The 2015 Milwaukee Writing Workshop: May 15, 2015

Screen shot 2014-10-12 at 11.03.38 PMThe 2015 Milwaukee Writing Workshop is now over, and it was a wonderful success. If you are interested in future Milwaukee-area writing events, email coordinator Jessica Bell at writingdayworkshops [at] gmail.com and ask to be alerted when other events come together. Meanwhile, if you live elsewhere in the country, you can see other Writing Day Workshop dates and locations here.

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The Wisconsin Writers Association and Writing Day Workshops are excited to announce The Milwaukee Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Milwaukee, WI on May 15, 2015.

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 (90 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2015 Milwaukee Writing Workshop!

(If you live closer to Chicago than Milwaukee, note that there is also a nearly identical workshop in the Chicago suburbs in May 2015.)

WHAT IS IT?

This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Milwaukee West (in Brookfield, WI). 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 faculty so far includes literary agent Jennie Goloboy (Red Sofa Literary), literary agent Laura Crockett (Triada US Literary), literary agent Abby Saul (Browne & Miller Literary), literary agent Elizabeth Evans (Jean V. Naggar Literary), literary agent Jodell Sadler (Sadler Children’s Literary), literary agent Dawn Frederick (Red Sofa Literary), and editor Neal Wooten (Mirror Publishing).

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 10.40.27 AMBy the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey.

The event is co-coordinated by the Wisconsin Writers Association, a statewide group of writers with regional chapters as well as biannual writing events.

THIS YEAR’S PRESENTER/INSTRUCTOR

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 1.09.19 PMChuck Sambuchino (chucksambuchino.com, @chucksambuchino) of Writer’s Digest Books is the editor of Guide to Literary Agents as well as the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market. His authored books include Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript; Create Your Writer Platform, which was praised by Forbes.com; and How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, which was optioned for film by Sony. He oversees one of the biggest blogs in publishing (the Guide to Literary Agents Blog) as well as one of the biggest Twitter accounts in publishing (@WritersDigest). He is a freelance editor who has seen dozens of his clients get agents and/or book deals, and he has presented at 120 writing conferences and events over the past ten years.

EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS

The Milwaukee workshop will be held at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Milwaukee West (Brookfield, WI) 1250 South Moorland Road, Brookfield, WI 53005. (262)782-1400.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (MAY 15, 2015)

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

9:30 – 10:30: “Your Publishing Options Today.” 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 downsides, 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.

10:30 – 11:45: “Everything You Need to Know About Agents, Queries & Pitching.” 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 ID 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.

11:45 – 1: Lunch on your own. There are several restaurants within quick driving distance. A map of places to eat will be passed out prior to the event.

Screen shot 2014-10-15 at 1.02.19 PM1 – 2:30: “Writers’ Got Talent: A Chapter One Critique-Fest.” In the vein of American Idol or America’s Got Talent, 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. Get expert feedback on your incredibly important first page, and know if your writing has what it needs to keep readers’ attention. (All attendees are welcome to bring pages to the event for this session, and we will choose pages at random for the workshop for as long as time lasts.)

2:30 – 3:45: “How to Market Yourself and Your Books: Author Platform & Social Media Explained.” A writer’s platform is as important as ever now. Visibility and ability to self-market are mandatory these days for writers of nonfiction and self-published works. Furthermore, fiction writers want a platform to sell more books, meet readers, and increase their value. This speech teaches writers the basics of what a platform is and why it is necessary. Then we delve into the building blocks of what can constitute a platform, from media appearances and speaking engagements to blogs, Facebook, Twitter and more.

3:45 – 5:00: “How to Get Published: 10 Professional Writing Practices That You Need to Know NOW to Find Success as a Writer.” This final speech is a general presentation examining good writing practices that all editors appreciate—whether writing for books, magazines, newspapers or online. It discusses how to not put all your eggs in one writing basket, how to steal ideas from yourself to generate more stories and books, how to avoid the two most common reasons agents reject you, and much more.

All throughout the day: Agent & Editor Pitching.

PITCH AN AGENT!

dawn-1313Dawn Frederick is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary Agency. She represents writers of young adult, middle grade, and graphic novels. She will be taking pitches on behalf of the agency for women’s fiction, new adult fiction, and erotica. She also personally seeks nonfiction in the following categories: biography, creative (narrative) nonfiction, history, humor, pop culture, women’s narratives (chicklit nonfiction), sports, social issues and current affairs, pop culture. Learn more about Dawn here.

