Pitch-O-Rama: Meet the Agents and Editors March 28

WNBA small badgeWomen’s National Book Association’s 12th Annual Pitch-O-Rama: Meet the Agents and Editors is set for tomorrow morning.

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
    For men and women
    Women’s Building, Auditorium,
    3543 18th Street (b/t Guerrero & Valencia Streets) San Francisco CA 94110
    Continental Breakfast
  • Free pre-pitch coaching and ongoing mentoring
    Two one-hour pitch sessions and more!
    After the sessions, a panel presentation explores “Steps to Publishing: Editing”

    Cost: $65 WNBA members, $75 non-members, $90 walk-ins, if space available.

  • A rare opportunity to pitch to literary agents and acquisition editors in a private, supportive setting and receive feedback from some of the best publishing professionals in the Bay Area.

The list of some of the agents:

Andy Ross, previous owner of Berkeley’s legendary Cody’s Bookstore, now owns his own literary agency.

Georgia Hughes, editorial director at New World Library.

Brenda Knight, presenter at the SF Writers Conference, worked at Harper Collins.

Donna Galassi, VP Associate Publisher for Avalon Travel and Seal Press.

Daniel Harmon, Publishing Director, previous pop culture editor.

Amy Cloughley, agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

Chelsea Lindman, literary agent at Sanford J. Greenburger, Associates.

Laurie McLean, Founding Partner of Fuse Literary Agency, previously with Larsen Pomada Literary Agents.

Gayle Wattawa, of Heyday, an independent, nonprofit publisher.

Carlie Webber, founder of CK Webber Associates Literary Agency.

And several more.

See you there.  Womens Building in SF

Mysteries at Opera Plaza Event for October National Reading Group Month

WNBA SYMBOL BADGEMysteries at Opera Plaza held in San Francisco on October 11th was a huge success. There were 70 attendees at Books, Inc. The three mystery writers, Katie Crouch author of Abroad, Alice LaPlante, author of Circle of Wives, and Sophie Littlefield author of The Missing Place discussed their books. Tracy Guzeman, author of The Gravity of Birds, moderated the panel. She asked how isolation and betrayal played in their novels. The authors had interesting and surprising stories about the research they did for their stories.

Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter and Litquake Festival 2014 sponsored the event for this October National Reading Group Month. Kate Farrell, president of WNBA, with the help of member volunteers, organized Mysteries at Open Plaza. We had a free raffle of each of the four authors’ books and snacks catered by Max’s Opera Cafe. Briah, the event coordinator of Books, Inc. provided everything we needed and moved several book shelves on wheels so we had seating for the attendees.

I am a new member of WNBA and also secretary. We have events every few months and this was the first one I’ve attended. I’m very impressed with the high quality, well organized, and inspiring result of this group’s efforts. Here is their mission statement:

The Women’s National Book Association is a non-profit organization of women and men who work with and value books. WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book. WNBA was established in 1917, before women in America had the right to vote. There are chapters in ten cities with approximately 800 members across the country.  If you’d like to join us, let me know.

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National Reading Group Month Event Saturday in S.F.

Three mystery writers at WNBA eventNational Reading Group Month event called Mysteries at Opera Plaza! TheThrill of Shared Reading. October 11, 2014, Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00. Books, Inc., Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.

Come meet this year’s award-winning mystery authors as they discuss their new novels over wine and hors d’oeuvres catered by Max’s Opera Cafe. Free and open to the public. Giveaway raffle of all books presented, paperbacks, brochures, bookmarks, and more…

Co-sponsored by Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter and Litquake.

Abroad A Novel by Katie Crouch

The New York Times bestselling author Katie Crouch will discuss her book, Abroad: A Novel, a gripping thriller inspired by the horrifying details of the Amanda Knox trial.

Alice LaPlante Circle of WivesAlice LaPlante’s novel, A Circle of Wives, is a thought-provoking tale of love and marriage with four female protagonists. Detective Samantha Adams is on a high-profile murder case involving Dr. John Taylor who had three wives in three separate cities who show up for his funeral.

MissingPlace by Sophie LittlefieldSophie Littlefield’s book is The Missing Place: A Novel. Set against the backdrop of North Dakota’s oil boom, this darker take on women’s fiction follows two very different mothers as they form an uneasy alliance to find their missing sons who have vanished from an oil rig.

Tracy Guzeman, author of The Gravity of Birds: A Novel will be the moderator of this event. Her book is about two  sisters who vanish and their world-renowned artist friend decades later will sell a painting of the three of them only if the sisters are found.

TheGravityofBirds-158x240Come to the event to meet these authors and enjoy a Saturday afternoon among readers and writers.

WNBA SYMBOL BADGESee you there, I’ll be at the raffle booth.