Finding and approaching an agent is often overwhelming and intimidating. There are thousands of agents representing hundreds of subgenres-which one is right for you? How do you make contact without closing doors?
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled How to Find and Approach Your Dream Agent — instructor and literary agent Adriann Ranta will present resources and tips for authors on narrowing down their field of agents to query, prioritizing what they want from their representation and how to ask for it, crafting winning query letters, pitching successfully at conferences, and avoiding common mistakes when approaching agents. She’s read millions of query letters, been pitched by thousands of authors, and attended countless conferences.
This webinar will be a culmination of the patterns she’s noticed about the memorable techniques and embarrassing mistakes authors often make when querying their work. Plus, as a bonus, Adriann will critique your one-page query letter! It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, December 17, 2015, and lasts 90 minutes.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- Where to find agent listings and their specialties
- How to match your book with an agent’s tastes
- The techniques for making publishing connections (and why they often aren’t necessary)
- How to avoid unethical or uncommitted agents
- When conferences are worth the cost (and when to save your money)
- The elements of a successful query letter
- How to pitch in person
- Common mistakes authors make when pitching to agents and how to avoid them
ABOUT THE CRITIQUE
All registrants are invited to submit a query letter for critique. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by Adriann Ranta of Foundry Literary + Media.
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.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Writers ready to query their first novel
- Writers who can’t get past the form rejection
- Writers looking for an edge when querying
- Writers nervous about pitching in person
- Writers looking to maximize their conference attendance
- Writers switching from self-publishing to traditional publishing
- Writers hoping to take their career to the next level
Adriann Ranta is an agent at Foundry Literary + Media. She represents New York Timesbestselling and award-winning authors, journalists, illustrators and graphic novelists, as well as cultural commentators, stuntwomen, makeup artists, and many other pioneering creative thinkers and leaders in their fields. She is actively acquiring all genres for all age groups with a penchant for edgy, dark, unusual voices, unique settings, and everyman stories told with a new spin. She loves gritty, realistic, true-to-life stories with conflicts based in the real world; women’s fiction and nonfiction; accessible, pop nonfiction in science, history, and craft; and smart, fresh, genre-bending works for children.
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Arizona, Adriann’s first introduction to publishing was at The Editorial Department, a freelance editorial firm based in Tucson, AZ. After making the move to New York, Adriann spent two years at Anderson Literary Management and six years at Wolf Literary Services, before moving to Foundry in 2015.
HOW DOES THE WEBINAR WORK?
The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer speakers or over your telephone. The live webinar’s visual presentation is displayed directly from the Presenter’s computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions being read and answered by the Presenter for the entire class to hear. In the event some questions are not answered during the live session, an e-mail with questions and answers will be sent to all webinar attendees. By attending the live webinar and/or asking questions, your full name may be stated during the live event and captured in the recording.