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Howard County Chapter Meeting: How to Make Editors Want Your Book A Look from Both Sides of the Slush Pile

April 20, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809

 Toby Devens was a Senior Editor at Harcourt Brace in NYC before moving to Baltimore. She gets what catches an editor's eye. After publishing four books, she’s learned, sometimes the hard way, what it takes to land an agent and lure an editor.

Come learn what works and what doesn't. We’ll discuss all kinds of editing tips and explore the editing process from delicate pruning to slash-and-burn. Toby loves a line she first heard at an MWA Conference, "Drown the little darlings." Find out what it means and why it should be a writer's mantra at this meeting.

About the Speaker:

Toby Devens is the award-winning author of novels Barefoot Beach, released this summer, and Happy Any Day Now, both published by Penguin Random House. Booklist said Toby’s writing was “a pleasure to read” and Publishers Weekly praised her debut novel My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet) as “wise and witty.” Mercy, Lord, My Husband’s in the Kitchen, her collection of prayer-poems published by Doubleday, was called “beguiling” by PEOPLE magazine.

Toby was senior editor at Harcourt Brace publications and New York editor of Where magazine. Her short fiction, poetry and articles have appeared in Readers’ Digest and Parents, among other national magazines. Her career in media/public relations culminated with her work as senior vice president of an international nonprofit. She currently lives in Columbia, Maryland where she’s working on a new novel.


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