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Agent Jennifer Laughran Teaches “Writing & Selling Middle Grade Fiction” — Webinar With Critique on July 11, 2013

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Middle grade fiction is an exciting and growing genre in the marketplace. Kids are reading more, and middle grade fiction (novels for readers ages 8-12) is a category that can have adventure and mystery, and even science fiction, fantasy, and more. Breakout successes like DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and THE LIGHTNING THIEF happen every year.

That’s why we’ve got awesome literary agent Jennifer Laughran (Andrea Brown Literary) to teach the all-new webinar, “Writing and Selling Middle Grade Fiction,” at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2013. It lasts 90 minutes, and all attendees get a personal critique from Laughran on their first 500 words. Don’t forget that at least 3 agents have signed clients after reading their work through WD webinars. In fact, note that Laughran is ranked #2 on PublishersMarketplace.com in terms of middle grade book sales in the past year. Very impressive.

Early bird special: If you sign up before EOD, July 4, you get $10 off your purchase price.

 

 

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ABOUT THE CRITIQUE

You are invited to submit the first 500 words of your completed OR work-in-progress middle grade novel. All submissions are guaranteed a written 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.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

Middle grade books are generally defined as being books for children 8-12. At the moment, these books are hot-hot-hot. From the commercial successes of titles like DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and Rick Riordan’s LIGHTNING THIEF saga, to more “literary” award-winning fare, publishers are seeking the next great middle grade success story! Sign up for the webinar here.

But middle grade is also tough to write for. Much of what appears in the slush pile is cheesy or derivative, or just lacks the correct spark. So what makes a great middle grade novel? What’s selling? What are agents and editors looking for? And how can you make YOUR book stand out and shine?

In this brand new live webinar, instructor and literary agent Jennifer Laughran will talk about what’s happening in the exciting middle grade market. She’ll also examine some recently published titles to see what they got right. She’ll even go over revision tips and tricks to help you take your work to the next level!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • What’s selling—and what just isn’t
  • The all-important HOOK, and what HIGH CONCEPT looks like
  • How to find the elusive MG Voice
  • Common mistakes of MG submissions
  • Overused beginnings and clichés that can drag down a work
  • How to polish your work—and stand out from the slush pile. Sign up for the webinar here.

INSTRUCTOR

Jennifer Laughran has been a literary agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, the oldest children’s-only agency in the US, since 2008. Before that, she spent about a decade as a children’s book buyer and event coordinator for various successful bookstores. Her many years of experience in the children’s book field have made her one of the top kid’s book agents working today. She reps picture books through YA, but has a particular love for middle grade novels—the warmer and funnier, the better. Her clients include: Daniel Pinkwater, Kate Messner, Jo Whittemore, and many debut authors whose names you’ll soon know!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  1. Writers currently writing or querying a middle grade novel
  2. Published or unpublished authors considering making the jump to middle grade fiction writing
  3. Writers who have been rejected by agents and editors, and want to evaluate why their novel didn’t make the cut
  4. Writers who want a professional critique by a literary agent

Sign up for the webinar here!

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