The ongoing podcast for West Virginia Writers, Inc., the Mountain State's largest organization dedicated to writers. Hosted by Eric Fritzius, from atop a hill in Greenbrier County, each podcast will feature information about WV Writers related events as well as readings and interviews with the writers of West Virginia and Appalachia.

This podcast features music by Pops Walker.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Episode 35: WVW FestivAll Publishing Panel at Taylor Books

This week we're podcasting a recorded live reading of the Publisher's Panel we produced at Taylor Books in Charleston as the first of three events West Virginia Writers is participating in for Charleston's FestivAll 2010. The panel is moderated by incoming WVW president Cat Pleska and features Abby Freeland of WVU Press, Brian Hatcher & Michael Knost of Woodland Press, and Cathy Teets with Headline Books. The panelists discuss the modern state of publishing from big house publishers to smaller in-state outfits as well as academic publishing.

Our thanks go out to Taylor Books for inviting us to put this panel together. It's a great store, located on Capitol Street in downtown Charleston.

We've split the recording up into two parts for faster downloading.

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Episode 35 Part 1
West Virginia Writers Podcast Episode 35 Part 2


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Episode 34: Pitching to Agents 101 with Christine Witthohn

This week we present our much heralded interview with Christine Witthohn from Bookcents Literary Agency in Charleston. Christine is a guest at this coming weekend’s 2010 WV Writers Summer Conference. There, she'll be joining fellow agent Kelly Mortimer and Sourcebooks, Inc, editorial manager Peter Lynch to take pitches from conference attendees for potential representation or publication.

To prep our attendees for the sessions, Christine and one of her clients, writer S.G. Redling, will be leading a workshop on Saturday morning on how to pitch to agents and editors. However, I thought it would be good to get a podcast preview of that information here so that our listeners who want to pitch can go into the conference with a heads up on the process. Christine also explains what kind of material she is looking for at Book Cents.

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Episode 34

Book Cents Literary Agency
WV Writers 2010 Summer Conference Pitch Session Info
Conference Schedule
Workshop Descriptions
S.G. Redling