Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Secrets of Writing a Page-turner workshop, Saturday, Aug 10, in Mississauga


Secrets of Writing a Page-turner
Techniques for making any story more compelling
Saturday, August 10, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, Ontario (Map here.)

Ever stayed up all night reading a book? In this workshop, you’ll learn you how to build that kind of tension.  And we'll help you put into practice the techniques professionals use – on every page and in every kind of story – to create drama and tension.

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. 
See reviews of Brian's classes and workshops here.

Fee: $37.17 + hst = $42 paid in advance 
or $39.82 + hst = $45 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s complete current schedule here including writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, July 22, 2019

5 literary agents at Prospect seek adult fiction and nonfiction and kid lit, books for babies to young adults and everything in between

Duck Sock Hop
by Jand Kohuth, illustrated by Jane Porter
represented by Prospect Agency

Prospect Agency
551 Valley Road, PMB 377 
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
http://www.prospectagency.com/


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Emily Sylvan Kim founded Prospect Agency in 2005. Currently, the agency has five agents, all looking for clients. The agency handles adult fiction and nonfiction, and all types of children’s books: board books, picture books – including rhyming books – easy readers, chapter books, middle grade and young adult.

Ann Rose is Prospect Agency's newest agent, but she isn't new to publishing. Over the last few years she has been exploring this field by working and mentoring with literary agents in various capacities. Everything she has experienced from editorial work to the magic of finding the perfect match between author and editor has hardened her resolve to join this wonderful profession. 
Now Ann is thrilled to be building her own list and is actively seeking clients ready to grow amazing careers with her. 
Ann's perfect manuscript is a character-driven story that isn't afraid to push boundaries. She loves an unlikeable character. “I’m looking for characters who aren't afraid to stand up for their convictions and beliefs – whether they fight with their fists or their words, says Ann.
She is open to all young adult and middle grade genres. She especially loves stories that push the MG boundary by exploring topics that affect middle graders but aren't always broached in stories written for them.
In the adult fiction, Ann adores swoony romances, light sci-fi or fantasy, commercial fiction, and heartwarming – or heart wrenching – contemporaries.
I'm always looking for unique voices, diverse perspectives, vivid settings, and stories that explore tough topics,” she says. “Dark and edgy is totally okay too. Above all I'm looking for compelling characters who make me think in new ways, and laugh and cry, hopefully in the same story!
What is she not looking for? “Stories that start with a character waking up.”
Query Ann through the agency’s submission form here.

Charlotte Wenger was born and raised in Pennsylvania and Virginia. She worked for a publishing services company in Philadelphia until shipping up to Boston to earn her MA in Children's Literature from Simmons College. After gaining editorial, sales, and agency experience, she became an associate editor for Page Street Kids, where she loved working with debut talent and building relationships with authors and illustrators. 
She brings the same mindset to agenting, valuing the developmental and relational work that goes into creating successful stories and fostering long-lasting collaborations.
Charlotte is interested in working with authors and illustrators of children's books – board books through YA, but especially picture books.
Charlotte is also seeking adult nonfiction, particularly biographies and memoirs.
Query Charlotte through the agency’s submission form here.

Emma Sector specializes in children’s books. She started her career with Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, where she worked in the marketing department before joining the Aladdin editorial team. After leaving S&S, she continued to do editorial work on a freelance basis and become acquainted, as a publicist, with the bookstore landscape. 
Having approached publishing from so many different angles, Emma has developed a comprehensive view of the children's literature market, as well as an appreciation of all the hard work it takes to get a book from author to reader. She is looking to create long lasting relationships with authors, working with them to polish their work and find the right editorial match.
Emma seeks quirky, character driven chapter books, literary and commercial middle grade and young adult novels, picture book authors and illustrators, middle grade graphic novels, and middle grade nonfiction.  
“I love picture books with big ideas and few words,” she says, “and chapter books with quirky, vibrant characters.
Query Emma through the agency’s submission form here.

Rachel Orr specializes in children’s lit. joined Prospect Agency in 2007, so she is one of this young agency’s more experienced agents. Before that, she was an editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, where she had the pleasure of working with such successful novelists as Dan Gutman and Suzanne Williams. 
Because of her editorial background, Rachel continues to do a lot of hands-on work with her clients before sending their projects out on submission. Rachel loves working with clients who come from diverse backgrounds and have fresh perspectives to offer readers.
Rachel is looking for short, punchy picture books (either in prose or rhyme) that are humorous and have a strong marketing hook. She also wants nonfiction picture books (especially biographies or stories with a historical angle), and she’s looking for Illustrators.
In middle grade and young adult, Rachel is interested in both literary and commercial fiction, in all time periods and all genres.
Query Rachel through the agency’s submission form here.

