During this all-new June 2014 boot camp (starts June 18) called “Your Submission Tools: How to Write Excellent Queries, Opening Pages, and Synopses,” literary agents will show you how to put together the best query letter, opening pages, and synopsis to hook the attention of agents and editors. As you learn what makes up an amazing submission package, 5 literary agents from Corvisiero Literary will tell you what agents look for when reviewing your work.
They will help each and every boot camp attendee draft and perfect your query letter, your book synopsis, and the first two pages of your book. Every participating writer will not only learn how to properly prepare a captivating submission package that will show results, they will also receive a critique with customized tips and suggestions from a literary agent. Seating is limited, and WD boot camps frequently sell out, so sign up today.
This program will show you how to do the following:
- What information should be included in your query letter.
- How to avoid vague language that will sink your submission.
- How to boil down your entire book into 1-2 paragraphs.
- How to understand the differences between pitching fiction/memoir (where the story is key) vs. pitching nonfiction (where concept and platform are key).
- How to draft an effective synopsis.
- How to properly introduce your story’s main characters and, if necessary, the story world.
- How to pull agents in and get them interested in your main character(s) – and their journey.
- How to understand clear core points in your story that are mandatory to present your story.
- How to give visual snapshots of your book.
- How to apply the golden rule of pitching: Show, don’t tell.
- How to identify the most exciting elements that illustrate your work.
- How to build in a cliffhanger – leaving the ending to your story unclear, with agents wanting more.
- How to eliminate commonly used yet ineffective cliches in pitches, such as rhetorical questions.
- How to deliver enough of the flavor of the book to wet the reader’s appetite for more and how to keep the momentum going.
- How to make your query letter (or in-person pitch) entice an agent/editor to request your full manuscript!
By the end of this Agent One-on-One program, you will be chock-full of actionable wisdom. You will take away well drafted materials that will get you noticed. The critiques will cut through the mystery of attracting an agent or editor to say YES, and you’ll have a clear path on what to do next. Sign up for the boot camp here.
Here’s how it works:
On June 18, 2014, you will gain access to a special 60-minute online tutorial presented by literary agents from the Corvisiero Literary Agency. This tutorial will provide nuts & bolts advice on how to help you prepare your query, your synopsis and get your first two pages ready for review.
After listening to the presentation, attendees will spend the next two days revising materials as necessary. Following the tutorial, writers will have two days in which to log onto the blackboard and ask your assigned agent critiquers questions related to revising your materials. The agents will be available on the blackboard from 1-3 p.m. (ET) on both Thursday, June 19 and Friday, June 20. No later than Saturday, June 21, attendees will submit their completed pitch & pages for feedback directly to the boot camp literary agents.
The agents will spend up to 10 days reviewing all assigned pitches and provide feedback to help attendees. (The agents reserve the right to request more materials if they feel a strong connection to the work and want to read more; note that multiple agents have signed writers before from WD boot camps.) No later than July 1st, agents will send their feedback to writer attendees.
Only registered students can access the blackboards. You’ll also be able to ask questions of your fellow students. Feel free to share your work and gain support from your peers. Please note that any one of the agents may ask for additional pages if the initial submission shows serious promise.
About the instructors
Marisa Corvisiero: Marisa is the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency. She is a literary agent there and continues to practice law in New York City specializing in Corporate, Intellectual Property and Publishing and Trust & Estates. She loves Romance novels for most ages (above 17) as well as Thrillers, Adventure, Science Fiction and Fantasy stories. She love mixed genres and will read anything that is unique and well written. She also reads a lot of non fiction in selective topics such as Business, Science, Self-Improvement and Spiritual. Cookbooks and books about pretty things with awesome pictures welcome.
Saritza Hernandez: Saritza is the Sr. Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency and is known as the first literary agent to represent authors in the digital publishing landscape. While continuing to seek traditional publishers for her authors, Saritza is the leading literary agent in digital publishing deals. An avid coffee-drinker with a Kindle book obsession, she enjoys a steaming cup of strong Cuban coffee every morning while reading an erotic contemporary romance or action-packed science fiction adventure. A strong advocate of the GLBT community, she enjoys fresh voices in Young Adult and New Adult genre fiction.
Sarah Negovetich: Sarah Negovetich is fully aware that no one knows how to pronounce her last name, and she’s okay with that. Her favorite writing is YA, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty, it’s accurate if not exactly motivational. Sarah’s background is in Marketing. FYI, your high school algebra teacher was right when they told you every job uses math. She uses her experience to assist Corvisiero authors with platform building and book promotion
Ella Kennen: Ella Kennen has a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is a nomad courtesy of the US Air Force. She’s lived here, there, and everywhere and done this, that and the other. She’s always on the lookout for new things – in the real world or on the page.An experienced editor who came to Corvisiero from a publishing house, Ella loves working one-on-one with writers to help mold their manuscripts into the best possible stories. When she’s not busy interning, she works at Rate Your Story, a service that helps writers make sure they’ll stand out of the slush pile before they submit. She also teaches drama and creative writing to school-aged kids.
Cate Hart: Cate is all about guilty pleasures. She loves salted caramel mochas, Justin Timberlake, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, and Steampunk. As a native Nashvillian, Cate’s biggest guilty pleasure is watching Nashville. When she’s reading, Cate looks for character-driven stories, a distinguished voice, and intriguing plots. She loves characters that surprise her, like the pirate with a heart of gold, and plots that keep her guessing until the very last page. When she’s not reading queries, Cate works with clients to build their platform, works on PR projects to help promote clients’ books, and reads manuscripts with an editorial eye.