October 13, 2014
Elizabeth Kracht, Agent, Kimberley Cameron & Associates
LEARN HOW TO WORK WITH A LITERARY AGENT
FROM ACQUISITION TO PROMOTION
Yes, we writers need to be published. We want what we write to be read; our wit, research, orientation to life to be the vicarious enjoyment of others. Ask even the most reclusive writer, and he or she will say, “Of course, I want someone to read what I’ve written.”
Whether it’s a copy in the hands of every bookseller’s customer, or only a few for our awaiting family, we need a book. And we need one for that neighbor glaring arrows as our lawn turns to hardpan and dust, while we sit at the computer from dawn to dusk and our offer of “demands of the book,” becomes weaker and fading, until finally he threatens the Blight Patrol. At a point, we need to produce a book, and it needs to be published and read.
Of the many ways to get our book to readers today, the oldest, perhaps most successfully used, is “traditional publishing.” Our finished manuscript goes from us to an agent, who shops it to publishers who see to the rest as we dream about royalties throughout the duration. Our relationship with that agent is crucial to our wellbeing. She/he, an extension of ourselves, will represent us to the publisher; negotiate on our behalf the way our book looks, how it’s distributed and the checks that will flood our mailboxes later. Within this context, our agents are family and best we know their “ins and outs.” Best we choose wisely.
Elizabeth Kracht is such an agent. She works out of Kimberley Cameron and Associates located in Tiburon. Elizabeth will tell us about that relationship; what is needed from us and what she can offer. She will provide us the nuts and bolts of cost and process, contracts and commissions, what royalties might be expected, and what help in promotion we can expect. She will tell us about acquisition, how closely an agent gets to our story with editing, cover design, title, and format convention; that some agents are hands-on with the content while others, maybe not. She will answer our questions. Let’s have them available.
Elizabeth represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction. She brings experience as an acquisitions editor, freelance publicist, and writer. With a BA in English, she began her career as a copy editor in Puerto Rico and has since advanced through the industry’s ranks. She appreciates writing that has depth, an introspective voice that offers wisdom for contemporary living. She is compelled by urban and multicultural themes, and loves settings that are characters unto themselves. Elizabeth has been with Kimberley Cameron and Associates since 2010.
COST: $15 (includes $10 for dinner)
LOCATION: Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose