For too long a time she slaved as the editor-in-chief of a national, full-color, glossy trade magazine, overseeing design, ad sales, editorial, and staff - and still writing 1100 damn-fine words a day, day after day, for print. As a result, she tends to measure her writing credits by the pound.
Along the way Cricket intertwined her business experience, art and humanities education, and writing skills to establish Possibilities Press to support small book publishers with writing, editing, design, and production services. Ever the entrepreneur, a decade later she shifted her focus exclusively to literary representation and in 2001 founded The Christina Pechstein Agency, later changing the name to The August Agency LLC. In 2014 she founded augustwords.org, an innovative network of writers' resources supporting literary and literacy charities. Then just a few months later she established August Words Publishing, specializing in unique books by exceptional authors for select readers. Then in 2017 came a life-long dream of an inspiring retreat for writers, August Words House.
Cricket is a popular speaker and instructor at writers conferences and workshops because of her straightforward style. Writers appreciate that she's been closely involved in every phase of a book's life in the past three decades: from its conception as a tug in the back of a writer's brain; through the explosive creative writing of it; to the painful editing, exacting design, and printing; then down to the distribution and marketing. With more than twenty years as a writing instructor, from conference talks to community education workshops and community college classes, she makes sure everyone enjoys a unique learning experience and leaves with their questions answered.
Visit Cricket and read some of her work at her website
See an interview with Cricket in the writing documentary,
"Scribes," a humorous, honest, and sometimes painful
Writers Conferences page.
Cricket is available to speak at writers conferences, writers
groups, libraries, book clubs, and literary societies.
For a complete list of dozens of available talks (or she'll develop one just for your group) and to send Cricket an invitation visit CricketFreeman.com.
A fan of the intricate story operating on multiple levels, Cricket enjoys untangling literary Gordian knots, whether historical crime thrillers, narrative memoirs, contemporary creative nonfiction, or anything in-between.
After years as a business owner engaged in sales and marketing, she redirected her creativity toward the writing business, freelancing for magazines (more adventure than money) and business clients (more money than adventure).
literary agents since 2001