Thursday, February 20, 2014

Time to Publish? 'Books Alive!' is Coming Soon!

Guest blog entry from the organizers of the Books Alive! conference, set for March 29.

George Pelecanos and David Stewart at Books Alive! 2013

Ready to catch a publisher's eye? Register by Feb. 28th for the Books Alive! 2014 early bird discount. Hosted by the Washington Independent Review of Books, this year's conference is set for 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. March 29th at the Bethesda Marriott (Pooks Hill).

Books Alive! has quickly grown into the D.C. area’s seminal conference for writers and book lovers of all types. Register before March 1st to take advantage of the early bird discount. Big-name writers will be participating in panel discussions on everything from mystery, fiction, and politics to self-help, cooking, and children’s books. 

This year, a roster of some of the industry's top agents will again be on hand to hear your book pitches. And some of today's biggest names in publishing will speak about their work and the state of the book industry.

Among the list of distinguished guests are Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Maraniss,  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, bestselling author Laura Lippman, bestselling author Jon Alter, Washington Post columnists (and authors) Fred Bowen and Michelle Singletary, and award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan. (Click here for the full list of speakers.)

“Within a year of my attending [the conference], my book is on track for publication, says aspiring author Alison F., one of last year’s attendees. Without the insights I gained in the interviews with book agents, the panel presentations, and the symposium networking, I would not have found such a reputable publisher and recognition for my work.”

Learn more at  and the Books Alive! homepage. You can also stay connected with The Independent on Twitter via @wirobooks and on Facebook at

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