PUBLISHING: w/ Agent Rayhané Sanders, Nov. 16


PUBLISHING: w/ Agent Rayhané Sanders, Nov. 16

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We have the great privilege of hosting Rayhané Sanders, literary agent at Massie & McQuilkin, for a publishing seminar. Yes, Rayhané represents our own Lidia Yuknavitch. Come to this seminar and have the often-intimidating world of querying and agents and publishing demystified for you by one of the best and brightest.

Ms. Sanders will also be offering a limited amount of twenty-minute 1-on-1 consultations spread across three days, November 15-17. In these personal meetings, she will give you feedback from an agent’s point of view on the first 30 pages of your manuscript. (A note: Ms. Sanders comes from New York publishing, and is very encouraging but also direct!) The deadline for submitting your 30 pages will be October 15th.

The cost of a 1-on-1 consultation is $350. Bundle with the $150 seminar to receive a $50 discount.

  • Publishing Seminar on Saturday 11/16/19 from 11:00AM - 12:30PM includes:

    • A Publishing Overview: what an agent does, the Big 5 Publishers vs. Indies, what the publication process looks like, the $$ of publishing, etc.

    • The dos and don'ts of The Query Letter

    • Non-fiction Book Proposals, including example proposals

    • Q&A

If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Elder at, and not Rayhané directly. If we need to relay a question to her, as her hosts, we are happy to do that. Now let's get those books published! 

Rayhané Sanders attended NYU and began her publishing career at Newsweek Magazine. She then moved to book publishing, holding positions at Penguin Group USA, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and William Morris Endeavor, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors and recipients of such honors as the PEN/Hemingway Award, PEN/New England Award, Guggenheim and Wallace Stegner Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts grants, and more. Rayhané began to represent authors at WSK Management, where she worked with a slew of internationally bestselling authors and added a New York Times bestseller and winners of the Hopwood Award, Oregon Book Award, and Massachusetts Book Award, among others, to her list. 

She has been a literary agent at premier boutique agency Massie & McQuilkin (whose clients include Roxane Gay, Jesmyn Ward, Kevin Young, Tom Perrotta, Dan Chaon, Kelly Link, and many more) for 5 years; and is on the lookout for literary and historical fiction, upmarket book club fiction, propulsive narrative nonfiction, story and essay collections, and select memoir. She is interested in fresh voices telling fresh stories we haven’t heard before (including for YA audiences); and is particularly fond of immigrant stories and stories concerned with race, sexuality, specific cultural settings, cross-cultural themes, and notions of identity. Her list includes Lidia Yuknavitch, Kerry Cohen, Te-Ping Chen, Devin Murphy, Janet Beard, Maureen Stanton, and other bestselling and award-winning authors. 

She is also an independent book editor, offering editorial services (from developmental edits and line edits, to query consultations, to everything in between) to non-clients on a per-project basis. You may reach her in that capacity at Check out for more information.

The Corporeal Center houses all of Corporeal Writing's Face2Face workshops, readings, and open community hours Tues through Friday, 12 - 6pm. We are located in a beautiful historic building in downtown Portland. We are on bus lines, close to the Max line that goes to the airport as well as the Amtrak station. We are within walking distance to many hotels, some of our favorites being The Society Hotel ($), Embassy Suites ($$), Hotel Monaco ($$) and The Nines ($$$). With a bar, delicious burger joint, fresh salad bar in our building, a food truck lot out the front door, and Pine Street Market only a 3 block walk, food options abound.