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How to Get Published: Agent & Editor Q&A with Caitlin Alexander and Cynthia Manson

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 09:30 AM until 12:30 PM

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Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
United States

Instructors: Caitlin Alexander and Cynthia Manson
Length: 1 session, $150
Saturday,  9:30 AM - 12:30 PM


You've written your novel or memoir, workshopped it, revised it, poured your heart and soul into it, and you feel it's ready to send out into the world. Now what do you do? Time to find an agent and get it published, that's what!
In this interactive panel, an experienced literary agent and a veteran editor will share their insider tips to help you navigate the world of publishing in today's marketplace. We will discuss the role of an agent, how to find the right agent for your work, and what really goes on behind the doors of a publishing house once your book has been acquired. We will examine the different publishing options available in a shifting business environment: traditional legacy publishing, small presses, packagers, self-publishing, and the emergent possibilities of e-book publishing—as well as what you can start doing now to build an effective platform from which to promote your work.

Caitlin Alexander spent eleven years at Random House, where she edited New York Times bestsellers such as The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond, Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper, and the Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase series by Andy McDermott, as well as RITA Award winners, Thriller Award winners, and Edgar Award nominees. She’s continued to edit bestselling and award-winning books as a freelance editor and can be found at

Cynthia Manson is a well-known and respected independent literary agent with a small, successful list of published authors. She graduated from Scripps College for Women with a BA in English Literature and Fine Arts. She also attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course, where she was inspired by Sterling Lord. Two years later she joined the Sterling Lord Literary Agency. Manson has worked in both magazine and book publishing, including Putnam, Bertelsmann and Scientific American. Currently she is a consultant for Advertising Age magazine and other Crain Publications as well as representing authors in a variety of genres.

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