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One Week to ComicCon!

comicconThose of you who’ve been long-time readers may remember my posts last year about the Comic Con panels that were presented as part of the How-To Publishing track, and how incensed I was that none of them were from the perspective of anyone who actually worked within the traditional publishing industry. Well, I am DELIGHTED to officially announce that things will be different this year! I proposed several panels, and two were accepted. And I think you’ll find they’re a little familiar sounding to readers of the blog. First up, on Friday, July 19th at 2pm, I’ll be moderating a panel entitled “From Idea to Buzz: The Team Behind a Literary Blockbuster”. The description:

Join author Marie Lu (Legend series, optioned by CBS Film), literary agent Sara Megibow (Nelson Literary Agency), and publicist Marisa Russell (Penguin Group) in a conversation moderated by literary agent Kate Schafer Testerman (kt literary) about the contribution of various members of a publishing team to the crafting, sale, and launch of a critically-acclaimed book series. (Room 23ABC)

Followed by, at 3:30pm, Ask An Agent!

Join film agent Brandy Rivers (Gersh Agency) and literary agents Michael Bourret (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management), Barry Goldblatt (Barry Goldblatt Literary), Sara Megibow (Nelson Literary Agency), Jane Putch (Eyebait Licensing & Literary Management), Kate Schafer Testerman (kt literary) and Pam van Hylckama Vlieg (Foreword Literary) for a Q&A session about the wild world of manuscript querying, the role of agents in the publication and film rights process, and more. No pitches, please. (Room 8)

I hope you’ll come to hear us, and ask lots of questions!

I’m also excited for my KT Literary client dinner, when I’ll get to see Elizabeth Briggs and Tom Sniegoski. Which reminds me — I should go make a reservation! Let me know in the comments if you’ll be at Comic Con as well, and come say hello!

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