March Speakers: Finding, Getting, and Working with a Great Agent

“You fail only if you stop writing.”   —Ray Bradbury

José Pablo Iriarte and Elle E. Ire

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Barnes and Noble, Carrolwood (Meeting room in the back of the store)

This husband and wife combo has worked with five different agents between them and been offered agent representation fifteen times. Beginning with manuscript polishing and submission requirements, they will proceed to discuss websites such as and They will touch briefly on query letters and the synopsis, wait times, and what to expect while querying, proceeding from there to what to do when you receive “the call,” and what happens after you sign with your dream agent. Last, they will address what happens if things do not work out between the author and agent and how to part ways amicably.

Speakers Jose Pablo Iriarte and Elle R. Ire

José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher who lives in Central Florida. José’s fiction can be found in in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others, and has been featured in best-of lists compiled by Tangent Online, Featured Futures, iO9, and Quick Sip Reviews, and on the SFWA Nebula Award Recommended Reading Lists for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Learn more at, or follow José on Twitter @labyrinthrat.

Elle E. Ire lives in Central Florida where she teaches writing to middle school students. She is represented by Naomi Davis at the Bookends Literary Agency. Her first novel, VICIOUS CIRCLE, released from Torquere Press in 2015 and will be re-released by Dreamspinner Publications later this year along with her new novel, THREADBARE, the first in the STORM FRONTS series. Visit her website, or follow Elle on Facebook or Twitter @Lisairi.