The Business of Being an Author: Finding and Working with an Agent
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

The Business of Being an Author: Finding and Working with an Agent

Please join a panel of experienced literary agents who will talk about finding and working with the literary agent who’s right for you. Agents Anne Bohner, Dana Murphy, Eric Smith, and Sarah Yake represent and seek a wide variety of writing and writers. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Authors Guild, it will be hosted by the Authors Guild Philadelphia Chapter co-chairs Janet Benton and Sally Wiener Grotta. There will be time for questions and answers. Refreshments will be served.

Please contact a co-chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Authors Guild, Sally Wiener Grotta (sally@sallywienergrotta.com) or Janet Benton (janet.thewordstudio@gmail.com), for further information.

About the Panelists

Anne Bohner is the founder of Pen & Ink Literary is a boutique, full-service agency. Prior to founding the agency, Anne was a senior editor with New American Library (a Penguin imprint) and a junior editor at Bantam Dell (a Random House division), where she worked with many New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. Her current clients include renowned photographer H.S.H. Prince Alexi Lubomirski, local favorite Kelly Simmons, Suzanne Palmieri, and the health and wellness expert Aimee Raupp, among others.

Dana Murphy began her career assisting agents Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed. In 2015, The Book Group was founded, and Dana began building her own list there. Dana seeks upmarket and literary fiction for adults and young adults and smart narrative nonfiction and essay collections about pop culture, science, feminism, race, gender, film and television, music, comedy, religion, and place. She is particularly interested in journalism-based nonfiction that looks at cultural phenomena through a new lens and in marginalized voices advocating for change. Dana’s client list includes literary-fiction authors such as bestseller Danya Kukafka and 2018 Center for Fiction Fellow Alexandra Tanner, as well as culture writers such as Blythe Roberson, Margaret Eby, and Claire Comstock-Gay (Madame Clairevoyant at The Cut). Born and raised on Long Island, Dana lived in New York City for a decade before moving to Philadelphia last year.

Eric Smith is a literary agent at P.S. Literary (www.psliterary.com) and a Young Adult author. He's worked on award-winning and New York Times bestselling books, and is actively looking for projects across categories and genres, primarily Young Adult fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction (memoir, cookbooks, pop culture, history), and select sci-fi and fantasy. When he isn't busy working on books, he writes his own. His next books include Reclaim the Sun, a novel due out with Inkyard Press in 2020, and a story in Color Outside the Lines, an anthology being published with Soho Teen this November. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, son, and corgi. Learn more about his list on his website, www.ericsmithrocks.com. 

Sarah Yake has been an agent with the Frances Collin Literary Agency since 2005. She manages the foreign and subsidiary rights sales for all of the agency’s clients, including the estates of Rachel Carson, John Williams and Esther Forbes. Her own clients include Sarah Blake, Nadine Darling, Kirsten Kaschock, Christopher Merkner, Ann S. Epstein, and Wendy Sparrow. Prior to becoming an agent Sarah managed a bookstore (remember Encore Books?) and was a sales rep for Random House. She holds an M.A. in English literature from West Chester University and has a few obscure poetry publishing credits to her name. She can be found on Twitter @slyyake Publishers Marketplace and  Manuscript Wish List.

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Talk & signing at Congregation Beth-El, Yardley, PA
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Talk & signing at Congregation Beth-El, Yardley, PA

Join Janet at this beloved synagogue as she discusses the stories behind Lilli de Jong: The separation of unwed mothers and their infants, the job of wet nursing, and the 19th-century voice that came to a 21st-century mother. The Sisterhood will have much to share, as well, from their charitable work focused around themes in Lilli de Jong.

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Sunday Book Brunch, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
Mar
24
11:30 AM11:30

Sunday Book Brunch, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

Join me and Madeline Miller, author of the brilliant and bestselling novel Circe, for this annual event. We’ll each talk about and read from our novels, engage in a Q&A led by the library’s public programming librarian Janie Hermann, and, with a bookseller on hand, sign books. Find out more below.

