Saturday, March 19, 2016

YOU WROTE A BOOK, NOW WHAT? Getting Published Events

Book Publishing Workshop with Jan Kardys 
Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing

Gain an insider's view of book publishing at this program with Literary Agent, Jan L. Kardys and Chairman of Unicorn Writers' Conference, and Unicorn for Writers.  Jan will share her 35 years of experience inside 10 major NYC book publishers on such topics as developing a concept, writing and formatting a manuscript, editing, finding a good literary agent, query letters, submission guidelines, all the departments within a publishing company, subsidiary rights, foreign rights sales, special sales, marketing, details on self publishing vs traditional publishing, utilizing the most cutting-edge technologies as social media services to increase visibility to literary agents, publishers and readers alike. A Powerpoint Presentation is presented. The workshop also includes printed Handouts for each attendee (22 pages each) : How to Research Your Competition, How To Write A Query Letter, How to Find the Right Literary Agent,  How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal. The Story Plan Checklist, Editing Tips, Permissions & Releases, Sample Permissions License, Checklist for Submission Black Hawk Literary Agency, Deal Memo/Working Checklist, 45 words, Components of a Novel, and Market Share of Top Trade Publishers. 
Jan L. Kardys’ diverse book publishing career includes executive positions at ten of the major book publishers – Doubleday, St. Martin’s Press, Scholastic, Macmillan, Charles Scribner’s, Little, Brown & Company, Warner Books, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Lippincott & Crowell, Publishers, Simon & Schuster/Prentice Hall and Condé Nast Publications.  Her experience and know-how are in editorial, art/production, subsidiary rights, contracts, copyrights, permissions, book agenting, editing, writer’s conferences, publishing consulting, and freelance editing.  Jan worked for Google for three years where she added Internet sales and marketing to her already extensive expertise. See her websites:, http://www, and 

∆ Winthrop Public Library, Date:  April 9, 2016,  1 pm, 2 Metcalf Square Winthrop, MA 02152, Contact: Diane Wallace, 617-846-1703,
∆ Gunn Memorial Library, Date:  April 14, 2016, Thursday, 6:30 pm,  5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT 06793, Contact: Margaret Ferguson, 860-868-7586,
∆ Uniondale Library, Date: April 23, 2016, 2-4 pm, 400 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale, NY 11553, Contact: Ilgar Guo, 516-489-2270,
     The Cyrenius H. Booth Library, Date: May 3, 2016,  25 Main St, Newtown, CT 06470
 Contact: Lucy Handley, 203-426-4533,
∆ Groton Public Library, Date: May 7, 2016, 2 pm, 52 Newtown Road, Groton, CT 06840, Contact: Jean Schweid, 860-441-6750,
∆ Cape May City Library, Date: May 14, 2016, 2 pm, 110 Ocean Street, Cape May, New Jersey 08202, Contact: Jesse Ridge, 609-884-9568,
∆ Berlin-Peck Memorial LibraryDate: May 16, 2016, 6:30 pm, 234 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT 06037, Contact: Carrie Tyszka, Head of Reference and Adult Services, 860-828-7120, 
∆ Olean Public Library, Date: May 21, 2016 , 1 pm, 134 N. Second Street, Olean, NY 14760, Contact: Carol Ellen Kowalik-Happy, 716-372-0200,                                                        
∆ Cotuit Library, Date: June 4, 2016, 1 pm, 871 Main Street, Cotuit, MA 02635, Contact: Frances Bausman, 508-428-8141,
     Mark Twain Library, Date: June 11, 2016, 11 am- 1 pm, 439 Redding Rd, West Redding, CT 06896, RSVP: Jan Kardys, 203-938-7405
∆ Cumberland Library, Date: June 18, 2016, 2 -4 pm, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI 02864, Contact: Melissa Chiavaroli, 401-333-2552,
∆ Greenwich LibraryDate: June 27, 2016, 6-8 pm,101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT, 06830, Contact: Siobhan Schugmann,, 203-625-6536
∆ Writers Meet Agents (WMA), Date: July 23, 2016, Burlington, VT, 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013



