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

Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM


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

Instructors: Caitlin Alexander and Cynthia Manson
1 session, $200


You've written your novel or memoir, revised it, poured your heart and soul into it, and 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!

The process of getting published can seem daunting, but in this in-depth, interactive Q&A, an experienced literary agent and a veteran editor demystify the process and tell you what you really need to know in order to break in. We’ll discuss:
 

  • The role of an agent and how to find the right agent for your work (and when you might not need one)
  • What publishers are looking for
  • The many publishing options available, including traditional legacy publishing, small presses, packagers, self-publishing, digital publishing, and hybrid publishing
  • What you can start doing now to build your platform as a writer


What participants say:

“Caitlin and Cynthia packed in a tremendous amount of material and remarkably made it accessible and engaging.”

“The small class size was great and allowed for everyone to ask questions specific to their project/circumstance. Helpful, personalized suggestions for moving forward.”

“Caitlin and Cynthia shared their professional experience about the ins and outs of the publishing industry, which feels like a labyrinth to the uninitiated. They gave specific advice about how to start and proceed in the process of trying to get published, which was very hands-on and informative.”

“This workshop was very well run, and quite useful information was shared. In addition, questions were always answered.”

“The workshop I attended gave a very positive approach to getting published, made it less mysterious.”

“The instructors were very well informed and presented their material clearly and gave out great handouts.”

“I was given personalized attention and great help!”

“I am grateful that this type of insider’s view, into an industry that seems quite mysterious to the newcomer, is available right here in Westchester.”

Caitlin Alexanderhas been editing books for more than fifteen years. She spent much of that time at Random House, where she acquired and edited New York Times bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. She continues to edit bestselling and award-winning books as a freelance editor and can be found ateditedbycaitlin.com.

Cynthia Mansonis a well-known and respected literary agent who represents a number of bestselling authors in a variety of genres. She graduated from Scripps College for Women in Claremont, CA. Manson has worked in both magazine and book publishing, including for Sterling Lord Literistic, Putnam, Bertelsmann, Scientific American, and Advertising Age magazine. She is well connected to the Hollywood community and has brokered numerous deals in the book-to-film-and-television market.

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