2016 SDSU Writers’ Conference: Four Questions with Editor Nicole Sohl of Macmillan Entertainment

Nicole Sohl

Nicole Sohl

If you’re a writer with a dream, get one step closer to being a writer with an agent. Learn how to hone your craft, your pitch, and your query, at the conference with a long history of launching careers.

The SDSU Writers’ Conference was among the first to pioneer 1:1 appointments with agents and editors, giving you unprecedented access to top-tier publishing professionals — many of whom interact with unpublished authors only through conferences.

The 32nd annual conference is Jan. 22-24, 2016 at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Register now for three days that could change your writing life.

Meet Nicole Sohl, an associate editor for Macmillan Entertainment, at the 2016 conference:

1. What’s the best advice you can give to writers who are currently polishing their pitches and query letters in preparation for the upcoming SDSU Writers’ Conference?
I recommend that authors keep in mind that agents and editors will often be reading their query letters quickly, so straightforward, simple sentences are highly recommended.

2. What’s the first book that spoke to you as a young reader?
In true angsty teenage form, I adored The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

3. If you had to choose only one, what’s your favorite book?
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie is an amazing work, one that I should probably make plans to re-read soon!

4. What do you hope to find at the 32nd Annual SDSU Writers’ Conference?
I’d love to find a sweeping women’s fiction novel that examines familial bonds in all their light and darkness.