Monthly Archives: September 2013

To answer the question about Maryland Literary Agents

Sorry I didn’t get this information posted right away!  At our August meeting I was asked about local literary agents. As we suspected, there’s not a lot to choose from.I could only come up with three.

The Strachan Literary Agency is located in Annapolis. Even though they represent literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, they are currently not accepting any new clients.

The Janet Benrey Agency in Columbia represents adult commercial fiction but no science fiction, fantasy, or erotica, and they are also not accepting new clients. The agency’s website is in case you want to check them out later on.

I did find one local agency accepting new clients but they appear to focus on non-fiction. The agency is The Sagalyn Agency at

At the last two mystery conventions I’ve been at Brooks Sherman has been there. If you’ve written a thriller, you might want to google him. There’s a children’s conference coming up at the end of the month. The website is Take a look under the MidAtlantic Chapter.

As hard as it is to get an agent, I do think it’s worthwhile. A bestselling author at a sisters in crime meeting this month had some good advice. He suggested that you mix up the agents that you query since most of us do continue to edit our books during this time. Instead of sending to top agents all at once, mix the group up with moderately established agents and those from boutique agencies that are just getting started. That way, as your book gets better, you’ll still have some top agents left.  And nothing wrong with a boutique agency either.


September Speaker – C.J. Ellisson

At the September 23 meeting of the Baltimore Chapter of the MWA, we are pleased to present C.J. Ellisson, the author of the popular V V Inn series of books.  Ms. Ellisson will speak on building a platform to sell yourself and your book.  C.J. Ellisson came to writing four years ago, after owning a small business and working in commission sales for over a decade. Her background in marketing, art, sales, and a basic grasp of computers helped her to accomplish the following:


  • Write and publish her best selling vampire series, which has sold over 50k copies.
  • Start a small press, Red Hot Publishing, which publishes fifteen authors at this time.
  • Create all her bestselling self-pubbed covers, plus dozens more for other authors.
  • Learn to format print and eBooks, design and manage blogs, and handle basic website design.
  • Mentor dozens of writers in various stages of their careers, focusing on increasing the marketability of their work and gaining a readership.
  • Found a reader-centric Facebook Page and book club group, Red Hot Readers, that matches authors up with their three thousand interested readers.
  • Build an extensive reader base, which includes 2500 readers on her private email list, 20k+ followers on Facebook, and 300+ member street team.
  • Publish with a non-NY press and achieve USA Today & NYT bestseller status with the first book in her contemporary erotic romance series, Walk on the Wild Side.


Please join us for this fun, and informative presentation. 


2nd Annual Moon Madness

freefalllogoOctober is just around the corner, and that means FREEFALL. This year, Literary Arts Week comes early, and the Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writer’s Association & the Village Learning Place will kick the week off with our 2nd Annual Moon Madness. So fellow lunatics, dust off those moon inspired stories and poems, write some, if you already haven’t, or just locate your favorite Luna musings. Anything goes in this open mic extravaganza. We’ll kick the night off with a brief writing prompt to get the juices flowing. We’ll have prizes, snacks, wine, soft drinks, & tarot readings. Best of all, it’s all FREE.

AUTHORS: Please bring copies of your books to donate to VLP’s small press section of their library.

wolf-moon-490x332This year’s Moon Madness will take place on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 7PM in the Village Learning Place, 2531 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, 21218. There is ample of free parking in the VLP’s lot across the street, as well as free street parking.

By the way, we deeply appreciate the support of our donors who make Free Fall Baltimore possible.  Special thanks goes to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, American Trading and Production Corporation, The Abell Foundation, Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, and Pearlstone Family Fund. In other words, you can thank them for the wine & grub.