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"What the Publishing Industry Is Doing Right Now!"
A FREE Extended, Virtual Interactive Webinar
 Saturday November 14 , 2:30 PM PDT

A panel of industry experts will discuss the state of the publishing industry, including what is being published, are acquisitions up/down, how are Online purchases effecting sales, how are physical bookstores surviving, what new avenues are publishers exploring, are e-book and audio book sales on the decline, and more. Don't miss this session if you are interested to get your work published.

No matter what you are writing, from personal memoirs to true crime, historical, human rights, organized crime and much more, you must attend this webinar.

Admission is Free. Hey, and it's Online, so even parking is Free.

Join us for this special event featuring nationally renown guest speakers!  

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Sue Arroyo is the founder of CamCat Publishing. which under Sue’s leadership, is doing things differently. Her efforts in finding the best authors mean that readers will be able to find books that they truly want to live in.

CamCat Publishing was launched as a publisher of quality genre fiction. We’re always looking for that next good read, for what we call Books to Live in: the book to curl up with on the sofa, the book that takes you to another place and time, the book that stays with you beyond the last page. 

CamCat Books focuses on genre fiction in the following areas: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Romance (but we’re looking really hard at a couple of Westerns, too).

We publish adult, novel-length genre fiction. We’ll look at any good tale, but what we want to see most urgently revolves around these genres:

  • Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Historical
  • Paranormal
  • Horror

We’re looking for polished, edited, and properly formatted manuscripts.

Speaker“Nothing makes me happier than having a thousand people show up at a book signing.” -- Mr. Paul S. Levine

The vast majority of Paul S. Levine’s clients come to him as new, previously unpublished, or self-published authors. Levine has a keen understanding of industry strategy and has the editorial contacts required to ensure his success as both a literary agent and entertainment law attorney, and is thus able to offer his clients a comprehensive range of publishing or literary attorney services.

His unique combination of publishing industry savvy and entertainment legal services makes Levine a dynamic choice for both new and published authors alike. Leaning toward socially and politically important literature, he will consider fiction, Nonfiction, children’s, and young adult manuscripts and proposals for Nonfiction books. Highly aware of market trends and editors’ preferences, Levine limits himself to projects which he believes in and feels certain he can sell. As an entertainment lawyer, Levine has written the legal contracts for several books adapted as movies-for-television. With over a quarter of a century of experience in the entertainment and book industries, Levine is one of the few lawyers on the West coast who also understands the world of book publishing; as such, he is able to act as both literary agent and publishing attorney for his clients.

Paul has over 1,600 editors in his database to whom he has sold over 250 fiction and Nonfiction books. As an entertainment lawyer, he has written the legal contracts for several books adapted as movies-for-television. With over a quarter of a century of experience in the entertainment and book industries, he is one of the few lawyers on the West coast who also understands the world of book publishing; as such, he is able to act as both literary agent and publishing attorney for his clients.

Highly aware of market trends and editors’ preferences, Mr. Levine limits himself to representing projects that he believes in and feels certain he can sell.

Speaker

Steven Hutson is a native of Los Angeles, and the owner of WordWise Media Services, a literary agency and author consultant. In the course of his career he has mentored hundreds of aspiring writers.

Steve established his editing business in 2005, handling hundreds of books on every subject from Bible study to yoga to credit repair. He managed a writers’ conference for several years, and mentored hundreds of aspiring authors. Finally, in early 2011, he branched out as a literary agent. He has placed his clients’ works with Dutton, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Potomac, David C. Cook, Praeger, Writer’s Digest Books, and others. Several clients have won prestigious awards for their works.

WordWise Media Services is committed to providing top quality service to authors. We have personal relationships with scores of publishers, and we know what type of material they're publishing. Few publishers will accept a manuscript or proposal directly from a first-time writer these days; instead, they rely on literary agents to separate wheat from chaff and send them only the best work that has been thoroughly vetted, edited, and properly formatted. And that's where we come in: We help you work the system, by keeping up with rules and standards that are constantly changing.

An agent can do so much more than help you get your book into print. We can work with you to conceive and execute innovative ideas, to stretch and grow with each new project. We take the long view, looking beyond your current project, to help you advance in your career. After all, what's good for you, is good for us. We will help you evaluate the market for your book, and continually revise and polish your manuscript or proposal to give it its best chance for a sale.

Strategy is important: which editors are looking for this type of material? Do you have an overworked theme, or is it truly original? If you receive a contract offer, is it fair to your interests, or slanted in favor of the publisher? Inexperienced writers probably won’t have these insights. In general, authors with agents can sell more books and get better contract terms than authors who do not have them.

Clients'  works have been released by these publishers:  ATD Books Bold Vision Books, Brimstone Fiction, Camel Press, Clean Reads, David C. Cook E.P. Dutton (Penguin), Elk Lake, Faithwords (Hachette), Harbourlight, Harper Collins, Harlequin Worldwide, Heart of Dakota, Leafwood Publishers, Lighthouse of the Carolinas, Morgan James, Navpress, Pelican Book Group, Potomac Books, Praeger, Sonfire Press, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Univ of Nebraska Press, Watershed Books, Writer’s Digest Books.

