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Last month Tarcher/Penguin hosted The NYC Publishing & Creativity Conference, its inaugural TarcherLIVE event, at 345 Hudson Street, inviting aspiring writers and those published by True Directions Books (which grew out of Tarcher’s partnership with iUniverse), to learn directly from publishing professionals. The sold-out conference featured such speakers as Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way; career coach Tama Kieves, author of Inspired &Unstoppable; Mari Mancusi, author of 18 novels, including Blood Coven VampiresBarbara Diane Barry, author of Painting Your Way Out of a Corner; Laurie Lamson,  co-editor of Tarcher’s popular Now Write! series; and Keith Ogorek, author and SVP of Marketing at Author Solutions.  Panels included “Building Your Platform,” “The Path to Publishing” and “Publishing 101.” Tarcher Publisher Joel Fotinos commented, “Our goal with the New York City Publishing & Creativity Conference was to establish a closer connection with these readers and offer them inspiration from some of our bestselling authors and books as well as nuts-and-bolts information about the publishing industry—the knowledge that we in the business take for granted but which is eye-opening to aspiring writers. “Several attendees asked us whether we were going to host this conference again. We certainly plan to host more events under the TarcherLIVE banner. And judging by how successful this conference was—by how motivated everyone felt and the fantastic feedback they gave us, many actually thanking us for putting on this conference—I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be hosting another Publishing & Creativity conference next year.”