Two Agents Tell All: Publishing (Weekend) – Allison Hunter & Alexis Hurley InkWell Management New York, NY
In this weekend workshop, two seasoned Manhattan literary agents will teach you just about everything we know about agenting and publishing, including what exactly an agent does and how you can find one. We will focus on writing 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 The course will be useful for both published and unpublished writers, since we talk about selecting and approaching agents, the role of the agent, author, and editor, and collaborating with your agent so that you get the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,” self publishing, and what’s new in the changing landscape of book publishing.
Allison Hunter began her publishing career in 2005 working for the Los Angeles-based literary publicity firm, Kim-from-L.A. She then spent three years in law school, during which she was a summer associate at the global law firm Latham & Watkins and the head writer of the law school musical. After practicing pro bono family law at a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit, Allison returned to the publishing world at InkWell, where she is actively acquiring fiction (particularly women’s fiction and romance), memoir, narrative nonfiction, cultural studies and prescriptive titles, including cookbooks. She has a B.A. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Alexis Hurley started her career in 1998 and has been at InkWell since its inception in 2004. Alexis works in the dual capacity of Co-Director of Foreign Rights and agent of domestic works in the areas of literary and commercial fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction and more. She is a native of the Berkshires and a graduate of Dickinson College where she received her BA in English and Art History and a minor in Italian.