#OwnVoices: Finding a Literary Agent & Publisher

Seminar was Held June 23, 2019

In 2015, Lee & Low Books launched a study to determine how diverse the publishing world is and discovered that 80 percent of people who work in publishing identified as white. While writers of color have more opportunity than ever to see their work in print, studies such as this can be disheartening and begs the question: are there literary agents and publishers who want to represent the work of diverse authors? The answer: Yes!

In this seminar, writers of color will be provided the tools and insight on how to find the right literary agent and publisher for them. There is a movement among publishers and literary agents to find diverse voices and with the right knowledge, you can find fantastic representation and a publisher so that your story is shared with readers. Some topics covered in this seminar will include:

  • How to find agents and publishers who want diverse authors and stories

  • How to utilize social media hashtags to find diverse representation

  • Prepare writers on how to handle resistance to diverse stories

  • How to query literary agents and publishers and highlight your diverse background

  • Identify organizations and websites committed to writers of color

  • Discuss indie presses versus large publishers 

Fee: FREE SEMINAR | Live Stream Available!

  • Alex Temblador, Presenter

  • Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM

  • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.


Alex Temblador is the Dallas-based author of Secrets of the Casa Rosada. After receiving her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma, she became a freelance travel writer. Alex's travel articles have appeared in Fodor's Travel, Shermans Travel, Amuse (VICE), Oyster, TravelPulse, among many others. When Alex isn't writing about travel, she's working on her next novel or a personal essay.