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Next Meeting: April 19, 2015

Straight talk on agenting: Westwood Creative Artists executive vice president Hilary McMahon will give candid insight into the role agents play in today's challenging market. Hilary will explain who needs an agent and how to increase the odds of getting one. She'll dispel common myths about the author-agent relationship and the agent's 'typical' day, and offer inspiring and enlightening tales from the publishing trenches.

Hilary will follow her talk with a one-hour Workshop:

Get your query agent-ready: Westwood Creative Artists executive vice president Hilary McMahon will share her expertise to help you stand out from the crowd. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to basics of the query letter and strategies for submission, and part will be providing brief one-on-one feedback to queries that have been submitted in advance. If you'd like your query to be reviewed by Hilary, please e-mail it by April 10th to Colleen Winter at: with the subject line: Query submission

Please note that due to time constraints Hilary is only able to comment on the query letters, not the manuscripts on offer.

Hilary McMahon represents a diverse list of fiction, non-fiction and children’s authors, including John Bemrose, Charlotte Gray, Richard Gwyn, Eric Hill (creator of the Spot books,)  Pauline Holdstock, Ann Dowsett Johnston, Susan Juby, Dennis Lee, Susin Nielsen, John Lawrence Reynolds, Carrie Snyder and Lucy Waverman. After graduating from Carleton University with a double major in journalism and English, she worked in public relations and the magazine industry, but jumped at the opportunity to join Westwood, and has been at the company for more than 15 years. She represents WCA on trips to American publishers and the Frankfurt and London book fairs, and speaks about the industry at events across the country. Hilary is a shareholder in Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.

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