DATE: APRIL 22, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER: Dianna Collier
PROGRAM: Agents and Authors: the Good, the Bad, and the Vital
Our April 22 meeting will feature literary agent Dianna Collier, who’ll discuss the value of an agent and explain why authors wishing to go the traditionally-published route almost always require one. For those authors who are already agented, she’ll give hints on how they can improve the author/agent relationship. She also will discuss how an author can leave that relationship gracefully—and knowing when they should. For those writers who are currently are unagented, she will outline the basics: various ways of finding an agent and how to keep one; presenting material; the query letter and its additional value; and agency contracts.
Speaker: Dianna Collier is both owner and agent at Collier & Associates, a boutique literary agency based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She grew up in New Jersey and Florida, graduating from Boston University with a degree in languages and political science. Her first position was with Blaisdell Publishing in Boston as an editorial assistant. She later moved to New York City and worked for a tobacco magazine as assistant editor. In the 1980s, she worked with Collier Associates selling award-winning cookbooks before later joining the firm as a literary agent.
In 1994, Ms. Collier took over the agency and moved it to West Palm Beach. At that time, she expanded the agency’s representation from predominantly non-fiction titles to include a larger number of fiction works: war novels, mysteries, thrillers, cozies, and romances. The agency’s nonfiction interests continue to include biographies and autobiographies of well-known people; popular works of political subjects and history; true crime; exposes; books for the general reader on investment and business; and cookbooks by highly qualified authors. Of course, their primary interests are in well-written material presented in an unusual way.
DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 (Please note: because of the Easter holiday and Tax Day weekend, we have pushed out this meeting only from the 3rd Saturday of the month to the 4th Saturday)
TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:45: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation
PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487; Get Directions Here
COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. To guarantee a spot, RSVPs are strongly urged.
To reserve and pay via mail: Step 1–Email Harriet at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “FMWA Meeting” to reserve a spot. In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number. Step 2– Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.” Step 3–Mail your payment to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.
Please make your reservation by April 19 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.
Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017