Monday, February 14, 2022

How to Get Published workshop with literary agent Marie Lamba, Sunday, Feb 20 ~ online

The Lost Language by Claudia Mills
represented by JDLA

How to Get Published

An editor & a literary agent tell all

Sunday, February 20, 2022
1:15 – 5:00 p.m. Toronto time
Online and accessible wherever there's Internet

If you've ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you. We’ll focus on the process of submitting to an agent or publisher, and show you exactly how to write a query letter that will get a “yes!” Bring all your questions! Come and get ready to be published!

Special Option: Participants are invited to prepare a draft of a query letter you might use to interest an agent or publisher in your book. You don't need to prepare anything, but if you like, email me a draft of your query prior to our workshop. Marie and I will critique several queries, perhaps half a dozen, so everyone can see what works, what doesn’t and how to improve your query. Do remember that agents come to these events wanting to hear what you’ve got and hoping to find authors they want to represent.

Guest speaker Marie Lamba is a literary agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency  {JDLA}, a New York City–based full-service literary agency founded in 2001 and named one of the top 25 literary agencies in the country by Writer's Digest.

The eleven agents at JDLA represent children’s literature for all ages – picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels – and also represent high-quality adult fiction and nonfiction in a wide range of genres. JDLA is also proud to represent illustrators, as well as screenwriters for both television and film. For more on the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, see here.  

Marie is the author of the young adult novels What I Meant...  (Random House), Over My Head, and Drawn, and of the picture books A Day So Gray  (Clarion) and Green, Green  (Farrar Straus Giroux). 

Her articles are in more than 100 publications, and she’s a frequent contributor to Writer's Digest. She has worked as an editor, an award-winning public relations writer, and a book publicist, and has taught classes on novel writing and on author promotion.

As an agent, Marie represents fiction and nonfiction for adults and children. She’s currently seeking fiction and nonfiction in the form of picture books, middle grade and young adult works, and in graphic novels, especially with diverse points of view, or a STEM tie-in. She also wants general adult fiction and women’s fiction. She’d love to find an original women's novel that would inspire the next smart and funny chick flick. 

She’d love a fresh non-gory ghost story for any age. She’s fascinated with hidden treasures, artifacts and with discovering ancient civilizations right beneath our feet. She’s a huge fan of folklore and fairy tales, and, while she wouldn’t want a retelling, she always enjoys those elements woven into a story in a unique way. Overall, books that are original, moving and/or hilarious are especially welcome.

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 Windsor 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: $43.36 + 13% hst = $49 paid in advance by mail or Interac

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See Brian Henry’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.

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