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Sue Shapiro-A-Thon
My NYC friend, Sue Shapiro, (originally from the Detroit suburbs, like me), is largely or partially responsible for the careers of an incredible number of writers of magazine and newspaper articles and books.

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I believe she still holds a regular Tuesday night writers' workshop at her apartment, free of charge, where writers and aspiring writers come to have Sue and writers like her friend Gerry Jonas critique their work. (Bio: Gerald Jonas was a regular reviewer of science fiction for the New York Times, the author of six nonfiction books and a screenwriter of nationally televised documentaries. He worked at The New Yorker from 1963-1993).

After one of my friends -- an events planner -- attended Sue's Tuesday night workshops, he started publishing pieces in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and national magazines. A typical story.

Nobody's better than Sue on the topic of how to sell stuff -- books or articles -- and she's coming to Los Angeles January 10-13 on a book tour for her new book, Secrets Of A Fix-Up Fanatic, and a few Media Bistro seminars. The first one sounds particularly good. David Ulin is the editor of the LA Times' book section. Martin Smith is an editor at the magazine. And Betsy and B.J. are very smart literary agents:

Wednesday 1/10 from 7-9 pm Mediabistro FROM JOURNALIST TO BOOK AUTHOR PANEL w/L.A.Times editors David Ulin & Martin J. Smith & literary agents Betsy Amster & B.J. Robbins Cine Space 6356 Hollywood Blvd. $20 tickets

Thursday 1/11 at 7 pm BORDERS BOOKS READING
1415 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
Free & open to the public.

Saturday 1/13 HOW TO SELL YOUR FIRST BOOK SEMINAR
from 2 to 8 pm w/agent Besty Amster in West Hollywood
$100 ($75 for members) register on Mediabistro.com

I haven't read Secrets yet, but I loved Lighting Up: How I Stopped Smoking, Drinking, And Everything Else I Love In Life But Sex, and Five Men Who Broke My Heart (one of whom is a rather famous evolutionary psychologist I know...who turned bright red, this summer at Penn, when I told him we had a friend in common, and who).

Sue's site is here.

Posted by aalkon at December 23, 2006 3:16 AM

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