Friday, November 26, 2010

Our first agent revealed!

By Kathryn Craft, Agent-Editor Chair

As the letters of agreement start to trickle in, the Write Stuff committee realizes how much we have to be thankful for this year. It's fun to envision the conference, but our enthusiasm rises to a whole new level as we start to see the conference come together in black and white—complete with signatures!

At this time we'd like to announce our first agent for our 2011 conference: Sarah LaPolla of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

About Curtis Brown
Curtis Brown is a major agency which currently employs 32 people in their New York and San Francisco offices. Since 1914, when founder Curtis Brown moved his agency from London to New York, the agency has handled more than 50,000 contracts. Today separate offices of Curtis Brown exist in New York, London, Toronto and Sydney, each operating as an independent company. 

The New York office was initially established to market US rights in works by Curtis Brown's British clients, including D.H. Lawrence, C.S. Lewis, Daphne du Maurier, A.A. Milne and Winston Churchill. The agency also cultivated American authors, such as W.H. Auden, Theodore Dreiser, Ayn Rand and Ogden Nash. Today their clients continue to include many bestselling authors and award winners. 

The agency played a key role in agenting as we know it: In 1928, the New York branch of Curtis Brown, Ltd. was one of the founders of the Society of Authors' Representatives (SAR), and was instrumental in negotiating the SAR's merger with the Independent Literary Agents Association (founded in 1977) to form the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) in 1991. All of their agents are members of the AAR and are bound by the AAR's Canon of Ethics. 

Curtis Brown boasts innovative and successful film and foreign rights departments, and is one of the few literary agencies that handle ancillary rights in-house, providing a motivated team working on their clients' behalf across all platforms. They are committed to taking advantage of the new opportunities afforded by technological innovations while maintaining their commitment to the principles that have made it a key player in the publishing and entertainment world for nearly a century.

About Sarah LaPolla
Sarah began at Curtis Brown in 2008, working with Dave Barbor and Peter Ginsberg. Sarah graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Writing and English, and went on to receive her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.

Sarah is interested in literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, science fiction, literary horror, and young adult fiction. She loves complex characters, coming-of-age stories, and strong narrators. 

Sarah is not interested in picture books, self-help books, romance, or non-fiction (other than narrative).

Good news: she is always on the lookout for debut authors!

To get to know Sarah better, follow these links to some great interviews:

Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino
Mother. Write. (Repeat.)

And since we can all appreciate that the best way to get to know someone is through their own writing, check out Sarah's own blog, Big Glass Cases. You'll also pick up some great tips about the publishing industry. Of particular interest might be the following posts:

Tips for Writing Creative Nonfiction
The Obvious Symbolism Police
Lessons from Peggy Olson (about reasons for rejection)
Dear Sir or Madam  (about why your query might get deleted without being read)
Write a Paranormal Bestseller Without the Paranormal
The Winners Circle (Sarah analyzes pitches she liked)
What Gets Me (and Publishing) Excited

That should be enough to keep you busy this holiday weekend! You can follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahlapolla.

Friday, November 19, 2010

2011 Write Stuff Conference

First, welcome to the 2011 Write Stuff Conference Blog! 

In the upcoming weeks, you will find all sorts of information, interviews and tips about our upcoming conference on March 25 – 26, 2011, plus our two days of pre-conference workshops on March 24 – 25, 2011.

The first announcement I’d like to make is regarding our keynote speaker.

Donald Maass almost doesn’t need an introduction. Besides being the CEO of the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York, a leading agency for fiction writers, a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc. (AAR), and on the board of advisors for Writers’ Digest, he is widely recognized for the workshops he teaches across the country based on his widely acclaimed Writer’s Digest’s books on the craft of writing, Writing the Breakout Novel, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook and Fire in Fiction.

Maass defines the most crucial elements in writing THE book which your readers won’t set down.  I've heard it said many, many times:  If you want to take your writing to the next level, his patented techniques and workshops will give you the tools necessary to possess that potential for hitting that best sellers’ list.

It gives me distinct pleasure to announce that not only will Maass be this year's keynote speaker but GLVWG is offering a special two days of pre-conference workshops.  Maass will be teaching an 8 hour workshop “Writing the Breakout Novel” Thursday, March 24, 2011 and 4 hour  “Fire in Fiction” Friday, March 25, 2011.

Registration will open mid-January. The date is forthcoming very shortly along with other very important details.   Please stay tuned.

Also, please visit our blog often for exciting information as we announce our agents, editors, and presenters along with interviews, information and conference tips.

Questions, please contact me, Tammy Burke, conference chair, at

Hope to see you at the conference March 24 – 26, 2011!