If you want to get your book traditionally published in 2014—be it fiction, nonfiction, a children’s book, or memoir—increase your chances by knowing how to evaluate the commercial potential of your work and learning the best way to approach editors, agents, and publishers. Book publishing is undergoing a dramatic transformation as e-book sales increase and physical bookstores decrease in number. These changes affect the traditional book deals that get made—meaning that authors have to adjust their strategies to adapt to a risk-averse and uncertain industry.
This intensive and information-filled 90-minute webinar — titled “How to Get Published: Land a Book Deal in 2014” — helps you think like an industry insider who makes decisions every day on what work merits print publication. You’ll get practical advice and tools to help you develop strong pitch letters and proposal materials for both fiction and nonfiction—plus back-door methods for networking with agents and editors. Avoid frustration—don’t embark on the submission process in 2014 without being fully educated about how the industry works, from an impartial point of view. You will better focus your time and energy, increase your chances of success, and learn to decipher the language of industry professionals. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, and lasts 90 minutes.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- The tried-and-true pitch formula that gets the attention of an editor or an agent
- 3 of the biggest time-wasters writers should avoid when pursuing traditional publication
- The critical differences between pitching fiction and nonfiction, as well as differences in pitching narrative-driven works, information-driven works, and illustrated works
- How to evaluate how close you are to getting a traditional deal—and if you’re really ready to start submitting your work to agents and editors
- Whether you need a platform, what that platform needs to look like to impress an agent or editor, and how to build that platform
- How Google affects your chances of getting published (really!)
- The best free and paid resources for identifying agents and publishers that are receptive to your work
- How to tell a good agent from a not-so-good agent
- How book proposals must be adapted for the digital era of publishing
- How to identify flaws in your approach, submission materials, or concept
- When it’s time to consider self-publishing or e-publishing. Sign up for Jane’s webinar here.
Jane Friedman is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest, who now serves as web editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR). She spent more than a decade evaluating book proposals and manuscripts for publication, and continues to evaluate pitches through her work at VQR and at writing conferences across the country. Her blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com has more than 35,000 unique visitors every month and was named one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers in 2011/2012. Find out more at JaneFriedman.com.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Writers with finished novel manuscripts who are starting to consider submitting to agents and editors
- Nonfiction writers with a book concept who need to know the next steps to take
- Writers who are currently submitting their work and not getting the responses they expected or hoped for
- Anyone who needs a primer on how the book industry works
- Previously published authors who have been out of the game and need a refresher for the digital era