Agent Kristin Nelson is Teaching a Webinar on ''How to Write & Sell Fantasy and Sci-Fi'' (Sept. 30)

More exciting news in the webinar arena. Agent Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary is teaching a webinar on “How to Write and Sell Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels.” It all goes down at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. The webinar is 90 minutes. (You can still sign up even if you can’t make the live event, because attendees have access to a webinar for one year afterward.)


6 Reasons to Attend

Kristin’s Webinar:

1. The critique of your work. Kristin has agreed to critique the pitch paragraph (of your query) for every attendee that signs up! That’s professional advice and editing from a top pro!   

2. She’s sold lots of fantasy & sci-fi, so she knows her stuff. Just a peek through her recent 2010 sales revealed another sale for a fantasy author Lisa Shearin (author of Magic Lost, Trouble Found); a sale for two more books by Gail Carriger (NYT bestselling author of steampunk-urban-fantasy hybrids); and a big dystopian sci-fi YA debut trilogy by Marie Lu. And that’s just in the past few months! The point is: Kristin loves these categories (both YA and adult) and she sells books—period.

3. Learn how to write and how not to write. Kristin will be examining good writing practices to get editors & agents to request more of your work. She will also explain where writers are going wrong with their stories, especially in those crucial first pages. (Sign up here!)

4. Not many “How-to” events exist for these genres. Concerning the business of publishing in the SF&F realm, the
Cons don’t have a lot of “how-to” workshops to offer.This webinar is a chance to rectify that.

5. Kristin can request more of your work if she likes it! Kristin has it clear that’s she’s actively looking for more good sci-fi and fantasy authors, both adult and YA.

6. Personalized attention. Do you have a question specific to your novel or situation? Ask it! Kristin will be answering questions live during the webinar.


  • How to compose your query: The top 10 reasons why most SF&F query letters fail
  • How NOT to start your story: The top 10 things that shouldn’t open an SF&F novel
  • What agents and editors want: What agents and editors look for in terms of pitch, writing, and book premise
  • How to pitch: How to nail the story’s hook, and nail the elements of your world-building in the short pitch paragraph

Sign up here!


Instructor Kristin Nelson established the Nelson Literary Agency in 2002 and has sold more than 100 books to all the major publishers. She has landed several film deals and has contracted foreign rights on behalf of her clients in many territories. She specializes in representing commercial fiction (mainstream, women’s fiction, romance, science fiction, fantasy, young adult & middle grade) and literary fiction with a commercial bent. Clients include New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal bestselling authors, such as Ally Carter (I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You and Heist Society), New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Ford (Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet). See her agency here. Her blog on publishing (Pub Rants) is consistently one of the top agent blogs in Writer’s Digest’s yearly roundup.

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4 thoughts on “Agent Kristin Nelson is Teaching a Webinar on ''How to Write & Sell Fantasy and Sci-Fi'' (Sept. 30)

  1. Jen Zeman

    Hi Chuck,

    If want to register but I’m unable to attend, will I still have access to the webinar information afterwards and still be able to submit my pitch to Kristin? Just wanted to verify before proceeding.



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