Friday, January 17, 2014

How to Get Published workshop with literary agent Carly Watters, May 24 in Stouffville

The Holders by Julianna Scott,
one of Carly's clients
The Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library presents…
“How to Get Published”
~ An editor & an agent tell all ~
Saturday May 24, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tentative venue: Council Chamber, Stouffville Town Hall, 111 Sandiford Drive, Stouffville, Ontario. (Map here.)

If you've ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover everything from getting started to getting an agent, from getting your short pieces published to finding a book publisher, from writing a query letter to writing what the publishers want. Bring your questions. Come and get ready to be published!

Special Option: Participants are invited to bring a draft of a query letter you might use to interest an agent or publisher in your book. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, 3 copies could be helpful.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

Guest speaker Carly Watters is an Agent at the P.S. Literary Agency, and she's a warm, engaging, and highly approachable speaker. P.S. was established by Curtis Russell in 2005. It's located in Oakville, Ontario, and represents commercial fiction and nonfiction. It is also seeking literary fiction and crossover Young Adult fiction. 

P.S. seeks to work with clients who are professional and committed to their goals. In addition to contract negotiations, editorial and marketing guidance, the agency will pursue foreign, audio, digital, TV/film and serial rights for its clients.

Carly Watters
Carly represents a diverse list of fiction, nonfiction and children's authors including Globe and Mail bestseller Jay Onrait, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Julianna Scott, Danny Appleby and improv comedian Colin Mochrie. 

Never without a book on hand, she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents, including upmarket and commercial fiction, platform driven nonfiction, YA and select picture books.

Carly did her MA in Publishing Studies at City University London in the UK where she worked in the publishing industry at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency, and Bloomsbury before returning to Canada in 2010 to join the P.S Literary Agency. 

She regularly attends Book Expo America in New York, the London Book Fair, and the International Festival of Authors in Toronto as well as many writers conferences around North America.
For more about P.S. Literary Agency, see here.

Fee: 38.94 + 13% hst = 44 paid in advance
or 42.48 + 13% hst = 
48 if you wait to pay at the door.

To register, email
or phone Catherine Sword at: 905-642-7323 

And please make out a cheque to the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library and drop it off at the library or mail it to… 
Attention: "How to Get Published " workshop
Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library
30 Burkholder Street
Stouffville, ON L4A 4K1

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See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Algoma, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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