Meet the Agents: Heather Carr (The Friedrich Agency)

“An ideal debut author is clear about their career goals and knowledgeable about their own professional and creative needs. They are focused on their craft and the ultimate expert on their own work while willing to trust their publishing team’s industry expertise. I love working with writers who are interested in being in conversation with their peers and fostering a supportive and revolutionary publishing world. On the page, they are committed to their unique voice and unafraid of making waves.”  -Heather Carr, The Friedrich Agency

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Meet the Members: C. Heath Johnson

“I expect [writing] to take me to cities and towns across the U.S. to meet and greet readers who appreciate good writing, entertaining and (I hope) thought-provoking stories and who enjoy good conversation.“

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Meet the Agents: Lynn Johnston (Lynn Johnston Literary)

“Open yourself to rejections. It’s baked into the publishing cake and many aspiring authors naturally burn out because of it. But if you don’t let it control you, seek advice you may not want to hear, really listen and wring every bit of learning from rejections, then I guarantee your writing will be better and you will put yourself in a good place to get published.”  -Lynn Johnston

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Beginning a Memoir: 5 Questions for Jessica Wilbanks

“It’s incredibly helpful to give yourself permission as a writer to simply generate material–and then, at the right moment, when you’ve done the necessary work to get the story on paper, switch over to a more architectural mode and focus primarily on structure.” -Jessica Wilbanks

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Meet the Members: Brenda Marie Smith

“I was sixty years old when I self-published my first novel, and sixty-six when I was finally published by an independent press. Now I’m sixty-eight with a third novel coming out.”

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