Maximizing the benefits of Goodreads, the social media network for avid book readers, and communicating most effectively with agents and publishers will be the combined focus of the next Colorado Authors’ League program on Saturday, October 17. Registration is now open (see below)! The program will feature Goodreads aficionado Terry Whalin, an acquisitions editor for Morgan James Publishing and a former literary agent who has 5,000 Goodreads followers, along with current agents Kate Schafer Testerman and Sandra Bond.
Whalin is the author of Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams: Insider Secrets to SKYROCKET Your Success, and originator of an innovative online training course called Write a Book Proposal. He has written more than 60 books, several of which have sold more than 100,000 copies each.
Testerman formed KT Literary, LLC in 2008 after she moved to Denver. Before that, she had worked 12 years in publishing in New York City. “Bringing to bear the experience of being part of a large agency, I enjoy all aspects of working with her authors, offering hands-on experience, personal service, and a surfeit of optimism,” she says. Her theme at CAL’s October program will be queries and how they represent a writer’s first (and some might say most important) marketing effort.
Bond owns Bond Literary Agency, which represents adult and young adult fiction (both literary and commercial) and many categories of nonfiction. The agency uses co-agents to sell dramatic and foreign rights to its titles. She started her agency in Denver in 1998, after working for the Jody Rein Books agency. While running the agency, she was also the program administrator at the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute, a 4-week, intensive, graduate-level certificate program in publishing, from 2005-2009, and she is now a guest lecturer at the Institute. Sandra was a panelist at a CAL program last January, and her contributions were well-received.
The program will be held at Colorado’s Finest School of Choice, 300 Chenango, just a couple blocks west of Broadway and north of Belleview, in Englewood. Doors will open at 8, with the program beginning at 8:30. It will run three to four hours, depending on audience questions and group discussion. There’s ample free parking.
The program also will be available by Skype to those who are unable to attend in person. CAL’s first program of the season, held September 12, was transmitted via Skype – a first for CAL – and received unanimously favorable response. “The program was amazing. Without the ability to attend from afar, I would have missed out,” said one “Skyper.” Said another: “Attending via Skype was terrific. The picture and sound were both perfect on my desktop. The process to get connected was easy.”
Early Bird registration (through October 14) is $20 for CAL members and $30 for non-members. Registration at the door increases $10 for each. Skype registration is $20.
Register here to attend in person:
Register here to attend via Skype:
Be sure to provide your email address and Skype name if you plan to attend via Skype in the box in the registration screen. Skype instructions will be emailed prior to the day of the program.