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Steps to Landing a Literary Agent or Book Contract

with Phil Martin 

Saturday, Dec 9

(Registration Deadline: Mon, Dec 4)

When faced with approaching agents and editors—in person or virtually—many writers get paralyzed. Is my work ready? What should I say? Where do I begin? This interactive workshop will help emerging novelists (or nonfiction book authors) develop a successful plan to increase confidence and win over a literary agent or acquisitions editor.

The workshop will cover:

1) developing a strategic checklist to manage the process

2) finding and approaching the right agents or editors

3) preparing the query, the synopsis and the pitch

4) following up in a professional manner

9:30 am – noon

Red Oak Writing ~ 11709 W. Cleveland Ave, West Allis


$45 (students & current Roundtable participants)


To register, complete form & send check to Red Oak Writing, PO Box 342, Genesee Depot, WI 53127

kim@redoakwriting or 414-881-7276 for info


Philip Martin, director of Great Lakes Literary and Crickhollow & Crispin Books, is experienced in all aspects of publishing fiction and nonfiction book projects. Phil is a past acquisitions editor for The Writer Books (affiliated with The Writer magazine), where he worked with many prominent authors, agents, and editors, and managed The Writer’s Handbook annual directory. He has also developed books that have won national indie-press awards. In addition, he is lead instructor for the annual Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp, an intensive week-long novel-writing retreat, May 20-26, 2018, in the West Bend area ( www.NovelBookcamp.com ).

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Craft & Publishing Workshops


Join other writers and experts in the field to learn about topics relating to writing and marketing your work. These interactive workshops  allow you to dig deeper into your work and learn from other committed writers in a collegial setting.

Sept 9*

Stoking the Fire: Getting and Staying Inspired with Kim Suhr, Director  (includes optional critique of 5 pages by Kim following the workshop)

Oct 6-8

Join us at the Wisconsin Writers Association Conference, Neenah, WI

Breakout– First Pages: Analysis & (Optional) Feedback with Kim Suhr

See the WWA website  for full conference schedule

Nov 11*

Writer Turned Publisher: Lessons from a Micropress  with Lisa Rivero, Editor-in-Chief, Hidden Timber Books (includes optional critique of query letter by Lisa following the workshop)

Dec 9*

Crafting Your Pitch to Land a Literary Agent or Book Contract with Philip Martin, lead instructor, Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp and director, Great Lakes Literary and Crickhollow & Crispin Books


*Studio workshops held on Saturday mornings from 9:30 – noon in our studio at 11709 W. Cleveland Ave, West Allis (in the education wing of Holy Trinity Church)

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