Tea With Toni: January & February Workshops

What: An interactive story conference workshop for writers of romance, mainstream fiction, and narrative nonfiction.
Who: With Toni Lopopolo, Literary Agent and writing instructor
When: January workshop will be held on four consecutive Saturdays – 7, 14, 21 and 28
February workshop will be held on four consecutive Saturdays – 11, 18, 25 and March 2
Where: Santa Barbara (carpooling from Ventura available)
Time: 1 to 5 pm (or when we’re done.)
Why: Focus of the sessions will stress story, character, point of view, dialogue, pacing, plot and creating scenes; most important of all — MARKETABILITY.
How Many: Limited to no more than eight (8) writers. Each writer will present ten (10) pages of their writing each session, plus a story summary. Each will receive feedback from a publishing professional with years of experience in the business both as editor and agent, writing instructor at Temple University, and from writers in their peer group.
BONUS: Each writer will received a thoroughly edited (red line) copy of their work from Toni.
Cost: $200.00 for four (4) sessions.
Contact: For further information please email:lopopolobooks@aol.com  or call Toni at (215) 353-1151

Don’t live near Santa Barbara?

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Toni Lopopolo at GLAWS Annual Agents Roundtable November 19

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is proud to presents its Annual Agents Roundtable. 

Paradigms for the publishing world are changing faster than ever. But the basic questions remain the same: Do you need an agent to get published and succeed? If so, what’s the best time to find one? What can an agent do for you? What can you do to find and establish a positive relationship with an agent? What is the state of the publishing industry and how can you still achieve success with a moving target?

These and many other issues of importance to you as an author will be discussed as GLAWS presents its Annual Literary Agents Roundtable. And you will have a chance to ask questions of this panel of industry professional and meet them, as well. If you are serious about pursuing a career as an author, you must attend this important event.

This roundtable is free and open to all writers. The Guest of Honor dinner afterwards is open only to GLAWS members in good standing.

Saturday, November 19th, 2:30 pm
Palms-Rancho Park Library, Ray Bradbury Room, Second Floor.
FREE. Come early for best seating.

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Women Writing About Women for Women

Literary agent Toni Lopopolo recently relocated her agency to the Central Coast and will be working with authors and prospective authors to help them craft tightly written fiction that is marketable. Ms Lopopolo held Executive Editor positions with Macmillan and St. Martin’s and stands ready to help writers achieve their dreams of publication. This is the first in a series to be produced in conjunction with the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing, a California 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit.

There will be four afternoon sessions limited to eight women writers. The classes begin on Saturday, November 19 at 1 pm and run four consecutive Saturdays. They will be held in the private location. A carpool has been arranged for women coming from Ventura County.

“While visiting last spring,” Ms Lopopolo said, “I held my first Tea with Toni in Ventura and had an incredible response from attendees. Another successful Tea with Toni took place last month with several returning writers. Since I am working with the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing, I agreed to hold one here in Santa Barbara with the organization. ”

This is an interactive workshop for female writers of romance, mainstream fiction and narrative nonfiction. The focus of the group will stress story, character, point of view, dialogue, pacing, plot and writing in scenes. And most important, everything will be viewed through the MARKETABILITY lens.

Each writer must present from 5 to 10 pages of their writing to Toni and the other writers at least five days before each session, plus a story summary. Each will receive feedback from a publishing professional with years of experience in the business both as an editor, writing instructor at Temple University, as well as from writers in the group.

Additionally, Ms Lopopolo will thoroughly edit (red line) each attendee’s work. The cost is $200 for all four sessions.

To reserve a space, email: lopopolobooks@aol.com or phone Toni at 215-353-1151.

Two books are needed for the course:

  1. Stein On Writing by Sol Stein
  2. Self-Editing For Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
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Lopopolo Literary Agency Moves West



Agent looking for writers with potential for series and/or subsequent books.

Toni Lopopolo Literary Management has relocated its office from the East Coast to Santa Barbara. Founded in 1991, Toni Lopopolo Literary Management boasts an impressive 35+ years in the book publishing business. A former executive editor at Macmillan and then St. Martin’s Press, Lopopolo combines her many years in publishing with her unique editing skills to provide a full service literary agency to new and seasoned authors.

Read full article in the Santa Barbara Independent

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Bookcamp Intensive Nov 12 & 13 2011 Thousand Oaks

November 12 & 13, 2011 – Thousand Oaks

We have set the dates for our next Fiction BootCamp Inensive writing program. See BootCamp page for details about our upcoming intensive. There are only four seats left for November, so early registration is advised.

Cost: $295

Contact: Toni Lopopolo at 215-353-1151

Hope to see you there.


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How our language changes–for the worst: that instead of who.

When did humans become “that?”  e.g  “He was the man that said those words.”   Whatever happened to “who?”   “He was the man who said those words.”  Was it “whom” that ruined “who?”.  Maybe it was “whom” who ruined it all.  We’re not  sure if it’s “who” or “whom” so we substitute “that.”    Again, daughter Roseanna says:  “Too bad, Mom, you’re never going to win that one.”

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How our language changes .. for the worst: Walking on Eggs

The expression when I was growing up, was “walking on eggs”  i.e. how one had to be careful around a touchy person. “Whenever I talk to her, I feel like I have to walk on eggs.”  Meaning you have to be careful not to break the eggs.   How it got changed to “walking on eggshells” I’ll never understand. If you walk on eggshells, the eggs are already broken.  Think about the expression before you use it.  Eggshells is wrong. Eggs is right.  Sigh.  There’s a book out with the title Walking On Eggshells.  Sorry Charly, that’s not correct.  Think about it. But as my daughter said to me:  Chill mom, you can’t fix everything.

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