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Our Consultation Days in May

As in recent years, the Senate of Berlin is awarding Work stipends for Non-German literature in 2021 again. Try your luck! Berlin-based authors writing in another language than German can still hand in their application until May 11. To facilitate the application process, we offer advisement in English, French, Russian, Polish, and Spanish on May 5 and May 7. Feel free to spread the word among your friends and acquaintances. You can sign up for this special event here.

Our first regular consultation day on May 6 is dedicated to podcasts, which have grown in popularity in recent years. Maybe because you can listen to them while doing other things and get creative in the production – if you know how. Susan Stone is an experienced podcaster. Since 2017 she has been producing the Dead Ladies Show Podcast. Her projects are funded by the Bard College Berlin and Berlin Senate. If you have an idea but lack the technical knowledge or if you want to get information on the potentials of this medium, consider attending this consultation day.

From auditory to visual text implementation: comic books and graphic have become increasingly popular and diverse as well. No wonder they have their own subsidy landscape. On May 10, Thomas Henseler, an experienced comic artist himself, will advise you. So that you have more time to conceptualize, draw and write.

Sooner or later all literary creators ask themselves whether they should self-publish their texts or look for an agency or a publisher. Over the course of this month, these questions will be answered. Our consultants will show you the pros and cons of both options for your work.

First of all, Axel Haase will give you tips on finding an agency and publishing house on the 11th of May. Thanks to his many years of experience as managing director of the literary agency Herbach & Haase, he knows the “classic publication route” like the back of his hand. You will sooner or later also be confronted with publishing and licensing agreements. But at least you don’t have to go through the maze of bureaucracy alone. Julia Balogh is handing out advice on May 18. Since May 2013, she has been head of the Rights & Licensing Department at Ueberreuter Verlag GmbH. Moreover, she is responsible for the domestic and foreign rights of various publishers.

After so much bureaucracy, attending an event – whether digital or not – could be a well-deserved break. Those who want to organise events are probably less relaxed.  Where, for example, can you obtain the necessary financial resources? Karla Montasser will advise you on the funding of events on May 19. She has already successfully managed countless events herself. In this podcast episode, you can get an impression in advance.

Back to your soon-to-come publication: If you want to find out whether self-publishing fits your needs, Anja Schreiber‘s consulting day on May 26 is the right one for you. By articles, presentations, workshops, and guidebooks she has been helping people self-publish their work since 2013. Moreover, she is involved in the Selfpublisher-Verband as a speaker and organizer of regional meetings.

Lectors should keep an eye on their self-promotion. It is an important part of successful acquisition and freelance work. Our consultant Joachim Fries is an expert on this topic and gladly shares his expertise on May 27.

Last but not least, the consultation day on scholarships with Daniela Seel on May 31 is important for everyone. Unfortunately, she is fully booked already…

The schreiben & leben-team wishes you a productive month.

We would be very pleased to welcome you to our consultations. Please note that prior registration is always required for participation in a consultation.

You can register for all the consultations here.

Here is the overview again:

  • 06.05.2021: consultation day on podcasts with Susan Stone
  • 10.05.2021: consultation day on stipends for comic-authors with Thomas Henseler
  • 11.05.2021: consultation day on search for agencies and publishing houses with Axel Haase (FULLY BOOKED!)
  • 18.05.2021: consultation day on publishing- and licensing contracts with Julia Balogh
  • 19.05.2021: consultation day on funding for organizers with Karla Montasser
  • 26.05.2021: consultation day on selfpublishing with Anja Schreiber
  • 27.05.2021: consultation day on selfmarketing and acquisition for editors with Joachim Fries
  • 31.05.2021: consultation day on stipends and application for authors with Daniela Seel (FULLY BOOKED!)

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