Emily Sylvan Kim is the president of Prospect Agency. As an agent, she aims to excel at identifying and nurturing each author's unique strengths and helping to grow long, sustainable publishing careers. Emily is a member in good standing at the AAR. She is also a founding member of the breakout literary production company, et al Creative.
In adult fiction, Emily is looking for Commercial and upmarket women's fiction, self-published authors looking to explore a hybrid career, established romance authors and strong debut authors writing mainstream romance.
Emily is also seeking memoir and high interest nonfiction.
In the children’s market, she wants literary and commercial YA fiction and select middle grade and early reader fiction with strong commercial appeal.
Query Emily through the agency’s submission form here.

Children's author Jennifer Mook-Sang
If you’re interested in getting published, now or sometime in the future, don’t miss our upcoming How to Get Published workshop with literary agent Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists, Saturday, Sept 21, in Barrie (see here).  

Also, don’t miss Writing for Children and for Young Adults with Kids Can Press senior editor Yasemin Uçar and children's author Jennifer Mook-Sang at the Burlington Central Library, Saturday, Oct 5. Details here.

To help get you write your best possible manuscript check out these workshops coming soon: How to Write a Page-TurnerSaturday, Aug 10, in Mississauga (see here), and Plotting Novels & Writing Short Stories, Saturday, Sept 14, in Toronto (see here). 

But the best way to grow as a writer may be with a weekly course. This fall, there will be a full range of courses on offer, beginner to advanced:
Oakville Central Library: Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Sept 26 – Nov 28 (no class Oct 31). Details here
Toronto: Writing Personal Stories, Friday afternoons, Sept 27 – Nov 29 (no class Nov 1). Details here.
Burlington: Writing Personal Stories, Thursday afternoons, Sept 26 – November 28 (no class Oct 31).  Details here.
Burlington: Next Step in Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, Sept 24 – Dec 11 (no class Oct 8 or Nov 5). First readings emailed Sept 17. Details here.
Toronto: Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings, Sept 20 – Nov 8. First readings emailed  Sept 13. Details here.
Georgetown: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Sept 18 – Dec 11 (no class Oct 9). First readings emailed Sept 11.  Details here
See details of all the fall courses here.

And don’t miss …
“You can write great dialogue,” Sunday, Oct 20, in Sudbury (see here) and How to Write a Bestseller with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, Oct 26, in Waterloo (see here).
 
The Briars
Plus…
November at the Briars Writing Retreat
Friday, November 1 – Monday, November 4; four days of creativity in a setting that provides the warmth of a country estate steeped in history while providing all the benefits of an extensive, modern lakeside resort. Details here.

To reserve a spot in any upcoming weekly course, weekend retreat, or Saturday workshop, email Brian at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses, retreats, and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Navigation tips: Always check out the Labels underneath a post; they’ll lead you to various distinct collections of postings. If you're searching for more interviews with literary agents or a literary agent who represents a particular type of book, check out this post. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Writing Personal Stories weekly classes, offered in Burlington and Toronto


Writing Personal Stories
9 weeks of sharing and writing
Offered in two locales:
Thursday afternoons, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
September 26 – November 28, 2019 (No class Oct 31)
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church, 5324 Bromley Rd, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
And
Friday afternoons, 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.
September 27 – November 29, 2019 (no class Nov 1)
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, Ontario (Map here.)
If you've ever considered writing your personal stories, this course is for you. We’ll look at memoirs, travel writing, personal essays, family history ~ personal stories of all kinds. Plus, we’ll work on creativity and writing technique and have fun doing it. 
Whether you want to write a book or just get your thoughts down on paper, this weekly course will get you going. We'll reveal the tricks and conventions of telling true stories, and we’ll show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Weekly writing exercises and friendly feedback from the instructor will help you move forward on this writing adventure. Whether you want to write for your family and friends or for a wider public, don't miss this course.
Fee: $167.26 plus 13% hst = $189
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Other Creative Writing courses, from Introductory to Intensive, are also offered this fall. See the details here.

Instructor 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’s has helped many of his students get published. 
Read a review of Brian's various courses and workshops here (and scroll down).

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Congratulations to Monica, Kelly, Jan, Drew, and Nancy on getting published, plus Beta Reader wanted


Hi, Brian.
Hope you're having a good weekend. Seeing my piece published in the Globe and Mail made mine!!
Blessings,
Monica
Read Monica’s personal essay, “I want to restore fun, hope and a sense of dignity to long-term care” in the Globe and Mail here or read it on Quick Brown Fox with way better images here.
For information of submitting a first person essay to the Globe and Mail (and to 21 other places), see here.

