Literary Agent Mary Kole Teaches a Webinar On How to Get Your Kids Book Published — May 10, 2012 (All Attendees Get a Free Critique)

Literary agent Mary Kole (Andrea Brown Literary), who runs the blog, is a wise woman when it comes to writing books for kids. Because of her great instruction and the fact that she gives critiques to all attendees, she is our popular WD webinar presenter. That’s why we’ve got her returning to teaching the 90-minute webinar, “Publish Your Children’s, Tween, or Teen Fiction in Today’s Market” at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, May 10, 2012.






The webinar goes down at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, May 10, 2012, and lasts 90 minutes. 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.


All registrants are invited to submit 1-2 pages of their work, double-spaced (500 words or fewer) of your middle-grade or young adult prose, OR the first 300 words of your picture book following the event. All submissions are guaranteed a critique by instructor/agent Mary Kole.


Children’s books are today’s hottest marketplace for fiction. Whether you want to write short picture books for the youngest readers, engaging middle-grade books for young tweens, or fantastic novels for teen readers, there are tips and tricks that you need to know before you can break in. Because children’s books are so unique and specific—if you want to do them right, that is—this entire 90-minute session will be devoted to the art and craft of kid lit.

Successfully hooking an agent—and kid readers—with your writing takes voice, incredible characterization, and an exciting plot. In this market, you also need a commercial premise that’ll immediately spark the imagination. Learn what each audience in children’s books is looking for 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. Sign up here.


  • The essential elements of books written for younger children, tweens, and teens
  • How your kid reader thinks about fiction and what they want
  • What agents and editors look for in terms of pitch, writing, and book premise
  • How to make your hook absolutely irresistible
  • What separates an aspiring writer from a contracted author in this field


Mary Kole is an associate agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She’s 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 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. She is actively looking to sign MG and YA works of the highest quality. Sign up here.


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