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The Economy of Words:  Constructing a Sellable Submission Package: Queries, Synopses, and Manuscripts

Overview:  Programming based on writing tips, traditional publishing requirements, platform building as a writer, the submission process, the writing process from conception to the final draft, developmental editing, copy editing, and finding your unique voice as a writer.


Audience:  High school student to adult writers.  Applicable to both the non-fiction and fiction writer.    

This informative PowerPoint, constructed for easy note-taking, leads the writer step-by-step into the submission process for publication.  Formatting guidelines, writing tips, published samples, and paragraph development for the query and synopsis are program highlights.  Development of a title page, chapter headings, and other manuscript developmental tips are also offered.


Costs: Travel expenses plus.  The specific event and group make negotiating a cost an important part of this process.  I have many years of working with non-profits and church groups, and I am happy to support their efforts by making my services affordable.  I also welcome the opportunity to sell by award-winning novel, A Good Girl.

Contact: Johnnie Bernhard, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 808-227-0682


Johnnie Bernhard, Literary Agent




A former AP English teacher and journalist, Johnnie Bernhard’s passion is reading and writing. Bernhard currently supports writers world-wide as a literary agent for Loiacono Literary Agency, www.llallc.net.  




Her work(s) have appeared in the following publications: University of Michigan Graduate Studies Publications, Heart of Ann Arbor Magazine, Houston Style Magazine, World Oil Magazine, The Suburban Reporter of Houston, The Mississippi Press, The Ocean Springs Record, University of South Florida Area Health Education Magazine, Parent Guide of Sarasota, Fl. ISD, the international Word Among Us, Gulf Coast Writers Association Anthologies, and the Cowbird-NPR production on small town America. Her entry, “The Last Mayberry,” received over 7,500 views, nationally and internationally. She is also the co-editor of several anthologies for the Houston Writers Guild.




Johnnie received “Equal runner-Up” in the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Essay Category.   Her essay, “Ignorance or Innocence” was judged by bestselling, non-fiction writer and poet Rodger Kamenetz.  The international literary competition is part of the annual Words & Music Literary Feast held in New Orleans, www.wordsandmusic.org


Her novel, A Good Girl received top ten finalist recognition in the 2015 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.  It is set for publication in spring 2017 by Texas Review Press, a member of the Texas Book Consortium: Texas State Historical Association Press, Texas Christian University Press, University of North Texas Press, State House/McWhiney Press, Stephen F. Austin State University Press, and Southern Methodist University Press. For more about A Good Girl, please visit the author’s web site at www.johnniebernhardauthor.com


Johnnie advises non-fiction and fiction writers on writing and publishing issues.  With a dual point-of -view as a literary agent and author, she offers writers an expertise based on thirty years of editing and writing.  She has written and presented for public education groups, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and church groups. 


She is available for PowerPoint presentations based on developmental editing, copy editing, the literary agent/writer relationship, the submission process in traditional publishing, and other programs that can be uniquely packaged according to group needs.


Johnnie received a BA in Journalism from The University of Houston, where she served as editor of the yearbook, The Houstonian, as well as a features editor for The Daily Cougar.  She attended Nicholls State University, where she received secondary education English certification, graduate level course work.


Johnnie and her husband divide their time between Mountain Home, Texas and a 19th Century cottage surrounded by ancient oak trees and a salt water marsh near the Mississippi Sound. They share those delightful spaces with their children, granddaughter, a dog, and a cat. 


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