Wednesday, April 5, 2017

How to Get Published workshop, with guest literary agent Sue Miller, Saturday, April 22, in Midland

He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker,
represented by the Donaghy Group
How to Get Published
An editor & a literary agent tell all
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 / 4:00 p.m.
Askennonia Senior’s Centre, North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, 527 Len Self Blvd, Midland, 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, three copies could be helpful.

And be sure to bring your elevator pitch! Following the end of the formal workshop at 3:30, Brian Henry will be staying for at least half an hour and helping interested attendees, who didn’t have their queries critiqued earlier, write query letters that will get a yes, while literary agent Sue Miller will be listening to your pitches. Agents come to these events wanting to hear what you’ve got and hoping to find authors they want to represent.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing teacher 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, Ontario, to Saint John, New Brunswick. But his proudest boast is that hehelped many of his students get published and launch their careers as authors.

Guest speaker Sue Miller  is a literary agent with the Donaghy Literary Group. The Donaghy Group has five agents to choose from: Stacey Donaghy, Amanda Ayers Barnett, Alex Franks, Valerie Noble, and Sue Miller. Representing New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors, they’re focused on commercial fiction and are always interested in new and upcoming talented writers. 

At the workshop, Sue will be standing in for all five agents in the group and giving you her insights from the front lines of the publishing world. 
Sue herself has a special love for romance, young adult, fantasy and literary fiction. Her publishing career began in Toronto working with Fidalgo Books in PR and in sales at Scholastic Canada. This quickly progressed into literary consultations with published and unpublished authors who sought her help in getting their work ready for submission and publication. She has also prepared numerous social media marketing strategies centred on specific author branding. She holds a BA in English from York University along with a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University.

Sue is seeking to partner with new, diverse voices in all genres of Young Adult fiction, and in Literary, Upmarket and Commercial fiction, and character-driven Romance, including all subgenres except historical. Read more about the Donaghy Agency here.

Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 at the door

Note: Stacey Donaghy was originally scheduled as the guest speaker for this workshop, but had to withdraw due to a scheduling conflict.

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, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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