The Author Salon vs. The Agent Query? Requests for Dozens of Projects in All Genres.
In keeping with its mission to serve as an ongoing bridge between its aspiring author members and professionals in the business, Author Salon has been actively reaching out to major New York publishing editors as well as literary agents on both coasts to promote a variety of projects each and every month. In other words, we've been querying on behalf of our writers, providing them with the visibility and promotion they need to become published.
Already we have received over two dozen requests for partials and full manuscripts from major New York publishers such as Random House, Penguin Books USA, Grand Central, St. Martins, Harper Collins and Ace Roc for both fiction and nonfiction projects by excellent writers verging on break out. Literary agencies, including Dijkstra, ICM, AEI Films, Fine Print, KimberleyCameron Associates, and more, have asked to see over three dozen projects across a wide range of genres.
Author Salon writer workshops have enabled writers onsite to successfully edit, position and pitch their nonfiction projects and novel manuscripts, thereby securing the aforementioned requests via Author Salon promotion.
The sample of Author Salon writers highlighted below have multiple requests from major publishers and literary agencies who wish to see their manuscripts.
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Note: the quotes below are not hook lines, simply excerpts taken from eachwriter's synopsis. If any agent or publisher is reading this, please contact us for more information.
THE WORLD BELONGS TO THOSE WHO TAKE IT
"Risking their lives and reputations, Anna and Julia set out to defy therestrictions placed on women in their male-dominated society. They findthemselves embroiled in controversy and violence as they preachanti-slavery and suffrage in the small towns of America …"
Joan Koster is a published author of books and articles in the fields of ethnography, racism, education, textile history, and the arts. Sheattended the Algonkian Writers Workshop, New York Pitch and Shop, andstudied creative writing at Binghamton University. Her blog, "AmericanCivil War Voices" features information gleaned from first hand sourcesduring research for her novel.
THROUGH CHAGALL’S WINDOW
"Out of her new friends, she puts together a surrogate family: a famousart collector, who mentors and mothers her; a socialist concert pianist, who challenges the vague, cobbled together values she lives by; and asexy, rising young actor, who seduces and falls in love with her whiletrying to convince her he doesn’t believe in love."
Katherine Cox lived and worked from 1992-1993 in Post-Soviet Moscowtranslating artists’ catalogs and critical essays, and also studiedliterature at a University in Soviet Moscow in 1989, and worked toreorganize several of the old collective farms in Ukraine in 1995. Herwork has appeared in such national publications as Pheobe, and she wasrunner up in the Glimmer Train “New Writers Contest.” She has an MFA from George Mason.
THE BLACK SEA GODS
Brian L. Braden
"After the demigod Fu Xi returns from a quest to find his land underattack by monsters he once called his children, he discovers theterrible curse of Theomachy, or God War, has been cast, and one whichthreatens not only his world, but life itself."
Brian is a writer and editor for Undergroundbookreviews.com, also afreelancer whose articles have been published in national magazines andjournals.
THE LOYALIST'S WIFE
"While the Rangers fight, Lucy and her newly-arrived father, who beforehis escape felt the stinging burn of tar and feathers in rebel Boston,take her child and head for the safety of Fort Niagara. Along the wayher father is murdered by thugs, and Lucy fights off them off of her,finally killing them both."
Elaine is a former high school teacher of French and English. Writingis Elaine’s pleasure and her obsession. She has written two books offamily memories, 2 cookbooks, a children’s story book, and TheLoyalist’s Wife.
DEMONS DON’T DO LOVE
"With graduation just a month away, the only chance Addison has to passis an extra credit assignment so heinous no other demon student wants it – be an undercover spy at the Academy of Good. It’ll be tough topretend to be good and not go ballistic …"
Heather has been a writer and story coordinator for the tween seriesNATURALLY, SADIE, which aired on Disney Channel in the U.S. and 17 other countries. She also wrote and story edited the tween sitcom, THE LATEST BUZZ, which aired in 30 countries, including Starz in the U.S.
WHEN ALL THE GIRLS STOPPED SINGING
"Her efforts to find later him after he has vanished put her in the cross hairs of a dangerous network of genocide profiteers. Forced to give upthe search and return to protect Abuk, Zora continues her efforts toexpose the clandestine group, but her efforts jeopardize the survival of everyone she loves."
For the last ten years, Susan has traveled and worked in Rwanda, Sudan,Ethiopia and Kenya. Her short stories and essays have been published inWorld Press Institute online, Wild Child Magazine, Pictures and Stories, MS magazine, and Global Women magazine.
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