Friday, March 20, 2015

Here's more good stuff for you from Writer's Digest University.

Join Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency for
How to Find and Keep a Literary Agent Boot Camp
March 23 - 26, 2015 - Claim Your Spot Today!
Only a Few Seats Left!
Hurry, Boot Camp Starts Monday! 

Start Date:
March 23, 2015
Tuition: $199.99

How do you hook an agent right away, keep them hooked, and make the
 most of your new publishing relationship? In this Boot Camp, "How to Find
and Keep a Literary Agent," you'll learn how to get a literary agent's attention
through a great submission, and also how to navigate the process of working
 successfully with an agent. You'll also work with an agent online to review and
 refine your all-important query letter and the first five pages of your novel.
This Boot Camp will cover a range of important questions:
What keeps an agent reading? What makes writing jump off the page?
What are the most common Chapter 1 mistakes that make them stop reviewing
 your submission?
What are the steps you need to give your query and manuscript the best
possible shot?
What are the turn-ons and turn-offs when it comes to queries?
How do agents make judgment calls?
And much more.

With real-life examples of queries that do and don't work, you will learn how
 you can refine your own query letter and get an agent to request your novel.
The world of literary agencies can be an intimidating place. You'll be lead through
 the inner-workings of finding the perfect literary agent, working with an agent and
 how to get the most out of your relationship. See what a day in the life of an agent
 looks like, and get tips about how to find your perfect author-agent match that will
 result in a successful partnership.
The best part is that you'll be working directly with a knowledgeable and experienced
agent, who will provide feedback specific to your work.
Here's how it works:
On March 23, you will gain access to a special 60-minute online tutorial presented
 by agents at the Dijkstra Literary Agency. It will explain the submission process of 
submitting to an agent, what they find appealing in a query letter and what an author-agent 
relationship looks like from the inside. You will also be notified by email which agent you'll
 be working with Monday afternoon.
From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (PT) on March 24 and 25, instructors 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.
After listening to the presentation and participating in the discussion sessions, you'll be able
 to revise your query & first 5 double-spaced pages as necessary. Then, you'll email those pages
 directly to Jill Marr, Elise Capron, Thao Le or Roz Foster, by the end of the day on Thursday
They will spend 10 days reviewing their assigned critiques and providing feedback as to what works and what doesn't.
Please note that any one of the instructing agents may ask for additional pages if the initial submission shows serious promise.
In addition to feedback from instructing agents, attendees will also receive:
Download of "An Agent's Tips on Story Structures that Sell," an on-demand webinar
by Andrea Hurst
1-year subscription to the literary agent database
About Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency:

ELISE CAPRON is an acquiring agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She also manages the SDLA office and works closely with Sandra Dijkstra on author development and management. She is most interested in serious, character-driven literary fiction and well-written narrative non-fiction (particularly serious history with a good story).

JILL MARR is an acquiring agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women's commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of history, sports, politics, current events, self-help, cookbooks, memoir, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor and music.

ROZ FOSTER  is an acquiring agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She works from New York. Roz is interested in non-fiction in the areas of cultural studies, sociology, business, history, politics, current affairs, science and design. She looks for driven, narrative storytelling and sharp concepts that have the potential to transcend their primary audience. She's also interested in literary and commercial fiction, literary YA with crossover potential for the adult market, and literary sci-fi. In fiction, she looks for a resonant, lively voice; rich, irresistible language; characters with compelling development arcs; and a mastery of dramatic structure. Across the board, she's looking for books that make her feel like the author is tuned into a rising revolution -- cultural, political, literary, or what not -- that's about to burst on the scene.

THAO LE  joined the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency in 2011. She handles finances and select contracts and is also an agent. Thao is looking for adult sci-fi/fantasy/horror, NA (new adult), YA (young adult), and MG (middle grade). She enjoys both gritty, dark narratives and fantastically quirky stories. She is also looking for light-hearted, funny, and moving contemporary YAs with a raw, authentic teen voice. She's particularly drawn to memorable characters, smart-mouthed dialogue, strong plots, and tight writing. Her favorite books are ones that reimagine familiar tales and tropes in a completely fresh new way and she has a soft spot for multicultural stories and lush settings.

JESSICA WATTERSON is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Jessica is most interested in all sub-genres of romance. She greatly enjoys character driven plots that pull the reader into the pages and won't let go, ending with a fantastic happily ever after. Jessica also loves second chance romances, and stories of redemption.

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