Monday, June 11, 2012

Book Publishing Today: What Every Author Should Know

The Writers Junction is excited to invite you to a...
Junction Function

What Every Author Should Know

Featuring Professionals in the Publishing Industry:

Panio Gianopoulos, Palindrome Media & Backlit Fiction  
Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management 
Wendy Goldman Rohm, The Rohm Agency 
Jennifer Rofe, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
BJ Robbins, BJ Robbins Literary Agency

And Moderator: Colette Sartor

Join us for an insightful evening with fantastic professionals who will share their tips, stories, and perspectives about the publishing industry today.
Want to know how to build your platform? How to get an agent? What's the deal with e-publishing?
Send those questions you want answered to and we'll address them at the panel!
Wednesday, June 27th
$15 Admission
Limited Seats Available
open to members & non-members
1001 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
About the Panelists:

Panio Gianopoulos is a writer, editor, and publisher, and most recently the Co-Founder of Backlit Fiction, a digital imprint dedicated to YA serial fiction. During his seven years as an editor at Bloomsbury Publishing, Panio edited titles across nearly every genre, including bestselling memoirs by Chelsea Handler and Anthony Bourdain, and the original literary tie-in for the HBO series Deadwood. A former BCG consultant focusing on the entertainment industry, he received his M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. His novella, The Hunter, will be published in Sep 2012, and his short story collection, Luxuries, is slated for a spring 2013 release.

Michael Bourret joined Dystel & Goderich Literary Management as an intern while studying film and television production at New York University, and began at the agency full-time in 2000. After ten years as an agent in the New York office, Michael now works in Los Angeles in the West Coast office of DGLM. There, he continues to represent his own list of bestselling and award-winning clients while also aggressively pursuing new film and television opportunities. Michael is always on the lookout for exceptional writers with unique ideas, no matter what the category. He is currently looking for middle grade and young adult fiction, commercial adult fiction, and all sorts of nonfiction, from practical to narrative. He's especially interested in food and cocktail related books, memoir, popular history, politics, religion (though not spirituality), popular science, and current events. And if you've got something on bourbon or tennis, even better.
Wendy Goldman Rohm, a New York Times bestselling author who has taught and lectured for MediaBistro, Yale University, onboard the QEII, and at numerous universities and organizations in the US, Europe and Asia. Rohm is in the unusual position of understanding the publishing world from the creative side as well as the business side, having worked in publishing as an author as well as agent and development editor for more than two decades. In addition to representing its author clients to top publishers, The Rohm Agency offers ghost-writing services, developmental editing, and collaborative projects between authors and subjects. Rohm's publisher clients have included Random House, The New York Times Syndicate International, Wired magazine, Tina Brown's Talk magazine, Men's Vogue, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Financial Times of London, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Conde-Nast, Ziff-Davis, John Wiley & Sons, Jossey-Bass, The Magazine Group, and many others. She's also been a literary agent and author for Sterling Lord Literistic, New York; The Waxman Agency, NY; and Waterside Productions, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.

Jennifer Rofe is a literary agent for Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and handles children's fiction projects ranging from picture books to young adult. Middle grade is Jennifer's soft spot and she's open to all genres in this category, especially the tender or hilarious. She is always looking for fresh and distinct voices; stories that simultaneously tug at her heartstrings and make her laugh out loud; and "adorkable" heroes. As for YA, Jennifer is drawn to contemporary works; dramatic or funny romance; and urban fantasy/light sci-fi. She's especially interested in mind-blowingly smart projects that are layered, complex, and unexpected, and she appreciates big, developed worlds. In terms of picture books, early readers, and chapter books, she is interested in character-driven projects and smart, exceptional writing.

BJ Robbins opened her Los Angeles-based agency in 1992 after a multi-faceted career in book publishing in NY. She started in publicity at Simon & Schuster and was later Marketing Director and then Senior Editor at Harcourt. Her Agency represents quality fiction, both literary and commercial, and general nonfiction, with a particular interest in memoir, biography, narrative history, pop culture, sports, travel/adventure, medicine and health. A member of AAR and Pen USA West, Ms. Robbins has led workshops at UCLA Extension, UC Irvine Extension and at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Fiction Workshop. On behalf of PEN, she has been guest speaker in numerous cities in the West as part of their Writers Toolbox program, including Seattle, Portland, Santa Fe, Dallas, Las Cruces, Flagstaff and Oakland. She was recently profiled in Writer's Digest and The BJ Robbins Literary Agency works with both established and first-time authors and is looking for projects of literary merit that are fresh and original.

About the Moderator:

Colette Sartor's work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Kenyon Review Online, Printers Row Journal, The Drum, Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Harvard Review, Fugue, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She has won a Writers@Work Fiction Prize, a Nelson Algren Award, a Fugue Prose Award, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, a Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, an honorable mention in Best American Short Stories 2009, and a Truman Capote fellowship from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she completed her MFA.

As a freelance editor, she has edited numerous fiction and nonfiction projects, including a creative writing textbook, and she served as senior fiction editor for the prize-winning online journal, Pif Magazine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and very large German Shepherd puppy and teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hi everyone!

Hi all, I’m the new summer intern at The Writers Junction. I’ll be around the office in June on Mondays and Tuesdays to help out with some of the administrative tasks and event planning.

I’m a rising senior English major at Yale in the Writing Concentration (what else) but an Angeleno born and raised. I write essays and short stories, and I’m also thinking about trying screenwriting this upcoming semester. I hope to maybe/possibly/eventually make money at this after graduating. In July I’m attending the NY State Summer Writer’s Institute in Saratoga Springs for a series of fiction workshops with Margot Livesey, Joanna Scott, Amy Hempel and Mary Gaitskill. 

I’m so excited to be able to work in and around a community of writers, and everyone has been really welcoming so far. I’ve met some of you already but feel free to introduce yourselves – I am hoping to pick up a little knowledge about what you write and what it’s like to work professionally as a writer (I'll loiter around the coffee accordingly).