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Q & A with agent Kathleen Ortiz

Kathleen Ortiz, Subrights Director / Agent at Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation Q:  If participants made an appointment with you, how should they prepare for their pitch session?  ALWAYS come prepared with a 2-3 sentence pitch and a hard copy of the query. I stress that the pitch is ONLY 2-3 sentences and the […]

Interview with author Patti Digh

INTRODUCING PATTI DIGH “I can’t wait to meet Patti, whose most recent book, Creative is a Verb, is full of the author’s fascinating personal stories. Patti inspires readers to get in touch with their uniqueness,” commented MWW committee member Cathy Shouse. “It also offers hundreds of thought-provoking quotes from everyone from Malcolm Gladwell to C.S. […]

Jane Friedman’s new book

The Future of Publishing: Enigma Variations is a definitive and comprehensive view on how book publishing will evolve and transform. It analyzes the future of not only authors, but also agents, editors, publishers, bookstores, and reading/literacy in general. If you’ve been curious, fearful, or anxious—or just want to know the future ahead of everyone else […]

MWW Mini-workshop at Brownsburg Library

BROWNSBURG, IN – “How To Ramp Up Your Writing” will be the theme of a Saturday, April 23, mini-workshop presented by Midwest Writers Workshop. The workshop is $10 and open to persons interested in learning more about writing and in furthering their writing careers. It is scheduled at the Brownsburg Public Library (450 South Jefferson […]

Agent Swap: JL out – Jessica in

Sometimes it happens. A cancellation. And usually, when it does, it comes a week or so after the brochure for our summer workshop is printed and mailed. And that’s just what happened. We are disappointed to announce that literary agent JL Stermer is unable to participate in this year’s workshop. However, we are pleased to […]

MWW Writers’ Retreat mentor Terence Faherty

MWW Writers’ Retreat mentor Terence Faherty looks forward to publication of two books. Dance in the Dark is his latest mystery novel and The Hollywood Op is a collection of short stories. Both follow fictional private investigator Scott Elliott, an Indiana native living in California and working for a Hollywood security agency. Check out this interview […]

Q & A with author Shirley Jump

Q: Young Adult fiction seems to be popular right now. What can you tell us about your next YA title? My next YA book, The Cellar, will be out in the spring from Houghton Mifflin Graphia. It’s basically zombies with “Romeo and Juliet,” and has a little more of a love story (and older characters) […]

Q & A with Tracy Richardson and IBJ Publishing

Q&A with Tracy Richardson, Luminis Books: Please provide a brief history of your company. Luminis Books was founded in October, 2008 by the husband and wife team of Chris Katsaropoulos and Tracy Richardson. Chris has over 25 years of experience as a publishing executive and Tracy’s background is in sales and marketing. Our first titles […]

Meet Literary Agent Suzie Townsend

  We caught up with Suzie and asked her a few questions about her 2010 MWW presentation THE DREADED SYNOPSIS… (Part II, Friday, July 30)1) Why do you think the synopsis gives writers so many problems and do you find confusion about length is common? The synopsis is evil. Everyone hates them. Writer’s hate them […]