by Gardner Browning
GENRE: science fiction contemporary/post-apocalyptic
A microscopic parasite has crippled humanity with night terrors and paralyzing anxiety. In this world of increasing dystopia, hope yet remains in Karma City. But when mercenary drifter, Jameson Shoals, learns that a famous scientist has created a stronger parasite to kill the original, it isn’t until the bodies litter the streets that he realizes the horrifying truth: the new parasite is a killer with a mind of its own, and upon dominating Patient Zero, this killer acquires legs, hands, and eyes. It falls upon Shoals and his partner, a deadly female mercenary, to stop PZ and his mob before they can overcome and supplant humankind.
Though the degradation in society perpetuated by the Malady parasite crippled advancements in industry and commerce, coal mining prevailed in the mountains and parts beyond Karma City, producing abundant fuel for steam engines and thermal power plants. As a result, the railroad had become the people’s last lifeline. Two 4-8-4 steam locomotives, antiquated yet reliable engines, wheeled along cardinal tracks transporting people, medicine and goods back and forth from Karma, Rime, Lobos and many other unnamed stops in the endless Void Lands. The masters of these locomotives were the rifle-bearing men and women sworn to a life on the tracks— the cold-hearted, Iron Tribe.
Topic: The Greatest Literary Conference
Any serious writer should apply for acceptance to attend the New York Pitch Conference. This exclusive, four-day workshop happens in the heart of New York City and it will change your life for the better. Simply put, when it comes to networking opportunities, education, and a solid reality check for your story, it doesn’t get any better than this event. It changed my life and made me a better writer, but only because I had the right mindset.
This conference is not for the weak or timid. Let me explain.
The event takes place on the 16th floor of a high-rise in midtown. It is a large multi-art studio floor with many different artist groups working on their craft. Mostly dancing and theatre groups. Three large open studio rooms serve the three writing work groups, each lead by expert workshop leaders: an accomplished writer, a Rockstar literary agent, and the event director who is also an expert editor and publisher. Over the span of four days, these leaders guide their groups toward forming a pitch—a short and powerful synopsis that effectively communicates the major points of the story and hooks the listener. Each writer then gets the heart-pounding opportunity to pitch their work, one-on-one, to a major publishing house editor in the hopes that he or she will request the manuscript for further review. Four chances to pitch to four major publishers. This is an incredible chance and a writer can find success in following ways:
First, the writer can gain an understanding of what works in their novel and what doesn’t work. By learning to write a pitch, it forces the writer to think about the major aspects of the story: first major plot point, antagonist’s goals and the stakes. Understanding these elements gives the writer a clear picture of his or her own story. If one of these is weak or missing, there’s a critical problem that needs fixing.
Second, pitching helps a writer communicate and deliver an effective hook for his or her story to grab one’s attention and draw in a reader. This is incredibly useful and invaluable.
Third, the reality check is what matters the most. If no publisher requests the writer’s story for further consideration, then there’s work to be done. Fix it! Rewrite it. Reimagine it. Or, scrap it and move on to something that will hook them next time.
The New York Pitch Conference helped me grow as a writer and it provided me with very strong professional connections in the literary world. I attended the event several times and each time, I approached it with an open mind, positive attitude and a desire to get better. Thanks to this conference, I received opportunities that lead to the publication of my new novel, Karma City. Now, I have the honor of assisting at the conference as a writing coach and I am able to give back and use what I’ve learned to help other writers find success. Check out the link to learn more about this wonderful event.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Gardner Michael Browning is an award-winning author and professional wrestler. In addition to receiving a New Hampshire Literary Award, two of his novels were part of an international English literacy program for middle grade readers. Browning enjoys classic literature, fishing, playing guitar and spending time with his family.
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