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Paige Wheeler

| July 12th, 2011 | No Comments »

As a founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC., Paige Wheeler has artfully merged her creativity and business savvy to create an agency that is dedicated to maximizing author potential. Prior to forming Folio in 2006, Paige founded Creative Media Agency (CMA) in 1997 and served as its President for nine years. With an entrepreneurial spirit ignited by the thrill of discovery, Paige ventured to support her clients and their unique voices in an unprecedented way. Through Folio she is now able to provide the ability to manage intellectual property rights of authors by selling both domestic and foreign rights, co-agenting film and audio rights, as well as offering the services of a speakers bureau and licensing agency. share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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John Gilstrap

| July 12th, 2011 | No Comments »

John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of Threat Warning (July, 2011), Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Nathan’s Run, At All Costs, Even Steven, Scott Free and Six Minutes to Freedom. In addition, John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. Most recently, he has signed two movie deals for his books. He will write and co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom, and executive produce the film adaptation of Scott Free. A frequent speaker at literary events, John also teaches seminars on suspense writing techniques at a wide variety of venues, from local libraries to The Smithsonian Institution. Outside of his writing life, John is a renowned safety expert with extensive knowledge of explosives, hazardous materials, and fire behavior. He currently works as the director of safety for a large trade association in Washington,

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Erika Imranyi

| June 28th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Erika Imranyi is a senior editor at MIRA Books, a division of Harlequin. With almost a decade of New York publishing experience, she has edited commercial fiction and nonfiction of all sorts, with an emphasis on women’s fiction. Some of her bestselling and award-winning authors have included Jenna Blum, Rachel Simon, Lauren Willig, and Eric Jerome Dickey. At MIRA, her focus is acquiring breakout debut and upmarket commercial women’s fiction. share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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Why Writers Conferences are Rethinking Pitch Sessions

| June 4th, 2011 | No Comments »

Agents attend conferences because they’re looking for new projects; authors attend because they’re looking for an agent – what’s wrong with scheduling time for them to sit down face to face? From talking to authors and agents, and from observing how pitch sessions are handled at other writers conferences, Backspace believes that formal pitch sessions are not a productive way for authors and agents to connect. At the Backspace Writers conferences, small-group workshops provide aspiring authors multiple opportunities to have their work reviewed and critiqued by top literary agents who are actively seeking material in their genre. We accomplish this goal in two ways: Through our workshops: Writers are broken up into small-groups of no more than 15 (typically ten to 12 writers) based on their genre. Each group consists of two literary agents actively seeking material in that genre. The writers take turns reading their query letters (morning) and opening pages

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Sandy Lu

| June 2nd, 2011 | No Comments »

Wondering which books this agent fell in love with recently and sold? CLICK HERE to find out! Sandy Lu of the L. Perkins Agency is seeking submissions that draw her in with a unique voice and a good yarn that will make her miss her subway stop and keep her up at night. In fiction, she is looking for dark literary and commercial fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, paranormal/urban fantasy, historical fiction, and YA.  In particular, she is looking for historical thrillers or mysteries set in Victorian times and has recently fallen in love with steampunk. In non-fiction, she is looking for narrative non-fiction, history, biography, memoir, pop science, pop psychology, pop culture (music/theatre/film), humor, and food writing. She is also actively searching for espionage fiction and non-fiction set in China between the two World Wars.  No romance, high fantasy, children’s picture books, how-to/self-help, parenting, religion/spirituality, and sports. Email her at sandy@lperkinsagency.com

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2011 Backspace Writers Conference Wrap-Up

| June 2nd, 2011 | No Comments »

It’s impossible to condense three days of panel discussions, small-group workshops, networking, and instruction with 22 literary agents, 4 editors,12 authors, and 1 social networking guru into a short summary. What to highlight? The literary fiction panel with author Susan Henderson, her agent Dan Conaway of Writers House, and her Harper Collins editor, Brittany Hamblin, in which Sue confessed how   she met her future agent at a party after avoiding him for several hours because she didn’t think they’d click?  Or how about when Dan related that after working with Sue on the manuscript for two years, and thinking it couldn’t possibly be improved, “this upstart editor” suggested a change that neither he nor Sue had seen that was truly inspired? Or how about the panel with Scott Hoffman of Folio Literary Magement and Rachel Griffiths of Scholastic Press that lifted the curtain on what happens when an agent sends a manuscript

