The 2017 Atlanta Writing Workshop: February 25, 2017

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 1.37.26 AMAfter a successful 2016 event in Atlanta, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2017 Atlanta Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Atlanta, GA on February 25, 2017.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Atlanta Writing Workshop!

WHAT IS IT?

This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel (north central suburbs). In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s agent and editor faculty so far includes:

  • literary agent Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group)
  • literary agent Cherry Weiner (Weiner Literary)
  • literary agent Marisa Corvisiero (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Janell Walden Agyeman (Marie Brown Associates)
  • literary agent Sally Apokedak (Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Latoya C. Smith (L. Perkins Agency)
  • literary agent Eric Smith (P.S. Literary)
  • literary agent Elizabeth Copps (Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.)
  • literary agent Vanessa Eccles (Golden Wheat Literary)
  • editor Elizabeth May (Kensington Publishing)
  • literary agent Kristy Hunter (The Knight Agency)
  • and more to come.

By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey.

EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS:

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017 — at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel, 111 Perimeter Center W, Atlanta, GA 30346. (770) 396-6800.

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THIS YEAR’S SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (FEB. 25, 2017):

What you see below is a quick layout of the day’s events. We will soon have a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions and presenter bios. The topics below are mostly set, but subject to change.

Please Note: There will be 2-3 classes/workshops going at all times during the day, so you will have your choice of what class you attend at any time. The final schedule of topics is subject to change, but here is the current layout:

8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.

BLOCK ONE: 9:30 – 10:30

1. An Overview of Your Publishing Options Today. This workshop examines traditional publishing vs. self-publishing / e-publishing.

2. Keys to Writing Great Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction. This session will discuss the tips and tricks for making middle grade and YA novels great.

3. How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir. In this session, you’ll learn what sells (and why), and how you can get your memoir published.

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 1.44.34 AMBLOCK TWO: 10:45 – 11:50

1. Get Rid of Negative Talk and Naysayers. Get your over your own self-doubt as well as any outside negative voices, and find the time & passion to just write.

2. Everything You Need to Know About Agents and Query Letters. This workshop is a thorough crash course in dealing with literary agents.

3. Ten Tips for Writing Great Mysteries, Thrillers, and Crime Fiction. This presentation will teach you how to keep readers—including agents and editors—turning pages late into the night.

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN: 11:50 – 1:15

Lunch is on your own during these 85 minutes.

BLOCK THREE: 1:15 – 2:30

1. “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest. This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission.
   
2.  Nonfiction Intense: Book Proposal Tips. If you are trying to create an awesome nonfiction book proposal, this presentation is for you.

3. Picture Book Intensive: Advice on Selling Your Children’s Book. In this session, we’ll discuss questions to consider before sending a picture book manuscript out in the world.

BLOCK FOUR: 2:45 – 3:45

1. How to Self-Publish Your Book Now and Do It Right. You’ll learn how to: prepare your manuscript, design your cover, format your paperback interior & ebook, register with desired retailers/distributors, and much more.

2. Talking Craft and Revision. This session will discuss common manuscript problems as well as tools you can use to create the manuscripts that will get the attention you want from agents and editors—and readers.

3. Talking Fantasy and Science Fiction. A panel of attending literary agents will be discussing the genres of science fiction and fantasy — i.e., how to write and sell speculative fiction.

BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00

1. Author Social Media and Blogging. This session includes easy-to-understand advice on social media (Twitter, Facebook, more), blogging, and other simple ways you can market your work online.

2. Ten Keys to Writing Success. Learn 10 things you can be doing right now that will help get your book(s) published and find success.

3. How to Write and Sell Romance. This session will address important topics and tips for writers of romance.

SESSIONS END: 5:00

At 5 p.m., the day is done. Speakers will make themselves available by the workshop’s bookstore for a short while to sign any books for attendees.

Agent & Editor Pitching: All throughout the day.

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PITCH AN AGENT OR EDITOR:

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 11.27.21 AMSally Apokedak is a literary agent with The Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency. She represents picture books (author-illustrators only, please), middle grade books, young adult, adult inspirational / Christian fiction, and nonfiction. In MG, she loves boy-centric books, science, boys who go on adventures, boy geniuses, and fantasies. In YA, fantasy is her favorite, and if there’s romance, she loves it even more — though she is open to a variety of YA. In terms of nonfiction (for adults or children), she seeks devotional books, Christian living, science for young children, and biography. But you may try her on anything. Lastly, she seeks fantasy and romantic suspense for the adult inspirational market. Learn more about Sally here.

