July 2014 meeting with Ally Machate

You’ve experienced the satisfaction of working hard to learn your craft and producing a quality piece of writing—but now what? If you ever want anyone to read your work outside of your immediate circle of family and friends, you’ll need to get published. Ally Machate, an award-winning editor and bestselling writer will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on July 16th, at 6:30pm about “Pitching, Querying, and Proposing: How Authors Go from Shy to Sold”. Though self-publishing is always an option, this talk focuses on how writers generally approach the submission process. Find out who really decides what gets published, how to approach them without getting the proverbial door slammed in your face, and what these gatekeepers expect from you besides your very best work. You’ll also get tips that will make your pitches, queries, and proposals more effective and make you more attractive to publishers for best results. 


The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. The Annapolis MWA chapter typically meets the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: annapolismwa.wordpress.com and www.marylandwriters.org.

About the author: Ally E. Machate is an editor, writer and publishing consultant with fifteen years of publishing industry experience working for clients such as Simon & Schuster, Reader’s Digest, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as well as literary agents and would-be authors. As a freelance writer, she has published articles in venues such as The Writer and ConsumerSearch.com, written chapters for books such as SparkNotes 101: Philosophy and the Writer’s Digest 2009 Guide to Literary Agents, and most recently collaborated on the national bestseller The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed. Ally is an active member of the Maryland Writers’ Association and has served on its Board in several capacities. You can find out more about her at: www.allymachate.com and www.ambitiousenterprises.com.

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