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

PUB 702
SATURDAY | August 25, 2018
10:30 am–4:00 pm
Room: 2960
$189.00 CDN (please bring manuscripts)

Max. 20 participants

Today’s literary marketplace remains a mystery to up-and-coming writers. Often they ask themselves, what do I do next? How do I write a query letter that will stand out? What are editors really looking for? Most importantly, how do I know that my work is ready to be submitted?

Agent Sam Hiyate 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!

“I can’t remember a more enjoyable and informative presentation. Sam’s stories from the world of publishing vividly illustrated his points. His ability to focus on each person’s work and rearrange elements showed directorial genius… I am very glad I attended and look forward to querying Sam when I am further along in [my writing].”—Tim Christian, Victoria B.C.

FACULTY

Sam Hiyate is a literary agent and president of The Rights Factory, a literary agency in Toronto with an international reach. In his 24-year publishing career, he has worked at literary magazines, small presses and with Globe and Mail, New York Times and international 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.