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Publishing Clinic with Agents and Editors

Creative Writing Month and Publishing Week event

Date: Time: 2:00 pm
Andrews Hall Room: Bailey Library
Additional Info: ANDR
Contact: Timothy Schaffert, tschaffert2@unl.edu
Throughout the afternoon, NYC agents and editors will advise on the following topics. Either come for the whole clinic or sit in for parts of it! All welcome! Free and open to all students, staff, and the public at large.

Setting Work/Writing Balance, w/ agent Monika Wood
Making time to write is easier said than done. As both an agent and a writer, Monika Woods has a unique perspective on how to make time and headspace for both the demands of her clients and her own literary pursuits. This workshop will provide tips and experiences of working a 9-to-5 (and raising a young child) but still managing to place short fiction and complete a debut novel.

Everybody Starts Somewhere, w/ editor Morgan Jerkins
Pitching stories to editors of renowned publications can be a scary ordeal, especially if you don’t feel like you have any connections. Morgan Jerkins uses her experiences publishing in The New Yorker, The New York Times and BuzzFeed to show some of the common mistakes writers make, how to approach editors, and the anatomy of pitch-writing in order to jumpstart your portfolio and increase your visibility online.

The Special Relationship, w/ agent Noah Ballard: Agents are writers’ strongest advocates, but finding the right one and setting the right tone can be challenging for a debut author. Noah Ballard explains how writers can professionally and confidently query agents and develop productive business relationships with them and what to expect and avoid before signing.

Agent with the Heart of an Editor, w/ Jane von Mehren
An agent is often a writer’s first editor before a book even goes on submission. Jane von Mehren spent most of her career on the editorial side of New York book publishing, and that has given her insights and wisdom about both strengthening her clients’ writing and what convinces and compels acquiring editors on the page.

https://www.unl.edu/english/creative-writing-month

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