Get Past the Slush Pile: Live Critiques – Webinar with Jeff Kleinman & Molly Jaffa

jeff-kleinman-featuredSubmitting your query to a literary agent can be a daunting process. So many get rejected. What makes a special one get through? Join Jeff Kleinman and Molly Jaffa for a live reading of sample queries and pages to understand exactly what goes through an agent’s mind when they look at your work.

This live webinar will offer you the tools to revise your query so that it can be one of the lucky ones, and to polish your opening page so that it captures and keeps an agent’s interest.

In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Get Past the Slush Pile: Live Critiques” —  instructors and literary agents Jeff Kleinman and Molly Jaffa, from Folio Literary Management, will offer you the tools to revise your query so that it can be one of the lucky ones, and to polish your opening page so that it captures and keeps an agent’s interest. They will be critiquing query letters and first pages live (including yours, though they will remove your name). Instructions on how to submit for the live critique are below. It all happens at 2 p.m., EST, Thursday, July 9, 2015, and lasts 90 minutes.

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molly-jafa-featuredWHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to research and find the right agent for your novel
  • How to develop a log line that grabs an agent’s attention
  • How to use comparable titles to contextualize your book’s place on the shelf
  • How to write a succinct, effective query that will garner manuscript requests
  • How to interpret agent responses to your query


All registrants are invited to submit a query letter and the first page of your manuscript. All submitted materials are guaranteed a written critique by Jeff Kleinman and Molly Jaffa.

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All registrants are invited to submit their query letter and first page to be discussed during the webinar. If you would like to be included, please send your query letter according to the critique submission instructions to BY Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Jeff and Molly will remove your name and contact information, but your work will be visible to all webinar participants. The agents promise to be nice, so don’t be nervous! Share! Those who are chosen to be critiqued during the webinar will still receive written critique.

Please Note: Even if you can’t attend the live webinar, registering for this live version will enable you to receive the On Demand webinar and a personal critique of your material. Purchasing the On Demand version after the live event will not include a critique.

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Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e-mail as well.

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Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency, which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English). As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredibly variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something – a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career. His authors include the New York Times bestsellers The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein), The Snow Child (a Pulitzer finalist; Eowyn Ivey), Widow of the South (Robert Hicks), and Mockingbird (Charles Shields), among other books.

Nonfiction: especially narrative nonfiction with a historical bent, but also memoir, health, parenting, aging, nature, pets, how-to, nature, science, politics, military, espionage, equestrian, biography.

Fiction: very well-written, character-driven novels; some suspense, thrillers; otherwise mainstream upmarket commercial (i.e. book club) and literary fiction.

No: children’s, romance, mysteries, westerns, poetry, or screenplays, novels about serial killers, suicide, or children in peril (kidnapped, killed, raped, etc.).

For more information about Jeff (including interviews, books sold, and so forth), please go to

Molly Jaffa has been working closely with Folio authors’ projects since 2008, and is an Associate Member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). In addition to building her selective but growing list of fiction and nonfiction clients, Molly is Folio’s Co-Director of International Rights. She actively pursues sales of international rights and attends all major international book fairs, helping Folio clients’ books reach wide audiences in as many formats as possible. Her children’s fiction clients include Lana Krumwiede (The Psi Chronicles middle grade trilogy and JUST ITZY), Julie Murphy (SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY and DUMPLIN’), Jeramey Kraatz (THE CLOAK SOCIETY), Kristen Lippert-Martin (TABULA RASA), and Barrie Summy (The “I So Don’t Do…” mystery series). You can follow her on Twitter @molly_jaffa and learn more about her at

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  • Writers with a novel, memoir, or narrative nonfiction that’s ready to query
  • Writers who are in the process of drafting a novel, memoir, or narrative nonfiction, and are looking to learn about next steps
  • Writers who want to understand what literary agents look for in a query
  • Writers who want to learn whether their novel’s first page is working
  • Writers who want to develop industry contacts
  • Writers who value honest, constructive feedback
  • Writers who want to learn more about what a literary agent can do for their careers

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