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How to Make Yourself Irresistible to any Agent or Editor

by Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada
Literary Agency in San Francisco
Every writer needs to know about how the publishing process works, which includes learning about agents—what they do, how you can get their attention, and how they intersect with the publishing community. There are so many manuscripts and books coming out every week, writers need to develop their skills and a professional attitude to find their way through the maze.

We are pleased to have two agents with us today to offer some guidelines and tell you how to find your way to successful publication.

Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada will address the following subjects, and more.

• Understand How Agents and Publishers Work
• How and why an Agent Can Help You
• Developing Your Craft
• Making a Commitment to Your Career
• Persevere!

Elizabeth Pomada worked at David McKay, Holt Rinehart & Winston, and the Dial Press in New York City before moving to San Francisco in 1970 with her partner and husband, Michael Larsen. Together, they started Michael Larsen – Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents in 1972. Elizabeth is a member of the Association of Author’s Representatives, and co-founder with Michael of the San Francisco Writers Conference and the Writing for Change conference.

Michael is the author of How to Get a Literary Agent and Literary Agents: What They Do, How They Do It, and How to Find and Work With the Right One for You. With Hal Zina Bennett, Michael wrote, How to Work with a Collaborator. With Jay Conrad Levinson and Rick Frishman, Michael wrote Guerrilla Marketing for Writers.

The San Francisco Writers Conference is an annual event, the next schedule for February 2009. Information on the upcoming conference, including dates and participants, can be found at www.sfwriters.org.

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