DFW Con: See you this weekend!

Dallas Fort Worth Writers: I’m coming your way!

This weekend I’ll be at the following conference events:

Ask An Agent Session 2

Dawn Frederick, Michelle Johnson, Lana Popovic, Christopher Rhodes, Carly Watters
1:00 to 1:45 p.m.  Sunday

There are a lot of opinions out there about to how to become a traditionally published author. Everyone’s got plenty of free advice to offer. How to make sense of it all? If only someone would fly a bunch of literary agents across the country right here to the DFW Metroplex and gather them together into a room so I could ask them any question I want and get the answers straight from the people who know the market best. Nah, nothing that cool ever happens around here…

How To Sell Your Picture Book

Carly Watters, P.S. Literary Agency
3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Saturday

Writing for young kids has changed: morals and lessons are out and delightful, page-turning, kid-driven books are in. This workshop will teach you the dos and don’ts of selling your picture book in today’s market. 

Today’s Non-Fiction Markets

Dawn Frederick, Harry Hall, Ben Hedin, Me Ra Koh, April Osborn, Carly Watters
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday

Many writers are so focused on the goal of breaking into fiction that they overlook a huge market with an astonishing variety of opportunities and in many cases, less competition. Here’s a look at ways to make your mark in the world of non-fiction. 

Also, sign up for my pitch sessions and talk to me about your exciting work!

Updated: What I’m looking for

Many frequent visitors to this blog know about what I’m looking for in queries and new projects. Here is an updated list of things I’m dying to see come in to me:

  • Upmarket women’s fiction (high stakes, family issues, love, troubled heart, travel) with a new fresh concept
  • Small town romance
  • Historical fiction (i.e. The Tudor period, Regency, in the tradition of Philippa Gregory)
  • Platform based non-fiction: must have a demonstrable expertise and know your quantifiable market
  • Pop science and pop psychology proposals (i.e. brands, consumer behaviour, creativity, business with a commercial spin)
  • Gritty contemporary YA
  • High concept YA with a fresh new concept that hasn’t been done (i.e. light fantasy)
  • High concept picture books that stand out from the pack Continue reading Updated: What I’m looking for

New Client: Jay Onrait

I am very happy to announce a new client I’m working with. Jay Onrait, Gemini award-winning sportscaster, co-host of TSN’s SportsCentre and all-around hilarious guy, is writing a fantastic book of stories and essays from his days as host of Winnipeg’s Big Breakfast, CTV Olympic Morning in Vancouver, hosting at TSN and all the funny antics in between. Continue reading New Client: Jay Onrait

Top 10 Themes, Characters and Genres I’m Looking For In Submissions Right Now

  1. The Book Club Book – The Help, Time Travelers Wife, etc. Accessible and well written fiction
  2. Pop Science – Time Magazine-esque non fiction (psychology, health, technology etc.)
  3. Upmarket Non Fiction – women’s, memoir
  4. Women’s Fiction – Elin Hilderbrand, Cathleen Schine, Jodi Picoult
  5. Adult Fiction – characters over 30 years of age Continue reading Top 10 Themes, Characters and Genres I’m Looking For In Submissions Right Now