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2011 Backspace Writers Conference Agenda

| June 2nd, 2011 | No Comments »

. . DAY ONE – Thursday, May 26 The Backspace Agent-Author Seminar brings together aspiring authors and top literary agents for a full day of small-group workshops and panels with ONLY literary agents on the program. . Thursday Agents: Jeff Kleinman, Lois Winston, Rebecca Strauss, Kathleen Ortiz, Meredith Barnes, Rachel Vogel, April Eberhardt, Roseanne Wells, Tamar Rydzinski, Kristin Nelson, Jessica Regel, Louise Fury, Emily Keyes, Nicole Resciniti, Nicholas Croce, Michelle Brower . 7:30 to 8:30 – Registration 8:30 to 9:15 – Agent Panel – “What Literary Agents Want” (Rebecca Strauss, April Eberhardt, Emily Keyes, Roseanne Wells, Jessica Regel) 9:30: to 10:15 – Agent Panel – “Query Letters That Work” (Nicole Resciniti, Lois Winston, Nicholas Croce, Rachel Vogel, Meredith Barnes, Michelle Brower) 10:30 to 12:00 – Query Letter Workshops* 12:00 to 1:30 – Lunch 1:30 to 3:30 – Opening Pages Workshops** 3:30 to 4:00 – Mixer 4:00 to 5:00 – Agent Panel

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2011 Backspace Writers Conference Faculty

| June 2nd, 2011 | 2 Comments »

. Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Maberry – New York Times bestselling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author . Literary Agents: Jeff Kleinman (Folio Literary Management) Donald Maass (Donald Maass Literary Agency) Lois Winston (Ashley Grayson Literary Agency) Jennifer DeChiara (The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency) Rebecca Strauss (McIntosh & Otis) Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary Agency) Kathleen Ortiz (Nancy Coffey Literary) Scott Hoffman (Folio Literary Management) Rachel Vogel (Movable Type Literary Group) Meredith Barnes (Lowenstein Associates) Roseanne Wells (Marianne Strong & Associates) Suzie Townsend (FinePrint Literary Management) Tamar Rydzinski (Laura Dail Literary Agency) Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency) Diana Fox (Fox Literary Agency) Jessica Regel (Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency) Louise Fury (L. Perkins Agency) Emily Keyes (L. Perkins Agency) Dan Conaway (Writers House) Nicholas Croce (The Croce Agency) Michelle Brower (Folio Literary Management) Katharine Sands (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency) – please note: April Eberhardt is unable to attend, and Katharine has

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Katharine Sands

| May 23rd, 2011 | No Comments »

A literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books. Highlights include XTC: SongStories; Chasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, MD; Make Up, Don’t Break Up with Oprah guest Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil; Playwright Robert Patrick’s novel, Temple Slave; The Complete Book on International Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Child; Hands Off My Belly: The Pregnant Woman’s Survival Guide to Myths, Mothers, and Moods; Under the Hula Moon; Whipped: A Professional Dominatrix’s Secrets for Wrapping Men Around Your Little Finger; The Gay Vacation Guide; CityTripping: a Guide for Foodies, Fashionistas and the Generally Syle-Obsessed; Writers on  Directors; Ford model Helen Lee’s The Tao of Beauty; Elvis and You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan; New York: Songs of the City; Taxpertise: Dirty Little Secrets the IRS Doesn’t

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“Building Your Non-Fiction Proposal”

| May 16th, 2011 | No Comments »

with Jeff Kleinman, Elizabeth Letts From idea to saleable proposal, the author and agent often work very collaboratively.  This nuts-and-bolts workshop will use Elizabeth Letts’s proposal for THE EIGHTY DOLLAR CHAMPION (a lead fall 2011 title for Ballantine) to analyze the process of creating a terrific nonfiction proposal. share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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