Saturday, June 8, 2013: Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed the feature film adaptation of his novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from the University of Southern California’s Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at Sundance Film Festival. He wrote the screenplay for the critically acclaimed film adaptation of Rent; and co-created the post-apocalyptic television drama, Jericho. He also edited Pieces, a collection of short stories for Pocket Books.
Agents and Editors will discuss querying etiquette, finding the right agent/editor, tips on attracting an agent, also, what should the writer know before becoming a client, or “writer bewares”. They will also touch on trends and changes in the marketplace, the future of publishing as they see it, and how the role of the agent/editor has evolved.
Kat Brzozowski — editor with Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press
Erin L. Cox — Rob Weisbach Creative Management
Paul Fedorko — N.S. Bienstock, Inc.
Toni Lopopolo — Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Taylor Martindale — Full Circle Literary
Q/A session a the Santa Barbara Writers Conference focused on writers building a social media presence to promote books. Panelists include:
Matt Pallamary has taught for more than twenty years at the SBWC, the SCWC and other venues. He has published award-winning short stories, novels, and a memoir, as well as a screenplay, and nonfiction publications.
Ernie Witham has been writing the syndicated column, Ernie’s World, for the Montecito Journal for 17 years. He is the author of three humor books: Ernie’s World the Book, A Year in the Life of a ‘Working’ Writer, and my newest, April 2016, Where Are Pat and Ernie Now? A book of humorous travel adventures. My humor has appeared in magazines and many anthologies including more than twenty Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I have led humor workshops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Whidbey Island, and on Cape Cod. I find great pleasure in helping people to get their funny stories onto the page and into circulation.
Gail Kearns began her career in publishing in 1995 when she founded GMK Editorial & Writing Services. For the next several years Gail helped dozens of authors shape their books for publication.
Currently, she is the president of To Press & Beyond (topressandbeyond.com), a full-service book shepherding agency she established in 2001, which grew out of numerous requests from clients. Gail calls herself a Book Sherpa to underscore the fact that with all the complexities involved in the trek to producing a successful book, every author needs help climbing the publishing mountain. Gail and her team guide projects from inception to completion and support clients by implementing innovative plans for marketing and PR, including the ever changing landscape of social media marketing. Ghostwriting, copywriting, writing for the web, and crafting marketing materials that bring results are all within the realm of their expertise.
Books of all genres, shepherded by To Press & Beyond have garnered such awards as the prestigious IPPY, the Benjamin Franklin Award, Foreword’s BOTYA, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, USA Best Book Awards, Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, and Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.
Gail is a longtime member of IBPA and APSS. Her editing and publishing consulting has taken her throughout the U.S. and abroad. She lives in Santa Barbara, California, and when she’s not playing the role of wordsmith, publishing consultant, or PR lady, she likes camping, hiking, and taking road trips.