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  --Nora Roberts

Tough Love for Writers: A Publishing Primer

An educational presentation for aspiring authors

February 1, 2020   ●   Palmdale, CA (Los Angeles area)

Our modern publishing landscape offers unprecedented opportunity for new writers to make their mark. But where do you start? New business models and whiz-bang technologies make it easier than ever, to get a book out there. But here’s the other half of the equation that no one talks about: As we crank out more and more new titles each year, the pool of retail buyers remains unchanged. (How many books can you read in a year?) Today’s market is more competitive than it has ever been, and far too many new authors rush in without educating themselves. 


You'll find a ton of advice online, on social media sites. But can you trust it? Many of those who offer this guidance, are amateurs with no credentials. They want to turn you into a victim, by making you suspicious of everyone and everything. You might have had a bad experience with an agent or editor, but they’re not responsible for the success of your career. You are.  


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When you write a book, you’re not just telling a story. You’re building a business. The industry has not changed as much as you've been told. Self-publishing might not be the liberating experience that you expect. And you might be looking for love in all the wrong places. In this interactive workshop, we will examine the workings of the publishing industry. Why do some books succeed, while so many fail?


We will discuss the craft of writing, the business of publishing, copyright, networking, writers' conferences, publishing contracts, the role of literary agents, and the wonderful world of self-publishing. And more. At our event, you will hear from experienced professionals who have been where you want to go. We can help you get there. Bring your questions, your thick skin, and your hard-learned lessons.


Literary agent Steven Hutson is a native of Los Angeles, a child of the 1960s, and a storyteller almost from birth. But like most writers, he kept a day job in-between gigs. After having a couple of books published, he set up shop as a freelance editor, handling hundreds of projects in almost every genre. After a while he got drafted to direct a writers’ conference for several years, making many valuable contacts along the way. When an editing client asked him to broker several book deals, he resisted. But as it turned out, he enjoyed the dealmaking and contract negotiations.

With this newfound confidence, he hung out a new shingle as a literary agent in early 2011. Today his company, WordWise Media Services, employs three agents and serves 50 clients. He has placed their works with Harlequin, Dutton, HarperCollins, Tyndale, Hachette, Writer’s Digest Books, and others. Several clients have won prestigious awards for their works.




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12:30      Doors open

1:00         Opening remarks and introductions, by

                 Brandie June

1:15         Tough Love for Writers, by Steven Hutson

3:00         Break

3:15         The Four Pillars of Self-Publishing, by A.G. Billig

3:45         Fingers to Keyboard, by Paul S. Levine

4:15         Q & A, moderated by Brandie June

5:00         Dismissal

Palmdale Playhouse

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February 1, 2020   
1:00 to 5:00 pm

Admission $15                         CLICK ABOVE TO BUY

                                                      38334 10th St. East                                                                Palmdale, CA 93550
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The Greater LA Writers' Society is an outstanding resource for writers in Southern California. They host several events each year, as well as specialized critique groups that meet monthly. More info here.  

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