Very cool news! Agent Mary Kole is teaching a webinar on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. You may know Mary Kole as the founder of the ever-so-awesome KidLit Blog, and as an agent for the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, one of the biggest & best kids agencies in the country.
The webinar is called Publish Your Children’s, Tween, or Teen Fiction in Today’s Market: How to hook an agent with your ‘Once upon a time…’ and make your own fairy tale. Sign up here!
1. A critique of your work! 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 Mary.
2. Mary’s instruction. Her KidLit blog on kids writing is one of the most popular agent blogs on the Internet for a reason: Mary knows her stuff and love the children’s writing scene. What you’ll learn in this session:
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
3. You can ask Mary questions. She’ll be taking questions in real time from the audience, so you can ask questions specific to your circumstances and project. If you’ve always wanted to ask a pro something, now’s the time.
4. Get your work in front of the eyes of an agent. You already know all attendees are guaranteed a quick critique of their first pages. But keep in mind if Mary happens to love what she reads, she’ll request more pages and keep reading your book. And that, my friends, is a wonderful way to jump the slush pile.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Writers who are actively querying agents and publishers with their children’s books
- Writers who aren’t sure about where their writing fits into the children’s market
- Writers who have always wanted to try writing a children’s book, whether for publication or as a keepsake
- Writers who want to improve their pitches and hooks
- Writers who want to take the next step toward publication in the children’s market