The Carver Memorial Library Writers' Series will present literary agent Jan Kardys’ talk, titled You Wrote A Book, Now What? Getting Published Today, Saturday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the library, 12 Union St.

Attendees will gain an insider’s view of book publishing, thanks to Kardys: understand how to find and lure the right literary agent; learn to work with all of the departments within a publishing company; master book proposal and query letter-writing skills; understand subsidiary right sales, as well as special and premium right sales; explore effective Internet marketing and promotion; and even learn how to research the competition before writing. This is a PowerPoint presentation, with handouts for all attendees.

Kardys, President of Black Hawk Literary Agency LLC, has 35 years of diversified publishing experience for nine major New York City publishing corporations. Kardys was director of contracts for Warner Books/Little, Brown & Company; Macmillan Publishing Company; Charles Scribner's Sons; and Prentice Hall/Simon & Schuster. She has worked at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Doubleday, Scholastic, Lippincott & Crowell, Publishers, St. Martin's Press, Conde Nast Publications and Google.

Beginning a career in editorial, Kardys also worked in art and production in school publishing. In addition to her work as a literary agent, she created Unicorn Writers' Conference, which hosted the fifth annual conference in March in Portland, Conn.

This program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is recommended. For more info, contact the library at or 548-2303.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or