What Publishers Want and Authors Need: A Workshop with Literary Agent Sam Hiyate

With an intro session on building and monetizing an online audience.

Today’s literary marketplace can be a mysterious minefield to writers. What’s hot? What’s over saturated? What’s literary? Does genre fiction have rules that can be broken? What are editors really looking for? Sam Hiyate, literary agent and founder of The Rights Factory in Toronto will examine the publishing world in Canada, the U.S. and international markets in this one-day workshop. What are the market’s needs, wants, trends and ‘must haves’?

How can you as a writer target your submission to get the attention of an editor or agent? What are the best ways to improve your chances of getting published? Sam will examine the reasons submissions get published, and top reasons most never make it out of the slush pile. Learn about the publishing world and its trends in this invaluable workshop aimed at helping you understand what the market wants.

Bring your query letter for your MS for discussion and critique!

Date: Sunday March13, 2016 Time: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St., Vancouver BC Fee: $150 Contact: snorman@sfu.ca

Sam Hiyate is president of The Rights Factory, a literary agency based in Toronto with an international reach. In his 24-year publishing career, he has worked at literary magazines, small presses and with New York Times bestselling authors, editing and representing everything from debut fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction to graphic novels. He has taught writing and publishing for 15 years privately and also at various universities. His most recent project is an online magazine, Don’t Talk to Me About Love, exploring love in literary and artistic works.

Trevor Battye is founder and partner at Clevers Media, a consulting firm based in Vancouver, with clients across Canada and in Europe, that specializes in marketing, branding, website development, and advertising sales across various media (print, online, social media). Trevor is a sessional instructor in the SFU Publishing Program and a contributor to the Vancouver Sun Book Club.

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