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HWA 2018 - Providence RI -November 1-4, 2018


Guest Speaker - Paula Munier

Senior Literary Agent and Content Strategist at Talcott Notch Literary Services, boasts broad experience creating and marketing exceptional content in all formats across all markets for WGBH, Disney, Fidelity, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, F&W Media, Quayside, and more. She began her career as a journalist, and along the way added editor, acquisitions specialist, digital content manager, and publishing executive to her repertoire. Her specialties include crime fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, upmarket fiction, YA/MG, high-concept SFF, and nonfiction. 
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2018 Presenter Profile:
Paula Munier

By Paul Davis
Posted on 7/9/2018

As a military brat, agent Paula Munier grew up everywhere: Georgia, Germany, Oklahoma, Ohio. Her childhood was a blur of Army bases, foreign countries, and Mayflower moving vans.

But she wasn't unhappy. She had an adoring mother—and books.

“My mom turned to reading for solace and solitude, for entertainment and enlightenment—and I learned to do the same.”

She read everything: Nancy Drew, the encyclopedia, Desmond Morris’s The Naked Ape.  And she wrote hundreds of letters to the families and friends she was forever leaving. Her father wanted her to be a helicopter pilot, but a nun in a New Orleans high school said she should write.

Munier heeded her teacher's advice. She sold her first magazine article to Cosmo for $50; worked as a reporter for various newspapers; wrote a YA novel for HarperCollins; edited a business magazine; worked for Prima Publishing, later acquired by Random House; and wrote a second book—On Being Blonde—in a month.

In 2012, she joined Talcott Notch Literary Services as a senior agent and content strategist.

“Being an agent calls upon all of my experience and expertise in writing, editing and publishing,” she says. “Most important, it allows me to do what I love best, helping writers realize their dreams of being published and building their careers.”


New Book, New War Plan

By Paula Munier
Posted on 4/22/2018

Starting a new novel is like planning a war campaign. Strategy is everything, and in those early days of testing characters and settings and plot lines, it’s best to go in quietly, fully armed, surprising the elements of your story into submission. At least until you take the beaches and can move on to solid ground.

As I press forward on Book Two in my mystery series (Book One, A Borrowing of Bones, pubs in Fall 2018), I find myself turning to the same tried-and-true tools that helped me maneuver the first:

The War Room

Well, house might be more accurate. I have a desk in most every room in our cottage, and every workspace has its function: a graceful French kidney desk in the living room (for real work), a Mission-style roll-top desk in my kitchen (for taking notes and answering emails while the pot boils, literally), a lap desk on the daybed in the yoga room (for dreaming my way into the story), a standing desk in the bedroom (for when I need to escape family and friends and visitors).

The War Board

My sweetheart turned two closet doors into cork boards, where I pin index cards listing scenes for the novel, eventually settling on a chronology. This is a visual aid I find critical to the process of creating a scene list. That scene list will eventually become a scene-by-scene outline.

The Battle Plan

For this new book, in which much of the action takes place in the wilderness during a blizzard, I created a battle plan in the form of a map inspired by my son’s D&D game table. I use 25-inch by 30-inch gridded pages from a Post It easel pad to block out the action of the story. I use action figures and game tokens to represent characters.

It’s like a grown-up version of my childhood Barbie & Ken games—with murder!




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