Mini Books-in-Progress: Get Published!

TITLE: Mini Books-in-Progress: Get Published!
DATE: Saturday, June 6, 2020
TIME: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: In lieu of a full, in-person Books-in-Progress Conference, the Carnegie Center is offering a one-day, virtual event via Zoom designed to offer writers a deeper look into publishing their works. The Saturday Conference features three sessions (two workshops and a panel), and agents are available for remote pitch meetings (10 minutes) throughout the weekend. Agent spots are limited; register soon to reserve your spot.

PRICES: Full-day online conference: $75
Optional agent pitches: $25
Scholarships are available upon request.

Event PDF

Sessions: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Everything You Need to Know About Agents and Query Letters
With Chuck Sambuchino
This workshop is a thorough crash course in dealing with literary agents. After quickly going over what an agent is and what they do for writers, we will discuss resources for finding agents, how to identify the best agents for you, query letter writing, as well as the most important things to do and not to do when dealing with representatives. Chuck Sambuchino is a bestselling humor book writer, a freelance editor, and a former editor for WRITER’S DIGEST BOOKS for many years.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Author-Agent Relationship with Leesa Cross-Smith & Kerry D’Agostino
Moderated by Jennifer Hester Mattox, Carnegie Center Kentucky Great Writers Series Coordinator
Join author Leesa Cross-Smith (author of SO WE CAN GLOW and WHISKEY & RIBBONS) and her literary agent Kerry D’Agostino (Curtis Brown, Ltd.) for an intimate conversation about the relationship between author and agent. Moderated by Jennifer Hester Mattox, this panel offers the unique perspectives of both parties so you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the expectations, roles, and communication patterns in this important literary partnership.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
An Overview of Your Publishing Options Today
With Chuck Sambuchino
This workshop examines the two largest routes any writer can take with their book: traditional publishing and self-publishing/e-publishing. We will examine the upsides of both routes, the challenges with both, and the next steps no matter what you decide. In today’s publishing world, a writer has to understand what they’re in for before they send their book out. This session is designed to prepare them for what’s to come and what options exist. Chuck Sambuchino is a bestselling humor book writer, a freelance editor, and a former editor for WRITER’S DIGEST BOOKS for many years.

Meet Your Agent:
Agent pitches are an optional add-on. Limited space is available. Please choose only one agent–only one pitching session per participant.

Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, LTD.
Kerry represents authors of adult literary and commercial fiction, and select narrative nonfiction. She is particularly interested in work that is voice driven, accessible, and authentic. Above all, she is drawn to work that either introduces her to someone, somewhere, or something new, or makes her see something old in a new way.

Jennifer Unter, The Unter Agency
Jennifer is interested in seeing quality fiction and general nonfiction, with a particular interest in memoir, food/cooking, nature/environment, biography, pop culture, travel/adventure, true crime, politics and health/fitness. Additionally, she is looking for all types of children’s literature (picture books, middle grade, and young adult).

Register now for the full-day Books-in-Progress Virtual Conference.
Register now for a remote agent pitch meeting (10 minutes) with Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, LTD.
Register now for a remote agent pitch meeting (10 minutes) with Jennifer Unter, The Unter Agency.

• You will receive room codes to join the Zoom sessions via email prior to the Conference.
• Agent meeting times will be determined after registration.

Saturday, June 6th, 2020
10:00am - 3:30pm
$75 (Optional agent pitches: $25)
via Zoom

We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

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