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PALA holds monthly meetings in West Los Angeles, covering many aspects of interest for self-publishers through mid-sized publishers. We are all about promotion, marketing, mechanics of publishing and its support services, networking, presenting monthly meetings, national webinars, and teleseminars. If you are published or think you may want to publish, we have the information for you.

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IWOSC's ANNUAL AGENTS PANEL WEBINAR Wednesday, September 30 at 6 pm Pacific Literary Agents Answer Your Questions What Writers Must Know About Finding & Working with Representation Today REGISTER ONLINE AT: If you choose the route of traditional publishing, it's more important than ever to have trustworthy, reliable, and knowledgeable representation to guide your book or screenplay (and you!). We will be having a candid and thorough discussion of the factors (subtle and otherwise) that go into whether a book/screenplay (or an author) gets past the gatekeepers or not. For instance, how important are one's social media footprint, level of fame, and prestige college or educational credentials in determining a "yes" or a "no" -- regardless of the quality of a book or movie? How does someone's race, gender or sexual preference, or social/economic class affect their chances of getting a good book or TV/movie deal? We will concentrate on books as well as film/TV. And through the magic of the webinar form, we will include New York agents as well as LA and Southern California-based agents on the program! Topics will include: • How to find the right "match" between agent and author, and how to get an agent's attention. • “Dos and Don’ts.” What makes an irresistible query -- and what mistakes guarantee a rejection. • How to build and create the strongest agent relationship. • What it’s like after an author is signed. • How often does one get feedback from an agent? • Do agents “edit” a script or expect it to be perfect? • What today’s authors need BESIDES a good book or proposal by itself (social media, educational/career credentials, etc.), in order to get a book deal. • …Plus your questions! Come join us ... and tell a friend! Our panel of literary agents are: Miriam Altshuler ran her own literary agency for 21 years before joining DeFiore and Company in 2016. She handles both fiction and non, as well as children and YA lit, and is currently looking for manuscripts focused on diversity, from underrepresented voices. Mark Gottlieb works directly with writers through Trident Media Group. He is looking at all categories of books and enjoys bringing new authors to eager readers. Doug Grad started Doug Grad Literary Agency after 22 years with major publishing houses. He's looking for narrative non-fiction, military, sports, celebrity memoir, thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, romance, and certain lifestyle genres. Jan L. Kardys founded Black Hawk Lit Agency and the Unicorn Writers Conference, drawing on vast experience with top agencies. She also offers classes on publishing. Michelle Zietlin came into media and publishing from a dance and performance background. She founded More Zap Literary and represents varied genres, including YA and women's fiction. Moderated by Telly Davidson, IWOSC's Program Director and author of Culture War: How the '90s Made Us Who We Are Today (Whether We Like It or Not) $15 Deadline for advance registration is noon, the day of the meeting. Register now for this panel at THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO REGISTER. IWOSC Agents Panel Wednesday, September 30,[masked] pm Pacific on GoToWebinar

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How to Write Query Letters & Proposals

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