Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 9, 2018

OPPORTUNITY: FULL MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE AT AVALON WRITER’S RETREAT

Many of you know I run a full manuscript writers retreat in Avalon, NJ each year at the end of September. Besides getting an agent or editor to read and critique your full manuscript, help you polish and give you ideas to help get it published, it is small enough with only eight writers and two agent/editors to allow everyone personal time with the two professionals.

I rent a very nice house in the ocean resort where we all work, eat, learn, and have fun together. Everyone gets a full manuscript critique with one of the professionals and a 30 page critique with the other. We split into two groups. Each group reads the other three writers manuscripts and critiques them. Each writer will get one hour in the group to go over their manuscript. I have found the group critiques to be invaluable. We also have a first page session during the retreat and I have some new games and brainstorming sessions planned to improve your writing in the evenings. There is plenty of time to talk about and revise your manuscript if needed. Plus, there is free time to walk the beach or swim in the pool. Space is limited to eight writers.

Cost varies according to room starting at $830, all include three night housing, meals, and critiques. Please send an email if you would like to secure a spot. Put “Avalon Writer’s Retreat” in the subject area and let me know what you have written – Grade level – Genre – Word Count – brief description.     kathy.temean(at)gmail.com

BELOW ARE THE DATES FOR THE TWO SESSIONS AND THE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ATTENDING:

FIRST SESSION: September 23rd – 25th 2018

BRIDGET SMITH – AGENT

Bridget Smith began her career at Dunham Literary, Inc. in June 2011. After two years as Jennie’s assistant, she began taking on her own clients.

Previously, she was an intern at Don Congdon Associates, worked at a secondhand book store in Connecticut, and evaluated short story submissions for Tor.com under Liz Gorinsky and Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

She graduated from Brown University in 2010. While there, she studied anthropology and archaeology, worked as a radio DJ, fenced on the varsity team, and helped design an experiment that she later performed in microgravity at NASA.

WHAT BRIDGET IS LOOKING FOR:

A lifelong fan of children’s books, she’s looking for middle grade and young adult novels in a range of genres, including fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, romance, and contemporary, plus anything that bends the rules of genre. She is actively seeking books by underrepresented voices.

She is also seeking fiction for adults, especially fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, and literary/upmarket women’s fiction.

​Her tastes run to character-driven, voicey novels with heart, humor, and a hook.

Books She’s Represented:

FIRST & THEN, THIS ADVENTURE ENDS, and FOOLISH HEARTS by Emma Mills
THE LAST BOY AT ST EDITH’S by Lee Gjertsen Malone
THE WINDOW by Amelia Brunskill
THE NINE (Thieves of Fate) by Tracy Townsend
​RULE by Ellen Goodlett
THE DREAM PEDDLER by Martine Fournier Watson

You can follow her on Twitter @bredalot, or listen to her podcast with Jen Udden of Barry Goldblatt Literary,
Shipping & Handling.

​Member of the AAR and SCBWI. She is available to speak at conferences.

RACHAEL STEIN – EDITOR

Rachael Stein is an acquiring Assistant Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She works on books for kids of all ages, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult and both fiction and nonfiction.

She is a voracious reader and children’s books fanatic. Some of the amazing authors she works with are Linda Sue Park, Gary D. Schmidt, Kate Milford, Ronald L. Smith, and Sarah Beth Durst. Before joining the Clarion team in 2016, Rachael worked at Scholastic, Lee & Low Books, Macmillan, and the Fox Literary Agency. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachaeljstein.

SECOND SESSION: September 27th – 30th

SCOTT TREIMEL – AGENT

Scott Treimel – Scott is the owner of S©ott Treimel NY. He represents authors from PB to Young Adult and crossover books. He also represents selected children’s illustrators at his full service boutique agency he founded in 1995.  He sells and administers intellectual property rights– print, electronic, audio, foreign, dramatic, film, composition, broadcast, merchandise, promotion– for children’s book creators. Scott helps his clients revise as needed, edits manuscripts for submission, and likes to work with authors on developing their careers.

Scott is closed to submissions, so this is a great opportunity to be able to submit and work with Scott on your book.

CLAIRE FRIEDMAN – AGENT Click for new information.

Claire Friedman is a literary agent at InkWell Management. Originally from Salt Lake City, Claire spent three years working for local indie bookstore, the King’s English, before moving to New York to attend Columbia University. Prior to joining InkWell in 2016, Claire worked at Macmillan, Time Inc., and Don Congdon Associates. She is building her list and it looking for picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, and narrative non-fiction.

Hope to hear from you.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. This is going to sound silly, but I can’t find the email address where I send my inquiry about the Avalon writing retreat.

    Like

  2. Every time I hear about your aMAzing Avalon Retreats, I wish I could go. SO much great stuff that comes from it, and I KNOW they’re fun 😀

    Like


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: