Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Well, everyone, this is my last blog entry for today.  Read the follow. I got this in an email and wanted to share it with you.


 Join Literary Agents for
Agent One-on-One: Your First Ten Pages Boot Camp

May 16, 2014 - Seating is Limited!

Receive Agent Feedback on Your First 10 Pages!
Start Date: Friday May 16, 2014.
Tuition: $199
Receive Personal One-on-One Time With An Agent

Hurry - Limited Seating!

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As many writers know, agents and editors won't give your

work more than ten pages or so to make an impact. If you
haven't got them hooked by then, it's a safe bet you won't be
asked for more material. Make sure you've got the kind of
opening they're looking for! In this invaluable weekend event,
you'll get to work with an agent online to review and refine
 the first ten pages of your novel. You'll learn what keeps an
 agent reading, what are the most common mistakes that
make them stop, and the steps you need to take to correct
them. The best part is that you'll be working directly with
 an agent, who will provide feedback specific to your work. 

Here's how it works: 
  • On Friday morning, May 16, you will gain access
  • to a special 60-minute online tutorial presented by
  • agent and editor Paula Munier. It will help you clarify
  •  what you should be looking for in your work.You will
  •  also be notified by email which agent you'll be working
  •  with on Friday. (All times noted are Eastern Time). 
  • After listening to the presentation, you'll spend
  • Friday evening revising your first ten pages as necessary,
  •  given the guidelines provided in the presentation,
  • and you'll email those pages directly to Paula or one
  •  of four additional agents from Talcott Notch Literary,
  •  including Gina Panettieri, Rachael Dugas, and
  •  Jessica Negron, by Saturday morning at 10:00 AM (ET).
  •  They will spend all day Saturday reviewing their
  • assigned pages and providing feedback as to what works
  •  and what doesn't. 
  • All pages with notes will be returned to participants
  •  by 11:00 AM (ET) Sunday morning. Throughout the day
  •  on Sunday, you'll work to revise your pages based on the
  • agent's specific feedback. From 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Paula,
  •  Gina, Rachael, and Jessica. will be available to answer
  •  questions and provide additional feedback via the
  • Writer's Digest University message boards. Only registered
  • students can access these boards. You'll also be able to
  •  ask question of your fellow students. Feel free to share
  •  your work and gain support from your peers. 
  • By 10:00 PM (ET) Sunday night, you'll return your final
  • revised pages to your assigned agent for review. They will
  • spend the next week reading the revised submissions assigned
  • to them, and will provide a final brief one-or-two sentence
  •  critique of your progress no later than May 25.
Please note that any one of them may ask for additional
 pages if the initial submission shows serious promise.
*Please note that all attendees should have the first 10
 pages of their novel finished and ready to submit to the
agent prior to the beginning of the event.

Only registered students can access the Blackboard. You'll also

be able to ask questions of your fellow students. Feel free to
 share your work and gain support from your peers.

In addition to feedback from from agents, attendees

 will also receive:

  • 1-year subscription to the WritersMarket.com literary
  •   agent database
  • A download of "An Agent's Tips on Story Structures
  •  that Sell," an on-demand webinar Andrea Hurst

About the Agents

Gina Panettieri is President of Talcott Notch Literary

 Services, and has worked as an agent for more than 20
  years. She currently represents a full range of adult
and children's fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis in
 fiction on YA, MG, mystery, fantasy, women's fiction, horror
 and paranormal. In nonfiction, she is particularly seeking memoir,
business, cooking, health and fitness, pop science, medicine, true crime
and current events. Some of her clients include Nancy Holzner,
 author of the new Deadtown urban fantasy series from Berkley/
Ace Science Fiction, Annabella Bloom, author of the Wild and
 Wanton edition romance hybrid classics Pride and Prejudice
 and Wuthering Heights (Adams Media), Dr. Karyn Purvis, author
 of the bestselling and multi-award winning adoption book, The
Connected Child (McGraw-Hill),and author and media personality,
 Dr. Seth Meyers. She currently represents an eclectic range of writers, encompassing everyone from a former head of Security and
Intelligence for NATO Europe, to CEOs of major corporations
and Deans of major medical schools, to stay-at-home writer
moms and amazingly talented teens. Gina speaks at many
conferences and writing events throughout the country on
the subjects of securing an agent and getting published.

Paula Munier Senior Literary Agent & Content Strategist

 at Talcott Notch Literary, has broad experience creating and
 marketing exceptional content in all formats across all markets
 for such media giants as Disney, Gannett, Greenspun Media
Group, and Quayside. She began her career as a journalist,
and along the way added editor, acquisitions specialist, digital
  content manager, and publishing executive to her repertoire.
Before joining Talcott Notch, she served as the Director of
 Innovation and Acquisitions for Adams Media, a division
of F&W Media, where she headed up the acquisitions team
responsible for creating, curating, and producing both fiction
 and nonfiction for print, ebook, eshort, and direct-to-ebook formats.

Jessica Negron has experience working for a diverse range

of publishers and publications in both an editorial and design
 capacity, and she is now a Junior Agent with Talcott Notch,
 taking on a select batch of clients. She's interested in all kinds
of YA and Adult fiction, but leans toward science fiction and
 fantasy (and all sub-genres), romance (the steamier, the better),
  and thrillers.

Rachael Dugas joined Talcott Notch Literary in 2011. During

 her tenure as associate agent, Rachael has judged contests and
attended conferences in NewYork and beyond, working with groups
  such as Writer's Digest, ASJA, YA LitChat, the National
 Publicity Summit, and the Hampton Roads Writers. Recent sales
include titles in young adult and romance to imprints at Hachette,
Perseus, and Month 9 Books. Rachael is a former Sourcebooks
editorial intern and a proud Ithaca College graduate. She welcomes
  fiction submissions in the following categories: YA, MG, women's fiction,
contemporary and historical romance, historical fiction, and general
 commercial fiction. Her non-fiction wishlist includes memoir with
 an amazing voice and cookbooks or performing arts-related books
 with outstanding platforms.

 Register Now 

Fundamentals of Fiction Writing

He readers!

Do you feel you need some lessons in writing. Following is some info that may help.

Fundamentals of Fiction Writing
Only 16 Seats Available! Hurry, Course Starts May 8th
Give voices and stories to the characters that fill your imagination. Whether your fantasies take the form of short stories or a novel, this workshop prepares you to write fiction. You will apply the techniques that generations of fiction writers have used to bring their characters and stories to life. You will also develop your individual style and creative expression. You will work with a published fiction author to write and revise short stories or a novel chapter, up to 3000 words total. 

You will learn:
  • How to develop believable characters and let them speak – and act – for themselves. 
  • How to set the stage, and make readers feel as if they are right there with your characters.
  • The basics of plot – enough to tackle any kind of fiction project.
  • The keys to successful revisions.

You Should Take This Course If:
  • You are interested in fiction writing (any genre)
  • Writers who want to learn key components of successful fiction writing and numerous time-tested techniques
  • Beginning fiction writers who would like a Published Author to help guide and coach them as they pursue their writing goals

Tuition: $349.99
May 8th- July 31st

Register Now