Books Alive! 2013

The Washington Independent Review of Books Annual Conference










Click here to register for Books Alive! 2013.

Click here to read the list of literary agents that will be in attendance.

Click here to go the conference schedule page.


You, George Pelecanos, Alice McDermott, Laura Lippmann, Marita Golden, Sara Taber, Michael Dirda, William McPherson, Marie Arana —and more than a dozen of the writing world’s leading agents who want to hear your pitch.


The Washington Independent Review of Books 2013 Conference, featuring one-on-one pitches with literary agents.


June 8

8 AM: Registration 

9-5 PM: Conference (Lunch Included)


Bethesda Marriott Conference Center 

5701 Marinelli Rd, 

Bethesda, MD 20852


Pitch your memoir/biography/history/mystery idea, learn tools for better writing, tips for better marketing, and the insiders scoop on the publishing industry.


Announcing the new “not-quite-early-bird” rate. From now until the day of the Books Alive! 2013 conference at the North Bethesda Marriott, the pre-conference rate will be $220. The full rate of $240 will apply to anyone who hasn’t registered and paid prior to the conference. Don’t wait until June 8. Save $20 and secure a seat at the panels and pitch sessions with up to three authors agents.

Full-time students can get a discounted registration rate of $125 by providing proof of full-time status. 

This conference fee includes your opportunity to pitch your idea or manuscript directly to professional agents. We’ll work to match your project with the most appropriate agent(s). 

Click here to register online

To pay by check, please make your check payable to “Washington Independent Review of Books” and mail it to:

Washington Independent Review of Books
633 Spring Street
Herndon, VA 20170

Be sure to include your contact info with your payment.

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