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 9.39.26 AM.pngMarisa A. Corvisiero is the founder of Corvisiero Literary. She is seeking contemporary romance, thriller, adventure, paranormal / urban fantasy, science fiction, combinations of the genres listed, middle grade (fantasy, adventure, science fiction), picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed), self-help, science nonfiction, and business books. She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, and space science fiction themed stories. Learn more about Marisa here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 10.44.51 AM.pngLatoya C. Smith is a literary agent with L. Perkins Agency. Latoya is seeking romance, erotica, erotic fiction, women’s fiction, women’s thriller, LGBTQ romance and erotic fiction, along with advice/how-to/memoir submissions. Latoya tends to shy away from YA, sci-fi/fantasy, historical, steampunk, and urban fantasy, however if she happens to fall in with projects within those genres, she is happy to represent them. Learn more about Latoya here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-14 at 1.19.36 PM.pngVanessa Eccles is a literary agent with Golden Wheat Literary. Golden Wheat Literary was founded in an effort to help connect Christian writers with the vast market of both Christian and secular publishers. She is actively acquiring middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction—primarily fantasy, literary, paranormal, and historical. She is drawn to characters with strong voices who are deeply flawed. She loves books that expand the imagination and capture the magic of life. She enjoys forbidden romances, unreliable narrators, role reversed fairy tales, quirky characters, twisted retellings, and atmospheric writing with darker themes.Learn more about Vanessa here.

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 12.53.51 PMEric Smith is a literary agent with P.S. Literary. He is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in young adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), new adult, and literary and commercial fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of nonfiction, he’s interested in cookbooks, pop culture, humor, essay collections, and blog-to-book ideas. Learn more about Eric here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-19 at 7.14.57 PM.pngElizabeth May is an editorial assistant at Kensington Publishing Corporation. She is seeking: Fiction areas of interest include action/adventure, commercial, fantasy, general, historical, horror, humorous, LGBTQ, literary, mystery, new adult, religious, romance, science fiction, women’s fiction. Nonfiction areas of interest: biography, crafts/DIY, history, humor, journalism, memoir, pop culture, travel, and true crime. Learn more about Elizabeth here.

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 4.02.36 PM.pngMark Gottlieb is a literary agent with Trident Media Group. Mark’s specialties include adult science fiction and fantasy. But that said, he believes in finding talent wherever it lies and seeks submissions for every type of book, whether fiction or nonfiction, for adults or children. That includes picture books, memoir, inspiration/Christian fiction, graphic novels, comics, and every other category under the sun. Learn more about Mark here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 9.50.39 AM.pngKristy Hunter is a literary agent with The Knight Agency. She is seeking: Kristy is currently accepting submissions from a wide variety of genres, including women’s fiction, mystery, historical romance, romance, young adult, and middle grade. Having spent significant time in the south and New York City, she particularly likes books set in these regions. She also enjoys books that feature horses, boarding schools, sisters, and sororities—to name just a few. Learn more about Kristy here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 4.33.38 PM.pngJanell Walden Agyeman is a literary agent with Marie Brown Associates. She is seeking middlegrade and young adult fiction featuring distinctive characters, engaging narrative voices, excellent craft plus page-turning plot development—basically, your next award winners. Historical content featuring 20th century settings/situations or contemporary stories are welcome for middle grade, as are illustrated series projects.  Contemporary stories, with or without fantasy elements that reflect some aspect of multicultural/multidimensional America, free from stereotypes, are preferred for young adult fiction. Stories that can make her laugh will always appeal. For adult fiction, she prefers women’s upmarket fiction illuminating popular themes or ideas in contemporary or 20th century American life, including those that concern race, class, and/or gender issues. For adult nonfiction, she seeks creative nonfiction projects by authors with market-ready platforms always appeal. She likes memoir, autobiography, and personal essays. Topics of special interest: health and wellness, environment and sustainable living, women’s issues, parenting and aging, spirituality. and aspects of U.S. history and arts/culture. Learn more about Janell here

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 3.29.31 PM.pngElizabeth Copps is a literary agent with Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc., and she is actively building her client list. She is seeking: In fiction, action/adventure, children’s, commercial, family saga, historical, horror, humor, LGBTQ, literary, middle grade, mystery, thriller, women’s fiction, and young adult. In nonfiction, she seeks humor, pop culture, and travel. Learn more about Elizabeth here.

cherry_weiner-bio-picCherry Weiner is the founder of her own agency, Cherry Weiner Literary Agency. She represents many types of novels and genre fiction, including fantasy novels, science fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery/crime, romance novels, women’s fiction, and horror novels. She is always looking to add a great writer to her stable of clients. Learn more about Cherry here.