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 2.05.47 PMElizabeth Evans is a literary agent with Jean V. Naggar Literary. Elizabeth represents a wide range of nonfiction projects, including memoir, current affairs, pop science, journalism, health and wellness, psychology, history, pop culture, and humor. She is most interested in narrative nonfiction, especially stories of adventure and books that aspire to foster knowledge and understanding. She is actively seeking serious nonfiction with a rigorous intellectual drive, authors with strong platforms who are experts in their fields,  award-winning journalists, academics, speakers, scientists, and books that ask big questions. Please note that Elizabeth is no longer seeking fiction. Learn more about Elizabeth here.

Screen shot 2014-12-06 at 1.45.24 AMAbby Saul is a literary agent with Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She’s looking for great and engrossing writing, no matter what the genre, and is actively exploring new digital possibilities for books. (She also occasionally reps young adult and middle grade, but does not want to see fantasy or science fiction for any age of reader.) A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband. Learn more about Abby here.

jennie-goloboy-2014Jennie Goloboy is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary Agency. She represents science fiction and fantasy (especially with a literary flair), historical fiction (no memoir), romance (primarily with sci-fi/fantasy elements), young adult fiction, and middle grade fiction. Learn more about Jennie here. She is excited to meet with all kinds of writers and hopefully build her client list.

screen-shot-2014-10-13-at-1-12-32-pmJodell Sadler is a literary agent with Sadler Children’s Literary. Jodell is interested in picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult (especially funny), fiction and creative nonfiction, and free-verse: authors, illustrators, and, in particular, author/illustrators. She loves a well-paced story that moves the story to move the reader between joy and tears. Learn more about Jodell here.

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 10.50.34 AMLaura Crockett is a literary agent representing Triada US Literary Agency. She will be taking pitches on behalf of herself as well as other agents at the agency — in the following genres: young adult novels, adult historical fiction, middle grade novels, mystery/crime novels, women’s fiction novels, and various nonfiction projects. Learn more about Laura here.

neal-125x168Neal Wooten is the managing editor at Mirror Publishing. He is seeking “children’s books, early readers, young adult fiction, novella, and full-length novels. So if you’ve written the next great kid’s book, mystery, thriller, sci-fi, drama, or love story, etc., please feel free to pitch us.” Learn more about Neal here.

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.)

PRICING

$129 — base price for registration to the MWW and access to all workshops, all day.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our 5 literary agents in attendance. Between them, our agents are seeking the following fiction genres: TBA.

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.

Add $59 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from instructor Chuck Sambuchino. (This rate is a special event value for Milwaukee 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?

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 Milwaukee workshop specifically.

REGISTRATION

Because of limited space at the venue, the workshop can only allow 100 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 workshop 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 Milwaukee workshop specifically.

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason, 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 are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your letter.)

 

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Thank you for your interest in the Milwaukee Writing Workshop.

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary

dawn-1313Red Sofa Literary is the celebration of the quirky, eclectic ideas in our exciting literary community.  Realizing that the best ideas come via engaging conversations and over good coffee, while sometimes relaxing in a colorful lounger.

Established by literary agent Dawn Frederick, previously of Sebastian Literary Agency,  she brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table—with multiple years of experience as a bookseller in the independent, chain, and specialty stores; sales, marketing, & book development at a YA publisher, a published nonfiction author, and an agent associate literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency in 2002 (before Red Sofa Literary was established).

In addition to her literary agent duties, she extensively volunteers with her local library system, while still finding time to spend quality time on her “wheels.”

She carries a B.S. in Human Ecology, and a M.S. in Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution.  “Not only do I know what people like to read and are currently  reading;  I also have the experience of  working one-on-one with authors, book distribution centers, and literary organizations.”

Dawn Frederick’s Representative Categories (as well as what she will be taking pitches for on behalf of the agency):

  • Young Adult – Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Middle Grade – Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Women’s fiction — Looking for funny, lighter fare. Think Sophie Kinsella.
  • Erotica — contemporary and feminist. No paranormal.
  • New adult fiction — funny and gritty, especially when the two go together. Interested in geekery, retellings, innovative storytelling, and authentic voices. Please no paranormal romance, contemporary romance, dystopia, Chosen One plotlines, or didacticism.
  • Biography — Historical, media-related, political—no personal memoirs
  • Creative Nonfiction — It needs to be smart, with noticeable platform, and highly commercial.
  • Graphic Novels — No manga please.
  • History – Books that will engage the commerical reader.  ex: Michael Beschloss
  • Humor – I loved The Zombie Survival Guide, How to be a Villain, and Yiddish with Dick and Jane.
  • Pop Culture – Especially Americana, and anything quirky
  • Social Issues/Current Affairs—Women’s Studies, GLTB Studies, Social Sciences, and more.
  • Sports — Less mainstream, more extreme sport, ex: Roller Derby
  • Women’s Narratives – chicklit nonfiction, Latina, African-American, and more.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Abby Saul of Browne & Miller Literary Associates

Screen shot 2014-12-06 at 1.45.24 AMLiterary agent Abby Saul joined Browne & Miller Literary Associates in 2013 after spending five years on the production and digital publishing side of the industry, first at John Wiley & Sons and then at Sourcebooks. A zealous reader who loves her iPad and recognizes that ebooks are the future, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book.

Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers.

She’s looking for great and engrossing writing, no matter what the adult fiction genre; she even reps some YA and MG on occasion. That said, no matter what you are pitching her, it’s best not to pitch fantasy or sci-fi. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband. Find her as @BookySaul on Twitter.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Elizabeth Evans of Jean V. Naggar Literary

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 2.05.47 PMLiterary agent Elizabeth Evans joined the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency in January 2010. Previously, she worked for six years in the San Francisco Bay Area with Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She represents a robust nonfiction list and a small but dynamic list of novelists. Elizabeth graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College with a degree in English literature and received an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. She credits her parents with inspiring her love of books from an early age. Elizabeth especially loves launching new authors’ careers and works closely with her clients to fine-tune their proposals and manuscripts.

Elizabeth represents a wide range of nonfiction projects, including memoir, current affairs, pop science, journalism, health and wellness, psychology, history, pop culture, and humor. She is most interested in narrative nonfiction, especially stories of adventure and books that aspire to foster knowledge and understanding. She is actively seeking serious nonfiction with a rigorous intellectual drive, authors with strong platforms who are experts in their fields,  award-winning journalists, academics, speakers, scientists, and books that ask big questions. Please note that Elizabeth is no longer seeking fiction.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary

jennie-goloboy-2014In Fall 2011, Jennie Goloboy joined Red Sofa Literary. Jennie Goloboy has a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard. She is also a published author of both history and fiction, and a member of SFWA, RWA, SHEAR, OAH, the AHA, and Codex Writer’s Group. Her funny, spec-fic short stories appear under her pen name, Nora Fleischer.

Jennie Goloboy’s Representative Categories:

  • Science Fiction/Fantasy, especially with a literary flair. Would love to see more non-traditional settings and characters. I’m always open to optimistic, lighthearted fiction, but also enjoy a good scare.
  • Historical – must have a commercial (non-academic) focus. Strong interest in American history, especially through 1850. Also interested in “history of an idea” books. Absolutely no personal memoirs.
  • Romance, primarily with sci-fi and fantasy elements.
  • Young Adult and Middle Grade– Mostly Science Fiction/Fantasy. No paranormal romance, dystopias, or “chosen one” stories, please.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Laura Crockett of TriadaUS Literary

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 1.36.40 PMLiterary agent Laura Crockett graduated with her M.A. in Publishing from Rosemont College in Philadelphia, where her graduate thesis won top awards for its spotlight on YA Gothic literature and its nineteenth-century influences. She’s worked as a writing tutor and freelance editor, blogs for Quirk Books, and runs her own book reviews blog Scribbles & Wanderlust. When she’s not agenting with Uwe Stender and Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency, she’s selling books at Barnes & Noble, frequently recommending titles to readers of all ages.

Laura will be taking pitches on behalf of herself and the Triada agency as a whole. She herself is primarily interested in Young Adult contemporary and fantasy, and Adult historical fiction. She’s seeking books with mood, atmosphere, and above all characters with deep emotional capacities that will cling to the mind long after the book is finished. A small glimpse of her favorite books and authors include Jane Eyre, Night Circus, the Harry Potter series, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman, and Kate Morton.

She is taking pitches for her co-agents at Triada, who are seeking the following: Middle Grade, Women’s Fiction, nonfiction projects, and Mystery/Crime novels.

Laura is not interested in dystopian societies, post-apocalyptic fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy, New Adult, or girl drama.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jodell Sadler of Sadler Children’s Literary

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 1.12.32 PMLiterary agent Jodell Sadler of Sadler Children’s Literary earned her MFA in Children’s Writing from Hamline University. She is working on the writing craft book on picture book pacing and has produced five Writer’s Digest University Tutorials on Children’s Writing on this same topic. Her published articles include “Picture Book Pacing: Verbal and Visual Tools for Writers,” and “Picture Book Pacing: The ultimate 20 editing tools for your work,” in the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, 2011 and 2013, respectively.

Jodell is interested in picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult (especially funny), fiction and creative nonfiction, and free-verse: authors, illustrators, and, in particular, author/illustrators. She loves a well-paced story that moves the story to move the reader between joy and tears.

She lives in the Rockton area with her husband, four kids, four cats, bearded dragon, and new pup, Rosie.  For more about Jodell, visit her on Facebook.