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Public Webinar

Ins and Outs of Literary Agents
Thursday, November 12, 2020
12 pm PST / 11 pm MST / 2 pm CST / 3 pm EST / 4 pm AST / 4:30 pm NST
60 minutes
Closed captioning available

Registration: $10 / free for TWUC members

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How do authors find the right agent? Léonicka Valcius will be in conversation with Zalika Reid-Benta, sharing pointers on standard agent agreements, evaluating the right fit, and how to get published without an agent. Webinar runs 60 minutes, including a Q&A period.

TWUC members who are unable to attend will have access to a recording of the webinar for a limited time.

Photo of Léonicka Valcius

Léonicka Valcius is an Associate Agent at Transatlantic Agency, representing commercial and genre fiction for adults and children. As the founder of #DiverseCanLit and a member of the Festival of Literary Diversity, working with writers of colour is a key part of Léonicka's mandate. Léonicka previously worked on the Online and Digital Sales team at Penguin Random House Canada and as the French book buyer for Scholastic Book Fairs Canada. For more of her work visit www.leonicka.com.

Photo of Zalika Reid-Benta
Photo: Michele Comeau

Zalika Reid-Benta is a Toronto-based writer. Her debut short story collection Frying Plantain won the 23rd annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award, recognizing the best first collection of short fiction. Frying Plantain also won the 2020 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in literary fiction, was shortlisted for the 2020 Trillium Book Award, and was longlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Frying Plantain is currently nominated for the 2020 Forest of Reading Evergreen Award presented by the Ontario Library Association. Zalika is also the winner of the 2019 Byblacks People’s Choice Awards for Best Author.

> Past Webinars

  • Digital Promotions 2.0: Video Engagement with Trevor Carolan and Rod McLean, hosted by Keeley Walter (October 27, 2020 - member exclusive)
    Exclusive for TWUC Members: Access a recording of the full webinar for a limited time. If you are a member, click here to access the recording until November 27, 2020 (member login required).
  • The World of Book Marketing & Promotions with Lindsay Wong, hosted by John Degen (October 13, 2020 - public webinar)
    Exclusive for TWUC Members: Access a recording of the full webinar for a limited time. If you are a member, click here to access the recording until November 13, 2020 (member login required).
  • What is the Pandemic Doing to the Book Trade? with Kate Edwards, hosted by John Degen (September 22, 2020 - member exclusive)
  • What You Need to Know About Your First Book Publication with Waubgeshig Rice, hosted by Nisha Patel (September 15, 2020 - public webinar)
  • Thinking About Your Archives? with LAC Literary Archivist Sarah Hillier, hosted by Kevin Chong (August 11, 2020 - member exclusive)
  • 7 Quick Emotions-Based Strategies to Help Your Writing with Farzana Doctor, hosted by Tanya Boteju (July 25, 2020 - public webinar)
    > Bonus Material: Check out the article "Feeling Too Blah to Write?" by Farzana Doctor, written to accompany this webinar
  • Taxes for Writers with Artbooks' Tova Epp, hosted by Julia Lin (July 8, 2020 - member exclusive)
  • Self-Care for Writers with Chelene Knight, hosted by Jen Sookfong Lee (June 27, 2020 - public webinar)
  • Go Digital or Go Home: Author Promotion in the Social Media Era with Marty Chan, hosted by Anita Daher (June 9, 2020 - member exclusive)
  • Getting Paid Through PLR with John Degen and PLR Program Manager Peter Schneider (May 26, 2020 - public webinar)
  • How to Be Your Own Editor with Farzana Doctor, hosted by John Degen (May 9, 2020 - public webinar)