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Get Your Book Published

Inside tips from an author and an agent

Saturday, April 17, 2021

12:00 - 2:30pm EDT

You’ve put the final period on your manuscript. (Or you're working your way there...) Congratulations! Now you're ready to get published. In today’s publishing market, there are more options than ever for an author to see their work in print (and, of course, as an ebook). But which is best for you?


In this interactive workshop, we’ll chat about the many paths to publishing. We’ll discuss the need for an agent and how to approach agents and publishers, including how to write a successful query letter.


You'll hear inside perspective from a traditionally published author and a literary agent. We’ll discuss the different types of publishing houses, from traditional to hybrid to self-publishing platforms, highlighting the benefits and drawbacks of each. We’ll provide an overview of the publishing industry today.


If you have any sort of book brewing anywhere inside you, this workshop is a can't-miss!

Herta Feely is a writer and a full-time editor. She is the author of Saving Phoebe Murrow, her debut novel, published in the US and the UK, and is working on her next novel. Her work (both short stories and memoir) has been published in a number of literary journals and anthologies. She received the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and an Artist in Literature Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the American Independent Writers Award for best published personal essay. She founded Chrysalis Editorial in 2007 and has served hundreds of writers in a variety of capacities through her company. She received her BA and Master of Journalism from UC Berkeley, and  a Master of Arts in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Learn more at

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Emily Williamson began her career as an editor with Chrysalis Editorial in 2011. In 2016, she founded Williamson Literary Agency in Baltimore, MD, driven by the desire to help great writers achieve their publishing goals. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals such as Blackbird, Word Riot, Jersey Devil Press, Measure, and others. She is the author of the forthcoming collection of poetry, Dead Reckoning, and the winner of the 2018 No Chair Press Poetry Chapbook Contest. She received a BA in Anthropology from American University in 1997 and a Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2012. Learn more at

No matter your project, Herta and Emily can help take it to the next level with Chrysalis Editorial. From short fiction for a literary journal to a novel for publication, they will work with you every step of the way.

Pitching to Parents

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Friday, March 12, 2021

1:00-2:00pm EST

Take your lunch break with us! Join us in an interactive conversation with Julia Dennison, Digital Content Director for the Parents brand. Julia will share the kind of stories Parents is looking for, what makes a good pitch, and general tips about getting published in parenting publications. is eager to publish, and we are lucky to add Julia's voice to ours! Julia will share all these inside secrets for FREE!

Julia Dennison is Digital Content Director for the Parents brand, which includes heading up the content for and its social platforms. A single co-parenting mama to 4-year-old Esme, she’s been writing and editing in the parenting space for over 13 years (an editor in general for more than 16 years), with a passion for covering all the wonderfully unique ways people parent and form families. She’s been a co-host of the podcast Pregnancy Confidential, and now of the new podcast We Are Family with ShaunT, all about the diversity of family life in America today. She has also appeared as a panel moderator and expert on the parenting beat for various events and TV segments, including those for Good Morning America, CNN/HLN, Yahoo and local news networks.

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Collective Care through Our Creativity - February 2021

  • Each Saturday in February, noon to 2:30 EST

  • Time as a large group to be inspired by our featured speaker and to set our intentions for the day ahead

  • Smaller breakout accountability groups, facilitated by Pen Parentis 
  • Large group meditation and intentional movement exercises
  • All large group sessions are recorded. If you miss a Saturday, you won't miss the content.

  • Check in with your small group and new community all week long.

Daily Topics

Saturday, February 6th

Sitting with the Grief and Hope of this Moment

Speaker: Maria Broom

We will sit with the feelings and emotions that this unique moment in history brings up. We will explore both the needs we each have personally, as well the needs of our communities. This day will also lay a foundation to tap into our maternal superpowers through writing and creativity. We will leave our time together ready to take care of ourselves and eager to take care of the collective.

Saturday, February 13th

Taking Care of Ourselves: The Oxygen Mask

Speaker: M. M. De Voe

In the spirit of the airplane oxygen mask in which we're reminded to mask up before assisting others, this session is designed to provide a centering opportunity to create a space for us to tend to ourselves so that we can more effectively turn the care outwards. We'll begin with self-care from the lens of activism and inclusion to ensure that roots of our self-care create a better world for everyone.

Saturday, February 20th

Taking Care of the World

Speaker: Rebecca Walker

We have focused on personal centering practice, and today we will work to take that care outwards. We will explore what we care most about in our homes, our communities, and our world and we will tap into our own connectedness to the world outside ourselves. 

Saturday, February 27th

Cultivating Collective Care Every Day

Speaker: Karen Houppert

Now that we have reset, re-centered, and reflected, we look to bringing these lessons to our everyday. This session will focus on action and creating a process to ensure that we're cultivating collective care every day. This session will also have a practical writing workshop component.