How to Make Editors Want Your Book: A Look from Both Sides of the Slush Pile

Toby Devens was a Senior Editor at Harcourt Brace in NYC before moving to Baltimore. She gets what catches an editor’s eye. After publishing four books, she’s learned, sometimes the hard way, what it takes to land an agent and lure an editor.

Come learn what works and what doesn’t. We’ll discuss all kinds of editing tips and explore the editing process from delicate pruning to slash-and-burn. Toby loves a line she first heard at an MWA Conference, “Drown the little darlings.” Find out what it means and why it should be a writer’s mantra at this meeting.

Thursday, April 20, 2016
7:00 – 9:00

About the Speaker

Toby Devens Cover portraitToby Devens is the award-winning author of novels Barefoot Beach, released this summer, and Happy Any Day Now, both published by Penguin Random House. Booklist said Toby’s writing was “a pleasure to read” and Publishers Weekly praised her debut novel My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet) as “wise and witty.” Mercy, Lord, My Husband’s in the Kitchen, her collection of prayer-poems published by Doubleday, was called “beguiling” by PEOPLE magazine.

Toby was senior editor at Harcourt Brace publications and New York editor of Where magazine. Her short fiction, poetry and articles have appeared in Readers’ Digest and Parents, among other national magazines. Her career in media/public relations culminated with her work as senior vice president of an international nonprofit. She currently lives in Columbia, Maryland where she’s working on a new novel. Barefoot Beach cover blurb

 

 

 

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

Everything You Need To Know About Writing Science Fiction

Join us as Catherine Asaro leads us in a discussion about writing science fiction and fantasy.

 
Thursday, March 16, 2016
7:00 – 9:00

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

catherine asaroCatherine Asaro is the author of more than twenty-five books, including thrillers, SF, and fantasy. Her novel The Quantum Rose and her novella “The Spacetime Pool” both won the Nebula® Award. Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the Reader’s Choice Award from Analog magazine and a three time recipient of the RT BOOK Club Award for “Best Science Fiction Novel.”

Catherine is also the Director of the Chesapeake Math Program and teaches math, physics, and chemistry. She has coached various nationally ranked school teams, in particular the Howard Area Homeschoolers and the Chesapeake team for national tournaments. She has been a speaker at various institutions, including Georgetown University, Harvard, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The Global Competitiveness Forum in Saudi Arabia, and the US Naval Academy, and others. As a member of SIGMA, a think tank of futurists, she advises the government and business sector as to future trends affecting national security.

A former dancer, Catherine founded and served as artistic director and a principal dancer for two dance groups at Harvard: The Mainly Jazz Dance Company and the Harvard University Ballet. She has also completed two terms as SFWA president and during her tenure established the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

 

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.