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Looking for a Literary Agent?

October 9, 2013

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.

below for more about Aimee's books & work.

Anthologies of fiction and nonfiction that Aimee has edited or contributed to.
a suspenseful novel of rescue and redemption set in Central Asia at the start of the Cold War, featuring two unforgettable heroines whose fates are irrevocably intertwined.
The unforgettable tale of star-crossed love that spans four decades and two continents.
A young photographer wrestles with her repressed past and identity as an Amerasian in New York's Chinatown. Now back in print after more than a decade, FACE is Aimee's first novel.
Work on Eating Disorders
While there are numerous memoirs available chronicling individual women’s struggles with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, this is the first book to bring together many people’s stories to create a complete and candid picture of the recovery process. Aimee Liu has skillfully brought together firsthand accounts of recovery to create a realistic roadmap for the journey. This book also includes informational sidebars, written by professionals in the field, on topics including treatment options, choosing the right therapist, the pros and cons of medication, how parents and spouses can help, and much more.
How do anorexia and bulimia impact life AFTER recovery? GAINING is one of the first books about eating disorders to connect the latest scientific insights to the personal truth of life before, during, and especially after anorexia and bulimia.
America's first memoir of anorexia, and one of the earliest books about eating disorders, originally published in 1979
Craft & Criticism
Resources and suggestions for students and fellow writers
Aimee's latest book reviews