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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Heckle a Literary Agent!

Well, maybe not heckle. Ask questions? You bet. Listen in rapt attention when the agents speak? Probably not a bad idea. Network? Darn tootin'.

On November 3, 2006, you can attend the Backspace Agent-Author Seminar at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. This seminar is an intense, one-day program of panels and workshops geared to help authors questing for a literary agent.

Says Karen Dionne of Backspace:

With only agents on the program, a full fifteen minutes between program parts, an afternoon mixer, small-group agent-author sessions, and an unusually high number of agents with a ceiling of 100 registrants, the Backspace Agent-Author Seminar offers plenty of face time with attending agents.

Does this high ratio of agents to authors mean that those who attend this event will walk away with an agent? Many conferences have various scripted ways of meeting agents, giving rise to the feeling that the agent will discover the author, wave a magic wand, and make all their dreams come true.

The reality is, this rarely happens. (Please see Folio Literary Management's Jeff Kleinman's excellent article on what writers can expect when attending conferences.) Because of this, the Backspace seminar does not include formal pitch sessions.

Instead, the Backspace Agent-Author Seminar offers the opportunity to network, ask questions, listen, and learn from the people who make their living selling books.

Participating agents include Jenny Bent, Rolph Blythe, Michael Bourret, Paul Cirone, Katherine Fausset, Irene Goodman, Scott Hoffman, Miriam Kriss, Dan Lazar, Sharlene Martin, and Jennifer Unter.

If you are currently on the query go round, or if you're thinking about it (and you're already nauseated from the reality of how hard it is to get an agent), this seminar could be exactly what you're looking for.


Git off your high horse, Jezebel. Some of us have work to do.

Freaking succubus diva... ((grumble))


At 2:35 PM, Blogger Zinnia said...

Oh to live close to NYC, lol.

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Ewoh Nairb said...

If the conference were anywhere in driving distance I would be there in a heartbeat... but I can only fly cross-country so many times a year... and I've done it twice this year already.

What we need is a West coast conference.

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

One day, Z, I see you globetrotting, just to meet all of your fans!

And Brian, right now two of my friends are trying to convince me to go to the Surrey Writing Conference in October. Are you going to that one?

At 5:06 PM, Blogger Ewoh Nairb said...

Sorry, haven't heard of that either. I've apparently had my head in the sand regarding conferences and writers groups for the last 10 years or so.

The only plans I have so far are for the Backspace conference next year.

The Surrey conference is in BC Canada... which is about 1300 miles north... which is just outside of what I call driving distance :)

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Well then, dude, I'll see you at Backspace (if not sooner)...

At 12:00 AM, Blogger Richelle said...

Wow, Jezebel really is getting uppity. You'd better reign that in before it's too late.

At 12:24 AM, Blogger Jackie said...

I know, Richelle. Some days, there's just no talking to her. Now that she's teaming up with Georgina, I'm afraid that the Succubus Diva is going to be a real bitch on wheels. When the book comes out, God help me...



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