Authors Shop Talk - WHAT DO AGENTS AND PUBLISHERS REALLY WANT?

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Buddhamouse

134 Yale Avenue · Claremont, CA

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WHAT DO AGENTS AND PUBLISHERS REALLY WANT?

Elaine Ash leads this illuminating workshop that gives insight into how literary agents and publishers select material and talent. What is the first thing an agent does after reading a query? (The answer may surprise you.) Why is it critical that proofreading and grammar are ignored until a story is "locked?" (Reeealllly surprising answer!) What are the pros and cons of writers' groups and how do you get the best out of them?

Elaine Ash edits, ghostwrites, and produces books for a living. She has signed book deals with four different publishers and writes crime and horror under the pen-name "Anonymous-9." Thirty-one thousand copies of her series debut novel HARD BITE sold in April, 2015. Elaine was Editor at Large for Beat to a Pulp e-zine and edited many names that have gone on to fame in the book world such as Hilary Davidson, Chris F. Holm, Charles Ardai, Ed Gorman, Robert Randisi, and many more,.

She is the winner of Spinetingler Magazine's Best Short Story on the Web 2009, and the winner of two Readers' Choice Awards from The House of Crime & Mystery, Canada. Her latest editing/ghostwriting project is a memoir called WALKING THE DUNES WITH TENNESSEE WILLIAMS which received publisher interest before it was finished.

She blogs at www.ashedit.wordpress.com (http://www.ashedit.wordpress.com/)