Hi, Brian:
My short memoir piece, “The Road for Conquering,” has recently won an Honourable Mention at the 2019 Grit Lit contest and will be published with the Nowhere magazine Anthology Issue. I'm excited and grateful.
Thanks so much for your newsletters, they are a wonderful, uplifting source of information!
Kelly Watt
Author of Camino Meditations (Hamilton Stone Press  – available from Amazon here)
And Mad Dog (Doubleday Canada  – available from Indigo here)
For information on submitting to Nowhere, see here.

Yay, Jan!
Hi, Brian.
Here’s another one of those “while in your class, I began this story” successes.
I've received word that "Hot Mesa Mess" won 3rd place in the South Simcoe Arts Council short story contest.
Thanks so much Brian,
Jan Collis
Congratulations, Jan! And congratulations to all the other winners, too – see here.

Hi Brian
Just wanted to let you know I have an article being published in Animal Wellness Magazine in July 🙂so very chuffed
Donna Woodstock
For information about submitting to Animal Wellness, see here.


Hi Brian,
I hope all is well with you and the recent writing retreat weekend was very successful! As a former student, I wanted to pass on some good news. My book is being published by Oceanview Publishing!
It’s been a long, twisty, uphill-all-the-way road. But to summarize: I was able to step away from my day job; I wrote three more books; and the last one went through an R&R from one agent, professional editing, a rejection by that agent, picked up by another agent, and sold this spring to Oceanview. 
Along the way I’ve been attending writing conferences, working with my writers’ group (the same one as Kelley Armstrong), and setting up the social media framework for promotion.
Yay, Drew!
The book is called Broken Genius and will be coming out in print and ebook on June 2, 2020! 
It’s about a former tech CEO turned FBI agent investigating a murder with ties to a radioactive quantum computer he was working on when he left the valley. Now he’s in a race with a Chinese hacker, Russian criminals, and a desperate corporate executive to keep its power out of the wrong hands.
After years of slogging and waiting, things are moving very quickly. Oceanview is doing quite a bit to support the book with a detailed marketing plan, which naturally includes many activities for me. I’ve joined the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. I’ll be at ThrillerFest in New York in July, and appearing at Bouchercon in Dallas this October.
Thanks for those early workshops that really got me energized and set on the path that led me here!
Cheers,
Drew Murray
Twitter/Instagram/FB: @drewmurraybooks
drewmurraybooks.com

Beta reader wanted
Brian,
I enjoy your newsletter. It's always full of tips and contacts and other good ideas. I'd like to let you know my nonfiction, "Frosty Flakes," was published today in storySouth, a piece about my dad who celebrated his 100th birthday (in heaven) yesterday. I have a published memoir, The Last Cadillac (Walrus 2106), and my first mystery, Saving Tuna Street, is coming out June 2020 from Light Messages.
But another reason I write to you – I am in desperate need of a beta reader for my work in progress about a woman who teaches at a boys' prison where the young felons plan an escape (based on my true adventures as an English teacher at the Omega Juvenile Prison in Florida). Thought I'd give you a shout, that you might put me on your list for those writers seeking betas.
Much thanks for your work and support of the writing community. Hope to hear from you soon.
All the best,
Nancy Nau Sullivan
Author, THE LAST CADILLAC {available from Amazon here}
If you’re interested in being a beta reader for Nancy, contact her here.


See Brian's schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Friday, July 19, 2019

How to Write a Bestseller with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, Oct 26, in Waterloo


How to Write a Bestseller
 With book editor Brian Henry
  & New York Times #1 bestselling author 
   Kelley Armstrong 

Saturday, October 26, 2019
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Waterloo Regional Police Station, Community Room
45 Columbia St. E. Waterloo, Ontario (Map here)

This workshop will give you the inside scoop on what gives a novel best-selling potential. You’ll learn how to get readers emotionally involved in your story, how to raise tension, control your pacing and keep your readers turning the pages. But you won't just hear about some of the best secrets of the trade; you'll learn how to apply them to give your own writing a sharp new edge.

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. He has helped many of his students get published, including guest speaker Kelley Armstrong...

Kelley Armstrong lives in Aylmer, south of London, Ontario, with her husband and three children. She used to program computers and attend Brian Henry workshops. Now she writes international bestsellers. Kelley has hit the New York Times bestseller list with both her supernatural thrillers for adults and her urban fantasy for teens. 
Kelley's principal publishers are Random House in Canada, St. Martins and HarperCollins in the U.S. and Doubleday and Little Brown in Britain. To date, she's published more than 32 books, most recently Watcher in the Woods, a thriller for adults, Portents, gothic tales for adults, Aftermath, a mystery-thriller for young adults, and coming In June 2019, Wherever She Goes, a thriller for adults 
Bitten, a TV series based on Kelley’s first 13 novels, was on the air Ja 2014 through April 2016.

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: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.