Annual Literary Agents Panel

IWOSC has presented the Agent’s panel right after the LA Times Festival of Books for the last dozen years. The Festival has become more hectic and intensive for agents, making them hesitant to commit to a panel the very next day. For that reason, we have re-scheduled this panel to Monday, May 22.

Our Annual Literary Agents Panel

Monday, May 22, 2017
Note: This panel was originally scheduled for Monday, April 24. Registration will open/reopen for this panel next week.

7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program)

For writers, the decision about getting an agent is critical. The publishing marketplace changes constantly. The right literary agent can be an author’s advocate, fighting for the writer en route to traditional publishing. Agents are also a writer’s partner and guide, pointing authors and screenwriters to editors, publicists, and the right publishing house or producer.

Each April, following the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, IWOSC assembles a panel of Southern California agents — including an agent representing screenplays for film or TV. These agents will give us, the writers, a look at the publishing world of 2017.

They will tell us:

  • What you as an author needs to know to find the right agent
  • Who is looking for what? Which agent will be the right one for your brand, your material, and your career?
  • How to get an agent’s attention (in a good way): query letter and proposal do’s-and-don’ts, and the dynamics of the author/agent relationship
  • What a writer needs BESIDES a good book or script (educational credentials, social media footprint, clips or credits) to attract an agent’s attention
  • How far are today’s agents willing to go to represent a writer? Will they deal with self-published authors? Will they pitch to smaller boutique publishers, independent studios, and networks, or only the “big boys” – and what does this mean for an author’s long-term career?
  • Scam agents versus the real thing – how to tell the difference.

In addition, we’ll look at ebook publishing, transitioning from self-publishing to traditional publishing, book-to-film deals, and contract basics.

If you are a writer, come join us — and tell a friend!

Panelists to be announced!

TELLY DAVIDSON just came out with his newest book, Culture War, which has attracted rave reviews from critics as wide-ranging as John Powers, David Frum, and PBS’ Book View Now. Telly was senior film and TV reviewer for bestselling pundit David Frum’s FrumForum from 2009-12, has written about movies, TV, and music for FilmStew, 213 Magazine, iF Monthly, Entertainment Today, Guitar Player, AllAboutJazz, The American Conservative, and He also wrote the Emmy-cited media tie-in TV’s Grooviest Variety Shows, works alongside top indie film producer’s rep Jeff Porter of Porter Pictures on the placement of independent films, and worked in the past on TV specials for NBC and PBS, including the Emmy-nominated Pioneers of Television.

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