Write Here, Write Now with Jill Marr

folio graphicThe Salt Cay Writers Retreat is pleased to partner with Folio Literary Management to sponsor a bi-weekly podcast series featuring Salt Cay Writers Retreat faculty offering their best from-the-trenches writing advice.

Folio and Salt Cay firmly believe that books can make a difference, and that good writing and smart ideas can change our world. We hope this new writing series will give writers the tools and the inspiration they need to help them reach their publishing goals.


Jill Marr – 2014 SCWR faculty member

“What Literary Agents Want” – as interviewed by SCWR administrator Karen Dionne

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Podcast excerpt:

On authors’ websites: “When I’m interested in an author, I Google them to find out more. If they don’t have a website, I’m disappointed. If all they have a website, I’m still a little disappointed. I want to see that they’re getting out there, submitting essays, going to conferences, winning awards, and just generally being a part of the writing community, because this tells me that for them, writing is a serious business, and not a hobby.” — Jill Marr

jill marrJill Marr is an acquiring agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in History. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads forPages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces and promotional features for television.


karen brown door smiling big croppedKaren Dionne is the internationally published author of the science thrillers Freezing Point and Boiling Point (Berkley). She is co-founder of the online writers community Backspace, and served on the board of directors of the International Thriller Writers as Vice President, Technology. Karen has written about the publishing industry for DailyFinance and blogs at The Huffington Post. She has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a Humanities Scholar for her body of work as an author, writer, and as co-founder of Backspace. www.karendionne.net



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