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Literary Agent Courtney Miller-Callihan

Authors are now expected to do more to expand their fan base than ever before, according to Literary Agent, Courtney Miller-Callihan of Sanford J. Greenberger Associates, Inc.

Courtney spoke last Saturday at the Orange County Chapter’s 31st Annual Birthday Bash, a fun affair at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Brea, CA. Courtney had both good news and bad for authors.

On the good side, there is a resurgence of romantic suspense and editors are looking for submissions. Turns out the success of romantic suspense self-published books has reopened that sub-genre to opportunities again with New York publishers.

Because of the explosion of self-publishing, agents now need to help their authors with career advice, according to Courtney. Self-publishing may be the right thing to do for some well-established authors and not such a great idea for others. In either case, the author needs to understand how many of the roles publishers have handled in the past the author will now have to undertake themselves such as editing, covers, marketing…

With the Internet comes issues of privacy, Courtney reminded us. Do you want to reveal personal details such as posting pictures of your young children on FaceBook? If your house is in the background of a photo, there are computer programs that can identify your address. Yikes! She urges authors to decide where you need to draw the line about what you’ll share with the world. Thanks for your advice, Courtney.

Where do you draw the line?

Happy reading and writing….


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8 Responses so far.

  1. Great post, Char, and it sounds like it was a great meeting! Our careers are suddenly full of so many options now, it takes longer just to think them all through. For instance, I put on Facebook that I live in San Diego because I live near there and I figure no one needs to know the exact town. But my husband has no fear – he figures any psycho with an Internet connection can find out anything – so he goes ahead and puts our real town name. Sigh. Kinda defeats my tiny little effort at self-protection. LOL!

    • Char says:

      Even as a grandma I’m a little cautious about featuring my grandchildren. Fortunately…or not.. they live a long way awy and I tried not to identify them too closely. But gracious I’m so proud of those kids!

  2. Lorene Brubaker says:

    Hi Char…great summary of what Courtney had talked to us about. I guess I’m lucky in as far as being new to the writing world. I’m not use to the way things use to be. But by the sound of things, there’s a lot more expected of authors now. Cyber Space is a big, giant, open hole that holds great information, but it can also be downright scary. It’s always a good idea to be very careful what you post. ;}

    • Char says:

      It’s true when I first started writing there wasn’t this pervasive Internet experience. But I still have trouble believing anyone wants to follow me for weird stuff. But then I’m a fairly innocent soul.
      But I am careful about picturing my grandchildren. Sigh…..

  3. Laura Drake says:

    I know you and Courtney are both right, Char. But wow, when I read political craziness on Twitter, I want to jump into the fray SO badly!

    Don’t worry, I’m biting my fingers to keep them off the keyboard, but…

  4. Maria Powers says:

    Hmm, interesting post and Courtney really made me think about where I draw the line and where I should.

    • Char says:

      Maria, I’ve been careful about posting pics of my youngest grandchildren. It’s good to think about where that line ought to be.