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Sunday, October 14 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
NEW VENUE! Pursuit of Publishing: Getting Past the Gatekeepers LIMITED

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Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

What makes an agent take a chance on an author? What do they really want to see in a query letter or synopsis? How can you get your foot in the door? Agents and marketing directors Andrea Morrison (Writers House), David Hale Smith (Inkwell Management), Michael Carr (Veritas Literary), and Maya Sisneros (Aunt Lute) dish insider tips with Chelsea Lindman, former literary agent and co-founder of Northern California Writers' Retreat.

Admission includes all Pursuit of Publishing panels. Register in advance to guarantee a seat. A limited number of people will be admitted at the door. Book sales courtesy of Russian Hill Bookstore. $25

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Chelsea Lindman

Co-founder, Northern California Writers’ Retreat
Chelsea Lindman is co-founder of Northern California Writers’ Retreat, a retreat specializing in fiction, now in its fourth season. She began her decade-long publishing career in New York as an editor at Europa Editions before switching to the agent side to work with The Nicholas... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Michael Carr

Veritas Literary
Michael Carr is a literary agent with a background in editing and writing, working from a home base in San Francisco. He represents writers in a variety of genres, with a special emphasis on historical fiction, mystery and suspense, and science fiction and fantasy. Michael works carefully... Read More →
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Andrea Morrison

Agent, Writers House
Andrea Morrison studied Literature/Writing at UCSD and earned her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She started at Writers House as an intern in 2009. Since, she’s had the opportunity to work with a variety of bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators. She’s excited about adult fiction that blends gorgeous prose with stories featuring younger protagonists. She’s hungry for YA that that blends cr... Read More →
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Maya Sisneros

Marketing Director, Aunt Lute
Maya Sisneros – Acquisitions Editor and Marketing Director, Aunt Lute Books. Sisneros has worked as the Acquisitions Editor for Aunt Lute Books for the past two years, and became the Marketing Director in 2017. Her mission is to publish women traditionally underrepresented in the... Read More →
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David Hale Smith

Agent, Inkwell Management
David Hale Smith is looking for mind-blowing commercial fiction and compelling nonfiction. Prior to joining InkWell in 2011, he operated his eponymous literary agency in Texas, which he started just a few years after graduating from Kenyon College. His fiction list includes thriller... Read More →

Sunday October 14, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT
California College of the Arts, Timken Auditorium
  Aspiring Writers