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Meetings are held at the Pyramid Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse, 901 Gilman Street, Berkeley, California. Registration starts at 8:30 am, the meeting starts at 9:30, and the program starts at 10:00. Pre-pay is now available using PayPal! Click the button below the meeting and follow directions. Payment at meeting by cash or check is also still accepted. Members, please register by 5:00 PM the Friday before the meeting to receive the reduced rate. Drop-ins welcome on a first-come, first serve basis.


May 10, 2014 - Laurie McLean, Partner, Foreword Literary
Think Outside the Covers: It's more than a book! (It's a Story...)
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Authors have more publishing options than ever before, but which is the right one for you? What should an author know about subrights and contract language? What does the future hold? Come hear Laurie McLean, founding partner of Foreword Literary, discuss the industry today.
3 pitch appointments will be raffled off at the meeting.

Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a publicity agency and 8 years as an agent and senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco. Following her stint as the CEO of a successful Silicon Valley public relations agency bearing her name, Laurie was able to switch gears in 2002 to immerse herself in writing. She penned three manuscripts before deciding that the life of a literary agent was her destiny. Laurie has been writing professionally since high school–first as a journalist, then as a public relations agent, finally as a novelist. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the State University of New York and a Master’s Degree at Syracuse University’s prestigious Newhouse School of Journalism.

At Foreword, Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thrillers, suspense, horror, etc.) plus middle-grade and young adult children’s books. Prior to founding Foreword, Laurie was also the Dean of San Francisco Writers University and on the management team of the San Francisco Writers Conference. In 2012 Laurie co-founded two ePublishing companies with two of her client partners: JoyrideBooks.com for vintage out-of-print romance books with Linda Wisdom; and AmbushBooks.com for out-of-print classic tween and teen books with Douglas Rees.


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