Have an Agent Critique Your Entire Picture Book or the First 10 Pages of Your YA/MG Book: Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts April 20

The world of children’s books-young adult, middle grade and picture books-has seen more growth in the last ten years than any other category in the publishing industry. Countless articles and op-eds have analyzed the booming success of now-iconic series like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Fancy Nancy. But while critics are debating the triumph of a particular series, readers-both children and adults-are clamoring for more books and new titles that will enchant and entertain them.

But in such a competitive market, how do you make your book stand out as a quality submission? How do you walk the fine line between capturing the attention (and purchasing power) of both child and adult reader? How do you find the best agents and markets to submit your work to? How do you know what category your book falls under?

In this brand new Writer’s Digest Boot Camp starting Dec. 5, 2014 called “Sell Your Children’s Book,” the agents of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency will answer all those questions and more. They’ll also critique your work and allow you to ask any questions you like. Registrants can choose to hear a tutorial on how to craft an amazing picture book, and then get their picture book critiqued-or they can choose to hear a different tutorial on writing MG and YA, and then get their first 10 manuscript pages critiqued.

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This program will show writers of Young Adult and Middle Grade the following:

– What the difference is between middle grade and young adult, and why it matters to understand how the two categories differ
– What is commercial and what is literary in children’s books-and how that affects what agents and publishers you will target
– Why an agent will tell you, “I love this story, but I can’t sell it”
– How to start your work strong and create engaging characters for both editors and readers to love
– How to avoid the common mistakes of writing for MG and YA that sink submission chances-such as talking down to your reader, or having a story that begins too slow. (Sign up for the boot camp here.)

This program will show writers of Picture Books the following:

– How to come up with a great plot
– How to create page-turning points
– How to make a dummy book, and why you need one
– How to use language to reach a very young audience
– How to think visually
– How to avoid the taboos in writing for children
– How to handle illustration – what to do if you’re an illustrator, and what to do if you’re not
– How to learn from all of the great picture books throughout history that changed the way we write for children today.

To learn everything about how the boot camp works, and the timeline of happenings, check out the official web page here:

Instructors: Roseanne Wells will be on the discussion sessions. Jennifer will handle questions related to Picture Books, and Roseanne will handle questions related to Middle Grade or Young Adult books. However, all the agents will be assisting in critiquing submissions. Jennifer De Chiara and Stephen Fraser will be critiquing Picture Books. Marie Lamba, Linda Epstein, and Roseanne Wells will be critiquing Middle Grade and Young Adult.

Sign up for the boot camp here.

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