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Romance 101

January 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Morning Session – 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Soft Green Heart


A lively discussion on the next steps.

Stacey Donaghy and Sue MillerLiterary agents with Donaghy Literary Groupwill join us on January 13, 2018 to discuss query letters from an agent’s perspective- Do’s and Don’ts, what to include (and not include).  They will also provide tips for hooking an agent and discuss the purpose of a query versus a synopsis. As well as, discussing research and preparation prior to querying agents. There will also be some discussion on traditional and self-publishing (hybrid)  from the perspective of working with an agent.

As an added bonus, Stacey and Sue will live critique 6 query letters for the first 6 registrants. Before submitting your query letter, be sure that you are comfortable with having your query read aloud in front of the group.   There will be time for questions and discussion.


2016 StaceyD headshot jpeg(2)Stacey Donaghy is a literary agent and the founder of the Donaghy Literary Group, previously an agent with the Corvisiero Literary Agency in New York.  She loves discovering new voices and works with writers to build long-term careers. Her client projects have sold to Publishing Houses such as Harpercollins, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group USA, Sourcebooks, Kensington, Entangled, and others. Stacey represents NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon Bestselling Authors, as well as Authors who have been nominated or have won awards for various works.

Sue Miller headshot. jpeg (1)Sue Miller is a literary agent at Donaghy Literary Group, with a special love for young adult, fantasy and upmarket fiction. Her publishing career began in Toronto working with Fidalgo Books in PR and in sales at Scholastic Canada. This quickly progressed into literary consultations with published and unpublished authors who sought her penchant for preparing a body of work to be submission and publication ready. She has also prepared numerous social media marketing strategies centred on specific author branding. She holds a BA in English from York University along with a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University. She is delighted to be a part of the Donaghy Literary Group, which mirrors her belief in the importance of results driven, quality and sincere author representation.
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Afternoon Session – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Soft Green HeartAUTHOR PANEL

Our panel of four successful authors can’t wait to answer the burning questions you have about writing and publishing romance–traditionally or independently. To jumpstart the discussion, Elly Blake will share her story as a TRW debut author.


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Elly Blake is the NYT bestselling author of The Frostblood Saga. After earning a BA in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, reporter for a local business magazine, and library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and a Siberian Husky mix who definitely shows Frostblood tendencies.





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Molly O’Keefe
 is an award-winning, bestselling author of over 30 romance novels. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her family and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.






Juliana frameUSA Today bestselling author and 2015 RITA® winner Juliana Stone fell in love with books in the fifth grade when her teacher introduced her to Tom Sawyer. A tomboy at heart, she splits her time between baseball, books, and music. She’s thrilled to be writing young adult romance, adult contemporary romance, and paranormal romance—books that have garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly & Booklist—from somewhere in the wilds of Canada.





Tara WyattTara Wyatt is a contemporary romance and romantic suspense author. Known for her humor and steamy love scenes, Tara’s writing has won several awards, including the Librarian’s Readers’ Choice Award, the New England Readers’ Choice Award, and the Golden Quill Award. A librarian by day and romance writer by night and sometimes very early morning, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with the world’s cutest dog and a husband who makes all of her heroes look like chumps.





January 13
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room
40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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