|Josh Adams, Lisa Williams Kline and Betsey Thorpe at|
the Women's National Book Association
So last Tuesday, I attended the Women's National Book Association joint meeting with Charlotte Writers’ Club, From Book Idea to the Bookshelf: The Process and Business of Publishing.
The event drew a crowd of over 150 writers. Disclaimer. - Though I'm the WNBA Charlotte membership chair, the crowd was there to hear from the distinguished panel:
Kelly Bowen, Publicist at Algonquin Books
Josh Adams, Agent at Adams Literary
Betsy Thorpe, Editor at Betsy Thorpe Literary Services
Sally Brewster, Bookseller at Park Road Books
Amanda Phillips , MarComm Manager at Baker & Taylor, book wholesaler
Lisa Williams Kline, author with releases from Zondervan, Delacorte, and Cricket
So. Lots of great advice. Lots.
Kelly Bowen shared a publicity story about Algonquin release WEST OF HERE by Jonathan Evison.
Some recipients put the box straight in the fridge. Word got out a few days later and the galleys were rescued from cold storage.
Reminder: Writers should NOT come up with cute ideas like that to catch an agent's attention.
Josh Adams recommends that writers:
1) Write like crazy.
2) Read like crazy.
3) Put stuff out there and query.
4) Put themselves out there and network- preferably in real life.
He also mentioned that the odds of finding an agent are not in our favor.
For example, the statistics at Adams Literary are something like this:
1/1,000 if you cold query
1/100 if you meet Josh, Tracey, or Quinlan at an event
1/20 if you are referred through an industry contact
Don't like your odds? Do something to change them. Attend conferences, workshops, etc.
Just don't stalk. Or send creepy gifts.