MUSINGS OF A STORY MERCHANT

Thursday, June 21, 2012

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What makes a good author’s representative? 


Sometimes a writer signs with an agent, manager, or attorney and is so elated to have done so that it doesn’t occur to him that he’s signed with someone that will not advance his dream of publication or production. But how do you know before you sign? How do you know how to narrow the list? Based on decades in both publishing and entertainment, Dr. Atchity will share with you his observations about what makes a good author’s representative and how to identify the good ones—as well as how to avoid the ones who will waste your time.

About the Presenter

Dr. Atchity is the author of 15 books, including A Writer’s Time, Writing Treatments That Sell, and How to Publish Your Novel. He’s worked successfully in nearly every area of the publishing and entertainment business, and has spent his lifetime helping writers get started with and improve their careers. As founder and head of Atchity Entertainment International, Inc., The Writer’s Lifeline, Inc., including Atchity Productions and Story Merchant, and The Louisiana Wave Studio, LLC. he has produced nearly 30 films in the past 20 years for major studios, television broadcasters, and independent distribution. He is currently nominated for an Emmy for “The Kennedy Detail,” based on the New York Times bestselling book he developed. For nearly twenty years before, as professor of literature and teacher of creative writing at Occidental College and UCLA, he helped literally hundreds of writers find a market for their work by bringing their craft and technique to the level of their ambition and vision. During his time at Occidental, he also served as a regular reviewer for The Los Angeles Times Book Review.


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