Pitch Wars
Nov
2
to Nov 3

Pitch Wars

Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents.

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Live Webinar: Writing, Revising, & Pitching Your Middle Grade Novel
Jul
6
1:00 PM13:00

Live Webinar: Writing, Revising, & Pitching Your Middle Grade Novel

My Writer’s Digest webinar Mastering Middle Grade returns on July 6th!

Mastering Middle Grade: Writing, Revising, and Pitching Your Middle Grade Novel includes a live presentation (plus access to the recorded version for a year), a Q&A session (where all questions will receive a response), and a critique of your query letter and the first 1000 words of your middle grade manuscript (all critiques will be completed by me). It’s going to be a great webinar for writers interested in the middle grade category who want to take their writing to the next level.

What you'll learn:

  • The common elements of a middle grade novel
  • What the current middle grade market looks like in publishing
  • What the middle grade audience is looking for in a book
  • The appropriate word count for middle grade manuscripts of all genres
  • The common themes in middle grade stories
  • How to write in the elusive middle grade “voice”
  • How to create engaging and diverse middle grade characters
  • The importance of a high concept plot with high stakes conflict
  • What mistakes to avoid in your manuscript's opening chapter
  • What a query letter is and why you want a literary agent
  • How to craft a successful query letter for your middle grade project
  • The best resources to bookmark as you continue writing, revising, and pitching

For more information about registration (including the official description, guidelines, and pricing), visit the webinar’s page on Writer’s Digest: Writing, Revising, and Pitching Your Middle Grade Novel

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Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write & Pitch Books for Kids Boot Camp
Mar
13
to Mar 16

Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write & Pitch Books for Kids Boot Camp

I am co-presenting a four-day boot camp on all things kid lit! Selling Your Children's Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids includes your choice of two presentations, Q&A sessions, and a critique.

Children's books—young adult, middle grade, and picture books—have taken over the publishing industry (in a good way). Readers of all ages are devouring the books that used to only take up space in libraries, children's bookshelves, or school classrooms. Now, children's books are celebrated for their enchanting prose, their relatable characters, their beautiful illustrations, and their fantastic stories that transcend age category. The growth of the children's book sector has been unprecedented this past decade—so how can you make your manuscript stand out in these crowded categories and genres?

Depending on what you're writing, you can choose to listen to a webinar on picture books (hosted by Carly Watters) or on middle grade and young adult fiction (hosted by yours truly).

This program will show writers of Young Adult and Middle Grade the following:

  • What the difference is between Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction
  • How to create engaging characters that agents, editors, and readers will love
  • Where (and where not) in the your story to start the manuscript 
  • How to avoid the most common mistakes found in Young Adult and Middle Grade manuscripts, such as talking down to your audience
  • How to use common Middle Grade and Young Adult tropes 
  • What the biggest genres are in Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction right now—and how to decide where your manuscript fits in
  • What to highlight in your pitch to sell your book to agents and publishers
  • What you can learn from your favorite Young Adult and Middle Grade novels

This program will show writers of Picture Books the following:

  • What the state of the market looks like for picture books
  • How to learn from previous bestsellers
  • How to come up with a great story that's character- and plot-driven
  • How to create a page-turning arc that will keep kids coming back
  • Why rhythm, not rhyming, is the key to success
  • How to think visually and how to work with illustrators 
  • How to avoid the “don'ts" in writing for children
  • How to inspire kids without writing heavy morals

For more information and to register, visit the official boot camp page at Writer's Digest University.

 

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Live Webinar: How to Engage Agents, Editors, & Readers With Your Novel's First Chapter
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Live Webinar: How to Engage Agents, Editors, & Readers With Your Novel's First Chapter

My final Writer's Digest webinar for the year, Chapter One: How to Engage Agents, Editors, & Readers With Your Novel's First Chapter, takes place on December 8, 2016. 

This webinar includes a live presentation (plus access to the recorded version for a year), a live Q&A session (where all questions will receive a response), and a critique of the first chapter of your manuscript (all critiques will be completed by me).

Some of the topics that will be covered in the webinar:

  • How to engage new readers with your opening chapter
  • What compels readers to continue reading… and what makes them stop
  • The pros and cons of using a prologue as the opening chapter of your novel
  • The cliché chapter openings to avoid
  • How to fix mistakes commonly found in first chapters
  • How to establish your own voice as a writer through your novel’s opening lines
  • How to structure your opening chapter to balance both plot and character
  • The best questions to ask while self-editing your first chapter
  • How to make the best first impression of yourself and your manuscript
  • What agents and editors are looking to find in your first chapter
  • Why having a great opening chapter is so important in today’s publishing industry

For more information about registration (including the official description, guidelines, and pricing), click below to visit the webinar’s page on Writer’s Digest.

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Query Letter Workshop + Q&A Session
Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

Query Letter Workshop + Q&A Session

I am presenting a query letter workshop as part of this year's FogLit Festival in Saint John, New Brunswick. This workshop will cover everything you need to know about query letters: what they are, how to write them, and who to send them to. You will learn why you do (or don't) need a literary agent, the various paths you can take to publication, and — most importantly — how to write an intriguing query letter to help you achieve your ultimate publishing goal, whatever it may be. Some of the workshop topics include: the key components of a query letter, common querying mistakes to avoid, how to write a compelling pitch, and what literary agents are hoping to read in your query letter.

A Q&A session will directly follow the workshop, so you can stick around and ask any questions you have about query letters, literary agents, and the publishing industry.

Register now for the workshop! Limited space available.

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