Book Fair Coming to Leimert Park Village

If you’re looking for a fun, book-filled weekend (and seriously, who isn’t?), then make sure to add the Leimert Park Village Book Fair to your calendar.  On Saturday, August 24th from 10am to 5pm, the event voted “one of LA’s 5 best annual book festivals” will be held at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.  With multiple authors and book events happening throughout the day, the certain highlight will be the presentation and live cooking demonstrations provided by Laila Ali, the successful boxer and cookbook author, whom also happens to be the daughter of Muhammad Ali. 

Over 40 additional authors will be participating, along with a star-studded panel of presenters including Los Angeles Poet Laureate (2014-2016) Luis J. Rodriguez and more.  Exhibitors including CLBC, County of Los Angeles Public Library, Kensington Books, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Farm Fresh To You, Los Angeles Philharmonic and many others will be participating.  Be sure to check it out!

You’ve Finished Writing A Book…Now What?

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 Wishlist provides 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.

Photo Credit: Zoe Sadokierski

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 Wishlist acts 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.

The Judy Lopez Memorial Award

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. 

This experience is not to be missed, so be sure to purchase your event tickets soon and be part of the experience.  Tea and sparkling wine will be served, as we celebrate this year’s winners of the 2019 Lopez Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

Date:  Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time:  1 to 4 p.m.
Place: The Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Boulevard, Culver City CA 90232
Cost:  $48 via check or $50 thru PayPal
What:  Afternoon tea and sparkling wine to meet and celebrate the winners of the 2019 Judy Lopez Memorial Award (winners to be announced the end of July).  No host bar also available.

LEARN HOW TO PITCH YOUR BOOK TO AGENTS & PUBLISHERS WITH MARILYN ATLAS!

Join us on May 4th for another informative workshop with Marilyn Atlas. Learn how to pitch your work to agents, publishers, producers and more! It’s never to early or too late to format or revise your pitch. Book your spot before May for our early bird pricing!

When: Saturday, May 4th – 2pm to 4pm
Where: 5121 Van Nuys Blvd suite 300a (third floor), Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Price: Members $25 • Non-members $35 (purchase below)

Marilyn’s advice has been life-changing for many, helping land them agents and sell their work! You could be next!

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LA Times Festival of Books

Promote Your Latest Book at The LA Times Festival of Books

Since 1996, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has become a world-renowned experience gathering writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers like no other. Today over 150,000 people attend, making it the largest books and storytelling event in the United States.

Join WNBA-LA, as we celebrate our author members and the literary culture of Los Angeles.

Saturday, April 13th | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 14th | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Each author will have a 2-hour time slot to promote and sell their books.

The prices are as follows:

• WNBA-LA Members $100 exhibit one day (Two Hours)
• Non-WNBA-LA Members $125.00 exhibit one day (Two Hours)
• WNBA-LA Members $175 exhibit two days (Two Hours per day)
• Non- WNBA-LA Members $225.00  exhibit two days (Two Hours per day)

If you don’t have a book no worries, you can come help out at the booth as we will need several volunteers to assist with running the booth.

There are only a few slots available!

1. Pay for your time slot below
2. Fill out the exhibitor contract – download here
3. Email completed contract to: dtierneywnbala@gmail.com
4. You will be contacted by WNBA-LA to confirm your scheduled time
5. Share with your readers on all social media channels!

 
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