Want to Publish a Book This Year? There is simply no better way to become a published author than to learn the insider secrets of publishing from the best in the business. To that end, the SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE welcomes bestselling authors, successful literary agents and respected editors from top publishing houses as presenters at its events. Attendees learn how to prepare, publish and promote their work while networking with publishing experts at one of the most professional yet friendliest events for writers. Speed Dating with Agents, sponsored by Writers Digest, is one of the SFWC's best-known sessions. Open only to attendees, ideas and manuscripts are pitched to a ballroom full of agents! Both traditional and self-pubishing classes are taught at the event. There will be an expanded Self-publishing Track sponsored by Smashwords and a Poetry Track sponsored by BookBaby.com this year. In addition to the information-packed weekend conference, there are in-depth PRE/POST Classes open to non-attendees. Free author events are open to the public. See the website for details. The San Francisco Writers Conference is held over President?s Day weekend (February 13-17, 2014) at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. Registration includes access to over 70 concurrent sessions, keynotes, panels, two breakfasts and two lunches, a Gala welcome party and much more. Details are available at www.SFWriters.org. Do you write nonfiction that will change the world in positive ways? Consider the San Francisco Writing for Change Conference on September 6, 2014.