        More 2017 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.

These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.

(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings, and pricing/detail is explained below.)

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PRICING:

$169 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2017 ATLWW and access to all workshops, all day. As of October 10, 2016, registration is now OPEN.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents or editors in attendance. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $29/session — pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10. Here are four quick testimonials regarding writers who have signed with literary agents after pitching them at prior Writing Day Workshops events. (Our bigger, growing list of success stories can be seen here.)

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 3.01.32 PMI signed with my agent, Patricia Nelson, after
meeting her at the Arizona Writing Workshop.”
– writer Axie Oh

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 3.05.52 PM“I officially signed with agent Renee Nyen of KT
Literary. I met her at the Colorado Writing
Workshop.” – writer Jessie Hilb Akos

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 1.31.47 PM.png“After taking pitches at the Michigan Writing
Workshop, I signed writer Kyle Prue as a new
client.” – literary agent Veronica Park

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 10.59.25 AM.png“After taking pitches at the Alabama Writing
Workshop, I met Erin Hollis at a pitch session, and
she is now my newest client.” – agent Julie Gwinn

Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Chuck Sambuchino, one of the day’s instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Atlanta Writing Workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the specially-priced critique, so they can send out their query letter with confidence following the workshop. Also, if you are meeting with an agent at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting?

Add $79 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees get an in-person meeting at the workshop. Options:

  • Young adult / middle grade / chapter books: Faculty member Madeline Smoot, a children’s book editor, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. No picture books, please.
  • Women’s fiction / literary fiction / mainstream fiction: Faculty member Ricki Schultz, a published women’s fiction author and professional freelance editor, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • More critique options: Information coming soon.

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: writingdayworkshops@gmail.com, and she will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by either PayPal or check. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Atlanta workshop specifically.

REGISTRATION:

Because of limited space at the venue (Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel), the workshop can only allow 200 registrants, unless spacing issues change. For this reason, we encourage you to book sooner rather than later.

Are spaces still available? Yes, we still have spaces available. We will announce RIGHT HERE, at this point on this web page, when all spaces are taken. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked, then yes, we still have room, and you are encouraged to register.

How to Register: The easy first step is simply to reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: writingdayworkshops@gmail.com. She will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by PayPal or check. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The ATLWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Atlanta workshop specifically.

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason at any time, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments and manuscript editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your work.)

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Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Atlanta Writing Workshop.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 4.02.36 PM.pngMark Gottlieb is a literary agent with Trident Media Group.

Mark attended Emerson College and was president of its Publishing Club, establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature & publishing, he began his career with Penguin’s VP. Mark’s first position at Publishers Marketplace’s #1-ranked literary agency, Trident Media Group, was in foreign rights. Mark was EA to Trident’s chairman and ran the Audio Department. Mark is currently working with his own client list, helping to manage and grow author careers with the unique resources available to Trident. He has ranked #1 among literary agents on publishersmarketplace.com in overall deals and other categories.

Mark’s specialties include adult science fiction and fantasy. But that said, he seeks submissions for every type of book, whether fiction or nonfiction, for adults or children. That includes picture books, memoir, inspiration/Christian fiction, graphic novels, comics, and every other category under the sun.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary

CorvisieroMarisa A. Corvisiero is the founder of Corvisiero Literary.

Marisa seeks creative stories with developed plots and rich characters with unique voices.

She is seeking:

  • contemporary romance
  • thriller
  • adventure
  • paranormal / urban fantasy
  • science fiction
  • combinations of the genres listed above
  • middle grade (fantasy, adventure, science fiction)
  • picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed)
  • She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, and space science fiction themed stories.
  • self-help
  • science nonfiction
  • business books (including titles for kids)

Marisa A. Corvisiero is the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency and our Senior Literary Agent. During the few years prior to starting her own agency, Marisa worked with the L. Perkins Agency, where she learned invaluable lessons and made a name for herself in the industry. She is also a Literary Consultant, Speaker, Author and an Attorney practicing law with a focus on Corporate Law and Estate Planning in New York City.

Ms. Corvisiero is also the founder of The Corvisiero Law Practice, P.C. Since the law firm’s inception, it has achieved incredible success and growth, and continues on its high-speed trajectory towards excellence. The firm now provides assistance in a number of practice areas as a comprehensive package of legal services for existing and new clients.