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Enduring Heroines in Historical Fiction, Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA
Mar
20
4:00 PM16:00

Enduring Heroines in Historical Fiction, Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA

Join in for the 25th annual Virginia Festival of the Book. In a panel on the opening day of the festival, three authors—Janet Benton (Lilli de Jong), Camille Di Maio (The Beautiful Strangers), and Sarah McCoy (Marilla of Green Gables)—will discuss their historical fiction, set in 1883 Philadelphia, mid-twentieth-century Southern California, and Avonlea. Moderated by Caroline Preston.

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Literary Soiree at Upper Dublin Public Library
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

Literary Soiree at Upper Dublin Public Library

Mark your calendars and save the date for this lovely Literary Soiree, designed to bring readers and writers together over sips and small bites. We’ll have a roster of acclaimed local published authors who will read from their work and chat with guests one-on-one. Books will be avaiable for sale and signing by the authors.

Have fun, get lit, and help support the Upper Dublin Public Library!

Janet will be reading alongside:

  • #1 New York Times bestselling author Madeline Miller (Circe);
  • National Book Award Finalist Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge)

Hosted by Open Book Bookstore.

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Oct
16
to Oct 17

Springfield College, Springfield, MA

Invited by a committee that brings artists of all sorts to the college each year, Janet will give a public reading and book-signing at 7:30 p.m. on the 16th and visit an English class that will have read her novel and two creative-writing workshops the next day.

If you would like to attend the public reading, the event will be held in the Phyllis P. Dodge Room in the Flynn Campus Union.

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Adath Jeshurun Sisterhood
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Adath Jeshurun Sisterhood

Janet will join the Adath Jeshurun Sisterhood for a talk, “The Stories Behind Lilli de Jong: The Separation of Unwed Mothers and Their Infants, the Job of Wet Nursing, and the 19th-Century Voice That Came to a 21st-Century Mother,’ as well as a discussion and book signing, with Open Book Bookstore on hand with books.

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Collingswood Book Festival
Oct
6
1:30 PM13:30

Collingswood Book Festival

Janet is happy to be returning to this wonderful book festival. She'll sign paperbacks for two hours at the Barnes and Noble tent, as well as moderating a panel focused on two wonderful authors, Elise Juska (If We Had Known) and Tom McAllister (How to Be Safe). EVENT TIMES TO BE DETERMINED.

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Free Library of Northampton Township, Richboro, PA
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Free Library of Northampton Township, Richboro, PA

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Join Janet at the Free Library of Northampton Township for a reading and author discussion for the paperback release of Lilli de Jong. After the talk, books will be available for purchase and signing.

This event was graciously organized by Kathy Morrison of the Newtown Book Shop. It's free and open to the public. Please register here.

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Open Book Bookstore, Elkins Park, PA
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Open Book Bookstore, Elkins Park, PA

Join Janet at Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania to chat about Lilli de Jong and hear Janet's reflections on the novel after a year of publication. Thanks to co-owner Lynn Rosen for all her amazing support for the novel ever since the day of hardcover release, when she created a table piled high with copies of Lilli de Jong that gave Janet a big thrill to see. (And she sold them all!)

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Apr
26
12:00 PM12:00

American Association of University Women, 5th Annual Scholarship Luncheon Talk, Rumson, NJ

At the Annual Scholarship Luncheon of AAUW, Northern Monmouth Branch, Janet will present the inspiration for her novel, discuss women's status in the nineteenth century and today, answer questions, and sell and sign books. Ticketed event at Salt Creek Grill, Rumson, NJ, open to the public. For more info. and reservations, visit www.aauw-nj-nmcb.org or  email aauw.nmcb@yahoo.com

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Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Writing to Heal the Culture, panel and discussion, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA

Organized by writer-teacher Helen Mallon, this half-day conference will explore the role of writing as an aid to cultural progress and healing. Janet will take part in a panel discussion and writing from 1 to 4 p.m. alongside Helen Mallon, John Timpane, Rita Fierro, and Yolanda Wisher. Contact hmallon@navpoint.com to register.

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