There has never been a better time to be a sci-fi/fantasy author. With television shows like “Battlestar Galactica,” “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander” each in turn becoming massive pop culture phenomena, and Marvel’s superhero films dominating the box office, SF/F has gone mainstream like never before. The SF/F literary marketplace has also become more open to a variety of stories and points of view.
The SF/F agents of Fuse Literary (formerly Foreword Literary) will help you perfect your new science fiction, fantasy or horror masterpiece in this online boot camp, “How to Write and Sell Your Fantasy and Science Fiction.” It all starts on Sept. 8, 2015 (and note that you can continue to sign up until the evening of Sept. 8.) All attendees get an agent critique of their query letter and first 10 manuscript pages.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
— How to build a unique and memorable fictional world that will entice an agent
— How to craft a compelling, high-stakes plot that keeps the reader engaged
— How to create refreshing and dynamic characters
— How to find agents seeking SF/F manuscripts
— How to avoid common pitfalls in your query letter and sample pages
— How to rein in an out-of-control word count
— How to lay the groundwork for an epic series in your first book
On September 8, you will gain access to an exclusive presentation from Laurie McLean and Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary Agency. After the seminar lecture, Connor will be available to answer any questions you may have about the SF/F market or the publishing process. Then you will have the opportunity to submit a query letter and first ten double-spaced pages from your manuscript for critique. (Please note that Mr. Goldsmith may ask for additional pages if the initial submission shows serious promise.) Sign up for the boot camp here.
Tuesday, September 8: Online Tutorial
Wednesday, September 9: Agent Discussion Session Q&A 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)
Thursday, September 10: Writers Submit Materials
Sunday, September 20: Agent Critiques Due
Agent Connor Goldsmith is an agent at Fuse Literary, part of the firm’s New York office. He began his career in publishing as an associate agent at Lowenstein Associates. At Fuse, Connor specializes in adult genre and commercial fiction, in addition to select literary fiction and nonfiction titles. His SF/F clients include award-winning romantic fantasy author Jeffe Kennedy and upcoming debut SF/F authors Claire Humphrey, Alex White, and Cass Morris. Please note: Both Laurie McLean and Connor Goldsmith will be participating in the presentation, but only Connor Goldsmith will be answering questions on the message board and critiquing submissions.