You’ve spent the past months and possibly even years laboring of your work and now you have a finished, edited version of a book. Congratulations! But now what? It can be overwhelming to find a literary agent that wants to take on your project, especially when rejection letters start arriving. Many authors give up at this point. Don’t be one of them!
First, spend some time searching for an agent that is looking for your project. There are many free resources available online. The MS Wishlist hosts a wealth of information for any author looking for the agent who will work to publish their blood, sweat and tears into a novel.
MS Wishlistprovides authors with tips on what agents are looking for, common mistakes that lead to rejection, a forum for asking agents questions, and also links authors to an associated Twitter feed where agents can request specific topics, genres, and subjects that they are currently wanting to take on as projects. This provides a way for authors to connect with agents and publishers in their specific genre and provides a way to turn a cold query into a hot lead.
For authors wanting a more hands on approach, many agents provide opportunities for authors to submit segments of their writing for agent review and critique. MS Wishlistacts as a directory for agents seeking submissions and additionally, links authors to personal critique services for a fee.
LA locals can take part in an in-person critique session with literary manager Hannah Ozer on Monday, August 26th at Broadway Second Stage where she will live read 2 winning scripts from a recent screenwriting contest. After the live read, feedback will be provided by Hannah along with script coach Tim Schildberger. Bring your burning questions, as they will be hosting a Q&A following the live read event. For more information or to purchase an event ticket, please visit the event page at: LiveRead/LA.
Judy Lopez, one of the founding members of the LA chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, enjoyed a special enjoyment and love for children’s literature. Judy passed away at a young age and the Judy Lopez Memorial Award was created to memorialize her love and passion for children’s literature as well as the impact she made on her community. Recently, the LA WNBA Chapter has partnered with Judy’s sister-in-law, Joan Slottow, who will be continuing the award in Judy’s memory.
The Judy Lopez Memorial Award is an annual award presented to an outstanding U.S. children’s book published in the previous year. Several additional books will be honored along with the medal winning selection. This year’s event will be held on September 15th from 1-4pm, at the Culver Hotel in Culver City.