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Saturday, October 1, 2011, from 9:00 AM to 5:15 PM EDT

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Jim Elledge
MAPW Director

Lisa M. Russell
Georgia Writers Associaiton




The Agents:

Adriann Ranta

While an avid reader of most subjects and themes, Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services is actively acquiring all genres for all age groups, though specializing in children’s and young adult novels. She is most interested in gritty, realistic, true-to-life stories with conflicts based in the real world. She likes edgy, dark, challenging voices, unique settings, and everyman stories told with a new spin.

David Groff

On the staff of Rob Weisbach Creative Management, David Groff is looking for compellingly written narrative—all kinds of fiction (except fantasy and sci-fi), memoir, and literary journalism—along with well-focused books on topics such as parenting, business, politics, history, science, etc.


Kennesaw State University 
Social Science Building Room 1019
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA  30144 



It's Time to Get Serious about Publishing

Welcome to the new complex world of publishing. The Master of Arts in Professional Writing Program and The Georgia Writers Association have teamed up to present this premier event for writers on the campus of Kennesaw State University. The Publishers, Agents & Media Institute is a one-of-a kind conference that will draw from the talents of nationally recognized publishers, self-publishers, social media and digital media experts to present a day of workshops.  Register for the Institute and sign up for 15 minutes with agents David Groff or Adriann Ranta to pitch your writing project.PAMI Speakers


David Blakesley
David Blakesley is the Campbell Chair in Technical Communication and Professor of English at Clemson University. In 2002, he founded Parlor Press, an independent scholarly publishing company that has now released 125 books across 16 book series, involving hundreds of authors. At Clemson, he teaches and writes about print and digital publishing, the future of the book, and writing in the digital age.

David Groff
David Groff is an editor, poet, and writer with more than 25 years’ experience in book publishing.  Along with his job as an independent editor working with authors, publishers, and literary agents, he also scouts and edits for Rob Weisbach Creative Management, which provides development, representation, and career strategy for writers, visual artists, designers, and editors.

Vanessa Lowry
Vanessa Lowry is an author, radio host, speaker, graphic designer and marketing consultant. She leverages nearly 30 years of design and marketing expertise to support book authors who are self-publishing. She has co-authored two books, 30 Days of Gratitude and Improv to Improve Your Business and co-hosts “Write Here, Write Now” on Business once a month.

Ahmad Meradji
Ahmad Meradji has over 25 years of experience in publishing and on-demand printing. He was one of the first individuals involved in setting up the first digital book publishing and on-demand printing models at Xerox, later serving as a consultant in publishing industry. As President and CEO of Booklogix Publishing Services, he is passionate about helping authors self-publish their work, and sharing his extensive knowledge of self-publishing and on-demand printing.

Adriann Ranta
Adriann Ranta is a literary agent at Wolf Literary Services, actively acquiring all genres for all age groups, though specializing in children’s and young adult novels. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Arizona, she served as managing editor of Between the Lines, The Editorial Department’s e-zine focused on the business of publishing, before moving to New York and working as foreign liaison, permissions and rights manager, and scout for Anderson Literary Management.  



Oct. 1, 2011

8:00 - 8:45—Registration

9:00 -11:00—Ahmad Meradji discusses “self-publishing”

11:00 - 1:00—Lunch & book sale (Lunch on your own)

1:00-3:00—Vanessa Lowry discusses “social media for authors”

3:15-5:15—David Blakesley discusses “traditional book publishing”

6:00-8:00—“Meet the Presenters” (Cocktail Party at Papi's on Chastain Road - dutch treat)



Conference Registration: $150. (Ends September 15)

Conference Registration AFTER September 15:  $180.

Additional cost:  $50 to schedule a Meeting with a Literary Agent

(NOTE: Registration to meet with an agent and pitch your book idea ENDS September 15—NO appointments may be made after this date. A pitch meeting with an agent lasts 15 minutes and cost $50. Manuscripts must be sent by September 15 to Dr. Jim Elledge.)

Current pricing ends September 15.



Joint Conference Registration:  $200. for 2 conferences

Publishers, Agents & Media Institute & Red Clay Writers conference

Register by September 15 and save up to $50. on the Red Clay Writers Conference!

The Red Clay Writers Conference will cost $80 for pre-registration and $100 to register the day of the conference. An additional BONUS: GWA will give you ONE YEAR OF FREE MEMBERSHIP TO GEORGIA WRITERS ASSOCIATION if you pre-register for both conferences! (or extend your membership 12 months for free!). 

SPECIAL SAVINGS FOR KSU STAFF/STUDENTS/FACULTY ONLY. This event is partially sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Science and Dean Richard Vengroff. KSU staff, students, and faculty will have free admission to this event with ID at the registration. However, the Agent appointments are NOT FREE to KSU and must be made by October 15. SELECT THE "KSU ONLY" registration for Agent Appointments on the registration page.