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PUBLISHING: Literary Agent Rayhané Sanders—Seminar + Consultations—Oct 7th-9th

October 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

$150 – $375
Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207

We have the great privilege of hosting Rayhané Sanders, literary agent at Massie and McQuilkin, for a 90-minute webinar on Publishing (with ample opportunity for Q&A) on Saturday October 8th, 2022, from 11:00AM to 12:30PM Pacific. Yes, Rayhané represents our very own Lidia Yuknavitch.)

In addition to the seminar, Ms. Sanders is taking on twenty private manuscript consultations. Over the course of a 20-minute meeting, she will give you feedback from an agent’s point of view on the first 25 pages of your manuscript, submitted ahead of time. (Please note, Ms. Sanders comes from New York publishing, and is very encouraging but also very direct!) The deadline for submitting your 25 pages will be September 15th, and you’ll be provided with specific formatting guidelines. Consultations will be scheduled throughout the weekend of Friday October 7th through Sunday October 9th, with most consultations happening on Saturday+Sunday. Rayhané will be in Portland that weekend, so consultations can be scheduled either over Zoom or, for those in the Portland metro area, in-person at our Corporeal Writing center in downtown Portland!

The cost of the seminar is $150. The cost of a 1-on-1 consultation is $275. You can purchase both for $375 by selecting that option from the drop-down menu—a $50 discount!

  • Publishing Seminar on Saturday October 8th from 11:00AM – 12:30PM Pacific 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 began her publishing career at Newsweek Magazine. She then moved to book publishing, working for Penguin’s Dutton and Gotham Books and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt before moving to the agency side at WME, where she worked with bestselling and award-winning authors. She is a member of the American Association of Literary Agents (formerly AAR).

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 8 years. She represents literary, historical, and upmarket book-club fiction; short story collections; narrative nonfiction; cultural histories; essay collections; and memoir. Her authors include Lidia Yuknavitch, Myriam Gurba, Te-Ping Chen, Janet Beard, and Tajja Isen, among others. Though quality of writing is most important, she is particularly interested in fresh voices telling fresh stories we haven’t heard before. You can find her Writer’s Digest profile here.

Rayhané 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.