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Florence Writers Publishing Day

14/05/16 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

with Literary Agents Kimberley Cameron and Andrea Cirillo, Harpercollins Editor Martha Ashby and Writer & Poet Nuala O’Connor.
9am Registration.
9.30am Panel Discussion: From Experience to Book.
Panellists will discuss how successful authors of both fiction and nonfiction use personal experiences to enhance their written work in terms of creating atmosphere, characterization, and authenticity. The discussion will be moderated by author & poet Jalina Mhyana.
10.30am Panel Discussion: Fever Pitch.
One of the most difficult and nerve-wracking things a writer has to do: pitching their story. Panelists will discuss common mistakes and fallacies with focus on what to avoid and how to get agents, publishers and ultimately readers to notice you.
11.30am Panel Discussion: Published! Now What?
This panel discussion will examine how to make the most of a book once it has been published, including marketing, subsidiary rights, and other ways to profit from your published work. The discussion will be moderated by author Lisa Clifford.
1pm Light lunch.
2.30-5.30pm One-on-Ones with Panel Members.
Appointments will be scheduled individually and prior to the event.
2.30pm Questions and Answers Session: Ask the Author.
Attendees are invited to ask Author & Poet Nuala O’Connor questions about any aspect of writing in a group discussion setting.
3.30pm Questions and Answers Session: Independent Publishing.
Attendees are invited to ask any publishing related questions or share experiences about publishing (traditional or self) in a group discussion format, to be led by a published independent author (tbc).
6pm Farewell Aperitivo.
Literary Agent Kimberley Cameron:
A literary agent with 25 years of experience, Kimberley is looking for exceptional writing that makes a reader feel something, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. Some of the genres she particularly enjoys are mystery and crime, thriller, science fiction, women’s fiction, horror and literary fiction. She works from California and France, with frequent visits to New York to make the rounds of editorial offices. Kimberley recently sold Senator Barbara Boxer’s Memoir, The Art of Tough, to Hacchette and has started the careers of many debut authors.
Literary Agent Andrea Cirillo:
Andrea Cirillo is a New Yorker who began her publishing career in the Dell Books editorial department. In 1980 she joined the Jane Rotrosen Agency intending to learn a new perspective, and instead discovered her true home. Her list is primarily comprised of suspense, mainstream and women’s fiction. Recent bestsellers include The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag, The Nake Eye by Iris and Roy Johansen and First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen.
Harpercollins Editor Martha Ashby:
Martha Ashby is a commercial fiction editor at HarperCollins and thinks she might actually have the best job in the world. She works on big brand authors such as Cecelia Ahern and Lindsey Kelk, as well as acquiring and building the brand names of tomorrow. Martha loves all fiction but what she really looks for in an acquisition is a fresh voice and a unique hook – be it a twisting domestic thriller, a smart, humorous and contemporary romance with bite (I want much, much more than shoes and shopping, please!) or a more complex novel with book club appeal.
Writer and Poet Nuala O’Connor:
Nuala O’Connor was born in Dublin, Ireland, and lives in East Galway. Already well-known under the name Nuala Ní Chonchúir, she has published four short story collections, the most recent ‘Mother America from New Island’ in 2012. Her third poetry collection, ‘The Juno Charm’ was published by Salmon Poetry in 2011. Nuala’s critically acclaimed second novel The Closet of Salvage Momentos appeared April 2014 and in summer 2015, Penguin USA, Penguin Canada and Sandstone (UK) published Nuala’s third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid
Reservation required through
Max. 25 attendees. The first 15 will be guaranteed one-on-one time with panel members.
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 15 March, 75% refund; 16 March-14 April 50% refund; after 14 April no refunds will be possible. However the name of the 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 program in the case of events beyond their control.


9:00 am - 6:00 pm


St Mark’s English Church
(Int + 39) 055 294 764


St Mark’s English Church
Via Maggio 16
Florence, 50125 Italy
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(Int + 39) 055 294 764