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ATTENTION LOS ANGELES WRITERS!
On Saturday, November 9, from 9:30am-12:30pm, I'll be moderating a panel discussion in Westwood Village with the following four fabulous literary agents:
BETSY AMSTER is president of Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises, a literary agency in Los Angeles and Portland, OR. Her clients include bestselling writers María Amparo Escandón (Esperanza's Box of Saints), Joy Nicholson (The Tribes of Palos Verde), Dr. Wendy Mogel (The Blessing of a Skinned Knee), Dr. Elaine Aron (The Highly Sensitive Child), and Cash Peters (Naked in Dangerous Places).
DAVID GROFF scouts and develops fiction and nonfiction writers for Rob Weisbach Creative Management in New York City. The agency's bestselling authors include Norman Ollestad (Crazy for the Storm), Chris Colfer (The Land of Stories), Hilary Duff (Elixir), and Lauren Manning (Unmeasured Strength).
JANE PUTCH founded Eyebait Literary Management in 2007 as a division of her successful brand management consultancy in Los Angeles. Her clients include novelist Laini Taylor, whose Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is being developed by Universal Studios; Tone Almhjell (The Twistrose Key); and fashion icon Edie Raymond Locke (From the Kick of Nazi Boots to the Click of High Heels).
ANGELA RINALDI founded the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency in Los Angeles in 1994. She represents bestselling authors Dr. Spencer Johnson (Who Moved My Cheese?), Dr. Joseph Parent ( Zen Golf ), Katherine Woodward Thomas (Calling In “The One”), and Linda Kaplan (My First Crush), Drusilla Campbell (Blood Orange ).
We'll be discussing what an agent can do for you, what agents are looking for in today's authors, what kinds of books are selling in the new multimedia publishing climate, how to research agents, foolproof ways to make an agent seek you out, how to understand an agency representation agreement, which fees (such as reading fees) are controversial within the industry, and ways to ensure a long and profitable agent-client relationship.
This 1/2-day course, Finding and Working with a Literary Agent, is offered through UCLA Extensions' Writers Program. To enroll, go to https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/Course.aspx?reg=Z4408CA&qe=true
(note: the agents listed in this catalog description have changed to those above)
Or call the Writers program at 310- 825-9415
Aimee Liu is author of the novels Flash House, Cloud Mountain, and Face. Her nonfiction includes Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders, and she teaches in Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program at Port Townsend, WA.
ALCHEMY OF THE WORD: Writers Talk About Writing
A collection of essays about the practice and life of writing, edited by Aimee Liu & Nicola Morris. All contributors are members of the faculty of the Goddard College MFA program in creative writing.
In this remarkable collection of essays, twenty-five acclaimed novelists, poets, playwrights, memoirists, cross-genre and nonfiction writers engage the reader in a virtual literary conversation, filled with passion, insight, wit, and warmth.
The Goddard MFA was the first low-residency program in creative writing; now there are around fifty operating in the United States. Program Director, Paul Selig says, “What greeted me at my first Goddard residency was the kind of community I had never dreamed possible… the faculty – well, they were teachers of the first order, and I found their dedication to shepherding a new generation of writers came from a place of deep generosity, wisdom and integrity.”
Alchemy of the Word introduces you to this faculty—not through their writing tips, tricks, and exercises, but through their experiences of themselves as professional writers living in the world, tackling issues they care about deeply and reporting back. To read this anthology is to travel to the wellsprings of literary inspiration, and to eavesdrop on a room full of mentors.
RESTORING OUR BODIES, RECLAIMING OUR LIVES
“A terrific book with a compelling interplay between the perspectives of professionals and the stories of people who have successfully recovered from eating disorders. Highly informative and a great read.”
—B. Timothy Walsh, MD, Columbia University
This book establishes new ground by walking the reader through the entire recovery process, from the initial turning points at the start of the odyssey to reclaiming one’s life after an eating disorder.
— Judith D. Banker, past president, Academy for Eating Disorders
I’ve read countless books about eating disorders, but I’ve never seen one quite like this! Combining the professional wisdom of leading experts with personal experiences from women and men all over the globe, Aimee Liu’s Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives fills what was once a gap on the recovery bookshelf. Anyone who has been touched by an eating disorder needs this book.
— Jenni Schaefer, Author of Goodbye Ed, Hello Me and Life Without Ed
Liu (Gaining: The Truth about Life After Eating Disorders) offers a compilation of letters written by an array of men and women suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge, and other eating disorders. Liu puts each of these intimate letters into helpful contexts, so that current sufferers may learn from their peers. Contributors speak of past disorders, some lasting decades; others count an eating disorder as an ongoing struggle. With clinical notes and information on new and unique approaches, Liu's effort offers something for everyone effected by this issue, whether personally, peripherally, or professionally. About choosing a therapist, Liu urges readers to avoid adherents to current approaches that focus on diet alone, an important component to treatment, yes, but only the tip of the Eating Disorder iceberg. Liu's book isn't a guide to uncovering the psychology behind an eating disorder, but it clearly shows that relief from suffering can be found in the stories of other sufferers.
Throughout the book are informative sidebars written by leading professionals in the field, addressing essential topics such as finding the right therapist, the use of medications, exploring complementary treatments, and how family members can help.
— Publishers Weekly
FLASH HOUSE (Warner Books, 2003)
A tale of international intrigue and the unintended consequences of love, set in India and China, 1949. FLASH HOUSE is available in the UK and Commonwealth countries through Review Books; in Holland in Dutch translation through de Boekerij; and in Italy in Italian translation through Sperling & Kupfer.
The epic novel based on the marriage of Aimee's Chinese scholar-revolutionary grandfather and American grandmother, beginning with the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 and concluding with the turmoil of World War II in China.
Aimee's first novel, FACE (Warner Books, 1994)
Now back in print!