2012 Workshops and Faculty

Publishing (Weekend) – Emily Forland & Wendy Weil

During our weekend together we will share with you just about everything we know about agenting and publishing – starting  with What is an agent? and How do I find one?  We will focus on putting together your all-important query letters, and will follow with a description of what you can expect through the submission, negotiation, and publication process.  The course will be useful for both published and unpublished writers, since we talk about selecting and approaching agents, the role of the agent, author, and editor, and collaborating with your agent so that you get the best work out of one another. We will examine a trade publisher’s contract, review the fundamentals of selling rights (magazine, foreign, audio, electronic, and dramatic sales), and will offer an overview of  the world of freelance editors, scouts, prizes, “platforms,”  and what’s new in the changing landscape of book publishing.


Emily Forland and Wendy Weil

Emily Forland is an agent in her fourteenth year at The Wendy Weil Agency, Inc. In addition to representing her own list of authors, she also handles the agency's foreign rights. Originally from Texas, she has a BA in English from the University of Chicago, and MFAs in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She represents writers of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir (etc) and she has a special place in her heart for debut authors.  She was recently featured in an article in Poets & Writers Magazine.

Wendy Weil has since 1986 been president of The Wendy Weil Agency, Inc., a literary agency located in New York City with her colleagues Emily Forland, Emma Patterson and Ann Torrago.  This autumn she celebrates her fiftieth anniversary since beginning in the Doubleday Training Program after graduating in 1961 from Wellesley College.  She subsequently worked at New American Library, International Famous Agency, and Julian Bach Literary Agency.  Among her current clients are Andrea Barrett, David Bradley, Jane Brody, Rita Mae Brown, Anthony Doerr, Heidi Durrow, James Fallows, Alice Fulton, Laura Furman, Karen Fowler, Amity Gaige, Mark Helprin, Lily King, James Magnuson, Greil Marcus, Miriam Nelson, A. J. Verdelle and Alice Walker. She has represented such classics as Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape, The Color Purple, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Nine and a Half Weeks, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, Becoming a Man, and The Looming Tower. She is the recipient of a Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, Inc. a past president of the Women’s Media Group and former literary vice-president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives.