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Julie Wakeman-Linn, editor of The Potomac Review,  will be our guest speaker on March 24, 2014. Ms. Wakeman-Linn will be talking about how a literary journal works. Be sure to join us at Ukazoo Books in Towson at 7:00 pm!


Moon Madness

October is here 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 on Monday October 7th at 7:00 pm at the Village Learning Place.

Village Learning Place
2521 St. Paul Street, Baltimore
MD 21218

So fellow lunatics, dust off those moon inspired stories and poems, write some if you 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 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.

By the way, we deeply appreciate the support of our donors who make Free Fall Balotmore 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

LaDonna M. Smith , VP of the Baltimore Chapter of the MD Writer’s Association

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.