Do You Have Your Tickets Yet?

The 34th Annual Judy Lopez Award for Children’s Literature Reception and Afternoon Tea is just around the corner on September 15th.  If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, there is still time!

Join the Women’s National Book Association/ Los Angeles Chapter at the Culver Hotel.  Reception and Book Sales start at 1:00 P.M. and the Tea and Program will run from 2:00-4:00 P.M.

This year’s Tea is being held in memory of Margaret Flanders (1940-2019).

Mark your calendar and secure your tickets today: Click Here for More Information.

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!

And The Winners Are…

After much deliberation, the 2019 winners have been announced!  Come honor the winners of the 34th Annual Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature at the historic Culver Hotel on September 15th.

The 2019 Medalist is:

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
by M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin
(Candlewick Press)

And the 2019 Honor Book Selections are:

Sweep: the Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
(Amulet Books)

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani (Dial Books for Young Readers)

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.