Monday, August 15, 2016

How to Get Published workshop with literary agent Stacey Donaghy Saturday, Oct 22, in London

Built by Jay Crownover,
represented by the Donaghy Agency
How to Get Published
An editor & an agent tell all
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016
10:o0 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
London Central Library, Tonda Room, 251 Dundas St, London, Ontario (In the Citi Plaza, Map here)

Note: This workshop is also being offered Saturday, Oct 15, in Burlington (see here) and Saturday, Oct 29, at the Bolton Library in Caledon (see 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, three 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 Saint John. 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 Stacey Donaghy is the lead agent with the Donaghy Literary Group, which is based in Canada, with a team of three agents to choose from: Stacey Donaghy, Valerie Noble, and Sue Miller.  Representing NY Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors, they’re focused on commercial fiction and are always interested in new and upcoming talented writers. 
Stacey Donaghy began her career with an agency in New York, then in 2013 opened her own agency in Canada. Asked what manuscripts she’d like to get right now, Stacey said, “I would love to see more diverse stories that are highly commercial.  LGBTQ stories that focus on the characters and story development and less on the "issues" related to coming out or being out.  It would be exciting to receive a LGBTQ in adult or YA that is story driven, such as a romance or thriller in Adult and in YA a Mean Girls, Duff, even a thriller that highlights diversity but where the story leads the way.”

More generally, Stacey is seeking Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade fiction. Specifically, she’s looking for: Romantic Suspense, LGBTQ Stories, standalone or series, Diverse books, Contemporary romance, Romance with  varying heat levels, New Adult, Thrillers, Middle Grade (quirky not cute), and Young Adult 

More about The Donaghy Agency here.

What people have to say about Brian Henry and his How to Get Published workshop:

“Brian’s the real deal.  He isn't just an inspiring teacher – he's plugged into the publishing world! He got me an agent who sold my first novel, to publishers around the world.  My 13th novel, The Awakening, hit number 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. To date I’ve published 28 books. Thirteen of them have been turned into a TV show with the same name as my first novel, Bitten.”
~ Kelley Armstrong, Aylmer, Ontario

“Hello, Brian. I’m writing to thank you for your help and advice in crafting the query letter for my novel, The Name’s George. After attending your “How to Get Published” workshop with Martha Webb of the McDermid Agency, I’ve had four requests for the full manuscript as well as one partial. I'm thrilled and hopeful that I can write you again with news that I’ve secured representation. Thanks again and all the best.”
~ Shauna Clinning, Oakville, Ontario
Note: Shauna has found an agent and is now represented by the Morty Mint Agency.

Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 if you wait to pay at the door

To reserve a spot now, email:

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

1 comment:

  1. As a storyteller who lives in the countryside, loves seclusion, and now has online forums to advertise, I figure it this way. I love what I do. If anyone else loves what I do I have conquered one obstacle, whether it is a handful of readers or a massive group, I have shared my vision with (someone) out there. I began telling tall stories on paper with a pencil, then my mother picked up an old typewriter from a garage sale, and so I spent countless hours learning the keys, making a ton of errors, and wasting a lot of paper. (LOL) mother said I needed to start using both sides of the paper. I would trek my way to the post office on foot, which by the way was a mile to and from, so I did get some exercise. I never got a bite. The waiting for a response from publishing houses was grueling, yet did not deter me. I kept writing, typing, editing, and even set up an office inside of our big red barn. I felt secluded and comfortable there. I was young and foolish and left my work in the barn, which unfortunately caught fire one night. So it all went up in a blaze of glory. We had one massive barn burning which anyone who lived in a fifty mile radius could see because it happened around midnight and lit up the entire eastern-northern skies. I set writing aside and moved on in life and became lost for a time. I dealt with a lot heartaches as most do (relationships that didn't pan out/my mother was diagnosed with cancer and passed away/I lost my husband to another woman a couple of years later. So I threw myself back into my stories and became lost somewhere between what was and what wasn't. The internet was on the rise. An entire strange new era having a different perspective on life was in the making. Like one of those Sci-Fi Saturday afternoon movies back when TV was in black and white then changed over to was so great! However, you still had to snail-mail manuscripts regardless (the internet was in its infant stage) and it still took forever to get those responses from any PH. Wow has it evolved. We have a flood of authors/writers/storytellers, whatever you feel comfortable as a label. I'm still a bit shocked at the mass media frenzy out there. BUT if you are a writer, you know there are no easy answers to any of it. So I say to do what you do in the way you do it. It takes a lot of hard work, faith, and a bit of Lady Luck, but any reward, great or small, should fulfill you if you truly are doing what it is you love. I love telling stories. I may not be a great writer in the way we think of great writers, but I am one hell of a storyteller, only without the flair everything is going to be hunky dory, because life is if anything, no fairytale. I survived Tuberculosis in the 50s and Polio in the 60s, broke my leg and both wrists, and survived the deaths of those I've held dearly in my heart. I am healthy and strong at 63 and written three novels. No gore or SEX-licit, but some terror to keep you highly engaged. My tales follow along a Hitchcock style storytelling with perhaps a few other varied artists of the pen. In the mix you may find a sprinkle of King, a dab of Koontz, and a splash of Christie. If ever you get a moment away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, stop by and visit Happy trails until we meet again, and may you prosper in all you desire to do in this life. VLZ


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