Literary agent Mary Kole has run webinars for us for years, and she is our most in-demand presenter and critique expert. Her webinar on Thursday, September 6, 2012 is called “Picture Book Craft Intensive” (and includes a critique of your book!). Since Mary has sold many picture books (lots of debuts) in the past three years, she knows her stuff. Keep reading to learn more.
The whole thing goes down at 1 p.m., EST, on Thursday, Sept. 6 , 2012, 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 (kidlit.com, @kid_lit) is a Senior Literary Manager with Movable Type Management (movableTM.com). She’s also on the hunt for exceptional picture books, especially from accomplished author/illustrators. She has sold books to HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Random House, Marshall Cavendish, and Arthur A. Levin’s imprint at Scholastic, among others. Mary reads submissions for tween and teen novels 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.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.