Join Blue Heron Literary at the Seattle Writing Workshop:
This is a great opportunity to learn more about the publishing industry, and specifically the process of finding an agent.
The Author Learning Center is a great resource for all aspiring and established writers. They provide great tips, tools, and how-to's for all aspects of the writing process, plus a wealth of information from industry experts. Blue Heron Literary was thrilled to sit down with them and discuss how an author obtains an agent. Check it out here:
The next Literary Mixer is coming up on February 16th at The Hideout. It's a simple concept - just bring the book you're reading and talk to other book lovers about what they're reading. The best part? A portion of bar proceeds go to support local non-profit, Literacy Source.
Yves Saint Laurent was a well known fashion designer who lived a life far beyond convention. He overthrew French fashion, was shy but excessive, and no less than an innovative genius.
This book is based on an interview with Pierre Berge, his life and work partner, and written by Catherine Clement the well known French journalist and novelist.
World English rights are currently available. The title will contain over 200 photographs, and 50 facsimiles.
Blue Heron Literary is very excited to have a new proposal out for the Pope Francis Scrapbook. World English rights are currently available.
Bologna is one of my favorite book fairs, and it certainly didn’t hurt that this year was full of sunshine. The general mood of the fair was upbeat, with all of the editors and publishers I met with feeling optimistic for the future of books, both print and digital. The fair reported a 15% increase in attendance, which is certainly good news.
There was no single trend buzzing at the fair, but instead editors were on the search for stand out titles. It didn’t seem to matter the genre, as long as the book was unique in its own way – something with a special format, maybe an unreliable narrator, or just plain good adventure. I also got a lot of requests for humor, which is something I love reading and do hope to see more of.
Back at home, I'm already feeling the withdrawals from fresh pasta and local Italian vino. Fortunately, my plate is full with follow-ups from the fair and fresh submissions to read!
Toni Bunton's memoir, A Tree Grows In Prison, will be published next Spring by Beacon Press.
At the age of 17 Toni was convicted of second-degree murder for her role as the driver in a drug deal that ended in a fatal shooting. She would serve more than 16 years of her sentence before it was commuted, and she was released in 2008. Toni's memoir is the remarkable and heart-wrenching story of the world inside women's prison, where holding on to your sense of self is the hardest challenge an inmate faces.