In addition to Black Hawk Literary Agency and Unicorn Writers Conference, our new company is Unicorn for Writers LLC - 40 different services for writers. We  handle editing, one page summary, competition evaluation, permissions, copyrights, subsidiary rights, social media packages, art/book cover designs, book reviews, and many other services. Jan Kardys, President of Black Hawk Literary Agency, draws on over 30 years of diversified publishing experience for nine major publishing corporations.  Director of Contracts for Warner Books/Little, Brown & Company, Director of Contracts at Macmillan Publishing Company, Charles Scribner's Sons, and Contracts Director at Prentice Hall/Simon & Schuster. Prior work history with: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Doubleday, Scholastic, Lippincott & Crowell, Publishers, St. Martin's Press, Conde Nast Publications, and Google. Beginning a career in editorial, Jan also worked in art and production in School publishing. Holding various executive positions in subsidiary rights, licensing, database design, imaging, royalty conversions, contracts, copyrights & permissions departments. See  and

1.     Manuscript Evaluation: $350/350 pages  $45 Children’s Book  $45 Short Story
2.     Manuscript Editing:  $4 per page, line editing
3.     Chapter Evaluation: $45 – maximum 50 pages
4.     First 5 Pages Review: $25
5.     Copyediting & Proofreading:  $2 per page
6.     One Page Summary Creation: $200
7.     One Page Summary Review/Rewrite:  $100
8.     Outline Creation/Review/Rewrite:  $2 for creation, $2 review, $3 rewrite per page.
9.     Ghostwriters: call for quotes
10.  Competition Evaluation/Research:  $450 depending
on book
11.  Title Creation:  $350
12.  In Depth Character Analysis: $350
13.  Query Letter Creation/Review:  $65 for creation, $45 for review/comments
14.  Book Proposal Creation/Review: $1000 for creation, $400 for review/comments
15.  Copyright Registration:  $30 one time for registration
16.  Permissions Obtained:  $25 per hr. $25 for copyright research

1.     Publishing Consultation:  $465/hr. via phone
2.     Consultation Traditional vs. Self Publishing:  $40/hr. via phone
3.     Agents- Recommendations:  $100 for 10 agents in your book/genre
4.     Publishers – Recommendations:  $45 per book publisher or press
5.     Publishing Agreements Prep.:  $50 for document less than 2 pgs., $100 for document over 4 pgs.
6.     Book Printers – Recommendations:  10 printer recommendations for $20
7.     E-Publishing – Recommendations:  $250 to locate the right e-book publisher
8.     Contract Review/Negotiation: $400 for review, $600 for negotiation
9.     Subsidiary Rights:  $40 per hr. for making submissions plus mailing costs, (domestic rights & foreign rights), and 25% of the sale
10.  Special Sales:  $40 per hr. for making submissions plus mailing costs, and 25% of the sale

1.     Social Media Pkgs.: $350 Custom Designed for your book
2.     Media Training:  $200 per hour via phone
3.     Marketing Platform Creation:  $500 (creation) custom designed for your book
4.     Book Trailer: Call for price
5.     Website Layout:  $250, Recommendations on fields, creative layout (no programming of the web site is included)
6.     Postcards, Bookmarks, Business Cards:  $150 postcard, $100 bookmark, $85 Business card (logo not included)
7.     Stickers, Banners, Brochures, Ads: call us
8.     Newsletters, Greeting Cards, Promotion: call us
9.     PowerPoint Design: $300-$850 depending on project

1.     Book Cover Design:  $300-$2000 for each cover design
2.     Book Interior: call us for quote
3.     Illustrations:  call for quote and a conversation
4.     Artist Recommendations:  Call for quote and conversation
5.     Picture Book Art Review: $75