From Good to Great: Agent Michelle Brower Teaches How to Revise & Self-Edit Your Work — New Webinar on Aug. 23, 2012 (With Critique)

“Good writing is rewriting.” This advice, as simple as it seems, is extremely important for writers trying to get published. The fact is: Our early drafts are often not where they need to be, and it takes a careful eye to turn a manuscript from good to great. After all, agents aren’t looking for work that’s “OK” or “pretty good” or “mostly there.” They’re looking for polished, excellent works. And that’s why self-editing and revision is so crucial. To address this important topic, we’ve listed literary agent Michelle Brower, who is with Folio Literary, one of the largest literary agencies out there. Her all-new webinar, “Self-Editing: How to Get Your Manuscript Out of the Drawer and Onto the Shelves,” happens on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (And she’s offering attendees individualized critiques.)








This event happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, August 23, 2012, and lasts two hours. 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. Sign up here.


All registrants are invited to submit the first two double-spaced pages of their novel OR a one page plot summary/synopsis. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by Michelle Brower (Folio Literary) within 60 days of receipt. Michelle reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event. Sign up here.


All published authors can tell you that their first draft looks nothing like the finished book they sign at bookstores. How do they edit their material to take their work to a professional level? How do they edit themselves before they can get an agent or an editor to say yes? What are editors looking for today in terms of a polished manuscript? Is grammar all that important, or should the story speak for itself? How many revisions should a manuscript go through before it’s considered “ready”? What are some principles on cutting down your word count and streamlining your story?

In this brand new, intensive webinar, literary agent Michelle Brower will answer these questions and more—shedding light on how she edits her clients’ material, what authors do before they get a book contract, and providing commentary on how the self-editing process makes all the difference in today’s publishing landscape. Sign up here.


• How to developmentally edit for concept, structure, characters, and more
• How to line edit for elegant, powerful sentences
• Tips and tricks from authors who have successfully navigated the submission process
• How to edit so that your book is most likely to appeal to today’s agents and editors
• How to find and incorporate feedback from the right readers


Michelle Brower began her career in publishing in 2004 while studying for her Master’s degree in English Literature at New York University, and has been hooked ever since. During that time, she assisted the agents Wendy Sherman and Joelle Delbourgo, and found herself in love with the process of discovering new writers and helping existing writers further their careers. After graduating, she became an agent with Wendy Sherman Associates, and there began representing books in many different areas of fiction and nonfiction. In 2009, she joined Folio Literary Management ( She enjoys digging into a manuscript and working with authors to make their project as saleable as it can be, and her list includes the authors S.G. Browne, Rebecca Rasmussen, Jason Mott, and Michele Young-Stone, among many others.

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