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Posted in Upcoming Events, WNBA Wednesdays, tagged Eric Meyers, Jenny Bent, Julie Barer, Kirsten Neuhaus, Leigh Huffine, Linda Epstein, Lisa Queen, Mitchell Waters, Molly Reese, panel, Publishing, query roulette, Rita Rosenkranz, Tamar Rydzinski, WNBA on March 6, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Member Mondays, tagged Anna Olswanger, Anne-Marie Sutton, Barbara Brett, Deborah Batterman, Diana Altman, Emily Albarillo, Jennifer Cunningham-Lozano, Julia E. Antoine, Linda Epstein, Member News, Member Updates, members, Talia Carner, Valerie Tomaselli, WNBA-NYC, Women's National Book Association, Writers, writing on February 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Emily Albarillo has been appointed member coordinator for the NYC-Metro chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and is looking forward to a year full of fun and educational events for chapter members. For more information on the EFA: http://www.the-efa.org.
Julia E. Antoine, writing under her pen name, Ju Ephraime, re-released her paranormal romance, The Man in The Black Top Hat, on December 19, 2012. She also released her second paranormal adult romance on December 21, 2012. Find all her books on Amazon.com or on Envisionschoolpublishing.com.
Deborah Batterman answers the question so many writers ask themselves—and more—via an interview on Carl Purdon’s blog, Fiction, Lies, and Carpal Tunnel: “What drives me to keep doing this, day after day, week after week, year after year?” Find her at www.deborahbatterman.com. (Also check out Deborah’s report on WNBA-NYC’s Facebook workshop!)
Barbara Brett published the e-book version of her novel Between Two Eternities on Smashwords.com, and it is now available directly from all e-book vendors. The book was originally published by Avon. You can find all of Barbara’s books on her website: www.brettbooks.com.
Talia Carner‘s novel, Jerusalem Maiden, will be taught in Ethnic & Cultural Literature at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. The novel is a story of a young woman in a strict religious society who struggles between passion and faith. Find her at www.taliacarner.com.
Jennifer Cunningham-Lozano, WNBA-NYC’s newly appointed Corresponding Secretary and owner of AAPA Concepts, is available for web design and social media projects. Recent projects include Book Blog www.areadingjournal.com. Designs range from simple brochure sites to complex WordPress designs.
Linda Epstein, Associate Agent at The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, is teaching a workshop, Writing a Top Notch Query, at Hofstra University on March 13 at 6:00 PM. Registration is still open.
Anna Olswanger‘s Greenhorn, an illustrated children’s novel, tells the story of a young Holocaust survivor who comes to a Brooklyn yeshiva in the 1940′s, where his obsessive attachment to a mysterious box excites the curiosity and unkind attention of the other boys. Anna is also the author of Shlemiel Crooks.
Anne-Marie Sutton has posted her book trailer on YouTube. Newport RI – Discover Fun & Mystery promotes her Newport Mystery Series. The third book, Keep My Secret, is due out this spring. Find her at www.newportmystery.com.
Valerie Tomaselli, WNBA’s National President, reports that her company MTM Publishing’s latest book on women’s history, Women in American Politics by women’s history expert, Doris Weatherford (CQ Press), received recognition on Booklist’s Editors’ Choice: Reference Sources, 2012 list. See also, A History of the American Suffragist Movement by the same author.
Posted in Member Mondays, tagged Bill Konigsberg, Deirdre Bair, Diana Altman, Fading Shadows, Gabrielle Barnes, In Theda Bara's Tent, Julia E. Antoine, Linda Epstein, Not The Average Thinker Anthology, Saul Steinberg, Susan C. Finelli on October 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Diana Altman, author of the novel In Theda Bara’s Tent, speaks about the creation of the Hollywood studio system at the Harvard Club, October 24 at 6:45 PM. Come see rare footage of Ava Gardner, Bob Hope, and Henry Fonda screen tests inherited from Diana’s father, a famous MGM talent scout. 27 West 44th between 5th & 6th avenues.
Julia E. Antoine was interviewed on the Mom’s Choice Award.
