Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl. Even these authors have been rejected. So how do you pick up and get going again? And what rational steps should you take to reevaluate your rejectedwork and submissions before you query again?

Join panelists Lisa Hagan and David Morgan, and moderator Kris Spisak for discussions and Q&A. Stay for the second half when coach Sarah Beth Jones will help provide tangible ways to get reenergized and stay motivated.

Some questions the panel will address include

Does your query match the quality of your book?
• Are you querying the right agent or publisher?
• Does your book need to be edited?
• Is networking your missing component?
• At what point do you call in professional help?

 Recap by Kellie Larsen Murphy

When: Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 pm

Where: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street(Parking available across the street in the Lowe’s lot)

Price: $12 for Members; $15 for non-Members; $5 for Students;




Lisa Hagan: Non-Fiction Literary Agent

lisahagan2aLisa Hagan Literary is known for anticipating future book trends and is among the first to successfully create, shape, and develop appropriate projects with their worldwide clients. The agency handles only nonfiction properties.

Books represented by Lisa Hagan have been reported in the front pages of The New York Times; USA Today; The New York Times Book Review; and The Los Angeles Times.




David H. Morgan: Editor, Writing Instructor, and Ghostwriter

David Morgan has worked in publishing for 40+ years as a DavidMorgan smSenior Fiction Editor for a New York-based literary agent, a freelance acquisitions editor for literary agents, a literary agent, a publishers’ sales rep, and the Director of Promotion and Marketing for a regional press. He’s presented fiction and nonfiction workshops at top-level writing conferences, created books for literary agents and major publishing houses (as a ghostwriter and co-writer), and assisted writers to become published authors (in many cases, after their work had been rejected by agents and publishing houses).



Sarah Beth Jones: Business and Empowerment Coach

SBJbyDanSmith_0814Sarah Beth Jones is a business and empowerment coach, which means that she helps people access their own inner wisdom in order to unleash their most confident, talented, amazing selves and build their most powerful and creative lives. She is also a blogger, freelance writer, and former columnist. She kicks around in poetry and fiction when she’s feeling frisky.




Moderator Kris Spisak: Author and Editor

With a BA from the College of William and Mary and an MLA Kris Spisak headshot-2014from the University of Richmond, Kris Spisak began her career as a college writing instructor. However, after six years in the classroom, she transitioned to professional writing and editing. Helping writers sharpen their craft—both through manuscript edits and her “Wednesday Writing Tips” blog—drives her every day. Kris is also the co-founder/content specialist for Midlothian Web Solutions and is pursuing the publication of her first novel.

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