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Special Speaker Event!

Why Manuscripts Arrive D.O.A. at Agents and Publishers
(And How to Avoid this to Get Read and Published)

Many great manuscripts probably never see publication because the author missed some vital step in the submission process. The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is proud to present a panel of agents, publishers, editors and industry experts who will detail the process and help you prepare that finished manuscript, along with your query letter and marketing platform for submission to an agent or publisher. This panel of industry professionals will provide insight and perspective that can help guide you on the path to success, no matter what you are writing. Learn more about our guest speakers and their guidelines below.

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for writers of all disciplines to meet and discuss the craft and the business of writing. GLAWS accomplishes this through monthly meetings, discussion forums, critique groups, special writer appearances, conferences, and other events conducted for the purpose of educating and mentoring writers of all levels of expertise. GLAWS Special Speaker Events are open to the public, and a great venue to meet other writers and expand your expertise.

Saturday, November 21st, 3:00 pm
Palms-Rancho Park Library in the Ray Bradbury Room. 

Michael Steven Gregory at the Greater Los Angeles Writers SocietyMarci Baun The editor-in-chief of Wild Child Publishing since its inception in 1999, Ms. Baun has been in love with the written word beginning with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George. Her reading and interests have expanded since those first books to include history, music, opera, theater, swimming, cycling, nature, travel, and writing. She has written and performed one person shows about historical women in schools, universities and festivals across the state of California and sang with the Coasters and the Drifters, Freddie Hart, as well as on the operatic stage. A few years past, as a member of the Academy for New Musical Theatre, she composed music for a twelve minute musical. When time permits, she hopes to return to the theater. In her other life, she is a stay-at-home mom who chases around a very busy toddler.

When asked why she began publishing, she replied, “I love the written word. There is nothing as powerful or as beautiful. It can influence, teach, and move us. What an amazing medium!"

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Jamie Weiss Chilton at the Greater Los Angeles Writers SocietyJamie Weiss Chilton of the Andrea Brown Literary represents children's books exclusively: teen novels, middle grade fiction, chapter books, picture books, and narrative nonfiction. Her specific interests include literary fiction with intense emotional content (character-driven, not issue-driven plots); smart thrillers and mysteries; science fiction; surreal stories and magical realism; sweet, funny, quirky chapter books and picture books.

Jamie's career in children's books began in 1998, with an editorial internship at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, followed by positions as an Editorial Assistant and Assistant Editor at Bantam Delacorte Dell, Wendy Lamb Books, and Knopf & Crown Books for Young Readers, all divisions of Random House Children's Books. After returning to her hometown of Los Angeles, Jamie pursued her love of children's books in a new arena, as Conference Manager and Golden Kite Award Director at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Jamie believes that one great way to get to know someone is through their taste in books.

Favorites that she worked on in an editorial capacity while at Random House include ACCELERATION and SPARKS by Graham McNamee, TROUBLE DON'T LAST and CROOKED RIVER by Shelley Pearsall, ZIPPED by Laura and Tom McNeal, DAUGHTER OF VENICE by Donna Jo Nappoli, and THE GIANT HUG by Sandra Horning, Illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev. Jamie holds a BA in English from Columbia University, and has completed a series of editorial workshops at the Center for Children's Books.

To learn about her agency's areas of interest and submission guidelines, please visit:


Russ Woody at the Greater Los Angeles Writers SocietyDenise Dumars, M. A. is a literary agent for the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency in San Pedro, CA. She specializes in agenting New Age and Metaphysical nonfiction, as well as science fiction, fantasy, horror, and literary fiction.

Her clients include best selling Wiccan author Edain McCoy and award-winning novelists Andrew Fox and Weston Ochse along with many others. A published author herself, Denise’s latest book, Be Blesséd: Daily Devotions for Busy Wiccans and Pagans, is her second book for New Page Publications.

Denise is a former librarian, film journalist, technical writer, and tarot card reader. She still occasionally reads tarot, and she teaches Science Fiction at the college level as well as teaching private classes such as the upcoming “How to Write Your Own Guided Visualization,” “What Authors Need to Know in the New Age,” and “Writing from the Sacred Source.” She is a lifelong resident of the South Bay.

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Michael Steven Gregory at the Greater Los Angeles Writers SocietyNatalie M. Fischer is a Literary Agent and manages the submission cycle at the Dijkstra Agency. She holds a B.A. in Literature/Writing from the University of California, San Diego, and worked previously for 3 years as an intern at the agency and as a freelancer reviewing books and profiling authors for the San Diego Union Tribune before joining the agency full-time in May 2009. Natalie is actively acquiring and specializes in quality commercial books, and currently represents authors in the young adult, middle-grade, romance and supernatural mystery genres as well as in memoir. She is looking for hard-working, talented new authors with a fresh, unique voice and hook.

The Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency is considered by many to be one of the most powerful agencies on the West Coast. The Agency has helped to launch the careers of many best-selling fiction and non-fiction authors, including Lisa See (Snow Flower and the Secret Fan), Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club), the queen of culinary mystery Diane Mott Davidson (Fatally Flakey), California natives Kevin Starr (Golden Dreams) and Lillian Faderman (Gay LA), and boasts a 2009 National Book Award nomination for The Poison King by Adrienne Mayor. The Dijkstra Agency welcomes unsolicited work: many of our successes have come from the "slush," including, recently, Glenn Cooper's Library of the Dead (Secret of the Seventh Son, Avon), an international bestseller which has sold into over 26 countries.

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Tony N Todaro at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society Tony N Todaro (moderator) is an author, professional writer, a veteran brand strategist and creative consultant, writing for a wide range of organizations, from non-profits to Fortune 1000 companies, investment groups, Hollywood unions and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center SD / DOD.

He is Co-founder and President of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, a member of the Los Angeles Science Fiction & Fantasy Society, Associate Member of the Jedi Knights, and a consultant on many writer programs. He is a perennial speaker at the Los Angeles Regional Science Fiction Convention, the San Diego Science Fiction Convention, Westercon, the Bay Area Science Fiction Convention, a recognized professional at Comic-Con and Wondercon, and other national events, where he has appeared on many writer panels.

Tony has written for national ad campaigns, investment groups, and collateral for major corporations. He was awarded a grant from Los Angeles Valley College to strategize and author the branding and web site for their Cinema, Broadcast and Screenwriting programs.

He has authored two novels in the Lightriders Saga series including "True Light" and "Nexus of Swords", and the forthcoming "What Comes Around" his new time-travel murder mystery in the Xander Hunt series. He is always writing, authoring novels. short stories, and articles on the craft of writing. He also edits the work of others.

Tony writes as T.N.Todaro and lives in Redondo Beach, California, with his wife Lillian, an award-winning jewelry artist and author, whom he describes as his “personal inspiration.” When not writing, Tony and Lilly can be found at writer’s conferences, fine art shows, or snorkeling in Hawaii.

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