February 2023 Meeting: The Dreaded Comp Titles: A Necessary Evil That Can Launch Your Career

Please join the Riverside Writers Club on 11 February to learn about choosing Comp Titles.

We meet at 1 pm eastern. This will be a hybrid meeting, with some members gathering at Salem Church Branch Library, and others joining via WebEx. Our meetings are open to the public, so please feel free to join us.

Here’s the link for the virtual meeting. https://teenenrichmentnetwork.my.webex.com/meet/teenenrichment

About the Topic

This session will forever change your relationship with Comp Title requests. Amy will go over HOW to find and how to use comp titles to pitch your idea and then prove that your idea is a great idea. Comp titles in a log in/pitch allow authors and agents to “shorthand” the pitch and are the MOST effective way to let editors and agents know if your manuscript is a good fit for them. In addition, comp titles in your market viability statement shows that books like yours are selling now. Learn how to find the BEST comp titles using websites, databases, and a host of tools you may not have seen before. Learn how to use the data you uncover in this class to get out of the slush pile.

About the Speaker

Amy Collins is an agent with the Talcott Notch Literary Services agency. She has more than 30 years in the publishing industry as a book buyer, Sales Director for a large non-fiction publisher, and the founder and President of New Shelves Books, one of the largest book sales and marketing companies in the US. Collins is a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author and has spent her career working with Barnes & Noble, Target, Costco, Books-A-Million, Wal-Mart, as well as bookstores and libraries. As well as an agent, Collins is a trusted expert, speaker, and recommended publishing consultant for some of the largest book and library retailers and wholesalers in the publishing industry. In her agent role, Collins focuses on non-fiction/ history, historical fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi. She can be reached at amysadvice.com.

Amy Collins has taught and spoken at many of the publishing industry’s top festivals and conferences, including Publisher’s Weekly’s BookCon, Keynoting at Scottish Writer’s Conference, Oklahoma Writer’s Conference, Author U, AAPS, Dublin Writers Conference, BAIPA, IBPA’s Publishing University, Dallas Book Con, NY PitchFest, PALA, St. Louis Writer’s Conference, Writers Digest Annual and Novel Conferences, Henderson Writers Conference, and many others.

When not in the office, her focus is on the working poor and poverty elimination, and she spends a great deal of time personally and professionally working with and training women from disadvantaged backgrounds. A member of several charitable and political organizations, she donates not only her time but a portion of her company’s profits to grant-based charities that work to alleviate the cycle of poverty. Amy is currently working while traveling and living in a spacious motorhome with two dogs and a husband, living life to the fullest.

December 20, 2022

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