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North Baltimore Chapter: Behind-The-Scenes Discussion on the Business of Publishing

April 22, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

North Baltimore Chapter Zoom Meeting

You’ve typed “the end” on your manuscript…now what? From a macro-level view, there are three options for getting your work published. This is a generalization, of course, but after “the end” an author can choose self-publishing, small press publishing or traditional publishing (also known as Big 5 publishing). As a literary agent, my job is to make money for my clients and that starts when we ink a book deal with a Big 5 publisher.

So, let’s go behind the scenes and talk about the business of publishing. What are today’s pros and cons of self-publishing, small press publishing and traditional publishing? If you, the author, choose to pursue traditional publishing, how do you do it? What does a literary agent do and do you need one? How do you find legitimate literary agents and how do you submit your manuscript to them? Most agents ask for a query letter – what is this and how do you increase your chances of successfully attracting an agent with yours. What are agents and publishers looking for in 2021? Finally, again from a macro-level view, how do you strategize for profit for your own personal author career? We’ll discuss these topics and leave plenty of time for Q&A. 

Sara Megibow is a literary agent with kt literary out of Highlands Ranch, CO and is actively acquiring. Attendees are welcome to submit their work– instructions on submissions will be given at the end of the presentation.  Always LGBTQIA+ Friendly!  Sara has worked in publishing since 2006 and represents New York Times bestselling authors including Rebecca Roanhorse, Casey McQuiston, Roni Loren, Margaret Rogerson, Jason M. Hough and Jaleigh Johnson. She specializes in launching debut authors and working on long-term career development and profit strategy with them. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and American History. on twitter @SaraMegibow

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