Very exciting news! The amazing Andrea Hurst, founder of the Andrea Hurst & Associates literary agency, is teaching a webinar on March 3, 2011, and is giving people the secrets of what makes an agent request more pages and sign clients who write fiction and memoir. The webinar is brand new and it’s called “Crafting Fiction & Memoir That Sells—An Agent’s Point of View.”
The webinar lasts 90 minutes and goes down at 1 pm EST, Thursday, March 3, 2011. You do not have to attend the live event to get the critique or access the recording of the webinar. Sign up here!
1. The free critique. After the session, all registrants are invited to
submit the first double-spaced page of their novel or memoir—no query
letter needed! Andrea will personally read each submission and respond
with a short paragraph critiquing the effectiveness of your opening
2. Andrea could request more pages. The critique is your foot in the door and your chance to skip the query
process and get your work read by an agent if she likes what she sees.
3. You can ask questions. One of the best part about a WD webinar is that all attendees can ask questions. Any question that Andrea cannot answer in live time will be answered by her afterward. In other words, no question goes unanswered!
4. Andrea’s instruction. At the completion of the
webinar, you will have the tools to help make your opening material
stand out and be noticed. Fiction and memoir writers often overlook or underestimate the importance of knowing the commercial elements necessary to succeed in writing and selling their work. In this workshop, taught from a publishing professional’s point of view, we will discuss how to polish and present your manuscript so as to stand out from the competition. Get noticed, get read, and up your chances of getting sold. Sign up here!
What you’ll learn:
- Is your title memorable? Never underestimate the power of a good title. Although titles are often changed by publishers, it is the first hook used to get an agent’s attention.
- Do your “firsts” hook the reader? The first few pages are where the agent makes the decision to reject or read on. We will examine great first sentences, impressive first paragraphs and compelling first pages. Sign up here!
- Does your plot fit a clear genre? Many authors are unsure what genre their book fits into. You must be an educated writer, know your genre and audience, and write appropriately for it. We always ask questions regarding where does a project fit and who are your comparative authors.
- Does your voice keep the reader turning pages? Learn the various ways to establish tension early and make readers want to know what happens next. Many books are rejected for issues in pacing, character development and basic writing techniques.
Instructor Andrea Hurst has over 25 years of experience as a published author, developmental editor, and skilled literary agent. Her client list includes emerging new voices and New York Times bestselling authors such as Dr. Bernie Siegel, Penny Warner and Jean Michel Cousteau. She is the founder of Andrea Hurst & Associates, and an associate faculty member for the MFA program in Creative Writing through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Andrea’s passion for books drives her quest to find stories that have the power to change; stories that will take her on a journey to another place, and leave her with an unforgettable impression. Sign up here!
Questions? Write firstname.lastname@example.org.