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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Writer's Resources 3 / 20 / 2015

Dear Readers,

Here are more writing resources that can help you. The info is from an email I received from WRITERS MARKET.

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Top 10 Errors Writers Make That Editors Hate

Happy Friday!

Here is a tutorial from Writers Digest that discusses the most common errors writers making when writing their novels and screenplays. It covers much of what I have told writers when critiquing their books and screenplays. I suggest checking out the video.


Top Ten Errors Writers Make That Editors Hate
(What are they? And how do you fix them?)


imageplaceholderSUE JOHNSON
Writer's Digest Tutorials

Hi Everyone!

A great idea can hook an agent or a publisher. But ideas are cheap. It’s the execution that matters; the execution decides whether your manuscript ends up in the slush pile or on the shelves of a bookstore. The way you develop your idea and bring it to life will not only hook, but also reel in agents and publishers … and ultimately your readers. Editors want you to succeed. They want to discover great new writers and read compelling stories lived by memorable characters. But there are some common mistakes that stand in your way.

This illuminating tutorial will reveal the ten most frustrating errors writers make, covering such story elements as plot, structure, character, dialogue, and more, as well as general writer’s issues like style and voice. Discover the dangers of the forced plot twist and the cardboard character, explore ways to avoid unnatural dialogue, and gather ideas that will boost the interplay between dialogue and narrative while learning strategies to self-edit and fix common mistakes.

This tutorial is presented by literary editor Helga Schier. After years as editor in traditional publishing houses, Helga founded and now provides independent editorial and writing services. Helga holds a PhD in literature and is a frequent lecturer at writers’ conferences. She has edited, written, or translated well over one hundred books. A true writer’s editor, Helga guides fiction and non-fiction writers through the development, writing and editing process, helping them to craft the best books they possibly can.

In this 38-minute tutorial, you’ll discover:

  • The most common grammar, spelling, and punctuation issues
  • The most typical inconsistencies
  • The most frequent stylistic errors
  • How to use clich├ęs to your advantage
  • How to create memorable characters
  • How to show and not tell
  • Ways to increase the power of your dialogue
  • Ways to support natural plot development
  • Ways to spot and avoid hangnail writing
Editors are experienced readers. When editors stumble over a mistake or an error, other readers will likely stumble as well. This tutorial session offers vital tools to help you spot these errors and edit them away so that your readers won’t fall.

Preview: Top Ten Errors Writers Make That Editors Hate

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Wishing you a happy and healthy week!

~ Sue Johnson~

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