YWS Publishing Summit 2019

Venture out. Persist on. Reach the peak.

Saturday, March 30
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Canadian Valley Technology Center, El Reno, OK

Are you ready to climb Publishing Peak and achieve the author dream? Come join the Yukon Writers' Society at our Publishing Summit on Saturday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the conference center in Canadian Valley Technology Center, El Reno, Oklahoma.
Our goal is to help beginner, advanced, and in-between writers venture out in the publishing world, persist through the rejections and obstacles, and reach the peak of publication. 


Our Presenters


Query Letter Review Form

Name *
Copy and paste your query letter (fiction books only) in the space below.

How Can I Delete-Proof My Query Letter?

Acquisitions Editor for Fawkes Press, TwylaBeth Lambert loves seeing and developing writers' potential and helping bring their projects to readers. Her ability to notice patterns, hear the unasked questions, and make connections helps create continuity, identify opportunities, and build networks. She loves finding a snag in a manuscript, something that just isn't working, helping identify why, then cheering as the author brilliantly transforms a weak spot into something beautiful. Follow her on Facebook.

Session: Using actual sample query letters, we'll take an up-close look at what takes a query to a request for submission. What makes an agent click delete? Did she even read it? What does she want to know that I'm not telling her? Why are her query rules different from that other agent's?

Note: TwylaBeth will be reviewing up to 10 query letters from Publishing Summit attendees and will spend some time explaining their strengths and weaknesses. If you would like for her to potentially review your query letter (fiction only), please fill out the form. Attendees have until March 15 to submit. Only paid attendees are allowed to submit. Scroll down to purchase.



Literary Agent Q&A

Amy Brewer wears many hats everyday, from literary agent at Metamorphosis, to co-author of the Texting Prince Charming series, to social media manager, to yoga teacher. Her intuitive human understanding can help other writers bridge the communication gap and jump into the traditional publishing world. Her experience in the mental health field and yoga training help her guide and assist clients with stress and anxiety in this highly competitive industry. All of this is pulled together with a multi-tasking and hyper-organized brain, so that at the end of every day she feels accomplished and grateful.

Session: Have you always wanted to pitch your story to an agent? In this interactive Q&A session, Amy will answer all of your questions and coach you on how to make a great pitch. After the class practices pitching on each other, two (or three) brave volunteers will have the opportunity to pitch Amy and have their pitch critiqued, giving you the opportunity to pitch an agent and be considered for representation.


Crime Fiction That Captivates

Lucie Smoker is a suspense author and freelance writer specializing in the arts. Her first book, DISTORTION from Buzz Books USA, reached the Kindle Top 10 in Crime Fiction|Murder. Along with other writers and celebrities, she was featured in THE BEST ADVICE IN SIX WORDS from St. Martin's Griffin. Her articles have appeared in Salon, Mystery Scene and Western Art and Architecture among many magazines. Her short stories include "Retribution" (Buzz Books USA, 2012), multi-award-winner "In the Company of Forever" (OutsideIn Literary Travel Zine, 2014), and "My Husband's Mostly True Guide to the False Economies of Eco Mowers" (THE WARP AND WEFT OF THINGS, 2016). Her micro-poetry was featured in VEILS, HALOS AND SHACKLES from Kasva Press. She is addicted to Twitter and writes creek-side. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or visit her website.

Session: We'll learn about the goals of crime fiction and the basic structures of mystery and thriller plots, plus the "rules" of the various subgenres (which are made to be broken).


Legal Issues for Writers

Marvin Ludlum is a well-seasoned lawyer and professor (UCO) and has made presentations to numerous conferences. Marty is also an award-winning magician (his fall-back job). In his spare time, Marty is an undiagnosed fiction novelist.

Session: What should I look for in contracts with publishers? With agents? How can I protect myself from liability? What does copyright actually mean? No-nonsense advice from a seasoned lawyer.



The Schedule*

10:00 AM — Introductions & Information

10:15 AM — Reading, Carolyn Blevins, Frog Boy

10:30 AM — TwylaBeth Lambert, How Can I Delete-Proof My Query Letter?

11:30 AM — Break + Game

11:40 AM — Amy Brewer, Literary Agent Q&A

12:30 PM — Lunch + Game

1:30 PM — 5-minute Testimony + Game

1:45 PM — Lucie Smoker, Crime Fiction That Captivates

3:15 PM — Break + Game

3:30 PM — Marvin Ludlum, Legal Issues for Writers

4:20 PM — Break + Winners Announced + Giveaways

5:00 PM — Closing Remarks

5:30 PM — Head to The Lokal for dinner (Bison Room)

*More information to come. Please note schedule can change.

The Venue

Canadian Valley Technology Center,
El Reno, Oklahoma

6505 OK-66, El Reno, OK 73036

Go to Seminar C


The Prizes


You get a prize, and you get a prize! Everyone gets a prize!

  1. Master Class (any writing class of the winner’s choosing): We recommend the following: Margaret Atwood, R. L. Stine, James Patterson, Dan Brown, and Judy Blume.

  2. Kindle Unlimited Subscription: If you win and already have a subscription, we have a backup: Scrivener!

  3. Stack of Books: Our favorite books in line with this year’s theme are Publishing 101 by Jane Friedman; Guide to Literary Agents 2019; The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman; and Writers Market 2019.

The Food



Urban Taco Shop

We’ll be devouring tacos like it’s Taco Tuesday. The Urban Taco Shop will be catering our taco bar, so be prepared to eat some delicious food. If you have food allergies, please notify us or consider packing a lunch.



On sale until March 1, 2019

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