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Just Press Send! (Pitching and querying tips to get your writing published) (FB Event:

Please join us on August 18 for our San Gabriel Valley Women Writers meeting: Colette Sartor teaches us to pitch and query our writing and get it published! 

It’s always exciting to complete a manuscript, whether that manuscript is a short story, an essay or article, a poem, or something longer like a novel or memoir. Now it’s time to get your writing out into the world! But getting published can seem more daunting than writing. How do you figure out the best places to send your work, and how do you withstand the inevitable rejection that comes with submission? Colette Sartor will discuss the ins and outs of submitting to literary magazines, agents, and independent publishers, including how to research submission markets, and put together a tiered submission plan targeting the best agents and markets for your work, to increase your chances of getting published. 

Colette Sartor's award winning stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Chicago Tribune, Kenyon Review Online, Slice, Carve Magazine, Hello Giggles, Scary Mommy, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. Among other places, her work has been anthologized in Short Stories from Printers Row, The Press 53 Open Awards Anthology, and Law and Disorder: Stories of Conflict and Crime. She has taught writing for over 15 years and currently teaches at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program as well as privately. She is also the Co-Executive Director and Co-Feature Manager of CineStory Foundation, a nonprofit mentoring organization that pairs aspiring television writers and screenwriters with entertainment industry professionals as mentors. For more information, visit her author website,, or her Facebook page, Colette Sartor’s Writing Resources, where she curates a variety of resources concerning craft, submission, publication, community, mentoring, and other writing-related topics.

SGVWW meets monthly, usually on the third Saturdays, to network and learn about a different topic related to writing and publishing. Please come early so you can get breakfast before starting time, and RSVP here so we can save you a seat. 

See you on August 18!