Mr. Hutson is interested in representing a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults. (No erotica, horror, poetry, short stories, picture books, or screenplays.)

Speaker

Ken Sherman is President of Ken Sherman & Associates, a Los Angeles based literary agency. The company was established in 1989, and handles film, television, and book writers, as well as selling film and television rights for books and life-rights.

An agent for more than twenty years, Ken is also a popular and accomplished speaker, having taught and lectured extensively at venues including UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, both in New Orleans and Los Angeles, The Santa Barbara Writers’ conference, the American Film Institute, The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Maui Writers Conference, The University of Oklahoma, Sherwood Oaks Experiment College, The Santa Fe Writers Conference, The Novelists, Inc. Conference in San Diego, The Aspen Institute, the Aspen Summers Words Writers Conference and The Eugene International Film Festival where he recently received a lifetime achievement award.

Since graduating from the University of California-Berkeley with a major in psychology, Ken has returned numerous times to the classroom to teach his course, “The Business of Writing for Screen, Television and the Publishing Worlds,” at both USC and UCLA. He also co-taught a screenwriting class for many years at the Eugene International Film Festival.

Ken maintains strong community involvement as well, serving as an Arts and Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the City of West Hollywood, is a founding member of the British Academy of Film and Television/Los Angeles (BAFTA), and is a member of both the Academy of Television Arts and Science and the International Advisory Board of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation.

We offer internships for current students who would receive class credit.

Mr. Sherman currently handles approximately 35 clients, making contact with most of his new writers through referrals and writers conferences. He handles just about every topic in nonfiction, fiction and scripts. He also often sells film and television rights to books and life-rights.

SpeakerLeticia Gomez/Publisher/Acquisition Editor/Literary Agent/ Book Consultant and Published Author offers a comprehensive, highly informative, yet entertaining crash course in publishing which covers many topics which are of great interest to aspiring writers hoping to get published for the first time and seasoned veteran authors who may already have several publications under their belt.

As a part of her publishing program, Ms. Gomez will be happy to make herself available for one-on-one pitches immediately following her presentation.

Leticia Gomez/Publisher/Acquisition Editor/Literary Agent/ and Published Author has been working in the publishing industry since 1993. During this span of time, she has published her own newspaper, authored and published three books, edited numerous fiction and nonfiction manuscripts written in both English and Spanish that have gone on to publication. Thus far in her career she has placed approximately 80 books and counting with independent and mainstream publishers.

 Her Latino-themed stories and articles have been published in the Albuquerque Journal, Denver Post, Alive Magazine, Senior Highlights Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, Quick Frozen Foods International Magazine, Estylo Magazine, Que Linda Magazine, Hispanic Monthly, Ageless Times Monthly, and Houston Maturity.

 “Sweet Destiny” her debut romance novel was published in March, 2001, by Kensington Publishing Corp. as part of its Encanto Romance imprint. She also co-authored Countries of the World Series: Bolivia which was published in 2004 by Times Limited Publishing in association with Gareth Stephens Publishing. In 2007, her short story Three Little Words was selected for publication in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating Brothers and Sisters. Her latest book, Live Like You Are Dying: Making Your Life Count Moment by Moment, a self-help/personal growth book she co-authored with highly successful life coach and organization mentor Harris Kern will be released in March of 2015 by Koehler Books.

As CEO and Founder of Savvy Literary Services, one of the few minority-oriented publishing firms, Gomez has distinguished herself as a literary agent who can communicate effectively with the authors she is representing. Recently, Gomez partnered with Ascendant Group  to offer an even greater level of support to aspiring authors. As Director of Ascendant Publishing, she serves as the company’s in-house publishing consultant and literary agent. Blending her experience as an author, literary agent, publishing consultant and acquisition editor, Gomez is now truly excited to spearhead her very own Hispanic book division Café con Leche Books which is an imprint of Virginia-based independent publisher Koehler Books.

Speaker

Toni Robino, co-founder of Windword Literary Services, LLC, is a leading editorial collaborator, bringing books from concept to fruition, working with major publishing houses, independent publishers, and in the new hybrid digital space.

BookWalk, her customized book-writing course walks writers through the process of conceptualizing and writing high-quality books. She also teaches writers how to create powerful pitch packages, increasing their likelihood of agency representation. As a literary scout, Toni is currently developing authors and book projects for the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.

Highlighted credits include New York Times bestsellers and groundbreaking titles such as The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think by Louann Brizendine, MD; 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species by Jeff Corwin of Animal Planet, MSNBC and Discovery; Higher Love, Skiing the Seven Summits by Kit DesLauriers; Spiritual Pregnancy by Shawn Tassone and Kathryn Landherr; Living Rich with Coupons by Cindy Livesey, a frequent guest on the Rachael Ray Show; The Little Book of Healthy Beauty by Dr. Pina LoGuidice, frequent guest on Dr. Oz. 

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