary Agents Panelists: Michael Larsen, Agent/Author, Larsen – Pomada Agency Donald Maass, Author/Agent, Donald Maass Literary Agency Alice Orr, Agent/Author, No More Rejections Elizabeth Pomada, Agent/Author, Larsen – Pomada Agency 10:45 AM Breakout Workshops: The Best Way to… A. Craft Queries & Synopses……………..Room S504 Moderator: Kristin Godsey, Editor, Writer’s Digest magazine Panelists: Pamela K. Brodowsky, Agent/Author, Secrets of Successful Query Letters Lisa Tucker, award-winning Simon & Schuster novelist Alice Orr, Agent/Author, No More Rejections B. Create a Nonfiction Book Proposal…………..Room S503 Speaker: Jane Friedman, Acquisitions Editor, Writer’s Digest Books C. Write the Breakout Novel……………Room S505 Speaker: Donald Maass, Author/Agent, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook 12:00 - Noon LUNCH (To include the presentation of the John T. Lupton New Voices in Literature awards) f u want 2 view the rest: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/App/...id=325&campaignid=142&iUserCampaignID=6773265 they also hv a day set aside 4 black publications i'm seriously interested n the answers, but i will admit, i also put this up jus 2 get manasiac's 'blk comics convention', which is still hanging around since april, off the home page. it wuz starting 2 draw flies.