“Your Story’s First Pages: How to Engage Readers” — Jan. 24, 2013 Webinar With Critique by Agent Kathleen Ortiz

It’s no secret that the first several pages of your manuscript are of the highest importance. The truth is that agents and editors size up your writing within a minute at the most. If you don’t have their attention on Page 1, they stop reading. It’s that simple. Because it’s imperative that your work starts strong and avoids overused techniques or cliches, we’ve enlisted literary agent Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary to help. Kathleen is teaching “Your Story’s First Pages: How to Engage Readers” — a new webinar (with a critique of your first 500 words!) on Jan. 24, 2013. Read on to learn more.






This webinar happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, and lasts 90 minutes. Those who cannot attend the live webinar still get all its elements.


All attendees can submit their first 500 words to Kathleen for a guaranteed critique! Sign up here.


  • How to not only concentrate on the first page, but also the first paragraph and the first sentence.
  • Why it’s probably a bad idea to use a prologue (and also why a prologue occasionally works).
  • The most common cliches and mistakes she sees on Page 1.
  • Overused techniques to start a manuscript.
  • Some secrets to getting an agent’s or editor’s attention for your first pages, so that they continue reading and request more material.


Kathleen Ortiz is a literary agent with New Leaf Literary. Previously she was an agent with Nancy Coffey Literary. She is actively seeking new clients.


At least three different literary agents have signed writers as clients after critiquing their work as part of a WD webinar critique! One of those awesome agents was none other than Kathleen. Could you be the next writer who finds an agent following a webinar?

Sign up for the webinar today!



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