Getting a literary agent is no easy feat. It requires crafting a query and pitch to get their attention — without making any “querial killer” mistakes that will get your submission rejected. Cutting through the slush is hard work. That’s why we’re lucky to have agent Katharine Sands (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary) to teach “From Pitch to Page One: How to Get an Agent from the Get-Go,” a new webinar on Thursday, May 23, 2013. The webinar starts at 1 p.m., EST, and lasts 90 minutes. Katharine is one of the most in-demand agents at writers conferences nationwide because of her teaching skill. (She authored the book Making the Perfect Pitch.)
Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e-mail as well.
ABOUT THE CRITIQUE
All registrants are invited to submit the first 250 words of their manuscript, plus a one-paragraph synopsis and/or a query letter. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by literary agent Katharine Sands. Katharine reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event, if she deems the writing excellent.
ABOUT THE WEBINAR
Literary agents are always on a treasure hunt. But few writers know what it takes to make an agent yell, “Eureka, I’ve struck gold!” A first glance is all that most writers will get before the agent moves on without ever reading further, and that first glance needs to be a “Eureka” moment. This live webinar will cut through the mystery of getting an agent to want YOU.
Literary agent Katharine Sands will show you the best ways to showcase your writing as a bold, new entry into its category and yourself as a potential author with an intriguing book poised to spring forth. Katharine will explain hooks, selling points, and engines so that you will be able to sum up your entire book with a two-line description—and that’s gold! She’ll dive into best practices that will allow your pitch to either give off sparks or create a moment or pose a provocative question. She’ll show you how you can avoid ‘Querial’ Killers: the easy-to-fix mistakes writers make when querying agents. And, of course, she’ll talk (in detail) about the All-Important-Page-One. Sign up for the webinar here.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- How to make the perfect pitch
- How to deliver the flavor your book to whet the reader’s appetite for more
- How to keep the momentum going through the All-Important-Page-One
- How to start in a logical place—yet from a compelling perch
- How to identify the most exciting elements that illustrate your work
- How to encapsulate (in clear core points) when proposing a book
- The five key takeaways you need to entice an agent/editor
- How to amplify your chances for being selected
- What to do—and what not to do—when summarizing your book in 200-250 words. You want the neurons in the agent’s mind to decide, “Yes, keep reading!”
A literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine Sands has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books. She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. Recently contributed “Grey is the New Black” to Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, a nonfiction look at the cultural phenom of the bestselling novel. Actively building her client list, she likes books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir and femoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.