Saturday 27 April 2019
First Contact (and Second and Third and...): Networking With Editors, Agents, and Authors Online & In-Person with José Pablo Iriarte and Elle E. Ire

Most new authors have heard it’s important to connect with potential colleagues, but how exactly do you get the time of day from a pro when you’re just starting out? If you’re a wallflower, how can you make connections with people in the industry? Introvert or extrovert, how do you build relationships without coming across as needy or demanding?

Participants will learn: 1) How to approach and interact with industry pros online. 2) How to break the ice in person. 3) What common mistakes sink many aspiring writers in each situation.


José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher who lives in Central Florida. José's fiction can be found in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others, and has been featured in best-of lists compiled by Tangent Online, Featured Futures, iO9, and Quick Sip Reviews, and on the SFWA Nebula Award Recommended Reading Lists for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Learn more at, or follow José on Twitter @labyrinthrat

Elle E. Ire lives in Central Florida where she teaches writing to middle school students. She is represented by Naomi Davis at the Bookends Literary Agency. Her first novel, VICIOUS CIRCLE, released from Torquere Press in 2015 and will be re-released by Dreamspinner Publications later this year along with her new novel, THREADBARE, the first in the STORM FRONTS series. Visit her website, or follow Elle on Facebook or Twitter @Lisairi.

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