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Florence Writers Publishing Day 2018

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PUBLISHING DAY – 14th April 2018 with panelists Louise Lamont (Literary Agent, LBA Books), Jeff Kleinman (Literary Agent, Folio Literary Management), Beena Kamlani (Senior Editor, Penguin USA), Carlo Gébler (Author), and workshop by Ricardo Fayet (Co-Founder, Reedsy).

30% discount for early bird bookings. 

SCHEDULE 9am-6pm
9am sharp: Registration.
Panel: Louise Lamont (Literary Agent), Jeff Kleinman (Literary Agent), Beena Kamlani (Senior Editor) and Carlo Gébler (Author). See below for further information. 

9.30am: How important is Genre?
When describing your book, people--whether they're readers, agents or editors--want to know what genre it is. This discussion will focus on the hows and whys of defining what you write and will include trends, series, and mixing/changing genres. 

10.30am Submissions: How to make sense of it all.
The submission process can seem daunting, no matter what sort of manuscript you're proposing or to whom. We'll discuss why agents and editors have different guidelines and what are some of the strategies to improve your chances for success.

11.30am I have an agent! Now what?
A literary agent can be an author's greatest ally, but what exactly do they do? Learn about their role in the publishing industry and how the right agent can make a difference. This session will also touch on commission, contracts and intellectual property. 

1pm Light lunch.

2.30-5.30pm One-on-Ones with Panel Members.
Appointments (10 minutes each) will be scheduled individually and prior to the event.

3.00pm Workshop with Ricardo Fayet, co-founder of Reedsy: 
A step-by-step guide to producing a professional book. 
Writing is just the first part of the book production process. What comes after is what determines the difference between a well-told story and a professional book. From putting together your team of editors and designers down to formatting and distribution, you'll learn how to organize your publishing process in steps to make sure you always end up with a book you can be proud of, and never miss your publishing deadline!

4.00pm Workshop with Ricardo Fayet, co-founder of Reedsy: 
How to craft the ultimate book marketing plan for your next release.
Most authors spend months or years writing their books, but only a few days thinking about marketing. And yet, it's the marketing part that will determine if a book even reaches readers. Given the abundance of good and bad marketing advice out there, it's vital that you come up with a proper marketing plan for each release. In this workshop, you'll learn what goes into a marketing plan through a couple of real-time case studies. 

6pm Farewell Aperitivo.



Literary Agent Louise Lamont:
After studying English Literature and Medieval Studies at university, and following a brief spell in the world of film development, Louise began her agenting career at AP Watt Ltd where she worked with Caradoc King and his clients for six years, while also building her own list of authors. In 2013, she moved to LBA Books where she specialises in children’s writers and illustrators. She also co-produces the literary podcast 'Down The Rabbit Hole'.

Literary Agent Jeff Kleinman:
Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency. He loves unique voices, magnificently strong characters, unusual premises, and books that offer up some new perspective on something he thought he already knew something about or never even dreamed existed. He represents bestselling authors Garth Stein, Eowyn Ivey, Jacqueline Mitchard, Elizabeth Letts, Karen Dionne, and Charles Shields; as well as many first novels, including Benjamin Ludwig’s Ginny Moon, Val Emmich’s The Reminders, and Rhiannon Navin’s Only Child.

Senior Editor Penguin Random House Group, Beena Kamlani:
A long-time editor at Viking Penguin, now part of Penguin Random House, Beena Kamlani has edited a wide range of authors—among them, Garrison Keillor, Kim Edwards, Terry McMillan, Diane Middlebrook, Sir Peter Medawar, Peter Kramer, David Leavitt, Jiang Rong, Paul Beatty, Robert Kanigel, Bob Shacochis—and was Saul Bellow’s editor for nearly two decades until his death in 2005. She worked with Robert Fagles for over twenty years on his translations of Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, and Virgil’s Aeneid. She has also taught book editing at New York University for the past eighteen years, and was presented the university’s award for teaching excellence in 2002.
In 2017, she won the Yeovil Literary Prize best novel award. 
She is also a Pushcart Prize winning fiction writer whose work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Identity Lessons: Learning to be American (Penguin, 1999), Growing Up Ethnic in America (Penguin, 2000), The Lifted Brow (Australia, 2008), World Literature Today and other publications.

Author Carlo Gébler:
Carlo Gébler was born in Dublin in 1954. He is the author of novels, short stories, plays, memoirs, biographies and works of narrative history. His most recent publications (all from New Island) are The Projectionist, the story of Ernest Gébler, a life of his father that mixes memoir and biography, and the short story collection, The Wing Orderly’s Tales, a collection of interlinking stories told by a prison orderly serving a lengthy sentence in a fictional prison, HMP Loanend, and The Innocent of Falkland Road, a novel set in London in the 1960s.
He was a prison teacher in HMP Maze from 1991 – 1997, writer-in-residence in HMP Maghaberry, Co. Antrim from 1997 to 2015 and now works occasionally in Hydebank College (formerly Hydebank YOC) and HMP Magilligan. He also teaches creative writing at the American College (Dublin) and at Trinity College, Dublin, in the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing. He has been a member of Aosdána since 1992. He lives outside Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh (Ireland).

Co-founder of Reedsy Ricardo Fayet:
Ricardo Fayet is a co-founder of Reedsy, an online marketplace connecting authors with the best editorial, design, marketing and translation talent. A technology and startup enthusiast, he likes to imagine how small players will build the future of publishing. He also blogs about writing, book design, and in-depth marketing on the Reedsy blog.


For reservations and details about early bird ticket please contact Mundy on 
Maximum 25 attendees. The first 15 will be guaranteed one-on-one time with panel members.
Both the 2016 & 2017 events were sold out so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

As stated above, a maximum of 25 participants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
Cancellation policy: In the event of participant cancellation prior to February 15th, 75% refund; between February 16th and March 4th, 50% refund; after March 4th no refunds will be possible. However the name of a participant can be changed. In this case, please communicate the change at least 10 days prior to the event.
The organizers reserve the right to make modifications to the programme in the case of events beyond their control.