Author to Give Talk on Getting Published
Karen Dietrich will give a talk on working with agents and editors for Ligonier Valley Writers on Sunday, November 18, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at St Michael’s of the Valley Church in Rector. The talk is free for LVW members and $5 for nonmembers.
"Every well-known writer was once unpublished and unknown," Karen points out. "How did they make the leap to publication? While there are myriad paths, many writers find success working with literary agents and editors in the publishing industry."
Karen Dietrich will discuss her own experiences in publishing, from small independent literary magazines to commercial publishing houses. She will focus on how writers can build their careers by working with editors and agents.
Questions Karen will answer include these:
· What exactly does a literary agent do?
· Does every writer need a literary agent?
· How can writers find agents and editors who will be interested in their writing?
· How does a writer craft a compelling query letter?
· What is the best way to approach literary magazine editors?
· Should you submit your work to literary magazines that don’t pay writers?
In 2010, Karen won a scholarship to the Ligonier Valley Writers' Conference, an experience that helped jump-start her writing career. She soon began getting published in literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, Main Street Rag, Weave, Joyland, and Smokelong Quarterly.
Her first full-length book, The Girl Factory: A Memoir, was published by skirt/Globe Pequot Press in 2013. She is the author of three chapbooks from small presses: Understory (dancing girl press, 2013), Girl Years (Matter Press, 2012) and Anchor Glass (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Karen grew up in Connellsville and now lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She is an adjunct writing instructor at Westmoreland County Community College and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She is also on the faculty of the online MFA program in creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. For more information, samples of her work, and links to other fascinating websites, visit TheGirlFactory.net.
To join LVW and receive discounts on this and other events, download a membership application at LVWonline.org. Dues are $30 per year. Ligonier Valley Writers serves writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania. LVW's next event is the 2014 Christmas party on December 7, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., also at St. Michael’s Church (2535 Route 381 in Rector).