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Writing in 2014: Some Things You Might Want to Do

timemanagementThere are so many things I’m looking forward to in 2014! I’d like to share a few of the things I’ve cooked up, because they require planning and calendars and time management and stuff, and I don’t want folks not to be able to participate in something because they didn’t have enough time to work it out.

First of all, I’m having a client retreat at the end of January, which I’m totally psyched for. Obviously this isn’t open to everyone but I wanted to tell you about it anyway. Some of my clients (from all over the country!) are joining me for a weekend of inspiration, socializing, workshopping, writing, face time with their agent, and general merry-making! I. Can’t. Wait.

imagesSecondly, I’m offering an 8-week class, Workshopping Your Novel, in my Long Island home office, beginning in February. There is both a morning class and an evening class, to accommodate folks’ different schedules and needs. With only 5 people in each class, you’re guaranteed close attention. If you’re looking to put some structure into your writing life, this is a great opportunity. You’ll be committing to producing 5 pages a week for group critique. Plus, I’ll serve coffee (in the morning) and (herbal) tea (in the evening)! If you have questions or concerns about whether this is for you, that aren’t answered here, just email me.

yoga-positions_b4syex5vrkThirdly, I’m very pleased to be offering the second annual Writing Yoga Retreat this summer with my colleague Stefanie Lipsey, the creator of Writing Yoga®. I intend to blog some more about where yoga and writing meet (for me), so I won’t go into that now, but if this even remotely interests you, I recommend you check out the website and register soon. This is a small retreat (15 people tops) and people have already begun to register, even though it’s not until August. Don’t get shut out of this amazing opportunity!

I’m still working on filling my writing conference calendar for 2014, so if you belong to SCBWI or another writing organization and would like me to visit, please get in touch soon. I really love going to conferences, meeting with writers, teaching breakouts and speechifying!

So 2014, here I come!

 

 

 

 

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Writing Conferences: What’s in it for an Agent?

urlGoing to writing conferences and teaching workshops is something that many agents do. I like doing conferences for a few reasons. Of course, I’m always looking to find my next amazing client, another writer who will knock my socks off. That goes without saying. But for me, I also like doing conferences because it keeps me on my toes. The more I talk to people about what it is that I’m looking for, what makes a good query, what makes a good pitch or hook, how to improve your craft, the more clear that becomes for me. And my “what I’m looking for” keeps changing, too. Not the part about the excellent writing, of course, but what I’m currently interested in reading and what the market can bear. Putting myself in a situation where I have to speak (repeatedly) about that is a good way to keep it all fresh in my own mind.

There’s also the networking aspect of conferences. An important part of being a literary agent is forging connections with editors. Getting to know editors a little bit more personally allows me to really focus on which editors will like the work that my clients are writing. There’s nothing worse than pitching my client’s work to the wrong people (well, there’s plenty worse, but you know what I mean). I love when I am reading client work and I start building a submission list in my head, knowing exactly which editors will love it.

Then, for me there’s also the “wanting to make a difference” piece of going to conferences and teaching workshops. Just as a human being on this planet, I like to know that I’m making a difference for other people. It gives me great pleasure if I can say even one thing that will help an author with their manuscript, with their query letter, with their elevator pitch. Sometimes it’s just a kind word of encouragement. Other times it’s a harsher word of critique that (hopefully) will help kick a manuscript up to the next level or re-focus an author on a more productive track toward publication. This is extremely satisfying.

So, here are 6 places you’ll be able to find me this year. This list is not complete, because I’m still being offered conference opportunities for fall and winter 2013. I’m also putting together a writing retreat/workshops with a colleague of mine, that will run either this summer or in the fall (we’re still working out the venue details). For more information about that, click here.

1. “Writing a Top Notch Query” workshop at Hofstra University this Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30pm in Hempstead (Long Island), NY

2. “Query Roulette” through the Women’s National Book Association, like speed dating with agents, next Thursday, March 21 at 6:30pm in New York City

3. Writer’s Digest Pitch Slam, Saturday, April 6 in New York City

4. “The Art of Craft,” New England SCBWI Conference, Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4 in Springfield, Massachusetts

5. Backspace Writer’s Conference, May 23, 24, 25 in New York City

6. Willamette Writer’s Conference, August 2, 3, 4 in Portland, Oregon

If your writing group or association is interested in having me attend a conference or give a workshop, please email me and we’ll work something out. I haven’t done Skype visits yet, but I’m open to that, too!

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I Just Have to Meet You, Linda! Where Can I Find You? Conferences in 2012

If reading my blog isn’t enough, and you just have to meet me, face to face, you will have a number of occasions to do that this year! Here’s what I have set up so far for 2012:

I am participating in Query Roulette through the New York Chapter of The Women’s National Book Association on February 28th in New York City. It’s like speed dating with agents! Click here for more information.


I am teaching a two hour Query Writing workshop at Hofstra University in Long Island on March 10th. Click here for information and to register.

I will be at The Willamette Writer’s Conference in Portland, Oregon from August 3rd – 5th. Click here for more information. I’m not sure if I hope it will be like Portlandia or it won’t!

 

Come the autumn I will also be at the Southern California Writer’s Conference in Newport Beach, California from September 23rd – 25th. Click here for more information. So Cal in the Fall! I can’t wait!

Is there a regional conference in your area that you’d like me to attend or that is looking for literary agents? Let me know about it!

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