Deirdre Bair’s new book, a biography of Saul Steinberg, one of The New Yorker’s most iconic artists, will be published by Nan A. Talese, November 20, 2012. Read a review of the book in Publishers Weekly’s print edition which praises Deirdre’s writing as working “subtly and slyly to unearth psychological depths beneath the amusing surface of Steinbergian picaresque.” (Deirdre will be the guest author at our 2013 Spring Brunch. All members in good standing are invited to attend.)
Gabrielle Barnes held Poetry Performance and Publishing workshops for high school poets at Northeastern Academy. The resulting poetry has been published as a part of the Northeastern Academy Not The Average Thinker Anthology.
Linda Epstein, Associate Agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, announces the sale of Openly Straight, a YA manuscript by her Lambda award-winning client, Bill Konigsberg, to Cheryl Klein at Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, for a June 2013 publication. Linda also contributed to the October issue of Writer’s Digest as one of the 25 Agents Who Want Your Work (pgs. 26 and 31).
Susan C. Finelli announces publication of her novel, Fading Shadows, by PublishAmerica. Get a 20% discount on the book online at http://www.publishamerica.net/product48087.html with the coupon code: Discount20.
The following piece is an excerpt from a blog post by Linda Epstein, published originally on her blog, The Blabbermouth.
I’ve been in a number of conversations recently where I explain to people what I do. I think a lot of people think I’m sitting around my house reading books and eating bonbons. (Maybe that’s just my family… ) Anyway, I’ve explained it a bunch of times now, and that’s forced me to go through the “how publishing works” spiel, to get to the part where I explain what a literary agent does. Then a friend of mine sent a friend of hers to me, because her friend was writing a book and she figured I’d be able to help her figure out the whole publishing thing. After writing the friend’s friend a big old e-mail, beginning to explain how the whole process works, I figured I’d put up a blog post for folks just getting started down this road. So this one’s for you, newbies!
#1. Write a kick-ass manuscript. If you’re writing for kids, you’d better have read a lot of kids’ books. You need to know what Middle Grade (or MG) means. You need to know what YA (Young Adult) means. If you’re writing for adults, you need to know what genre to call your writing. Is it a thriller, scifi, mystery, literary, upscale commercial women’s fiction, self-help, spiritual, romance, fantasy, western, Christian, erotica? You’ll need to know this for when you write a query letter. (see #4)
#2. When you’ve finished writing your kick-ass manuscript, go back and re-write it. That’s called revision. There are special groups called “critique groups” that you should seek out. Or sometimes people have what they call a “critique partner.” That’s someone who’s (usually) not related to you, who’s not afraid of hurting your feelings, who will give you the truth about your writing. Even if that makes you cry, these people are the key to improving your writing. Re-write your manuscript until it sings to you, until it’s shiny and beautiful, and there’s nothing to improve. You’ll probably still have to revise it after this, but you need to at least think you’re done (for a while).
#3. In order to have an editor at a publishing house want to buy your manuscript (which is how it gets published), you’ll need a literary agent. Some publishing houses accept “unsolicited manuscripts,” which means you can send it directly to them. But most don’t. A literary agent is someone who sells your manuscript for you. You don’t just hire a literary agent though, like a plumber or accountant or something. You see, the literary agent picks you. So in order for you to get picked, you do something called “querying.”
#4. With all your masterful writing skills, you will need to craft a letter (usually an e-mail) that performs a few functions. It’s called a query letter. It a. tells about who you are, as a writer; b. tells about your manuscript in such a way that the agent wants to read the manuscript, piques the interest of the agent, tells enough so the agent requests to read more; and c. conveys information about how to get in touch with you via e-mail and telephone. It does not explain how happy or honored or lucky or miserable you are to be a writer. It does not share that you’re recently off your meds. It does not blow smoke up the agent’s skirt with flattery. It does not tell the whole story (even in a synopsis) of your manuscript. It just does a. b. and c. There are books about query letters. Classes about query letters. Magazine articles about query letters. Places online with information about query letters. Make sure you write a kick-ass query letter. Otherwise nobody will want to look at your kick-ass manuscript.
To read the next five steps in finding an agent, visit Linda’s blog here!
Linda Epstein is an Associate Agent at the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, as well as the Vice President, Communications for the WNBA-NYC Chapter.