This week, literary agent Jennifer Laughran (Andrea Brown Literary) is going to provide a ton of instruction in her brand new webinar for WD. The webinar’s instruction is about both the process of finding & pitching agents as well as what to do after you have an agent. But to round out the presentation, Jennifer is critiquing the query letter of all registants. Virtually no topic of the publication path will go unaddressed.
Jennifer will teach “Beyond the Query: Catching and Keeping an Agent” at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, November 21, 2013. The webinar lasts 90 minutes, and each registrant gets their query critiqued by Jennifer.
All registrants are invited to submit a query letter for their novel. All submissions are guaranteed a query letter critique by literary agent Jennifer Laughran. Jennifer reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event if she deems the writing excellent. (Note that literary agents Barbara Poelle (Irene Goodman Literary), Kathleen Ortiz (New Leaf Literary) and Louise Fury (L. Perkins Associates) have all signed writers after critiquing their work as part of a WD webinar.) Sign up here.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
There is a lot registrants will learn, and it’s all listed out on the official event page here. That said, here are snippets of what Jennifer will address:
- The types of agents, how to research them, and what to avoid
- The truth about finding an agent and getting published
- Tips on pitching yourself and your work, including how to stand out from the crowd
- What to do once you have an agent
- The anatomy of the publication process from beginning to end
- Your role in the agent-author relationship
- Long-term strategies for building your writing career. Sign up here.
Jennifer Laughran has been an agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency since 2007. Previously, she worked as a buyer and event coordinator for one of the biggest independent bookstores in the country. Some of her clients include middle grade maestro Kate Messner, prolific horror-genius Ilsa J. Bick, New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Calef Brown, NPR’s “kid lit ambassador” Daniel Pinkwater, among many others. She is seeking brave middle grade and YA fiction that hits that sweet spot where literary merit and commercial dazzle meet.