How to Find and Work with a Literary Agent

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Latoya C. Smith, a 20-plus year publishing veteran, will teach authors the tools they need to find an agent and also offer insights on what’s expected of authors as clients—as well as what they should be expecting from their agents.

Topics to include:

  • Understanding the Market
  • Proposal VS Full Manuscript
  • Manuscript Edits
  • Preparing Your Written and Verbal Pitch
  • Pitch Etiquette
  • Where To Find An Agent
  • Researching Publishers
  • The Ideal Client
  • Utilizing Your Agent
  • When to Part Ways With Your Agent
  • Q&A

Come prepared to learn, take notes, and ask questions!

[Recorded July 16, 2024]

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Latoya C. Smith started her editorial career as an administrative assistant to New York Times bestselling author, Teri Woods at Teri Woods Publishing while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Temple University. She graduated Cum Laude from Temple in August of 2005. She then attained a full-time position at Kensington Publishing in March of 2006. In October 2006, Latoya joined Grand Central Publishing, an imprint at Hachette Book Group. For the span of her eight years there, Latoya acquired a variety of titles from hardcover fiction and non-fiction, to digital romance and erotica. She was featured in Publishers Weekly, Forbes and USA Today, as well as on various author, book conference, and book blogger websites. In early 2014, she appeared on CSpan2 where she contributed to a panel discussing the state of book publishing. From August 2014 to February 2016, Latoya was Executive Editor at Samhain Publishing where she acquired short and long-form romance and erotic fiction. She is the winner of the 2012 RWA Golden Apple for Editor of the Year, 2017 Golden Apple for Agent of the Year, and the 2017 and 2021 Literary Jewels Award for Editor of the Year. Latoya is the founder of LCS Literary Services and provides editorial services as well as literary representation to authors.

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