Join Us at the North Carolina Writers’ Network Conference

Attention North Carolinians! Lookout and Ecotone staff will be at the North Carolina Writers’ Network fall conference in Wrightsville Beach. The conference features three days of panels, classes, and resources for writers at all stages of development. We hope to see you at our three panels!

On Friday, November 3 at 12 p.m., Ecotone and Lookout Books editor Anna Lena Phillips Bell will lead this year’s kick-off event, “Writing from Place: A Poetry (or Prose) Walk.” Take an afternoon stroll on the beach to learn how close observation can inspire good sentences.

On Saturday, November 4 at 9 a.m., overcome your fears of angry, red pens as Lookout Books editor and Ecotone senior editor, Beth Staples, demystifies the editorial process. Her panel, “Understanding the Editorial Process,” will provide advice on successful writer-editor relationships and give a peek behind the editorial curtain.

Share the most important meal of the day with Lookout Books and Ecotone publisher, Emily Smith. At the “Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion: Agents & Editors” on Sunday, November 5 at 8 a.m., ask professional agents and editors your burning questions about queries, submissions, slush piles, and the winding path to publication.

Remember to swing by our table for great deals on your favorite Lookout titles and the latest issue of, too.