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Frederick County Chapter: From Shy to Sold: Querying, Proposing, and Getting Your Book Published - Ally E. Machate

July 18, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

You’ve experienced the satisfaction of working hard to learn a craft and producing a quality piece of writing—but now what? If you ever want anyone to read your work outside of your immediate circle of family and friends, you’ll need to get published. Though self-publishing is always an option, this talk focuses on how writers generally approach the submission process. Knowing where to focus your efforts can help you save time, money, and energy. And you don’t have to figure it all out on your own.

The bad news? The submission process to agents and book publishers is fairly standardized, so if you skip steps or get something wrong, your submission will likely go straight into the slush pile.

And if you haven’t heard about the evil slush pile, well, let me just tell you, you want to avoid landing there at all costs!!!

But that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about on Saturday, July 18 at 1pm Eastern during the MWA Frederick Chapter’s meeting. And we’re doing it ONLINE! So click on the link below to register and get the information you need to access and join the webinar.

Find out who really decides what gets published, how to approach them without getting the proverbial door slammed in your face, and what these gatekeepers expect from you besides your very best work. You’ll also get tips that will make your queries and proposals more effective for best results.


Ally E. Machate is on a mission to make great books happen. A bestselling author and expert publishing consultant who loves using her insider knowledge of the book industry to lead serious authors toward success, Ally has served both small and “Big Five” publishers, including Simon & Schuster, where she acquired and edited books for the Touchstone and Fireside imprints. Her client list includes authors publishing with such companies as Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Rodale Inc., Chronicle Books, Kaplan Publishing, Sourcebooks, Sunrise River Press, and Hay House, as well as independently published bestsellers. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate and Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing, Ally leads a diversified team of editorial professionals who work with authors to write, edit, publish, and sell their books. Get free gifts and learn more at and