Ms. Corvisiero has held positions in several law firms and companies since 1995 in different capacities. In such positions, she has attained the knowledge and experience necessary to properly and dynamically represent her clients. These stellar firms and companies include Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP, a top global law firm; Windels, Marx, Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, a white shoe boutique law firm; and Avaya, Inc., a fortune 500 telecommunications company among several distinguished others.

Ms. Corvisiero received her Bachelors in Business Administration in International Business and Marketing from Hofstra University in 1995, where she was the President of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Chapter, and the President of the Pre Law Society during her last year. Ms. Corvisiero received her Juris Doctorate from Pace University School of Law in 2000, and earned Pace University School of Law’s prestigious International Law Certificate for her studies in International Law. During her legal studies, she held several Board positions on the Student Bar Association, where she was also the Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, the Chair of the Social Committee, and the Co-Editor of the Pace University School of Law Year Book in 1999 and 2000.

Ms. Corvisiero is licensed to practice in New York State, and has been in good standing for the duration of her admission to the Bar. She belongs to the New York City Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

She is fluent in Italian and Spanish, and has some working knowledge of Portuguese and Japanese.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: ​Kristy Hunter of The Knight Agency.

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 9.50.35 AM.pngKristy Hunter is a literary agent with The Knight Agency.

She is seeking: Kristy is currently accepting submissions from a wide variety of genres, including women’s fiction, mystery, historical romance, romance, young adult, and middle grade. Having spent significant time in the south and New York City, she particularly likes books set in these regions. She also enjoys books that feature horses, boarding schools, sisters, and sororities—to name just a few.

With a degree in Women & Gender Studies and English Literature from Vanderbilt University, Kristy moved to New York City immediately after graduation to try her hand at publishing. She completed the Columbia Publishing Course and worked in the city for several years—first at Grove/Atlantic and then at Random House Children’s Books—before deciding it was time to make the move back down south. She now takes advantage of her new surroundings by being outside as much as possible with her French bulldog, Gummi. Twitter: @KristySHunter.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Latoya C. Smith of L. Perkins Agency

Screen Shot 2016-10-17 at 12.41.26 PM.pngLatoya C. Smith is a literary agent with L. Perkins Agency.

Before joining the L. Perkins Agency, Latoya was an editor for over thirteen years working at publishing houses such as Kensington Publishing, Hachette Book Group, and Samhain Publishing. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Latoya started her editorial career as an administrative assistant to New York Times bestselling author, Teri Woods, while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Temple University. In 2006, Latoya joined Grand Central Publishing, an imprint at Hachette Book Group, where she acquired a variety of titles from Hardcover fiction and non-fiction, to digital romance and erotica. In 2014, Latoya was Executive Editor at Samhain Publishing where she acquired short and long form romance as well as erotic fiction. She was also the winner of the 2012 RWA Golden Apple for Editor of the Year.

She is seeking: Latoya is seeking romance, erotica, erotic fiction, women’s fiction, women’s thriller, LGBTQ romance and erotic fiction, along with advice/how-to/memoir submissions. Latoya tends to shy away from YA, sci-fi/fantasy, historical, steampunk, and urban fantasy, however if she happens to fall in with projects within those genres, she is happy to represent them.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Janell Walden Agyeman of Marie Brown Associates

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 4.33.34 PM.pngJanell Walden Agyeman is a member of Marie Brown Associates, a literary agency known for its roster of critically acclaimed, ethnically diverse authors who write for children and for adult readers. 

She formerly held editorial positions at Doubleday & Company and Howard University Press, where she also administered the Howard University Press Book Publishing Institute, a trainee program for the book publishing industry.  A contributing author to Contributions of Black Women to America, 1777-1976, her favorite activities include singing in the community choir, cultivating her Qi Gong practice, learning to grow veggies and researching and writing the family history.  

She is especially looking for:   

— Middle grade and young adult fiction featuring distinctive characters, engaging narrative voices, excellent craft plus page-turning plot development—basically, your next award winners. Historical content featuring 20th century settings/situations or contemporary stories are welcome for middle grade, as are illustrated series projects.  Contemporary stories, with or without fantasy elements that reflect some aspect of multicultural/multidimensional America, free from stereotypes, are preferred for young adult fiction. Stories that can make me laugh will always appeal.

— Adult fiction: Prefer women’s upmarket fiction illuminating popular themes or ideas in contemporary or 20th century American life, including those that concern race, class and/or gender issues. 

— Adult nonfiction: Creative nonfiction projects by authors with market-ready platforms always appeal. Genres: memoir, autobiography, personal essays. Topics of special interest:  health and wellness, environment and sustainable living, women’s issues, parenting and aging, spirituality and aspects of U.S. history and arts/culture.