Literary agent Mary Kole has run several webinars for us before. They were so successful that we’re very excited to have her back for more in 2012. This webinar on Thursday, January 12, 2012 is an intensive on picture book writing (and includes a critique of your book!). Since Mary has many several picture books (lots of debuts) in the past two years, she knows her stuff. Keep reading to learn more.
The whole thing goes down at 1 p.m., EST, on Thursday, January 12 , 2011, and lasts 90 minutes. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 1 year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation or ask the presenter questions or get the critique. Sign up here.
1. Mary sells multiple debut picture books a year and knows her stuff. She is a kidlit guru, and will be dissecting successful picture books to analyze what they did right. In this market, you also need a commercial premise that’ll immediately spark the imagination, and multiple sales hooks. Learn what the picture book audience is looking for, what agents and editors like to see in this marketplace, and how you can capitalize on these needs. You’ll also learn how to make your project and pitch irresistible so you can take the next step toward publication. Other things you’ll learn:
- The essential elements of books written for young child readers
- How your kid reader thinks about picture books and what they want
- What agents and editors look for in terms of pitch, writing, and book premise
- The specific guidelines of this market
- Examples of great picture books from today’s shelves
- How to handle illustrations and how to format your submission
- How to make your hook absolutely irresistible
- What separates an aspiring writer from a contracted author in this field
2. The critique! All registrants are invited to submit the full manuscript of their picture book (up to 1,000 words) after the event, though you are encouraged to revise your manuscript first, based on what you learn. All submissions are guaranteed a critique by instructor Mary Kole. Mary reserves the right to contact any attendees by e-mail following the event if a manuscript is of the highest quality. Sign up here.
3. Ask Mary questions. Do you have a concern that’s not being addressed? A question you can’t find an answer to? Ask Mary! In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered.
Mary Kole is an associate agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She’s also on the hunt for exceptional picture books, especially from accomplished author/illustrators. She has sold picture books to Penguin, Random House, Marshall Cavendish, and Arthur A. Levin’s imprint at Scholastic, among other houses. Mary reads submissions for children’s books all day long and will tell you exactly what works and what doesn’t when you’re approaching this exciting, creative, and fulfilling niche in publishing.
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